What is the best way to be prepared for any survival or even first aid situation in today’s society?
How do we ensure that we are prepared and have the right products available in an emergency situation?
Benjamin Franklin said “By falling to prepare, you are preparing to fail”
And this is still so true as emergencies happen unexpectedly and often without any warning. They can be life changing and life threatening and we believe that an incident like the recent South East Asian Tsunami proves that it can change the lives of millions of people within hours.
This is why it is essential to be prepared for the unknown, with the recommendations of a Health and Safety body. Check out our reviews below…
Check out some of the best bug out bags below….
Table of Contents
- 1 Different Types of Bug Out Bags
- 2 Build Your Own!
- 3 Checklist for Your Kit
|Picture||Brand & Kit||Price||Reviews||Rating||People|
|Life Gear Basic Survival Kit||<$100||10||3.5||2|
|PrepPac Disaster Kit||<$100||8||4.6||2|
|Ready America Grab N Go Survival Kit||<$200||109||4||4|
|Intermediate First Aid Kit||<$200||33||4||2|
|Life Gear Wings of Life Kit||<$200||7||3.9||1|
|Urban Survival Kit by Emergency Zone||<$200||6||3.5||2|
|Fox Leather Survival Kit||>$300||0||0||2|
|Forge Survival - Ultimate BOB||>$1000||0||0||2|
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Different Types of Bug Out Bags
There are soo many different names out there for survival kits so before we start, i have included a few terms that you might hear around the traps:
- Personal Emergency Relocation Kits (PERKs) – These type of BOBs refer to packs you can store in your car or somewhere really accessible and you generally take them anywhere you go.
- 72 hour kit – When you go bush or snowboarding, it is really important that you kit up for any disaster where you could be alone for a couple of days.
- Get Out Of Dodge (GOOD) kits – Coined by the people, the GOOD kit is a colloquial term for a survival kit.
All of these essentially mean the same thing and that is
“You will be prepared for an adventure”
If you already didnt see my review table on the survival kits out there, you can view it again here. Click here for ultimate survival kit table. So i have taken the liberty to build out a review on a market leading basic pack that i found from Fox Tactical.
Build Your Own!
If your like me and seem to take charge and do everything yourself, then what better option do you have then to put together your own custom kit! You will get by here learning everything you need to know about assembling your own kit.
What To Store in Your BOB?
A BOB is a collection of necessities that will enable you get out of an emergency situation and survive for a period of about three days. You can design your bug out bag to last longer but most of them are designed to last for three days.
In the BOB you need to collect necessary items that will enable you survive in a place away from where you will access necessities in life, for instance in the situation where you will need a BOB you will not be able to access water, food, fire to warm up and you will be exposed to different forms of dangers hence you need to protect yourself. The following are items you need to have in your pack:
You cannot survive without water; this makes it necessary for you to have water in your bug out bag. Because you will not have enough capacity for you to carry enough water, you need to carry at least one liter of water per day which you intend to be in the survival satiation. In case you can access a collapsible water bottle, it will be very easy for you to carry it in your bag.
- Water bladder or Camel Back (2 Litre)
- Collapsible Water Bottles (3 liters)
- Water bottle with a filter option
- Emergency Water Packets (as required
Purify Your Water
- Water Tablets (Iodine or Chlorine Dioxide)
- Portable Hand Pump or Filter
- Steripen or portable UV wand
The best foods that you should carry in your BOB should be light; going for freeze dried foods which you will add boiling water while in your survival situation and eat will be the best option for you. Besides freeze dried foods you can also carry Energy bars.
- Muesli Bars or Snack Bars (3 per day)
- Ready to Eat Meals (MREs) (2 per day)
- Packet Porridge or Oats
- Tuna sachets
- Beef Jerky or Pork Jerky
- Lollies or Candy
- Freeze Dried Food
You cannot do without clothing; this makes it necessary for you to have in your BOB clothes that will serve you in different purposes such as the following:
- A pair of sturdy shoes to prevent you from any injury while walking
- 2 Pairs of socks
- A pair of long pants
- 2 Shirts
- A Jacket to protect you from cold and rain
- A hat
- Warm long underwear
- A Bandana
For you to survive in a place for more than three days you need shelter where you will sleep and protect yourself from extreme elements of weather. For shelter you need to have a tent, a sleeping pad and a good sleeping bag.
- Emergency Tarp or Reflective Blanket
- Sleeping Bag (best quality you can afford)
- Rain JAacket or Poncho
- Emergency Bivy or Light weight Tent
First Aid Kit
Because in a survival situation emergencies can arise, you need to equip yourself with a first aid kit. You can easily buy one online and have in your home which you can pack while going for the survival satiations. While packing the first aid kit you should remember to pack the instruction kit for you to be able to know how to carry out different first aid procedures.
In the survival situation you may be faced with danger, in such a situation you need a weapon which will enable you protect yourself. The danger can come from wild animals or hostile people. Carrying a gun or a survival knife will be preferable.
Basic Gear – Fire & Protection
In the basic gear category the following items will be very necessary:
Light Options (Make sure you keep these in a zip lock bag)
- Head Lamp, Good Quality Torch & Spare Batteries
Fire and Warmth (Also keep in Ziplock)
- Matches, Propane Lighter (Bic), Magnesium fire starter, Tinder (small leaves or cotton balls)
- Fixed blade Knife or hatchet, hand gun & extra ammo.
Checklist for Your Kit
Check out this video to give you some extra hints in determining the best checklist items for your bug out bag!