As preppers, one of the most forefront priorities in our minds is maintaining a diverse bug-out-bag, which can aid us in a plethora of unexpected crisis situations. We stringently consider each item to pack, and calculate the likelihood of encountering any given set of circumstances. The tools on our back could mean life or death.
This is my bug-out bag, and I’ve tailored it for the winter months of Colorado, as well as a volatile upcoming post inauguration. I view it as a means to efficiently get to my planned safe location in the event I need to travel long distance by foot.
This layout is best fit for those living in a populated urban area, like me, and who have access to nearby wilderness or national forest they can travel get to.
The items on this list are moderately affordable, easily obtainable, and intended for those living on a budget. If any of these items are out of your price range, you may want to consider something similar and more realistic to your own budget.
I personally don’t have limitless funds to purchase the most up-to-date gear, so I’ve acquired many of these things on sale, through second hand, or have accumulated over the years. I’ve included links to my pack’s inventory for quick reference, and have only provided quality items that I have used and trust.
This go-bag is personalized to my weight and physical limitations, and may be too heavy for others depending on fitness level and age. While reading, consider items that you might decide to go without, or things you would add to create balance between you and the pack.
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All items marked with a “*” have been added to this list as of December 5th, 2020 or after. This is an ongoing project.
- KNIFE: Ka-bar/ https://amzn.to/2JZhAoH
- SLING: Newdoor/ https://amzn.to/37La2On
- CARABINER: Black Diamond/ https://amzn.to/2L9qwbo
This makeshift sling has been one of my longtime favorite’s, and have primarily used for trail running after sunset, in areas with wild predator danger.
Directions for use: pinch sling through both sides of knife sheath (in belt loops slots toward bottom of sheath) to create a figure 8 shape. The sling should then form two loops wide enough to fit around shoulders. This method suspends the knife from either chest or side (hilt downward). Use carabiner(s) to manage sling’s slack.
- PISTOL: 357 revolver
- AMMO: x100 rounds
- AXE: CRKT/ https://amzn.to/39O7oKt
Note: I’ve received plenty of questions on the CRKT axe, and its general purpose in a bug-out bag (mainly due to weight) . This particular model is well-rounded for any bug-out situation I can imagine. This tomahawk isn’t only meant for chopping wood and making campfires, but it can be also be used as an effective close range weapon, shelter building tool (hammer/prying), or even break down doors if you find yourself trapped in a tight space. The axe head also slides off the handle, making it easily concealable in a bag or vehicle. I typically keep this in my vehicle, but will put in my bag. It’s worth its weight in gold.
- *HEADLAMP: Energizer/ https://amzn.to/38klhPn
- FLASHLIGHT: Night Rider/ https://amzn.to/36WqQmp
Note: The Night Rider, lumina 1200 Boost is small enough to fit comfortably in the palm of ones hand and be carried for extended periods, while also easily slipped into any sized pocket. It’s lightweight, waterproof, recharges fast, can be used for everyday carry, and is of my brightest portable lights.
SOLAR LAMP: Goal Zero/ https://amzn.to/2K1GJyS
NAVIGATION & COMS
- *CELL PHONE
- *SOLAR CHARGER: Goal Zero/ https://amzn.to/3lXpcoI
- GPS: Garmin/ https://amzn.to/2VTEj84
- MAP & COMPASS: Brunton/ https://amzn.to/37Jl1b7
- RADIO: Cobra/ https://amzn.to/3mR7xjX
- BALACLAVA: Generic Brand/ https://amzn.to/3pFvcFa
- WINTER CAP: Mountain Hardwear/ https://amzn.to/3n4uboi
- BASEBALL CAP
- SLEEPING BAG: Mountain Hardware/ https://amzn.to/3mYkdW7
- SLEEPING COVER: US Army/ https://amzn.to/38gPDCo
- STUFF SACK: Sea to Summit/ https://amzn.to/2VOquYC
- *MATTRESS: Therm-a-Rest/ https://amzn.to/3s23DYk
If you plan on travelling through any environment that will be below 0 and have a seasonally frozen ground, you will need to bring two layers of mattresses to keep the ground from pulling all your body heat through the 1st mattress.
- STOVE: MSR/ https://amzn.to/2JZThH1
- FUEL BOTTLE: MSR/ https://amzn.to/2L9qQaD
- WHITE GAS: Crown/ https://amzn.to/38iUJhv
- POT: TOAKS/ https://amzn.to/3s1Jv8I
- CUP: GSI Outdoors/ https://amzn.to/3ba24BT
- BOWL: Sea to Summit/ https://amzn.to/3ojk1Bv
- SPORK: Light my fire/ https://amzn.to/2LnmBIn
- CLOTH: Generic/ dish cloth
- FLINT STRIKER: Gerber/ https://amzn.to/2LniJqO
- LIGHTERS Bic/ x2
- BOTTLE x2: Nalgene/ https://amzn.to/39SGGQI
- FILTER: Sawyer Mini/ https://amzn.to/37Hxn3D
- IODINE: Portable aqua/ https://amzn.to/2VORw2b
- RAIN JACKET: US Army/ https://amzn.to/39RcGVu
- THERMAL TOP: US Army/ https://amzn.to/3aM9Ame
- GLOVE SHELLS: Outdoor Research/ https://amzn.to/2L80Sns
- GLOVES: Outdoor Research/ https://amzn.to/2L80Sns
- WORK GLOVES: Mechanix/ https://amzn.to/38inCKu
- PARKA SHELL: DETECH/ https://amzn.to/393GhZT
- GLOVE LINERS: Outdoor Research/ https://amzn.to/38k8tZj
- SHIRTS: Synthetic x4
- OUTER CONCEALMENT: US Army/ https://amzn.to/2MDgVKS
- PANTS: US Army/ https://amzn.to/3beuElG
- THERMALS: US Army/ https://amzn.to/2KWFtgZ
- SOCKS: Meriwool/ https://amzn.to/2KFcApX
- BOOTS: Asolo/ https://amzn.to/2WOVUyG
- GAITERS: Outdoor Research/ https://amzn.to/3beI1lx
- MULTI-USE BANDANA
- FIELD REPAIR KIT: Gear Aid/ seam grip
- WHETSTONE: Eze-Lap/ diamond sharpener
- BATTERIES: x6 AAA, x6 AA
- STRING: 550 CORD, generic
- TOILET PAPER: Wet Wipes x1 small pack
- BAR SOAP: x1 antibacterial
- FOOD, freeze dried, beef jerky, power bars, ect.
BAG/ Approx. 60lbs
- PACK: Mountainsmith/ 70L/ cross country 3.0
- COVER: Sea to Summit/ rain cover
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