Survival Guide: How To Build a Solid Bug Out Bag

  • Posted on: 13 October 2016
  • By: Jim jones
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The so-called BoB or Bug Out Bag was developed as a course of civil protection in the US. It is a backpack filled with equipment that will allow a survival of up to 72 hours. A safety measure in case a rescue is not forthcoming after a disaster.

A Bug Out Bag should be packed and ready at home or in your car. Here is Geared To Servive's version of a 72 hours Bug out Bag and as the base, a waterproof backpack is recommended.

In addition to the list below, a USB stick with scans of important documents, such as ID cards or passports is a good idea as well:




  • Sunglasses
  • Bandana / shawl / Shemag
  • Rain poncho
  • Spare socks
  • Cap
  • Working gloves
  • Dust mask


  • Tarp
  • Sleeping pad (optional)
  • Sleeping bag (optional)



There are many items that you can choose to carry in your bug out bag. When deciding what items you need, it is wise to choose items that are not so easy to recreate in the field. A knife will be almost impossible to recreate with material available in the woods.

A few other items to carry are fire starter, clothing and rope. These are all items that are much esier to stow in a pack then to make in a survival situation.

Also, it is important to pack for the weather conditions you might be dealing with, as well as the terrain you will encounter. Many factors go into choosing the gear in your bag, but this guide outlines the types of essential items you should have as a base for the rest of your kit.