What's in your Bug-Out-Bag?


Feb 29, 2004
Re: Home Bail Out Bag contents ?

Most bug-out-bags that I've seen rattled off here and elsewhere are more survival kits than actual "keep me alive and healthy for up to 3 days until I can reach safety or be rescued" bags.

I've also noticed that people tend to obsess over their interests when it comes to BOB's. CPF people obsess over flashlights and go overboard, firearms enthusiasts will load themselves down with guns and ammo, HAM's will sacrifice too much for a radio and batteries, etc.

You may or may not need to light up the entire interior of a hangar, face down gangs of belligerent looters, or contact Washington DC via shortwave in a bug-out situation. You will need the basics: food, water, shelter, protective clothing, safety, health maintenance, and the tools to secure all of the above.

Food, water, and protective clothing are physical goods that must be carried with you. Shelter can be found or carried with you. Some tools must be carried, others can be made. Safety is mostly a function of smart behavior, but might also involve dealing with hostile people or animals. Health maintenance will mostly be a matter of behavior, although some sanitation items are necessary.
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Feb 29, 2004
Re: Home Bail Out Bag contents ?

Anyway ... in my BOB, which needs some updating:
  • 3x 3600 calorie mainstay survival bars
  • 5x 700ml bottled water
  • Potable aqua iodine tablets
  • Heavy-duty tarp
  • Heavy-duty "survival" blanket
  • 100' paracord
  • Emergency poncho
  • 30-gallon trash bags
  • toilet paper
  • hand sanitizer/accelerant (alcohol-based)
  • camp soap
  • lint (accelerant)
  • survival matches
  • cigarette lighters (butane) (2)
  • G2
  • Fenix L1P
  • 123A (6) + additional P60 lamp in spares carrier
  • Lithium AAs (8) in water-resistant case
  • cyalume light sticks (4)
  • AM/FM/shortwave radio in sealed package
  • Red Cross personal first aid kit
  • P38 can openers (2)
  • zip-lock bags
  • combination spork/fork
  • emergency/disposable saw
  • multitool
  • "surgical" shears
  • folding knife
  • compass
  • 50 yards kevlar thread
  • 50rds 9mm handgun ammunition

Should I need to bug out, I expect to have enough time to become fully-clothed for whatever weather conditions are expected to be at the time. I will also be grabbing a belt and 9mm handgun with holster.

I'm obviously setting myself up for some scavenging with the can openers and fork/spork. I could also do some cooking if I found some suitable fuel for all the fire-starting preparations I've made.

There are still holes in this kit. I need a needle so that kevlar thread can be used to stitch up things. I'm considering replacing the potable aqua with polar pure, which can filter 1000+ of liters of water and has a near-indefinite shelf life (iodine tablets expire 30 days after the seal is broken). The emergency poncho should be replaced with an actual poncho. I should get a better backpack and pack a lightweight change of clothes.


Oct 14, 2008
sunny FLA
Re: Home Bail Out Bag contents ?

someone mentioned that these kits sometimes reflect the owner's interests. for example, flashaholics may pack 20 lights in their kit, other folks might pack, um 1 or 2.
yep, part of that mentality is that if things go sour, "save your toys!".haha.

living in a part of the u.s. which is prone to hurricanes, we have assembled a hurriance preparedness kit which includes lots of stuff (yep,including lights).
dont' forget a disaster PLAN. this should include instructions to family on what to do, who to contact, what to gather, etc...
and its important to have copies of important records, bank accont numbers, important keys, etc...


Newly Enlightened
May 3, 2008
Re: Home Bail Out Bag contents ?

I live in NYC so bugging out is not an option for me. I'm pretty well prepared for bugging in though. Definitely more than most of the the sheeple in my neighborhood.

Dr Jekell

Aug 3, 2006
New Zealand
Re: Home Bail Out Bag contents ?

Most bug-out-bags that I've seen rattled off here and elsewhere are more survival kits than actual "keep me alive and healthy for up to 3 days until I can reach safety or be rescued" bags.

The line between the two types of bags is a very grey area but these definitions help:

BOB (AKA Bug Out Bag) - A bag of items designed to sustain you untill you are able to reach your Bug Out Location (eg family in another town, a holiday house etc)

INCH Bag (AKA In Case I Never Come Home Bag) - A bag of items designed to sustain you indefinitely as there is no where else to go.


Flashlight Enthusiast
Dec 21, 2008
West Tn
List your Bug Out Bag.. Please?

I live in West TN and I've cut it close to being stuck out there, over there, in there, and somewhere too many times. Tornado season is coming soon and I'm getting a little afraid I've been too lucky.

I don't know where this belongs so I'm posting it here and if it gets no attention I'll move on, or maybe a MOD can move it if I've missed the special sub forum for this kind of stuff over the past few months.

