Bug Out Bag List – The Essentials You Need in Your Bug Out Bag

Bug Out Bag List (essentials + more!)

We’ve put together a packing list of essential bug out bag items so that you don’t have to.

With our handy bug out bag list, you’ll be packed in no time.

Of course, this is just a starting point, and you can customize your bag further so that it is tailored to your individual needs.

As a good rule of thumb, a well designed Bug Out Bag should weigh no more than 30% of your body weight. Any more than this will be highly strenuous and will limit a person’s ability to hike over long distances as may be required by your survival situation.

This means you’ll want to mostly limit what’s in your bug out bag to the essentials: items that have a high probability of helping you survive a disaster scenario.

To aid in your planning of your Bug Out Bag contents we have built the free tool below to help you approximate how much your Bug Out Bag will weigh, with the option of entering your own body weight to see if your gear is above or below the 30% weight threshold.

Additionally, if you enter your email address and press the “Submit” button you will get a copy of your custom BOB list sent straight to your inbox to help you pack.

If packing your own bug out bag sounds too time consuming or confusing, you may want to check out our premade bug out bag buying guide for a ready to go alternative, such as the Zippmo Urban Survival Kit for Two.

Don’t miss: Below the tool, we’ve included an example bug out bag list with links to some of our favorite items so that you can get inspired!

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Example Bug Out Bag Loadout (with links!)

Here’s an example of a bug out bag for inspiration. We’ve picked specific products that we trust enough to recommend.

The Backpack

We’re a big fan of the 5.11 Tactical Rush 72 for a 3-day Bug Out Bag. It is designed by professional survivalists and is built to last. For more backpack options and to expand your knowledge further, read more about how to choose a bug out bag backpack.


Remember, the above is just an example bug out bag list but all the items in it are products that we actually believe in.

Always do your research and pack the items that suit your needs best. That way you’ll have a Bug Out Bag that you will be able to count on.

2 comments on “Bug Out Bag List – The Essentials You Need in Your Bug Out Bag

  1. You folks have some excellent idea, plans and recommendations here. I’ve been teaching various forms of survival in urban and wilderness (Canada, USA, Central America, South America, Asia – jungle, boreal, mountain, snow, etc. ) for 40+ years. I can’t seem to find in the EDC, BOB or other lists, an emphasis on (pick your own number) the “medications you require to say healthy and focused”. Many “all-weather, waterproof, metal or synthetic containers exist for 1, 1-3, 1-2 weeks, month, etc.”. No MEDs ? It has to be listed. Running out, while “bugging out”, is not acceptable. Be safe, be well. Be prepared. Johnny I.

  2. Sorry Folks, couldn’t resist:
    BOB Add-ins:
    If you’re plan has you near salt or fresh water:
    (Yes, I know, I can start separating individual threads from my para cord too, but why the hell would I want to?)
    A) spool of braided heavy gauge fishing line, small packet of various size hooks, small packe a steel 12″ leaders, small packet of spinners (all of A) weighs a few onces total and takes up the space of a deck of cards)
    B) spool of lock wire (it’s a thin, strong, stainless steel single filament wire used in aviation maintenance and elsewhere) 15-20 gauge. This weighs less than a pound, makes the best snares you can imagine: rabbits to small deer (when braided), camp perimeter security, and on and on and on, is reusable over & over again.
    C) Fire Starting / Making Kits are great. OK, we all agree on that right. Want fast, really cheap results. Try a small flat used tin box with lid (like a breath mint or tobacco tin). Stuff it full of cotton balls or the cotton from a first aid kit. Drip the sap from a spruce or fir tree into the cotton until it’s moist. Add a few twigs if you want. Lay in a piece of match box striking surface and a few “strike anywhere matches. Seal the tin with one piece of electrical tape around the seam of the top and bottom, with a an extra 2 inches over-lap. Fold the over-lap in half so it sticks to itself, like an “opener tab when you pull it”. When you are in a a rain drenched, wet, or wet snow environment, getting the fire going isn’t fun, but may be critical to saving your life. Find your fire fuel (wood, bark, coal, whatever). Open your “Fire Tin” and slide it under your fuel. Light it. Enjoy ! Save the tin and use it again later. Refill as noted earlier, or if you are out for a while, use birch bark thin strips and the same tree sap or other flammable liquids.

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