So for the most part people know that a Bug Out Bag is designed for you to get from Point A to Point B in a Zombie Apocalypse, Emergency Situations or any Natural Disasters such as Hurricanes, Floods. It’s usually a 72 hour pack meaning that it should get you through 3 days sometimes more. Bug Out Bags are User preference, there are no right or wrong things that you put in it. Be mindful that there are some basic things you need to pack. Your primary concerns are Water, Shelter, Food, Fire Starting and Self Defense items when preparing a Bug Out Bag, without these you will die.
If you apply the rule of 3′s to the bag, That means pack 3 independent items or things that overlap for your primary concerns this will ensure that you wont be caught off guard. A Back Pack and its weight should be chosen according to your body type, weight and physical condition. The Backpack itself should be able to withstand the elements and not take a shit on you when most needed. When you pack your bag make sure you take it on a test run to see if you can maneuver through obstacles efficiently and doesn’t wear you out. Weight is a big issue, if it slows you down then basically consider yourself a zombie happy meal aka you’re fucked!
This post is to give you some categories to divide your bag. By using categories and Kits you will have an efficient bag that is organized and you will spend less time looking for stuff.
Water and Food, Shelter, Fire Starting, Range Weapons, Melee Weapons, Clothing, Personal Hygiene, Camp Kitchen, Maintenance/Tools, Lighting, Repair Kit/Supplies, Information, Hunting and Fishing, First Aid Kit, Communications, Entertainment, Optics, NBC, Other/Special.
All the Items that you have should be bagged in waterproof Zip Tight bags and should be labeled by category. These will be called your KITS, If you want to be proactive you can even write the contents of the Kit on the outside of the bag this will even speed up your search of items. Here is a brief example of how your list should look based on the things you deem are necessary and the skills that you possess.
Bug Out Bag Template:
Water and Food: MREs, Canned Food, Beef Jerky, Protein Bars, Water, Electrolyte Powder, etc.
Shelter: A tarp, sleeping bag, Rope, Tent, Hammock, etc.
Fire Starting: BIC lighter, Water Proof Matches, Flint and Steel
Range Weapon: AR-15 Rifle with sling 4 magazines, Glock 22 attached night sights 4 magazines. Extra Ammunition in Bug Out Bag. Drop Holster for Handgun or any other holster that you are comfortable using. A tactical vest might be good to put essential items and ammunition at quick reach.
Melee Weapon: Machete, Kukri Knife etc.
Clothing: Long Sleeve Shirt, Cargo Pants, Ball Cap or Boonie Hat, Leather Jacket, Boots, Sneakers, Socks, Etc.
Personal Hygiene: Toothbrush with Toothpaste, Soap, Baby Wipes, Toilet Paper, Hand Sanitizer, Razors etc.
Camp Kitchen: Canteen with Canteen Cup, Tin Can, Thread, Portable Kitchen, Multi Tool or Fork, Spoon and Knife etc..
Maintenance/Tools: Crowbar, Hammer, Screwdrivers, Socket wrench, etc.¦
Lighting: Flashlight, Candles, Chem Lights, etc
Repair Kit/Supplies: Sewing Kit, Super Glue, 550 cord, Duct Tape, Weapons Cleaning Kit etc.
Information: Topographical Maps of Country, City and State, Road Maps. Radio, Compass any Survival guide that will actually help you survive.etc.
Hunting/Fishing: Hooks, Snares, Traps, Fishing Line etc.
First Aid Kit: What Samantha Posted and whatever else you want to add. Etc.
Communications: Ham Radio, Cell phone etc.
Entertainment: Sudoku Puzzles, Deck of Cards, Crossword Puzzles.
Optics: Eyeglasses if you wear them, Goggles that don’t fog up etc..
NBC: Gas Mask with Filters, NBC Suit, A canteen that has an NBC top to drink water out of or any camel back that is NBC ready.
Other/Special: Hand Held GPS, Night Optics etc.
Hopefully this will help you organize your bag better and you spend less time looking for stuff. It is highly recommended that you pack whatever you deem less important or you are going to use last in the bottom and what’s more important or using more on the Top.