Either way, I want to put together a bugout bag and am curious what others like me would put in theirs. I don't mind having more than I would ever need, as I understand Murphys law very well. There is a thread in General Flashlights but I want a complete list, not just flashlights and the MODS would frown on that.

So if anyone has time or patience, please list what you have in your bugout bag.


Flashlight Enthusiast
Oct 28, 2003
Sycamore, Illinois
Re: List your Bug Out Bag.. Please?

I have a couple Bug Out Bags. One in the trunk of my car, and one in the bedroom closet.

Going on memory, I have a complete change of clothes, a toiletries bag with soap, razor, bandages, roll of camper's toilet paper, 2 bread bags (to use on my feet if I have to end up walking through snow or water. Shoes get wet, but not my feet). A MiniMag with lithiums, a towel, washcloth, garbage bag to put wet/dirty clothes in if necessary.

I know I'll have to add several things, like a knife, spare batteries, a tiny radio, maybe even a pre-paid cell phone (not sure about that one.) I'll also probably add some cash or a pre-paid credit card (the kind you load up with a predetermined amount of money beforehand.) I'll also probably throw in a bottle or 2 of water.

I'll have to watch this thread and get some more ideas. This is going to be a good thread.


Flashlight Enthusiast
Dec 18, 2007
West Coast, USA
Re: List your Bug Out Bag.. Please?

from - https://www.candlepowerforums.com/posts/2712701

heres whats in my MPB, used as a BOB. its fairly heavy when fully packed.

ill let you do the comparison :nana:

Bug Out/Response Bag

Container: Maxpedition MPB
Dimensions: Main 14" x 10" x 6", Front 9" x 6" x 2", Rear 5" x 5" x 2" and 5" x 4" x 2", Sides 13" x 9.5" x 2"

Knife: Spyderco Rescue 93mm Folding Knife
Light: Milky Optimator on SureFire Z2, Zebralight H50-Q5 Headlamp
Lighter: Bic Lighter

- Spyderco Rescue 93mm Folding Knife
- Axe: Gerber Sport Axe
- LED Light/Beacon: Lithium Glo-Toob, white
- Whistle: Stainless Steel whistle by wykeite, outside Medical compartment
- First Aid patch, as a label outside Medical compartment

Large Side Compartment (~Medical):
- Zebralight H50-Q5 Headlamp
- Tac-Pack Trauma Pack w/QC
- Ziplock Bag: 1x Alosak
- Bandana
- First Aid Kit refill
- 3x Ammonia Inhalants, in ORB CR-123a Plastic Battery Tube
- Accessories for Zebralight and Glo-Toob

Front (~Tools, Emergency Devices):
- SO-LED Clip Light in blue
- Compass: Silva Ranger
- Prying Tool: EOD Breacher Bar
- Wire Saw
- Mirror
- Ballpoint Pen
- Sharpie
- 3x Glow Sticks
- Knife Sharpener: Sterling Systems Sharpener
- Multitool w/Saw and Pliers: Leatherman Super Tool
- P-38 Can Opener
- Uncle Bill's Tweezers
- Bic Lighter
- Waterproof Paper: Rite in Rain 3"x5" notepad

Small Side Compartment, top (~Fire):
- Windproof Lighter: Colibri CX Gear Lighter
- Matches: Stormproof Matches in Waterproof Match Case
- Flint and Magnesium
- Extra matches
- Tinder: 10x Coghlan's Waterproof Tinder
- Candle

Medium Side Compartment, bottom (~Radio, Spare Batteries):
- Radio: GP-4L, sealed in govt packaging, with 3 AA batteries
- Spare Batteries (including for Zebralight H50-Q5, e+LITE, Glo-Toob, Radio): 2x AA, 2x AAA, 4x CR123A, in 2 Batuca Battery Cases. Plus 3x CR2016.

Rear (~Shelter and Personal Protection, Personal Supplies):
- 2x Garbage Bags
- Ziplock Bags: 4x Ziplocs and 1x Alosaks
- 10x 14" Heavy Duty Zip Ties
- 5' of 1/4" Tubing
- 2x Emergency Blankets
- Foil
- Paracord
- Toilet Paper
- 4x N95 Masks
- 2x Pair of Latex Gloves
- Duct Tape

Main Compartment (~Food, Water):
- SOG Gov-Tac S21T knife
- Milky Optimator + 4x CR123A batteries in Keep-to-Go tube
- 4x MRE's + Heaters
- Nalgene
- Platypus Bladder
- Water Purifier: Katadyn Mini Microfilter
- Chlorine Dioxide Water Purification Tablets
- Super Spork
- Stove and fuel: Vargo Titanium Triad Stove, and 6x Hexamine tablets
- Titanium Sierra Cup


Flashlight Enthusiast
Apr 26, 2004
3rd Stone
Re: List your Bug Out Bag.. Please?

