A Bug Out Bag (BOB, 72 Hour Bag or Go-Bag) is there to get you out of an emergency and help you survive for up to 3 days. There’s a limit to what you can carry, so a 3 day bag’s a good place to start. 7 basic things you may want to consider for your Bug Out Bag are:
5. First Aid Kit
6. Basic gear
Click to enlarge the infographic, courtesy of Preparing for SHTF. To read more about basic types of gear, head over to Survival Cache’s article. The City of San Francisco offers a handy site Dawn and Gen like called Are You Prepared? It discusses aspects of emergency preparedness and it has a no-nonsense section on how to build a Go-Bag, complete with checklists.
Mike Ash did a great job of showing and discussing the first aid items in this video. You can even see how he packs the items for maximum efficiency. It’s more stuff than would go in a 72 hour bag but it made me think about what I might need for my own kit. I’d forgotten iodine but added it to my list after watching this.