No matter how much I prepare, there always seem to be a few important items that I overlook for my bug-out bag. In this post, we will have a look at some commonly overlooked items that you should have in your bug-out bag, and how you can ensure that you are fully prepared!
So the purpose of a bug-out bag is to help you get from an area of low security to an area of high security. For example, say your house is under impending danger and therefore considered an area of low security, and you need to get to your pre-planned bug-out location, an area of high security. Your bug-out bag should contain the materials and tools to provide you with all the necessary items to survive at least three days.
Getting Out With Your Bug-Out Bag
The time to learn survival skills is not during an emergency. I am a firm believer in going on hiking expeditions with your bug-out bag, and using them as an opportunity to practice your survival skills. This does not mean you have to spend three days in the wilderness trying to survive. Simply try to just take a few one-day hikes with some family or friends and practice some basic survival skills along the way. Essential skills include: setting up shelters, using your survival knife, fire-making and using a map and compass. Not only does this provide a great means of exercise, it is also a lot of fun and will help you to discover any important items missing from your bug-out bag.
For example, I took my kids on a hike to practice using a map and compass. I pulled the map out of the bag and quickly realized that I did not have my reading glasses. I could not read a thing! Had I not practiced that day, I probably would never have thought to pack a spare pair of reading glasses.
Take a look at this video, which we took on a day outing with the family, showing some commonly overlooked items:
Here is another video, showing some more commonly overlooked items:
Overlooked Bug-Out Bag Item List
Here is a quick list of just some of the most commonly overlooked items to keep in your bug-out bag:
- Prescription glasses
- Special medication
- Spare pair of good hiking socks
- Emergency fishing kit
- Emergency sewing kit
- Map and compass
- Trenching or military shovel
- Hiking boots
- Leather work gloves
- Visor or hat
- Notepad and pencil
In summary, get out and use the bug-out bag to discover those important items that you may have failed to consider previously. Additional resources you may be interested in: