I know, I know….The last thing the World Wide Web needs is another Bug Out Bag List (well, that and pictures of adorable pets and babies), but…this is a site dedicated to bug out bags! And well, it just doesn’t seem complete without one.


So we decided to post our list for the whole world to see…and ultimately scrutinize. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, just browse the survival forums).

Quite simply, we at Bug Out Bag Academy believe an excellent bug out bag starts with a great bug out bag list.

It doesn’t necessarily mean everything you put on the list will end up going into your bag, but at least you’ve got a pretty good idea of where to start.

The last thing we want is for people like you to not start because you don’t now how. We know. We’ve been there. Especially if you’re just starting out, there is a ton of information out there, isn’t there?

Some of it’s really good. Some of it’s…how shall we say it…not so good.

As we’ve stated in previous posts, building your bug out bag doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, we believe it should be a fun and enjoyable experience. After all, having a solid bug out plan, and knowing that you’re planning well in advance should help put your mind at ease about “SHTF” scenarios.

So whether you’re new to the idea of bugging out, or you’ve been in our neck of the woods for a while now, there’s most likely something you can take away from the following.

The first item on your bug out bag list is the bag itself. There are several schools of thought on this topic, of which the two main ones are:

1) You should choose the best bag for you

2) You should only choose the bag after you have the items

We’ve written a post detailing our thoughts and what the best bug out bags are in our opinion – ones we’ve tried and tested and all that good stuff. We won’t go into that here, but if interested here it is: How to Choose the Best Bug Out Bag for You.

Just so you know, we’ll be doing in-depth reviews of all these items in the near-future, so be sure to subscribe if you want to know when we post new content.

And as a “Thank You,” you’ll also receive the Free Bug Out Bag Checklist PDF we outline below to help you build your own bug out bag!
Okay, with that out of the way, let’s talk Bug Out Bag Essentials!


Arguably the most important bug out bag essentials are related to water and hydration. The human body can go without water for only 72 hours, whereas it can go without food for about 3 weeks. Water is an absolute must have in your bug out bag. One liter minimum, per day, per person is highly recommended.

Below, you can see the items we recommend.

Drinking Water (3 Liters)
Collapsible Water Bottle
Hard Water Bottle
Metal Water Bottle / Canteen
Water Filters / Purification Systems
Water Purification Tablets (Qty 3)


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Next up are food stuffs. In the preparedness community we see a lot of people eager to recommend various products, mostly off-the-shelf, dehydrated, store-bought items. Personally, we recommend a variety of non-perishable food items, some that might require water and some that don’t. In a real bug out situation, you don’t know how scarce your water source might be. To be safe, plan for more scarce than you think.

Most of these items are self-explanatory, but we will definitely expand upon our reasoning for selecting these items in future posts. The important thing to know now is, you’ll want enough food to last three days at least. Another recommendation we see is, people using plastic cookware. For heat-resistance and durability, we recommend metal cooking utensils and cookware.

Protein / Energy Bars (Qty 6)
MREs / Dehydrated Meals (Qty 3)
P-38 Can Opener
Metal Cooking Pot
Metal Cup
Pot Scrubber
Portable Stove
Stove Fuel (Qty 8 Tablets)

Choosing clothing for your bug out bag is a very personalized selection as we all have different body types, tolerances and levels of fitness. The items listed below are to be strategically layered to maintain a healthy body temperature at all times.

Your clothes selection will obviously depend on your location, climate and the other factors listed above. You should evaluate your bug out bag every six months. At these times you’ll want to have a seasonal selection of clothes that you can swap out when necessary.

At least two changes of clothes ensure you can always have a dry set to wear. The last thing you want while bugging out, and in the elements, is wet clothes. Not only are they uncomfortable, but hypothermia is a real concern not to be taken lightly.

Lightweight Long Sleeve Shirt
Convertible (Zip-Off) Pants
Wool Hiking Socks (Qty 3 pair)
Medium Weight Fleece
Hat w/ Flex Brim
Working Gloves
Rain Poncho

At first glance, to the experienced survivalist, some of the items we’ve chosen for this category might seem excessive or even impractical. But if you check the individual products we recommend, you’ll see they’re all made compact and lightweight with the backpacker in mind.

