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!
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.
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.
- 205-Piece First Aid Kit from First Aid Only
- Vizeri Tactical Flashlight
- Eton FRX2 Emergency Radio
- The Leatherman Wingman Multitool
- UCO Stormproof Matches in Waterproof Container
- Cigarette Lighters x 2
- Kershaw Tanto Serrated Blur Folding Knife
- KA-BAR Becker 22 Fixed Blade Knife
- Datrex Emergency Ration Bars x 3 cases
- Datrex Emergency Water Packets 72 Hour Supply
- Camelbak 2.0 Liter Antidote Hydration Reservoir
- Chlor-Floc Water Purification Packets
- 750 ml Aluminum Water Bottle
- Coghlan’s Tube Tent
- SOL Emergency Blanket
- Rothco Ripstop Poncho
- Paracord – 50 feet
- Duct Tape – 50 feet
- Storm Emergency Whistle
- Folding Eating Utensils
- Mechanix M-Pact Gloves
- SABRE Police Strength Pepper Spray
- The Scout Hunting Slingshot
- Cyalume SnapLight Light Sticks x 4
- 10 Large Zip Ties
- 6 AA and 6 AAA batteries
- Toiletry bag
- Extra clothing
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.