Emergency Preparedness “Bug Out Bag” Checklist

Your bug-out bag refers to the bag that you grab when you need to go during any emergency situation. This is different from an INCH bag, which also contains various tools and items for survival. You take a bug-out bag with you when you need to evacuate. Every member of the family should have their own bug-out bag. To ensure that each bag is perfectly fit to help you survive. You can even prepare a large bug-out bag in your car to stay ready for any event.

The bag itself should be sturdy enough to withstand the weight of all the survival supplies stored inside. As much as possible, it should be water-resistant to keep the items inside safe and secure against weathering elements. A bug-out bag contains numerous essentials that will help you survive for days to weeks, such as food, clothing, healthcare, and means for communication.


  • Bottled water
  • Water treatment tablets
  • Portable water filtration system
  • Water filter paper


  • Granola bars
  • Canned goods
  • Dried nuts
  • Dried fruit
  • Hard candies
  • Chocolate bars
  • Trail mix
  • Jerky
  • MREs
  • Pocket knife
  • Eating utensils
  • Sharpener for knife
  • Cooking set
  • Drinking cup
  • Can opener
  • Moist towelettes


  • Change of clothing for numerous days
  • Long underwear
  • Two pairs of heavy socks
  • Waterproof poncho
  • Outerwear like jacket, sweater, or coat
  • Hand towels or handkerchiefs
  • Hat or cap
  • Shades or glasses
  • Gloves

Portable Shelter

  • Tent
  • Tarpaulin
  • Sleeping bag
  • Inflatable pillow
  • Duct tape


  • Chemical hand warmers
  • Flashlight (can be battery-operated or windup type)
  • Candle
  • Portable battery-operated stove
  • Sticks of candles
  • Fuel for stove
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Portable battery charger
  • Solar battery charger
  • Lighter
  • Lighter fluid


  • Complete first aid kit
  • Capsules of activated charcoal
  • Tweezers
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Vitamin supplements
  • Wash cloth
  • Soap
  • Towel
  • Insect repellants
  • Moleskins
  • Scissors
  • Prescription medicine
  • Herbal medicine
  • Toothbrush
  • Floss
  • Feminine/masculine wash
  • Other personal items

Protection Against Assailants

  • Pepper spray
  • Can of mace
  • Licensed firearm


  • Address book filled with important contacts
  • Functional cellphone
  • Extra battery pack for cellphone
  • Cellphone charger
  • Radio (battery-operated or windup)
  • Extra batteries for radio
  • Signaling mirror
  • Emergency flasher
  • Whistle
  • Flashlight
  • Notebook
  • Pen or pencil

Waste Disposal

  • Garbage bags
  • Plastic bags
  • Sacks


  • Spare cash in bag
  • Cash in first aid kit
  • Credit cards and debit cards

Social or Entertainment

  • Portable games
  • Playing cards
  • Books


  • Walking shoes
  • Hiking boots
  • Thick socks
  • Area maps
  • Compass
  • Driver’s license
  • Water bottles


  • Fishing gear
  • Feld dressing gear
  • binoculars

Chris Green

Chris has always had an adventurous soul, and his love for the outdoors eventually led him to become a professional life skills advisor. He explains a multitude of different topics ranging from disaster preparedness and wilderness survival to self-sufficiency.

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