Yes, you can make a shelter out of a tarp or use a trash bag filled with leaves as a makeshift ground pad, but these are all items we think are a wise choice to include for numerous reasons. Being well-rested, both mentally and physically, is extremely important when times are rough.

Sleeping Bag
Ground Pad
Wool Blanket


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Having several means for starting a fire is also essential when bugging out. We recommend the following basics to be included in every bug out bag. The reason being, a survivalist and firearms expert friend of ours shared this piece of wisdom which has stuck with us ever since –

“Where there are two, there’s one. Where there’s one, there’s none.”

Essentially that means, if you don’t have a back up, and your primary fails you…you’re toast.

For that reason we recommend having at least 3 different means of starting a fire on your bug out bag list of items to pack.

Ignition Source (Qty 3)
Tinder (Qty 3)
Waterproof Storage

First aid is one of those areas where there are a lot of “done for you” type products out there that just aren’t well-suited for a survival kit such as a bug out bag. The topic of First Aid could easily warrant several posts, but to keep it simple for now, we have one that we do highly recommend, but of course you can always build your own too.

First Aid Kit
Insect Repellant
Mylar Survival Blanket

We’ve found that various aspects of personal hygiene are often overlooked when compiling a bug out bag list of essentials. But the implications of forgoing any of these for an extended period of time might lead to bacterial infections and a rapid deterioration in health. When bugging out, you need to be at the top of your game, so be sure to pack these items.

Wet Napkins
Hand Sanitizer
All-Purpose Camp Soap
Hygiene/Signal Mirror
Small Pack Towel
Travel Toilet Paper (Qty 2)

Next to weapons, this is the one category that everyone loves to go crazy over. And it’s easy to see why. Gadgets are cool, and some of these are especially sweet. But as we’ve said before, “every ounce counts.” Determine the must-haves and forget the rest. Trying to practice what we preach, we recommend the following three tools for your bug out bag.

Again, we’ll be sure to detail our reasoning later in another post, so stay tuned, but for now, these should fit the bill for most, if not all, bug out bags quite nicely.

Survival Knife

Illumination, like fire sources, is something we recommend having multiple instances of as well. If one fails or you lose it somehow, you have another to take its place. Each item listed below has multiple uses, but they all serve the same purpose – helping you see what you’re doing or find where you’re going. Don’t forget the extra batteries!

LED Headlamp
Mini LED Keychain
Light Glowstick
Mini LED Light

Communications is another highly contested category in the preparedness community. We like to keep it simple though. If the bug out scenario allows for their use, you’ll be glad to have these items with you.

Cell Phone
Crank Power Charger
Emergency Radio with Hand Crank

Depending on the situation you find yourself in, these items might prove quite useful. Don’t leave home without carefully thinking these through first.

$500 Minimum in Small Bills
Quarters (Qty 8)
Gold / Silver Bullion Coins
Local Area Map
Small Note Pad / Pencil
Emergency Whistle

Without a doubt, this is a controversial topic, and (WARNING: Blanket Statement Ahead!) it’s been our experience that the Americans among us tend to embrace this category the most. And being from the fsd300reg23n-060e832US ourselves, we definitely see why. J

Self defense is something we should all give serious consideration. Bugging out, in its severest of circumstances, is a survive or die proposition. Whether you choose a handgun, a rifle, both, or just a can of pepper spray, it’s completely up to you. But you can be sure in a bug out scenario, we’ll be well equipped to defend ourselves and hunt wild game if need be.

If you choose not to carry a weapon, or are not allowed to do so, then we highly recommend some degree of self defense training – especially If you have a family – as they’ll be depending on you for their safety.

We’ll definitely be doing more posts on this topic as time goes on, so please let us know what you would like to read more about in the comments below.

