INCH means I'm Never Coming Home. GOOD means Get Out Of Dodge.
These bags are built with just that idea in mind. Whatever you are carrying will be what
you have to manage your survival with. These bags are generally the heaviest of the different
types of bags. My interpretation of a bag like this has many different tools and items for long
term survival. Besides the items you may carry in a bug out bag, here are some things you
may wish to consider for this type of bag.
A camp axe.
Entrenching tool (E-tool).
Increased amount and size of cordage. (In an INCH bag I will carry 25-50 ft of light
climbing rope and a few carabiners as well as a rescue 8).
Bigger cooking pot/utensils. Include extra seasonings.
More changes and variety of clothing.
A more comprehensive fishing and trapping kit.
Firearm repair kit (extra springs, parts that would normally wear out)
as well as extra ammunition and magazines.
I would include a deck of cards and some dice, for entertaining yourself during any
There is no limit to the types of things you may want to carry. But there is a limit to
HOW MUCH you can carry. Make sure your choices are sensible and serve a purpose. Just
like in other bags, I try to make sure that everything I carry is multi use and a necessity.
The bug out bag is a bag built to sustain the owner during a period of travel from an unsafe area to a chosen bug out location. For instance, you reside in town, but plan to get yourself out to a family member's farm if things go bad. The farm is just over an hour drive with the greater portion of that being on the freeway. The farm is 60 miles from your residence. If vehicle travel is available, the hour + drive would not even be a hindrance. Buit when things go bad, whatever has caused you to feel the need to “bug out” may also be motivating other drivers. Your route could be congested or even blocked. How long do you think it would take you to walk 60 miles unencumbered? How long will it take you to walk that 60 miles while carrying your supplies? If your main route is blocked, how much longer is
This type of bag is generally purpose built to sustain the owner during foot travel between two known locations, such as from work to home. If an emergency should happen while the owner is at work, or en route to or from, then the supplies in the bag would facilitate the travel to the safe destination. Planning for a bag of this nature involve knowing the distance between the two points and understanding the typical conditions involved with that travel. If your commute usually involves 30 miles of travel, you should plan on a minimum of 3 days of travel on foot. Your bag would therefore have to supply you with all your needs for 3
First off, the purpose of the 72 hour bag is to just sustain the owner for a short duration of displacement due to a temporary emergency. It will generally contain 3 days worth of food and water as well as 2 methods for making fire, some basic hygiene supplies and necessities such as a change of clothes, cell phone charger, daily meds, etc. The majority of the items in this type of bag are consumables.
•Poncho or rain jacket.
•Change of clothes and hygiene gear.
•Food. MREs, protein bars, jerky, tuna pouches, dried fruit, nuts, etc.
•Water. Several bottles of drinking water, or a canteen or hydration bladder. You would also want some way to purify or filter for drinking. Some possibilities are chemical treatment, filtration (such as a Sawyer mini filter or a Katydyn), Or the means to boil water to kill off any organics.
•Basic medical needs such as a boo boo kit, daily medications, etc.
•Money for incidentals.
•Cell phone, charger, possibly a battery pack.
Why build a bug out bag?
What is the purpose of your bug out bag? What situations or scenarios are tailor made for a bug out bag? There are many different designs or templates for a bug out bag, depending on what you will expect of it in an emergency.
Some people use a bug out bag as a 72 hour bag. If a disaster strikes, and they have to leave their residence for a short period of time due to the emergency, they have the bag ready to go. It will usually only contain enough basic supplies to support life for 72 hours. A way to improvise shelter, food rations for 3 days, and water supply for 3 days, any medicines you need on a daily basis, etc. Potentially an extra or dry layer of clothing.
Some people call it a get home bag and will use it for just that purpose, to get themselves home after an emergency such as a natural disaster or localized event. If you work
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