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The aim of this site is to be a GREAT resource for people looking to learn about Bug Out and Survival tactics.  Part of this is to look at tools and other items that would aid in a survival situation and we examine many such items on several of our posts.  To assist you in looking for helpful Bug Out and survival related items we have created this page as a consolidated list of what we review and recommend on this site.

Many of the items are available on Amazon if you would like to search for them there or look for more information, please click on this link: Amazon Home.   Clicking on the items in the lists below will also take you to the relevant Amazon page for your convenience.  If there is a specific category of items that you would like is to take a look at or something you would suggest please email me at info@thebugoutbagguide.com and I will create a special link for it.  Thank you again!

Bug Out Bag Essentials

Survival Knives

Camillus Survivorman Les Stroud Ultimate Survival KnifeUnited Cutlery Bush Master Survival KnifeRothco Deluxe Adventurer Survival Kit Knife



Water Filtration

SterpienLifeStrawTablets



Sleeping Options

Sleeping BagCamping Hammock


Every Day Carry Items

ItemClick image to view on Amazon
CRKT M21
Kikkerland Classic Survival Tool
Carabiner "Grenade" Survival Kit Key Fob
Zitrades Mini Cree Led Flashlight
LifeResQ 6-In-1 Car Escape Tool
Leatherman Sidekick Multi Tool
BOKER Minibar Blade
Schrade Key Chain Pry Tool
The Friendly Swede Paracord Bracelet w/ Fire Starter
Para Cord Brands Survival Bracelet and Watch
Type-III 4pc Liquid Filled Slip-on Compass

Premade Bug Out Bags

Bug Out BagNameCost# of People SupportedType of bagType of KitReview
Guardian Survival Pal
$32.991Small bagBare BonesThis kit is very basic and would be well suited to be the Bug Out Bag to keep in a car or office as it is small and lightweight. It does have good food and water options for its size and cost as well as a hand powered flashlight.
ESEE Advanced Professional Survival Kit
$1211Shoulder bagDeluxeGreat basic kit, has high quality items and many survival supplies not included in cheaper Bug Out Bags including a fishing kit, can opener, firestarting flint, and comprehensive first aid kit. The higher quality of the included items means that you would need to replace less and can simply build out from the foundation this kit provides.

Fox Tactical Field Operator's Action Pack
$1691BackpackDeluxeThis has a very high quality backpack that stores some excellent survival gear. The inclusion of an LED flashlight, sanitary pads, and wet naps are all well thought out additions. The makers of this Bug Out Kit did no skimp on quality when assembling.
Mayday Deluxe 1 Person Backpack Kit
$54.161BackpackBasicGreat basic kit. This has all the Bug Out Bag essentials a person would need. This is a great base to build your customized survival kit out of.
Guardian Elite Survival Kit
$73.991BackpackBasicThis is a good basic kit that will be a great foundation to customize and build upon as the bag is designed with additional space to put your personal items in. It includes an emergency shelter, hand powered flashlight and water purification tablets, useful items that not every basic level kit gives you.

FOX Tactical Rio Grande 75L
$5351-2Hiking PackSuper DeluxeThis is the most complete Bug Out Bag that we have seen. You could take this as it is and survive for more than the minimun 72 hours. The bag and contents are brand-name and high quality including Leatherman, Fox, AMK, and Black Kaito. The addition of a solar and hand powered radio/flashlight combo is excellent. With a great bag and high quality contents, This is the bag to go with if it is in anyone's budget.

