Ever since I was a child I’ve had a curiosity around learning survival skills and maintaining items which will help me in a survival situation. Becoming a Beaver Scout Leader also helped encourage my love of learning skills that could help me in different situations. One of the most common things you hear about when researching survival skills, is the bug out bag, or a B.O.B. A bag that you can grab in a hostile situation that can help you through a minimum of 72 hours.
My first bug out bag has taken me a while to get it exactly how I like it. It contains items I trust and know how to use and is suited for a long term power outage, or if we find ourselves away from civilisation during a camping trip in the countryside. Everyone’s Bug Out Bag’s will be suited to their individual needs and for their location, but I thought I would share what is in mine for anyone that wants to get started with a little emergency kit that could be useful if the power goes out.
The rucksack I chose as my Bug Out Bag is 35 litres, a nice amount for a day pac, with plenty of room for my kit and some extra items if needed. It has several different zip compartments so that I can choose to put things I need access to quickly in the zipped sections and the rest in the main body of the bag.
Bug Out Bag Contents
- First aid kit (plasters, antibac wipes, insect repellent wipes, micro tape, prescribed meds)
- Fire Kit (Lighter, Fire steel rod and striker, dryer lint, wire saw)
- Pen knife & multi tool
- Dry sack
- Rucksack waterproof cover
- MREs (3 meals and snacks that can be heated in a mess tin)
- 2 mess tins
- Power Bank
- Solar Charger
- Charging wires
- Head torch and hand torch (spare batteries)
- Water bladder (water purification tablets)
- Notepad / Pen
- Sunglasses, sunhat, beanie hat, buff and gloves
- Pack of 2 body wipes
- Hydration tablets
- Sleeping bag
- 3 pairs of socks
- 3 pairs of underwear
Make sure you use and maintain everything in your Bug Out Bag regularly, otherwise when it comes to the day you use it, some items may not function or are tricky to use. There are a lot more items you can put in a B.O.B, depending on where you in the world you live or what emergency you will be using it for, so make sure you do your research.