Start with going to Ready.gov and use that as a baseline.

Best suggestion I have for anyone is to write up your own list first and then compare it to the ones you find. Do a lot of research. After that, finalize by trying to keep the weight and bulk down.

It depends on vehicle carry vs. pack, what season, what you might encounter (very different from what you expect to encounter), how many people will be with you, etc. This is not a list to consider creature comforts. Concentrate of survival needs. Finally, determine how much you are willing to carry on your back and/or in the car based on for how many days you want to be prepared.

A lot of lists on the web center on firearms and other weapons. While those are a topic, most people are going to be needing the basics of survival a whole lot sooner and more urgently than the ability to stave off zombie hoards but yes, certainly the need for defense might arise. Personally, I'd rather have more food and water than an extra 3,000 rounds.


Flashlight Enthusiast
Feb 25, 2004
secret underground bunker
Re: List your Bug Out Bag.. Please?


I PM-ed you 16 pages of various BOB and survivalist supplies that I have stolen from various threads here and elsewhere; much of it is redundant, but it is something to cogitate on.

Also, here is a list of things that supposedly are the first things to disappear from store shelves during an emergency. Don't know how accurate it is, but again its something to consider:

(Alleged) Top 100 Items to Disappear First During a National Emergency

1. Generators (Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky. Noisy...target of thieves; maintenance etc.)
2. Water Filters/Purifiers
3. Portable Toilets
4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 - 12 months to become dried, for home uses.
5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!)
6. Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much.
7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots.
8. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.
9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar
10. Rice - Beans - Wheat
11. Vegetable Oil (for cooking) Without it food burns/must be boiled etc.,)
12. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid (Will become scarce suddenly)
13. Water Containers (Urgent Item to obtain.) Any size. Small: HARD CLEAR PLASTIC ONLY - note - food grade if for drinking.
16. Propane Cylinders (Urgent: Definite shortages will occur.)
17. Survival Guide Book.
18. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc. (Without this item, longer-term lighting is difficult.)
19. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula. ointments/aspirin, etc.
20. Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)
21. Cookstoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
22. Vitamins
23. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item)
24. Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products.
25. Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)
26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (also, honing oil)
27. Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty (Great Cooking and Barter Item)
28. Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal)
29. Garbage Bags (Impossible To Have Too Many).
30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels
31. Milk - Powdered & Condensed (Shake Liquid every 3 to 4 months)
32. Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid) (A MUST)
33. Clothes pins/line/hangers (A MUST)
34. Coleman's Pump Repair Kit
35. Tuna Fish (in oil)
36. Fire Extinguishers (or..large box of Baking Soda in every room)
37. First aid kits
38. Batteries (all sizes...buy furthest-out for Expiration Dates)
39. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies
40. Big Dogs (and plenty of dog food)
41. Flour, yeast & salt
42. Matches. {"Strike Anywhere" preferred.) Boxed, wooden matches will go first
43. Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators
44. Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in Wintertime.)
45. Workboots, belts, Levis & durable shirts
46. Flashlights/LIGHTSTICKS & torches, "No. 76 Dietz" Lanterns
47. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experience; Historic Times)
48. Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage, water, transporting - if with wheels)
49. Men's Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc
50. Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)
51. Fishing supplies/tools
52. Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
53. Duct Tape
54. Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes
55. Candles
56. Laundry Detergent (liquid)
57. Backpacks, Duffel Bags
58. Garden tools & supplies
59. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
60. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.
61. Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)
62. Canning supplies, (Jars/lids/wax)
63. Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
64. Bicycles...Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc
65. Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats
66. Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
67. Board Games, Cards, Dice
68. d-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
69. Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets
70. Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)
71. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap (saves a lot of water)
72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
73. Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)
74. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
75. Soysauce, vinegar, bullions/gravy/soupbase
76. Reading glasses
77. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
78. "Survival-in-a-Can"
79. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
80. Boy Scout Handbook, / also Leaders Catalog
81. Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)
82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky
83. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
84. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)
85. Lumber (all types)
86. Wagons & carts (for transport to and from)
87. Cots & Inflatable mattress's
88. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
89. Lantern Hangers
90. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws,, nuts & bolts
91. Teas
92. Coffee
93. Cigarettes
94. Wine/Liquors (for bribes, medicinal, etc,)
95. Paraffin wax
96. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
97. Chewing gum/candies
98. Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
99. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs
100. Livestock (from store shelves? :) Maybe not.)


Newly Enlightened
Apr 29, 2008
Re: List your Bug Out Bag.. Please?

This is a useful topic and I'm looking forward to reading more responses and suggestiosn from members.


