Your bug out bag… a bag you frequently change the contents of due to thoughts such as, “Oh yeah! I forgot to add this item,” or, “Maybe the bag is too heavy,” or, “Do I have enough necessary items?”
The truth is, there are always items you can add to your bug out bag, but making it too heavy can be cumbersome. At the same time, you feel like if you remove an item to lighten the load, it could prove to be a mistake later. So, what is the perfect balance?
I will share with you some examples of lists that you can use as a guide for your own B.O.B. But first, I want to answer the most common question about 2 different types of bug out bags.
Yes and no.
A72-hour emergency kit is a “type” of bug out bag. It is purposed exactly the way it was named: it should be constructed to get you through a 72-hour survival situation. The reason why many survivalists pick the 3-day window is because in most cases, you will be rescued and back in civilization by the third day.
The much larger bug out bag is what I call aSustainability Kit— a bag that is constructed to get you through a much longer survival situation. Naturally, this bag will be packed a little differently and will be larger than the 72-hour kit.
I will share examples of lists for both types of bug out bags.
72-Hour Emergency Kit
It’s a great idea to have one kit in your vehicle and a separate 72-hour emergency kit in your home. In my opinion, I think EVERY family member should have two identical kits each: one set of 72-hour emergency kits in your home ready to grab at a second’s notice, and a second set of 72-hour emergency kits to keep in the trunk of your vehicle. I know it may sound like a little much to have two kits ready to go for each person, but when disaster strikes, you and each of your family members need to already have that safety net in place. Whether you’re in your vehicle or in your home, your emergency kits will be there — and what a relief it will be to each of you to have those much needed emergency supplies.
Note: Some of the items on this list can be shared among family members, so you can save a little money and space by sharing items like a can opener, for example. Also, blankets and extra pairs of shoes are a great addition to this list. And finally, any prescribed medications should be added to the first aid kits.
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