Pepper Spray
Takedown rifle
Ammunition (Qty 25 rnds minimum)

We’re almost done! These are items that didn’t necessarily fit into any of the other categories, but they’re just as important for inclusion in your bug out bag. Chances are some of the items will have you scratching your head, but we assure you, you want these items in your bug out bag.

550 Parachute Cord (50′)
Cotton Bandana
Duct Tape (25’)
55 Gal. Contractor Garbage Bag (Qty 2)
Resealable Bags (Qty 5, Various Sizes)
N95 Face Mask
Sewing Kit
Latex Tubing (3’)
Fishing Kit
Condoms (Non-lubricated)
Binoculars (Optional)
Face Paint
Military Surplus Survival / Snare Wire

Oh, and before we forget… We make it a practice to state this disclaimer whenever we can to avoid any confusion.

We’re not certified experts, but we make it our aim to provide you with the best educational information possible in which we’ve consulted numerous experts. Even then, we don’t know everything, and we still make mistakes just like the next person.

The bug out bag list above isn’t intended as Gospel truth. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to do your own due diligence and come to your own conclusions. Your bug out bag will not automagically keep you alive. It is, however, intended to help you survive a bug out scenario.

If you don’t learn how to use these items effectively and practice using them on a regular basis, all the bug out bags in the world probably won’t be able to help you.

Emergency preparedness is not a fad, nor a hobby. It’s a way of life. If you believe that, you’ll be all that much better off as a result.

Well, there you have it! That, ladies and gentlemen, is our version of the Bug Out Bag List. What are your thoughts? Did we forget anything? What would you add to (or take away from) the list? Please let us know in the comments below.

SOURCE : bugoutbagacademy.com

                              Other useful resources:

Blackout USA (EMP survival and preparedness guide)

Backyard Innovator (All Year Round Source Of Fresh Meat,Vegetables And Clean Drinking Water)

Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )

Liberty Generator (Easy DIY to build your own off-grid free energy device)

Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap DIY Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)

Bullet Proof Home (A Prepper’s Guide in Safeguarding a Home )

Family Self Defense (Best Self Defense Strategies For You And Your Family)

Sold Out After Crisis (Best 37 Items To Hoard For A Long Term Crisis)


  1. Under hygiene. You really need to add some kind of shovel, trowel or entrenchment tool. Leaving your environment shitty is just a shitty thing to do.

  2. I guess that I’ve read fifty articles, and watched 30 videos on bug out bags. I’m on my fourth version of my own bug out bag (system). I have to say that I’m STILL far from satisfied and completely confident with what I’ve got.
    This article is one of the very best on this subject I’ve ever read. Perhaps I think so, because the current derivation of my own kit contains 95% of what’s described here.
    Now,… This said, I’d like to offer something of a new and different approach about what should be in everyone’s kits.
    I’ve been thinking lately, that what’s in you’re kit, is not as important, as what’s not in your kit. After all, isn’t it the what you really need, but didn’t bring along going to bring you the most misery, and possibly even get you killed?
    Rather than starting with a long list of what to bring, begin by imagining yourself in a survival situation. Think about what you would actually be experiencing. As yourself, what the first concern on your mind would be.
    I imagine that I’m 50 miles from home, and an EMP bomb fry’s my vehicles electronic ignition system. It has also fried 95% of all the other vehicles. Cell phone towers are fried, as is the Electric Grid. My most urgent priority is to somehow make it back home as soon as possible. I ask myself, what is my most urgent need at that moment. I answer, that it’s a great pair of shoes, or boots that I can walk 50 miles in that will not kill my feet, and cripple me. I realize that having some athletic tape, that I can apply to my feet to keep hot spots and blisters from forming would be crucial. Next I’m thinking that having the right cloths along for the daytime and nighttime conditions would mean a huge amount. I’m thinking that I’m going to start getting very thirsty within the first hour or, so, thus, a canteen, or better a few bottled waters would save much misery. You get the idea.
    Using this method, it’s much easier to assemble a really useful kit, avoiding the usual practice of just dumping anything that may seem useful (and heavy) and lugging it all around.
    Hope you find this idea useful!

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