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Building a Family Bug out Bag: 4 Things to Have Ready to Go in Case of Emergency

Everyone knows that life is full of surprises. However, not all of these surprises turn out for the better. Unfortunately, things have a tendency to turn out for the worst. You never know when a disaster can strike, so it’s important to be prepared. This is what a bug out bag (BOB) is for. A bug out bag is a portable emergency kit that contains the necessary items for survival. Keep reading to learn four things to have ready to go in case of an emergency.


In a make or break situation, your clothing might be what ultimately keeps you safe. You bug out bag should always contain clothing that trap heat, protects you from the elements of your area and guards you from scratches and cuts. Leather clothing is ideal in these situations because it provides both warmth and protection. Headgear, such as a beanie, is also recommended. Make sure each family member has clothing that fits them in their bags.

First Aid Products

Even if the situation isn’t extremely dire, first aid is a must have in any kind of emergency. Accidents is another one of life’s surprises, so it’s important to be ready for those as well. Here is a list of first aid products you should always have on you:

  • Gauze
  • Painkillers
  • Bandages
  • Sunscreen
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Medical gloves
  • Anti-bacterial wipes

Although you might have a good first aid kit, it won’t mean much if you don’t know how to apply it. You should always have instructions on how to apply first aid.


Regardless of the situation, it’s essential to have at least some form of shelter. Every bug out bag should contain a tent, a blanket, and a sleeping bag. You should also keep a custom tarp in you pack. These can be used as an extra layer of waterproofing either under or over your tent. Also, if your tent fails, is damaged, or lost, that tarp can be used for shelter as well.

Food and Water

Although a bug out bag is rather big, it’s not bottomless. You can’t fit everything you want into it and food is no different. Canned foods are recommended by almost every survivalist, but cans take up a lot of space. So, it’s important to carry packet-sized rations that contain enough calories to satiate you in addition to some cans. Make sure each person also has water, which is even more important than food. While also heavy, you can go less time without water than food, so make sure it’s packed.

When disaster strikes, you need to be able to grab the necessities quickly and evacuate. Whether you’re facing a natural disaster, a house fire, or a black out, these supplies should keep you safe until you can get to safety.

Tim Esterdahl

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