What is a Bug Out Bag?

What is a Bug Out Bag? [+ Free Checklist PDF]

A bug out bag is basically a kit that contains everything you need in order to survive on your own for at least 72 hours. The number 72 comes from the fact that we as humans cannot survive for longer than 72 hours without water.

But more on that later…

Defining Bug Out Bag

According to Wikipedia,

“a bug out bag is a portable kit that contains the items one would require to survive for seventy-two hours when evacuating from a disaster. The focus is on evacuation, rather than how to survive long-term, distinguishing the bug-out bag from a survival kit, a boating or aviation emergency kit, or a fixed-site disaster supplies kit.” Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bug-out_bag

Other names for such a bag are a BOB, 72-hour kit, grab bag, battle box, a Personal Emergency Relocation Kit (PERK), go bag, or a GOOD bag (Get Out Of Dodge). Regardless of what you choose to call it, they all serve the same purpose to aid in your evacuation from a disaster area and provide for short-term survival.

Prepare Your Bug Out Bag in Advance

Bug out bags (BOBs) are prepared in advance of any event that would require its use and are readily accessible in case a disaster strikes. Because we never know where we’ll be when a disaster occurs, it is crucial to have a bug out bag that is easily and quickly accessible in times of emergency. Some experienced preppers keep one at home, in their vehicle and also at their place of work.

A “done for you” bug out bag is certainly better than nothing, and there are companies that provide such a product complete with all the components they deem necessary.  Some of you who are more ambitious may want to build your own bug out bag. Determining what is needed and then assembling a bug out bag, however, I’ve discovered is quite the daunting task.

But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Click this link to sign up and get a complete bug out bag list download. This list will help you think through and organize a completely customized bug out bag to suit your every need.

What Do You Think?

Well, you’ve heard what we have to say. Now it’s your turn. Sign up to download your bug out bag checklist and see if it varies from your own. What else would you include and why?

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  • M. Morris says:

    Great article.

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  • Joe says:

    Good list!

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  • Hiren says:

    Hi, signed up for the list. Unable to download the checklist. Can you please help.

    • Andrew says:

      Hey, Hiren. Sorry to hear you’re having difficulties. Email us at [email protected] and we’ll get you taken care of!

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  • Stephanie says:

    I signed up with my email. how do I get the checklist?

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  • Can you send me a list .of what you would recommend for my basic bob for 2to3 day emergency need in an emergency sincerely Robert Vaugh

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