Do a search for “bug out bag list” and you’ll find hundreds of different checklists all over the Internet. So which one is right? The truth is, there’s no perfect list of items you should put in your bug out bag. It all depends on you, who will be with you, where you live, what types of survival items you prefer, and so forth.
However, there are some basic items that should be in almost every bug out bag (check out the article, What Goes In A Bug Out Bag for some suggestions). But once you have all the basics covered, you’ll need to make sure there aren’t any items you forgot. That’s where this post comes in.
You probably won’t be able to fit all of these items in your bug out bag, but this post is not meant to be a checklist. This post is to remind you of any items you would have put in your bag but forgot, and it’s to give you some ideas you might not have considered. The list is in alphabetical order.
These could save your life. To fight 90% of infections, be sure to pack some cephalexin, ciprofloxacin, and metronidazole.
2. Baby Wipes
A very easy and convenient way to keep clean.
Keep your bug out bag and its contents dry even if it’s pouring down rain.
You wouldn’t think so, but bandanas have dozens of uses.
If you’re outdoors and on foot, allergies could become a major problem.
6. Can Opener
If you have any canned food in your bag, then for God’s sake don’t forget to bring a can opener.
This stuff is great. It will stop small, penetrating wounds from bleeding.
Use it to moisten chapped skin, stop small cuts from bleeding, prevent blisters, start fires, and much more.
Even if you take a lot of clothes with you, you’ll still have to wash and dry them at some point.
10. Collapsible Bowl
A sturdy bowl that takes up very little space.
If you pass any lakes or rivers, try to catch some fish so you don’t go through your packed food as quickly.
Tooth pain can be excruciating, but a temporary filling can help relieve the pain until you can get to a dentist.
13. Duct Tape
There’s a reason MacGyver liked duct tape. It has all sorts of surprising uses.
14. Ear Muffs
Frostbite on your ears will make you miserable. Don’t let that happen.
These are used in emergencies to treat severe allergic reactions. Ask your doctor to prescribe one.
16. Faraday shield
This will protect your electronics in case of an EMP (electromagnetic pulse).
17. Flash Drive
Scan all your important documents, forms of identification, pictures, books, etc. on this key chain flash drive.
If you pack a deck of cards, make sure you also pack this book.
19. Glow Sticks
You can use these to mark things in and around your camp so you’re not fumbling in the dark.
Useful if you have to swim, and they’ll also protect your eyes from sand and debris in a storm.
I always have a pack of gum on me. And if you also have an AA battery, you can use that and the gum wrapper to start a fire.
22. Instant Coffee
If you’re a caffeine addict, be sure to pack this so you can avoid caffeine headaches.
Get one of these and load it with free ebooks so you can look up important information in the sunlight or in the dark. The battery lasts for weeks.
Drink water directly from the source. This awesome invention filters up to 260 gallons of water.
25. Liquid Bandage
An invisible, flexible, waterproof, antiseptic bandage to prevent infections.
26. N95 Masks
Filter out dust, smoke, ash, and other small particles.
Protect calluses, blisters, and sore spots from painful friction.
Has all sorts of surprising uses, from building shelters to hunting animals and more.
29. Paper Clips
Here are a couple dozen survival uses for paper clips.
30. Pen or Pencil and Pad of Paper
A small, lightweight stove that gets very hot and is very efficient.
32. Pictures of Family and Friends
This is important in case you get separated. People you encounter might be able to help you find your family and friends again.
33. Pocket Chain Saw
This takes up very little space but can cut through thick branches.
A weather-resistant blanket that can also be used for building a shelter.
35. Potassium Permanganate
Useful for starting fire, cleaning wounds, purifying water, and more.
36. Power Inverter
Even if you’re bugging out on foot, maybe you’ll come across an abandoned vehicle and be able to use this. It turns a cigarette lighter into an outlet and USB charger.
37. Ranger Bands
Secure belts, cables, cords, hoses, lines, straps, etc.
38. Seasoning Kit
Great thing to have if you’re hunting and foraging. Also bring some cayenne pepper as it has several health benefits and can keep pests away.
39. Sewing Kit
If it’s the end of the world as we know it and you’ve bugged out to a remote location far away from any stores, you’ll have to mend damaged clothes.
40. Sillcock Key
Great urban survival tool. This allows you to take water from buildings with outside spigots.
Refuel your vehicle with gas from abandoned vehicles.
42. Sling Shot
Hunt birds and small game without wasting ammo.
Charge your devices and batteries whenever the sun is out. You can attach this to the outside of your bug out bag so it works even while you’re walking.
44. Spare Glasses and/or Eyeglass Repair Kit
The last thing you want is to be half blind in a survival scenario.
Not just for prying open doors. This is a very versatile tool.
Find your way back in case you get lost or help others find you.
47. Trash Bags
There are dozens of reasons to pack trash bags.
48. Trick Candles
Since these refuse to go out, they’re great for building a fire in windy conditions.
Pretty self-explanatory. Being wet isn’t very fun, especially if it’s cold and you’re walking.
50. Zip Ties
Yet another small item with multiple uses. Even just a few of them could be useful.
Don’t forget to check out the sequel article: 50 MORE Items You Forgot to Put in Your Bug Out Bag