Flashlight Enthusiast
Jun 23, 2008
Tornado Alley, USA
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Newly Enlightened
Mar 15, 2009
Re: List your Bug Out Bag.. Please?

Bug out bag. Try to take foods that do not take water to prepare, I see so many bug out bags with things like, instant oatmeal, hot chocolate & soups. The water should be for
drinking & take vitamins & protein bars. I also take a bottle of fiber, not only is
fiber needed but it also swells for a full feeling. I came across what is called
Lifecaps. They are a capsule that has everything needed to survive without food with
the exception of water. It is full of vitamins & minerals plus Iodine. Anyway, you take
three of them a day & drink water. I can actually take enough food in one backpack to
las 6 months because of these little Lifecaps, protein bars, fiber & water. I will run
out of water in a week so I do carry a small filter & a couple of those straw water
filters that filter the water as you suck.
You do not always have the ability or time to heat water to make soup or oatmeal. Anyway,
after I bought 25 bottles I found a coupon code & bought 75 bottles more. The coupon code
is... healthcap It will get you 33% off. There are also sites that have those filter straws
that are cheaper than any of the stores around here. (SLC) I think they are a really good
idea along with some purification pills. I cannot remember the sites off the top of my head
but you can Google for aquamira filter straw. Aquamira is the manufacture but do not buy
off there site because I have found them for almost 1/2 what they want on their own site
on other sites. Good luck, Gods speed & get serious about your bug out bag!
Todd in SLC

Hooked on Fenix

Flashlight Enthusiast
Dec 13, 2007
Re: List your Bug Out Bag.. Please?

Integral Designs Guides Tarp (tent fly, bivy sack)
Outdoor Research Bug Bivy
Integral designs bug tent
Integral Designs Silponcho (groundsheet, poncho, bivy sack)
50 feet nylon cord
6 tent stakes
15 degree down sleeping bag
Primus multifuel stove (takes white gas, butane, kerosene, and gasoline)
0.9 liter titanium pot
plastic cup, lexan spoon, fork, and knife
Sawyer filter bottle (lasts 500 gallons, costs $40, and comes with spare drinking tubes for other people)
Katadyn Micropur water purification tablets
box of strike anywhere matches
Ultimate survival blastmatch
bug repellent
cell phone
two way radios with weather channels
Freeplay AM/FM radio w/ flashlight (crank and solar powered)
large first aid kit
Sawyers snake bite kit (doesn't require sucking out poison with mouth)
disposable handwarmers
spare clothes and jacket, and Solatec Aerovest
Buck knife special
Leatherman Core
Wenger Mountaineer knife
fold up scissors
Fenix L2D, with P2D and L1D body tubes, and P2D tailcap
Princeton Tec EOS headlight
Fenix EO1s
Power on Board 35 watt H.I.D. spotlight
2 trekking poles (tent poles)
3 days worth of food
2 liters of water
48 pack of AAs (Kirkland brand)
2 dozen AAAs
a dozen 123As
a dozen lithium AAs
dust masks (fires are a problem in my area)
at least a couple hundred dollars in cash

I would bring a real, large, freestanding tent if it was more than me. Some of these supplies go in my car trunk and not in a bag such as the large first aid kit and the H.I.D. spotlight. I'm a blackbelt so self defense isn't much of a concern for me.
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Flashlight Enthusiast
Dec 18, 2007
West Coast, USA
Re: List your Bug Out Bag.. Please?

Hoople, I've been looking FOREVER for those little breakable ammonia inhalants - where can they be purchased? Also, nice BOB

they are pretty readily available through a google search, like on amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0008GKYM0/?tag=cpf0b6-20 and on first aid supply stores online. usually come in a box of 10 or so. remember to use with caution, they are emergency tools and can cause violent reactions!

and thanks!


Newly Enlightened
Mar 15, 2009
Re: List your Bug Out Bag.. Please?

I just wanted to add a couple of items that are important other than the water filter & Life caps.

Ipecac is a great idea to have around. What would you do if you or someone you know eats or drinks something potentially poisoness? It is just a good idea.

Hydrogen pyroxide cleans wounds really well. Infected wounds can lead to illness, loss of limbs or loss of life. You will not always be where medical attention is available or where the environment is even clean. Simple cuts can turn into major life threatening events if not taken care of. It can also kill some bugs as a last resort in water.

Anti-diarrheal pills are important just in case. If you are unlucky enough to get diarrhea, you need to stop it ASAP, because it can dehydrate you in a hurry along with wasting nutrition.


May 4, 2009
New Jersey
Re: List your Bug Out Bag.. Please?

Check YouTube for bailout bags some pretty good ideas on there. And some thought the people that build fallout shelters were nuts in the 50's and 60's seems today we need a shelter more than ever from everthing else except Nuclear War