These Are The Essential Items That Should Be In Every 'Bug-Out Bag'

A "bug-out bag" or emergency go-bag is something everyone should have in their home or vehicle (or both). When disaster strikes, you'll be glad you have these survival items pre-packed and ready to go. In this video from the Business Insider YouTube channel, survival expert Tim Macwelch, author of How To Survive Anything, shows you everything you should include in your own bug-out bag. In no particular order, your bug-out bag should include:

  • A lightweight set of clothing
  • Water bottle with a built-in filter
  • Duct tape
  • Small first-aid kit
  • Survival rations
  • Space blankets
  • A poncho
  • A small supply of drinkable water (and expandable containers that can hold more water)
  • A pair of sturdy gloves, goggles and other protective equipment
  • A headlamp with spare batteries
  • Iodine drops for disinfecting wounds and water
  • A local map and compass
  • A signal whistle and mirror
  • Travel hygiene products
  • A fire-starting kit that provides multiple ways to start a fire
  • A folding knife

With those items, you should be able to survive most emergency situations. An emergency phone charger and radio wouldn't hurt either. When it comes to the actual bag you choose, Macwelch recommends you go with a bag that doesn't look like a bug-out bag. That will keep people from trying to steal it in an emergency.

A survival expert showed us everything you need to survive an emergency [YouTube]


    If The Walking Dead has taught me anything it's that the bag should also contain a katana and an M14.

    I was told that lipstick is a good item to have in a bug out bag.

    It's good for marking things (leaving a message, marking where you've been) and it won't wash out like chalk.

    It's flammable so it's good to help start a fire.

    You can use it waterproof small items.

      And you can look ravishing!


        Also, you can use it on the rest of your face for camouflage (as long as it isn't hot pink or something)

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