In this post, we’re going over just the most important items for your bug-out bag. There are bug-out bag essentials that should be in every single bag. Having them on a checklist would be a good idea.
We mentioned before that there is no one perfect B.O.B. If there was a B.O.B. that had just what you needed in every possible survival situation you could encounter, there would be too many items and it wouldn’t be efficient or practical. And that there are many different kinds and varieties of setups.
Being practical in your preparedness is key. However, no B.O.B. should be without these essentials for survival.
These are essentials. Not nice to have. Or should have. Every type of BOB and most survival kits should at the very least have these categories of items. When SHTF, you want everything in this bag. so you can just grab it and go.
Some of these items are a part of the survival rule of threes. Shelter is one of them.
Something like a tent or a tarp. The priority is to cover at least your head for protection and weather.
The food should have a long shelf life, so nothing that needs to be cooked. Try to pack high caloric foods as well. Peanut butter is always a popular choice. Protein bars work well too.
Yes, you can make a fire by yourself with sticks in the wild, but having a fire starter is more ideal since they are so small and easy to carry. Plus, you never know what kind of emergency you’ll be in.
Even spending a few minutes finding the right sticks to make fire with could be too long. Firestarters are inexpensive, small, and lightweight. Grab one or two and pack it.
Basic first-aid like gauze and alcohol to clean and protect any potential gashes or cuts.
Sooner or later, you will need cash for something. And you never know when it will come in handy. If you have to pay someone for transportation, or even for help. Having some good ole cash can aid you in many situations.
Paracord. Tight, strong, reliable rope can be used in dozens of helpful ways. It’s also small and light to carry. Carrying a paracord bracelet is ideal since you can wear it around your wrist and has plenty of paracord to use.
Now water is heavy and can take up a lot of space in your bug-out bag. But it’s essential. We can’t survive without water for long.
Nearly nothing is more important to your survival than water. So you want to have some packed. A canteen is ideal. A strong, sturdy canteen that won’t break or get destroyed easily. A water filter is also recommended. That way you can purify any water you need to and refill your canteen so you have clean water to drink on an ongoing basis if you need to.
Last but certainly not least. A strong and reliable tactical knife. Or multiple knives. I always have my folder with me, and a fixed blade survival knife for heavy-duty brute force type of work.
Your knife is the most important tool you can have for survival.
There are dozens of uses for your survival knife. You can hunt, kill, build, and protect yourself with it. So have a quality knife in your BOB.
EDITORS NOTE: You can kill 2 birds with 1 stone and get a Survival Bracelet. You’ll have your fire starter and paracord rope around your wrist.
Those are the bare minimum essentials you want to have packed in your bug-out bag. Now you want to keep your BOB packed and ready to go. Store it in a secure place that easily accessible to you. You never know when you’ll need to quickly grab it and bug out.
Bug-Out Bag Essentials List PDF
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There are dozens of different items that you could consider. These are the basic essentials that we all need for everyday survival.
Take it a step further than the average bear and be prepared ahead of time for when SHTF. Have these essentials prepped and ready to go in a bug-out bag.
Do you have any questions about your B.O.B. that we missed in this post? Let us know below and we’ll make sure we add it.
Remember, most results come with the essential things. Getting the important stuff right it 80% of it.
We hope this article helped point you in the right direction for your bug-out bag essentials. You may also want to see our ultimate bug-out bag guide to see everything you need to know about building the perfect B.O.B.