Fox 2 person 72hr Survival Kit
$339.952Hiking PackDeluxeThis is a high quality 2 person kit with many essentials. Both the bag itself and items within are very high quality with a price to match.
Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Kit 2014
$102.751Zippered bagBasicVery basic kit as far as the contents provided but the survival equipment inside is very high quality being that it is manufactured by Gerber. The inclusion of the Priorities of Survival Pocket Guide is an excellent addition for the inexperienced.
2 Person Guardian Deluxe Survival Kit
$70.992BackpackBasicThis is the 2 person upgrade from the Guardian Elite Survival Kit and is a good basic kit that will be a great foundation to customize and build upon as the bag is designed with additional space to put your personal items in. It includes an emergency shelter, hand powered flashlight and water purification tablets, useful items that not every basic level kit gives you.
Deluxe 2-Person Perfect Survival Kit for Emergency Disaster Preparedness
$98.952BackpackDeluxeGood basic kit with a lot of bonus features that you do not get with the cheaper ones such as a hand powered flashlight, hygiene items, and ample water.
Wise Foods Wise Deluxe Survival Kit
$229.994Duffel bag with wheelsDeluxeThis kit has many of the features of a basic kit such as a first aid kit, hand powered flashlight, and an emergency shelter as well as some of the more advanced, "kitchen sink" options such as a multitool, water filtration bottle, and a stove and fuel. It also has 44 portions of food which will keep a survival party going for a long time.

Dan's Adirondack Survival Kit
$5301BackpackDeluxeThis is an interesting kit that has several items we don't see elsewhere such as duct tape, a sharpener, a bandana, and a machete. It also comes with a survival DVD to watch at home to help prepare you.
Generally, the items in his kit are high quality and should not need replacing.
Deluxe - 4 Person Emergency Survival Kit - Back pack Kit
$594BackpackBasicGood basic kit, stocked with a lot of useful items including Coast Guard approved rations.
Ready America 70280 Grab-'n-Go Emergency Kit, 2-Person, 3-Day Backpack
$392BackpackBasicGood basic kit. Quality of items is in line with the reasonable price. Some items may need upgrading.

Wilderness Survival Customization Items

ItemPicture
Survival Fishing Kit

Basic Compass

Tritium Compass

Eagle of Sniper G5 Slingshot

Survival Hammock

Sleeping Bag

Sawyer Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent

Edible Plant Guide

Tri-fold Shovel

Fillet Knife

CRKT Shakaulu Skinner
Hatchet

Paracord

Urban Survival Customization Items

ItemPicture
Ka-Bar Becker

Stanley FUBAR - Small

Stanley FUBAR - Large

Ontario SP16 Spax

Spork

Pepper Spray

Bug Out Bag Backpacks

BackpackBag NameFeaturesHydrationMolleCost
5.11 Tactical Rush 72 Backpack
Sized for 3-day excursions. Designed by special operations combat veteran. Large, external shove-it pocket, Top exterior crescent-shaped organization pocket, two exterior, side, gusseted zippered pockets. Water-repellent coating.YesYes$$$

VVV Gear Paratus 3-Day Operator's Pack
Modular design - 3 packs in 1
2 large compartments, multiple interior pockets/organizers, two attached MOLLE pouches
Heavy duty zippers
YesYes$$
Reebow Tactical 3-Day Backpack
1 large compartment but with many other organization pockets. Great value for the price.YesYes$

Survival Pocket Knives

KnifeLengthWeightSeatbelt
Cutter
Glass
Breaker
Gut
Hook
Smith & Wesson Border Guard 2 Rescue Knife

10"8.8ozYesYesNo
Gerber E-Z Out Jr Knife

5.5"1.7ozNoNoNo
SOG Specialty Knives & Tools Escape Knife
Survival Pocket Knives
8.2"4.8ozYesYesNo
Wartech 8" Assisted Open Folding Tactical Survival Pocket Knife

8"~8ozYesYesNo
CRKT Graham Folding Razel Knife

~8"6.1ozNoNoNo
CRKT M-21

6.6"4.8ozNoNoNo
GERBER Paraframe II Tanto Knife

9.5"4.3ozNoNoNo
Spyderco Tenacious G

7.76"4.8ozNoNoNo
Buck Knives Folding Omni Hunter Knife

9"4.6ozNoNoYes
CRKT Kommer Free Range Hunter
Folding Lockback

8.9"4.4ozNoNoYes

If you are interested in building a Bug Out Bag, please check out our posts on Bug Out Bag Essentials and How to Choose a Bug Out Backpack as well as and try our Free Bug Out Bag Planning Tool to choose what you want to pack and see how it will affect the overall weight of your Bug Out Kit.

Once you have this squared away, visit our How to Make a Bug Out Plan and Basic Survival Skills posts to learn how to maximize your odds of surviving when disaster strikes!

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