Preparing a bugout bag, a survival kit, or a go-bag is definitely something you should have done, or be ready to do. If you haven’t checked that item off your list yet, you might want to get started. Below, we’ve listed the most essential items that you’ll need to get started.
Finding the right bag or backpack is essentially the very first step to assembling your survival kit. Whether you choose a backpack, a duffle bag, or even a plastic container, you’ll want to be sure that it is durable, easy to transport, and has plenty of space for all your gear.
Choosing the right bag is really a personal experience. Test some out, try out a variety of brands and styles, and be sure that the one you choose best fits your needs and requirements. If you’d like some suggestions on where to start you can always check out this post on our favorite camping backpacks.
You won’t want to leave home without this item. Having the right survival knife is another necessity. Again, these will look different depending on what you plan on using them for and what you’re comfortable with. When choosing a knife you should be aware that you get what you pay for. Pay attention to what materials are used, any special features they may have, and the method of construction. Knives are not all created equally, and you may find that splurging a bit on an essential item like this is the best idea.
I hope this isn’t the first time you’re hearing about paracord, but if it is, you’ll want to start here. Paracord has an incredible amount of uses ranging from entertainment purposes, shelter, and first-aid use. You don’t want to catch yourself without having some of this in your bug-out bag. Being prepared for an emergency definitely mean that you have some paracord with you just in case. Here are some incredible uses that this simple item has.
First Aid Kit
We talk a lot about having a first aid kit ready for emergency situations. We’ve explained how important they are, how to stock your own, and where to purchase preassembled ones. There really are zero excuses for not having a first aid kit with you during an emergency situation. Your survival kit must be stocked with first aid materials such as bandages, gauze, ointment, gloves, and other medically needed items. Create your own or grab one that’s already been stocked, but either way, be sure you have this in your disaster kit.
You can only survive for a short period of time without food and water. You just never know what kind of situation you are going to find yourself in so be sure you have some food and water in your tactical survival kit. Choose food that is non-perishable and will give you long-lasting energy. Granola or granola bars are a great option. We also sell MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) which can be stored for long periods of time and do not need a microwave, stove, etc. to prepare. They are also full of calories so they’ll be sure to help you keep your energy up.
It’s also a smart idea to have water with you. We know that you’ll need another source of water eventually, but it may take some time to get that figured out. In a true emergency situation, you will want a small stash of water to get you started. Consider grabbing a reusable water bottle. You could also have a large jug of water or individual bottles, although this option just isn’t as good for the environment.
It’s nearly impossible to prepare for every single scenario that might occur, but you can make some general assumptions about clothing items you may need. Have extra layers, in case it gets cold. Socks, pants, shoes, gloves, a hat, etc, should make their way into your survival pack. You should also have gear in case of rain or other precipitation. Pack a poncho, boots, baseball cap, a rain jacket, and maybe even an umbrella. Don’t forget about the items you’ll want for the heat too.
Water Filtration System
We mentioned above that you are going to need water. You can’t survive without it. If you go through your supply you are going to need to figure out a way to drink clean water. Drinking water without being sure it is filtered is not only dangerous, but it can be deadly. Add some sort of water filtration system to your emergency go kit. There are many options to choose from, like the tablets that you can add to large amounts of water, or the filtration straw.
Although you don’t need fire to cook those MREs you’ve got in your emergency kit, you will probably need to have a fire for warmth. In addition, if you need to find and cook your own food, there’s no way to do that without some heat. Starting a fire may not always be easy so have some tools to help. A fire starter is always a great option to have in your to-go bag. Throw in some matches for backup too.
We definitely recommend having some sort of self-defense item in your survival gear. Of course, this is always a personal preference. It should also be said that there are numerous items on the spectrum. Ranging from pepper spray, tasers, to firearms and knives. Choose what is most comfortable for you, but we do recommend having something, just in case.
When starting your survival kit, these are definitely the first thing you’ll want to be sure you have. Once you’ve got these basics figured out you can start to add additional items and assemble your perfect backpack survival kit.