Bug Out Bag – Survival Kit Approach

No matter what type of kit you put together you will notice that certain items are universal for every type of kit. Some kits contain a greater quantity of equipment than others. In my opinion the more you have read, studied and practiced the less gear you need to carry. The 10 C’s would be my minimum carry. Click here for my take on Dave Canterbury’s system. One thing to remember  is always watch the weight of your bag. This becomes important if you have to carry your kit any distance. This is a good kit to start out with it is more than a basic survival kit and will help keep you alive for some time if you get lost or need to evacuate in a hurry. I have a small rucksack that I keep this gear in. It doesn’t weigh a lot and I would consider this a good survival kit for most situations.

  • Survival Blanket (2) – Remember these need to be replaced periodically as they get brittle with age.
  • Tarp (10’x10′) – Great for putting up a quick shelter.
  • 39 gallon trash bags (2) – Many uses including emergency rain gear
  • 550 Paracord (50′ to 100′) My personal favorite for lashing together a shelter. It has multiple strands so it can be broken down for different uses.
  • Waterproof notebook and pen
  • Cotton Bandanna (3)- Can be used for straining water before boiling plus many other uses.
  • Headlamp with spare batteries
  • Fixed blade knife – Choose a full tang with a carbon steel blade
  • Multitool – I use a Leatherman Supertool  that I have had for many years.
  • Sharpening stone
  • Duct Tape or Gorilla Tape
  • Electrical Tape
  • Folding Saw
  • Surveyors tape (bright orange) Useful for signaling
  • Signal mirror
  • Whistle
Fire Starting Kit
  • Match Safe
  • Ferrocerium rod
  • Disposable lighter
  • Tinder – (dryer lint and Vaseline, char cloth, cotton balls etc.)
  • Magnesium bar
  • Foil Nuggets – Great Fire starter. I’m planning a video tutorial on how to make them.
First Aid Kit
  • Bandaids – Various sizes
  • Gauze pads – Various Sizes
  • First Aid Cream
  • Ace Bandage
  • Ibuprofen
  • Imodium
  • Antihistamine tablets – for allergic reactions
  • EMT Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Food packs (3 Days) Click here for DIY MRE’s.
  • Snare wire
  • Small fishing kit – Click here for instructions on putting together a kit in an altoid’s tin.
  • Stainless steel water bottle or canteen
  • Water filtration ( Lifestraw, Kataydn, Sawyer etc.)

Compass and topographical maps of the area you are in. You should  learn orienteering as I consider this a critical skill to master. This may not keep you from getting lost but it will certainly help. GPS is nice but if the battery dies or if it malfunctions you are out of luck.