For most disaster scenarios I anticipate bugging in rather than bugging out.  However it is still essential to have a bug out bag packed and ready to go at a moment’s notice.  So with that said; what gear do I keep in my bug out bag? The following; in no particular order is a list of my bug out bag gear.

  • 3 pairs of socks
  • 3 pairs of underwear
  • 3 Tee shirts
  • 3 long sleeve shirts
  • 1 sweatshirt
  • 1 Jacket
  • 2 Pairs of Pants with Belt
  • 5 pairs of lightweight work gloves
  • 1 pair of shooting gloves
  • 1 pair of winter gloves
  • 1 Raincoat
  • 1 Boonie Hat
  • 1 Winter hat
  • 1 Complete First Aid Kit including Medicines
  • 2 Bottles of Hand Sanitizer
  • 2 Small compressed rolls of Toilet Paper
  • 9 Eyeglass Wipes
  • 1 Eyeglass Case
  • 1 Compass
  • 1 Set of area maps
  • 1 Fixed Blade Knife with Sheath
  • 1 Spare Pistol Holster
  • 1 Spare Pistol
  • 1 Spare Mag Pouch with 3 slots
  • 3 Spare Mags
  • Spare Ammo
  • 1 Riggers Belt
  • 1 Flashlight 100 Lumens
  • 6 replacement flashlight batteries
  • 3 packs of waterproof matches
  • 1 Firestarter
  • 2 Removable Canteen Straps
  • 2 Canteens in Canteen pouches with water
  • 2 Metal Water Bottle with Molle bottle holder
  • 120 Peanut Butter Crackers
  • Water
  • Flavored Drink Mix
  • 1 Bottle of Vitamins
  • 2 Bottles of Water Purification Tablets
  • 1 Water purification filter with straw
  • 1 Water Bladder
  • 4 Packages of Iodine Tablets to protect against radiation
  • 1 Adhesive Radiation Detector
  • 1 Pair of Binoculars
  • 1 Portable Radio
  • 4 replacement radio batteries
  • 1 Bandana
  • Assorted Petty Cash
  • 550 Paracord
  • Climbing Rope
  • 1 Roll of Cloth Tape
  • 5 Snap Straps
  • 4 Compression Straps
  • 1 Sleeping Bag with Stuff Sack 
  • 5 Mylar Emergency Blankets
  • 1 Fork and Spoon Set
  • 1 Can Opener
  • 1 Bottle Opener
  • 1 Signal Mirror
  • 1 Pocket Knife
  • 1 Multi-tool
  • Various Important Documents

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  1. How heavy is that? What physical size is your pack?
    How to you cope with stop and search policies regarding weaponry?
    Why do people pick “military style” packs as standard?

    • rmactsc says:

      In response to your questions. 28 Lbs is the weight fully loaded. Pack size in inches not counting the pouches is 14 x 13 x 20.5. Bugging in is always my preference but if I have to bug out; route planning and backroads/backwoods travel is essential to avoid search and seizure. Military style packs for me work well because of their durability as well as the molle attachment points. I find a pack without molle is much more difficult to operate; when ease of reach and convenience to essential gear is factored in.

  2. Thank you for that, 28 lbs is my maximum carry limit.

  3. Reblogged this on aurorawatcherak and commented:
    Found this post and thought it would be helpful.

    I’m favoring staying put, but Alaskans always have a survival kit of some sort in their trunk in the winter.

    There are some things on this list that I wouldn’t personally bother with and there are some things that I would add, but it’s a good overall list for those who can’t stay at home for the apocalypse. Read it and adapt it to your own situation.

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