What's in your Bug-Out-Bag?


Flashlight Enthusiast
Aug 24, 2008
The Great White North
Re: List your Bug Out Bag.. Please?

Up here in Canada all we need is beer and Kraft Dinner and we can survive anything.No,seriously,anything else can be bought,stolen,or won in a hockey fight.:crackup:


Flashlight Enthusiast
Feb 22, 2006
Ventura, CA.
Re: List your Bug Out Bag.. Please?

no one mentions poop in these strings (forgive me if one of the aforementioned links does) -- and what to do with it if the water stops running..
.. luckily I'm here to suggest plastic bags and lots of them.

I've found just placing them in the bowl and over the rim works well, make the tall enough so they can be knotted after use, you'll be glad to have a big sealable drum to put the used bags in. 'course if you have a yard or land, you could dig an outhouse..

big sealable drums are also good for all kinds of vermin-free stroage.


Flashlight Enthusiast
Jan 4, 2005
San Jose, CA
Re: List your Bug Out Bag.. Please?

I start by having supplies in plastic storage bins that load in my van in minutes and mobile I go. That covers most civil and natural disasters likely to be encountered. In the event I have to abandon my van too I'll size down to a backpack, but that means very slow travelling and not being able to last nearly as long before needing resupply. As long as I can find an open road and maybe a gas station, I should be able to get out of the affected area and live quite comfortably in my van until whatever crisis blows over.


Apr 12, 2009
Re: EDC Bag Help Needed

I have the following in a bail out bag from lapg.com:

Baby wipes
Glow sticks
Med kit
Space blanket
Advil packs
Zip ties
Sewing kit
Nc map
Zip lock bags

Launch Mini

Flashlight Enthusiast
Oct 28, 2009
Vancouver, BC
Re: EDC Bag Help Needed

Maybe overkill, but a briefcase from www.saddlebackleather.com is a great way to pack stuff.
Different sizes. some pockets for the ready to use things, separator front to back, room to hold kits within the bag itself, a handy lanyard for keys or a small case you, lots of D rings for hanging things, converts to a backpack very easily....

Dr Jekell

Aug 3, 2006
New Zealand
Re: EDC Bag Help Needed

It is a bit strange to see a thread I started 2 years ago pop up again.

I have gone on from the Maxpedition Last Resort as it was way smaller than what the advertisements seem to make it out to be.

I am now using a Kifaru X-ray.

It now holds:

- Cell Phone
- Glasses
- Bandanna
- Lighter
- Benchmade Rescue Hook
- Pair of Nitrale Gloves in zip lock bag
- Surefire Lanyard
- Novatac 120P
- Leatherman Wave
- 2 x Mini Sharpies
- Pen
- Wallet
- Medical Protocols
- Spyderco Pelican
- Benchmade 550 Knife
- Surefire A2 Aviator
- Fenix L2T Flashlight
- Rear Light for bicycle
- Large Rubbish Bags (Folded In A Zip Lock Bag)
- Several Paper Napkins
- Zip Lock Bags
- Zip Ties
- Local Maps
- Bus Timetable
- Youngstown Utility Pro Gloves
- Notebook
- High Vis Vest
- Kifaru Medium Pod
- First Aid Kit in Maxpedition Individual First Aid Pouch
- Maxpedition Volta Battery Case with AA & AAA batteries
- Duct Tape
- 15 CR123A Batteries In A Pelican 1010 Case
- Snacks
- Watch-cap (winter addition)
- Pack Rain-cover
- Bike Gloves
- Kathmandu wind fleece Gloves (winter addition)
- 550 Cord
- AMK Heat Sheets Blanket
- Disposable raincoat
- Travel Pack Of Tissues
- Reading Glasses
- Glasses Cleaning Kit
- Ear Plugs
- 6" Emergency Trauma Dressing

I will be adding:

- Yeasu VR-500 Scanner
- Garmin GPSMAP 60 CSX with Blade Tech pouch
- Yaesu VX-6R Handheld (Once I get my License)
- Leatherman Bit Kit
- Surefire EarPRO earplugs (To replace old earplugs)
- HDS Ra Light Clicky, custom (To replace Novatac 120P)
- Spyderco Persistence (To Replace Spyderco Pelican)
- Canon EOS 1000D Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 75-300mm lenses
- Windmill Delta Shockproof Lighter (To replace Lighter)

It is still a work in progress, but the bag is staying as is as it is defiantly going to outlast me.


Aug 13, 2006
Re: EDC Bag Help Needed

Man, I got headache just looking at that list. I need to look at what you have there. I am sure you have something that I should be carrying.

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


Newly Enlightened
Sep 8, 2010
Bug Out Bags

  1. Do you have a Bug Out Bag?
  2. What does it contain?
  3. Where do you keep it?
  4. Why do you think you need it?
  5. What is the make/model of your bag?
  6. Have you ever been required to put it to actual use?


Aug 21, 2008
Re: Bug Out Bags

  1. Do you have a Bug Out Bag?
  2. What does it contain?
  3. Where do you keep it?
  4. Why do you think you need it?
  5. What is the make/model of your bag?
  6. Have you ever been required to put it to actual use?
1. Yes
2. Short term emergency tools and supplies- I am in the process of rotating summer to winter gear.
3. Car- front passenger floorboard
4. Very Long Daily commute in a 13 year old car
5. 15 year + old Eddie bower solid black eddie bauer laptop bag- built more like a maxpedition bag than the new Eddie Bauer stuff.
6. Yes

fyi- Equipped.org- DDoug Ritter's site has multiple good reviews of diferrent PSK's- a good base for your BOB- or as I like to call mine- Go Bag or Get Home Bag.


Newly Enlightened
Oct 12, 2010
Re: Bug Out Bags

  1. Do you have a Bug Out Bag? - Yes.
  2. What does it contain? I followed the items from this website fairly closely (see link below). I try to make sure there are multiple uses for each item and that each item is high quality. The problem with most bags (mine included) is that they can get heavy very quickly, too much cool gear I guess :)
  3. Where do you keep it? I keep in my house but I'm working on one for my car. There have been many times we've used items from our bug out bag because everything in there is very useful to say the least.
  4. Why do you think you need it? I think there is a tendency to think of a bug out bag as something extreme but in reality it really is just an emergency kit (or 72 hour kit) in some cases. Like I said earlier, there are so many uses for the items in a bug out bag you'll find yourself reaching for it a lot. For example, my family and I were at a parade and it started raining (I mean really raining) I pulled the poncho from my bag, made a couple ponchos from heavy plastic bags for the kids, and we watched the rest of the parade. Nothing catastrophic needs to happen for you to be prepared.
  5. What is the make/model of your bag? I bought a hunting/gortex type bag. These bags are ultra tough, masterfully engineered by folks that hike long distances with heavy loads, and the good brands have lifelong guarantees. I like Eberlestock bags because they have a tactical approach to designing the bags.
  6. Have you ever been required to put it to actual use? Yes, my bag gets used all the time which makes me think I should make another bag that I can take stuff from without sacrificing my main prepared bag. My wife ate all the jerky from her bag so I'll need to buy some more. I think its important that people go out with their bag so they can get an idea of what they really use and need. You'd be surprised at how much you use some items while other items are a complete waste of space.
A well planned bug out bag makes camping trips a breeze. Espesially if your kids have well prepped bags too. It takes about two minutes to go camping instead of 5 hours of painful preparation (if you have kids you know what I mean).


Newly Enlightened
Jun 4, 2013
Re: Bug Out Bags

You could make a bug out bag for training purposes and to borrow stuff from. And a separate one, that has better quality items and may never be affected. A bug out bag can be on the attick, if their is a flood risk. Or it can be on the way out on the floor. You should be able to grab it, even if you are wounded, and the house is filled with smoke.


Newly Enlightened
Jun 4, 2013
Re: EDC Bag Help Needed

It is handy to have an EDC-bag that is a lot bigger than you need for your EDC. Than you can add something, depending on the situation: small errands, rain poncho, scarf, warm mittens, extra water bottle, food, etc.

Leather is too heavy IMO for long carry.


Newly Enlightened
Sep 9, 2012
Re: Bug Out Bags

  1. Do you have a Bug Out Bag?
  2. What does it contain?
  3. Where do you keep it?
  4. Why do you think you need it?
  5. What is the make/model of your bag?
  6. Have you ever been required to put it to actual use?

1. Yes.
2. More of a framework rather than than a bag I put away specifically for Bug Out. I keep many of the ingrediants in the trunk along with the bag. I adjust to what kind of disaster I might find. I will also food in the trunk specifically for my bag and if I find myself cut off from home for a couple weeks.
3. Mostly my car trunk but often on my back.
4. You never know. I live on a floodplain. I might need to evacuate. Although that has not happened yet, I come close to it every other year for the past ten years.
5. Maxpedition Vulture II. I also have Maxpedition Neatfreak that can serve as a min Bug Out Bag for working in an office.
6. No. In that sense I am lucky.

Jack Daniels

Newly Enlightened
Sep 4, 2014
Ontario, Canada
What's in Your Bug-Out Kit?

Anyone else here into bug-out kits? I mean bug-out bag, tent, flashlights, knives, sleeping gear, stove, rifle, and all the rest of it. I'm slowly putting one together. Maybe I can get some ideas from some of you.

So what's in yours?


Oct 17, 2013
Manchester UK
Re: What's in Your Bug-Out Kit?

Jack,you made me:) as your name would be a cracking idea for the bag............i am sure if its needed, a stiff drink would be required at some point.