Emergency Survival Kits
The "Bug-out Bag"

Having a bug-out-bag ready is essential for survival.

According to Wikipedia, a bug-out bag (or BOB) is a portable kit with the items one would require to survive for seventy-two hours (3 days) when evacuating from a disaster.

You may have thought of everything and prepared your home well for survival in the event of a major disaster. But what if you're forced to flee from the safety of your 4 walls? It is highly recommended that you assemble a portable 72-hour survival kit for each member of the family. Ahead of time. 

The best way to transport your kit "on the go" is to carry it on your back in a backpack. Keep your packed supplies easily accessible in an air-conditioned spot in your home; so you can quickly grab it, sling it on and go. 

Another smart place to store your bug-out bags is in the trunk of the car. Just remember, however, that if your BOB contains freeze-dried foods, they will not tolerate the extreme heat or freezing cold in the trunk. Keep foods in the house and grab a 72-hour food pack for each person on the way out.

In addition to individual emergency survival kits (BOBs), we also recommend some equipment and supplies that would not fit into your BOB, but should be brought along for each small group or family-in-exile.

The extra supplies can be transported in the trunk of your car; or if you're traveling on foot, bring along the extra gear in one of these:

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Radio Flyer Town and Country Wagon

You can order one via Amazon affil link here. Let the kids or grandkids play with it until needed for more serious purposes :(

Below is a nifty chart we created that should get you well on your way to creating your own personal emergency survival kits (Bug-out Bags) and planning for survival on-the-road.

Click here to see the chart, then click on blue underlined items in the chart for more information/ buying details.

Colonial Concepts Emergency Ponchos 2-pack. Helps keep you warm and dry in the rain. Lightweight and durable protection from the elements. Order here.

Emergency survival blanket

This emergency survival blanket was originally developed to protect men in harsh outer space environments. It works by reflecting heat back to the body. Durable, lightweight and compact for easy packing. May save your life one day. Order here.

Emergency Survival Kits

Magnesium fire starter tool

Keep one of these magnesium fire starters in your bag as an alternate means of starting fire, even in wet conditions. Includes sufficient shavings to start hundreds of fires. Order here.

Waterproof fire sticks

Starting a campfire is quick work with these sticks, even in wet conditions. Sticks are non-toxic and burn completely with no lingering odor. Order here.

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WETPIA 4-In-1 Camping Utensil Eating Tool

Compact when closed, this cool tool houses a stainless steel fork, spoon, knife and bottle opener. Eat in the field with sturdy, full-sized utensils that will never get lost. Clever!

Emergency Survival Kits

The compact G.I. can opener is a longtime favorite. Easy to use and stays sharp for years. Takes up very little space in your BOB. Order here.

Delicious 3-day MREs

One for each person.

This emergency food pack provides three days of freeze-dried, well-preserved and securely-packaged food for one person. Delicious, nutritious and lasts up to 25 years. Order here.

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Northbound Train First Aid Kit for Camping

Northbound Train First Aid Kit for Camping - Fully Stocked with Molle Attachments for Tactical First Aid, Travel, and Hiking. This is the smaller of the kits we recommend, weighing only 11 oz.

It also includes an emergency blanket, scissors and safety pins, so you won't have to purchase those items.

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Swiss Safe 2-in-1 First Aid Kit

(120 Piece) + Bonus 32-Piece Mini First Aid Kit: Compact for Emergency use. This is the bigger kit, weighing 1.2 lbs. Bonus small Mini Kit means 2 kits for one price.

This purchase also includes an emergency blanket, scissors, safety pins, sewing kit, signal whistle and compass.

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First Aid Assorted OTC Medications

Contains the following emergency meds packed in waterproof foil packages: Anti-diarrhea, antacid, upset stomach, allergy, Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen.

Emergency Survival Kits

Biodegradable Camp Soap

This concentrated liquid soap can be used for cleaning just about anything, in any water temp! Effective on dishes, clothes, camp items, yet mild enough to bathe in and wash your hair. Order here.

Solar-heated camp shower

Lightweight and compact storage, yet expands to hold 5 gallons (enough for 3-4 quick showers). Hanging cord included.

After 3 hours of exposure to the sun on a 70° day, water heats up to 104°F. Order here.

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Quarterstaff/ Walking Stick

A quarterstaff, also called a "short staff" or "staff" is a traditional European pole weapon popular in England during earlier centuries. It was usually 6-8' long with an iron tip or spike at the end. 

The walking stick we recommend here could not only help you steady yourself while hiking over rough terrain, it could be used as a weapon to defend against attacking dogs, or worse. Attractive, with a unique hand-carved wolf design.

Emergency Survival Kits

5-in-1 Survival Aid Tool and Whistle

This 5 in 1 tool includes a waterproof matchbox, liquid filled dial compass, fire starter flint and a shrill signal whistle. Comes with a nylon lanyard to put around your neck. Order one here.

Unbreakable Featherweight Camp Mirror

This sturdy mirror will be used often for shaving and other mirror uses; as well as a visual emergency signal.
Order here.

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Map Compass

OLD FASHIONED COPPER COMPASS (NEW VERSION): Features 360 degree rotating bezel for easy navigation & orienteering

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100' Paracord Parachute Cord

Takes up a tiny bit of space in your BOB, yet oh, so useful. Order thru convenient Amazon affiliate link below:

My Patriot Supply Preparedness Survival Tote

Including a 72 hour (3 day) food pack (16 servings)
Tote includes:

  • Alexapure Go Water Filtration Bottle
  • Emergency Ponchos (2)
  • 72-hour food packs
  • 2 quart graniteware Saucepan
  • Colonial Concepts 4-in-1 Hand Crank LED Flashlight & Radio
  • Waterproof matches (4-pack)
  • Small folding camp stove
  • Camp stove fuel (2)
  • Grub 'N Tool

Order a Preparedness survival tote here.

What traits should a good survival knife have?

This emergency Flashlight, charger and radio is powered by solar or hand-cranked.

Water filtration products in the field: clean water from a mud puddle!

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