Preparedness Starts Here

Since 2013, The Bug Out Bag Guide has been helping people prepare for disaster.

Whether you’re simply curious about prepping, in the beginning stages of developing your survival plan, or a seasoned prepper looking to augment your knowledge – you’ll find everything you need here, right at your fingertips!

When beginning your journey toward becoming fully prepared, it’s essential to start with the basics. We’ve put together the following articles that cover the most crucial aspects of prepping. Browse through at your leisure and learn everything you’ll need to ensure you and your family get – and stay – prepared!

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For New Preppers

If you are just starting to learn about prepping, check out our article “How To Start Prepping Right Now.”

You will learn the first steps to take in your preparedness journey and how to break down big, daunting projects into easier steps so you can start getting prepared right away!

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how to start prepping

Threat Assessment and Plan Formulation

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

The first step in prepping is to formulate a plan. If you don’t know what you’re prepping for and rush out to buy a bunch of gear, you’re likely to spend money needlessly on items you won’t need and neglect to secure those you will.

When strategizing for your survival plan, you’ll want first to assess any threats you could potentially face and their likelihood of occurrence.

Performing a threat assessment will allow you to determine what you’re actually prepping for and help to prioritize your preparedness goals.

Another essential element in the planning process is getting your loved ones on board with the plan and coordinating your bug-out party.

Whether you’re starting at square one or looking to enhance an existing survival plan, the following articles will provide vital, must-have knowledge on guiding you through the steps of evaluating your possible scenarios, devising ways to prepare for them, and involving your family:

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Building Your Bug Out Bag

“Organize, don’t agonize.” – Author Unknown

Once your plan is in place, it’s time to consider what tools and supplies will prove most useful in your most likely scenarios.

As every situation is unique, building a custom bug out bag will ensure all of your needs are met in case of an emergency evacuation.

Bug Out Bag Interactive Packing List

Bug Out Bag Interactive Packing List

Every Day Carry

“Luck is a very thin wire between survival and disaster, and not many people can keep their balance on it.” – Hunter S. Thompson

Experienced prepper or not, you already have an EDC kit – everything you carry with you when you leave your house. What you need to do now is optimize the items you carry with you for survival preparedness. The following articles will help you assess the items you already carry to determine how well they suit your daily needs; we offer ideas for trimming down to bare essentials and key items to add to make sure you have everything you need to handle everyday tasks.


Bushcraft and Survival Skills

“Survival can be summed up in three words: Never give up.” – Bear Grylls

Building your skill set in order to survive in various situations and meet your basic needs is a vital aspect of prepping.

Food, water, and shelter are always your top priorities, including fire making, shelter building, hunting and foraging, and harvesting water.

Once you know the basics, you can increase your self-sufficiency by building on these skills; for instance, if you are accomplished at building fire and scavenging food, work on your ability to prepare and cook food.

what is bushcraft

Urban Survival

“Extinction is the rule; survival is the exception.” – Carl Sagan

The majority (80%) of Americans live in a city, not the wilderness. If you are among them, you will want to hone your urban survival skills. Urban survival skills are equally important for rural dwellers who may visit urban areas for business or pleasure.

The Ultimate Urban Survival Kit

Choosing The Right Gear For You

“Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive.” – Jamais Casio

Simply having survival gear packed and ready is not enough; you need to ensure you choose the right survival gear for your particular circumstances, and there is no one right answer that works for everyone: So, how do you choose? Our gear guides will introduce you to all of the features and uses for survival gear so you will have the knowledge to select those that best fit your needs.

Best Tomahawk Survival Tomahawk

Budgeting and Money Saving Tips

“If saving money is wrong, I don’t want to be right!” – William Shatner

Prepping doesn’t have to break the bank; there are loads of clever ways to budget for preps, including clever tricks and hacks that don’t cost a penny! Get survival-ready for less with our articles geared toward helping you prep on a budget.

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“The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.” – Aristotle

Developing your mind and body to be able to function in a crisis is just as crucial, if not more, than having the right supplies and gear.

Self-sufficiency better prepares you for surviving the unexpected and the more able you are to meet your own needs, the smoother the adjustment will be when you need to rely on your preps and skills to survive.

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Specific Disaster Planning

Do you live in an area that is prone to drought? Are you worried about the next pandemic? Have you heard of an EMP? If you have a specific survival scenario that you are planning for, chances are we have an article on it. Here are some of our favorites:

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Further Reading

With countless resources available on survival preparedness, it can be difficult to sift through the clutter to find the best ones.

The good news is: We’ve done the research for you.

We’ve read hundreds of survival books and can point you toward the must-haves, the truly interesting, and the avoidable. Click the following links to check out some of our favorites:

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