Guide to Building a Survival Bug Out Bag for Modern Survivalists

In today’s unpredictable world, being prepared for emergencies is crucial for ensuring your safety and well-being. One of the most important tools for any modern survivalist is a well-equipped bug out bag, also known as a “go bag” or “survival minute man bag.” These bags are designed to provide you with essential supplies and equipment to sustain yourself in emergency situations, such as natural disasters, government events, or other unforeseen circumstances.

Reasons You Might Need a Bug Out Bag:

  1. Natural Disasters: From hurricanes and earthquakes to wildfires and floods, natural disasters can strike at any moment, leaving you without access to basic necessities.
  2. Government Events: In the event of civil unrest, political upheaval, or other government-related emergencies, having a bug out bag can help you stay safe and self-sufficient.
  3. Personal Emergencies: Whether you find yourself stranded in the wilderness or facing a sudden evacuation order, a well-prepared bug out bag can be a lifesaver.

Putting Together a Good Bug Out Bag:

When assembling your bug out bag, it’s essential to consider the following factors:

  1. Water and Food: Pack non-perishable food items, water purification tablets, and a portable water filter to ensure you have access to clean drinking water.
  2. Shelter and Clothing: Include a lightweight tent or emergency shelter, a sleeping bag, and extra clothing to protect yourself from the elements.
  3. First Aid Kit: Stock your bag with a comprehensive first aid kit containing bandages, medications, antiseptic wipes, and other medical supplies (such as an extra pair of glasses if needed).
  4. Tools and Equipment: Carry a multi-tool, flashlight, batteries, a fire starter, a compass, and a map to help you navigate and handle various tasks. Don’t forget basic hygiene and sanitizing items.
  5. Communication: Include a portable radio, a whistle, a signaling mirror, and a fully charged cell phone with a power bank to stay connected and call for help if needed.

Additional Items to Consider:

In addition to your bug out bag, it’s essential to have the following items on hand:

  1. Sturdy Boots: Durable, waterproof boots are essential for navigating rough terrain and protecting your feet.
  2. Weather-Appropriate Clothing: Pack a warm jacket, gloves, a hat, and other weather-appropriate clothing to stay comfortable in changing conditions.
  3. Personal Documents: Keep copies of important documents, such as identification, insurance papers, cash, and emergency contacts, in a waterproof container.
  4. For those who have extra protection on their checklist, consider a disasembled firearm or easy to conceal self-defence option such as a pistol or pepper spray to reduce chances of extra attention or theft in extreme situations. Make sure to consider weight of these items and their necessary components when packing. Your bug out bag will only take you as far as you can carry it.

By preparing a well-stocked bug out bag and having essential items at your disposal, you can increase your chances of survival and resilience in challenging situations. Remember to regularly review and update your bag’s contents to ensure they meet your current needs and circumstances. To hear more about preparing your minute man bug out bag, check out Episode 93 of The Gun Experiment featuring survival instructor and author of “101 Skills You Need to Survive in the Woods”, Kevin Estela. Stay safe, stay prepared, and be ready for whatever comes your way.