If you've taken the time to research the times we're living in then I'm certain you're aware that a day is coming when the stuff is going to "hit the fan". And in that day you'll be glad you put together a well thought out bug out bag such as this to protect your family and friends!
What is a Bug Out Bag?
A bug out bag is a backpack filled with only the necessary tools to keep you and your family alive for a few days in order to get to your next checkpoint or safehouse. This bag is not meant to last you the rest of your life, it's only a tool to help you get from a to b. The bag should contain only what is necessary for your environment and shouldn't include the kitchen sink.
Most people load these bags with all sorts of MREs and water packs, but if you've taken the time to learn to live off of the land you won't be limited by this weight and will be able to eat no matter where you are. You should have a bug out bag in more than one location in order to make sure that you're able to get to it no matter when the stuff hits the fan.
What Are The Essentials
When making your personal bug out bag you want to keep the ability to carry it for long periods in mind, in other words, don't put what you want in the bag but only what you NEED. If you believe that you need to take your laptop with you in a bug out situation then you may need to re think your priorities, because sadly I don't see Facebook making it through this situation...
Anyway, when talking about the essentials I'm sure you understand that food, water and shelter are of the utmost importance to have in your bag. So make sure that you have the correct amount of these supplies in your bag, meaning don't depend on these foods alone to keep you alive so that you can minimize the weight of the bag further. You may also want to have some things like:
(4) Food Bars (2400 Calorie)*
(4) Boxes of Water (1 Liter) *
(4) Emergency Ponchos
(4) Survival Blankets
(1) Emergency Power Station: Flashlight/AM-FM Radio/Siren/Cell Phone Charger
(1) Duct Tape (10 yards)
(1) Multi-Function Pocket Tool
(1) First-Aid Kit (107 piece)
(4) Emergency Lightsticks (12-hr)
(8) 10” Nitrile Gloves
(4) Safety Goggles
(4) Niosh N-95 Dust Mask
(4) Pocket Tissue Packs
(1) Pair of Leather Gloves
(1) Emergency Whistle
(12) Pre-Moistened Towelettes
(3) Bio-Hazard Bags
It should be abundantly clear that when making your own bug out bag or purchasing someone else, that light weight and practicality should be the two highest priorities on your list. Because if you can't carry it or the items aren't of much use to you, then you might as well literally be carrying dead weight.
So we hope that this helps you to better prepare yourself and your family for the inevitable disasters that are sure to face this country sooner or later. And if they don't then your family can rest easy knowing that you were prepared to do what it takes. Learn more about disaster preparedness.