It may seem redundant to keep seeing the same things over and over on different blogs, but to be honest, the more times you see it, the more likely you are to remember it. Your bug-out bag is one of the areas where repetition of contents is almost necessary to ensure you know what to keep in there. Also, if you’re ever caught in a bad situation, there will be a mental checklist burned into your brain so that when you do your zone assessments, you’ll know what you already have and what you need to find.
We’ve covered knives, fire, tarps, containers and rope. Now let’s talk about 5 more bug-out bag necessities.
If you’re going out for a hike, you might not think anything about taking a flashlight with you. If, however, you become stranded and lost, it soon becomes detrimental if you don’t have one. Night falls and familiar hiking terrain soon becomes a maze of darkness. It’s very easy to trip over a rock or downed tree and injure yourself causing a bad situation to turn worse in a hurry. It’s best to always carry some form of light source with you. More than one source is even better to have – a flashlight, a [easyazon_link asin=”B002MFK7H2″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”survivalathome-20″]headlamp[/easyazon_link] (affiliate link) (so you can work hands-free in the darkness) and even candles. Candles can be lit, but can also be used as fuel for starting a fire, as well.
Bandanas hardly weigh anything and take up little to no room in your bug-out bag. This makes them convenient to the point that it’s not any burden whatsoever to throw a few in your pack… and they’re super versatile! From covering your head and wiping sweat to making slings and bandages, the number of uses for bandanas is vast!
A compass is one of those items that if you don’t know how to properly use it, it might not be as handy a thing to have. With that said, you should definitely learn to use a compass. People say you can track direction based on the sun’s position in the sky, but if you’re under a double canopy of trees, or it’s night or overcast, you won’t have a sun to track. Get a compass. Learn to use it. Keep it with you. Make sure you get a compass with a signalling mirror – nobody likes a unitasker!
Duct (duck) tape is so valuable a commodity to have in your bug-out bag because of all the things you can do with it. You can make cordage, slings, fletching for arrows and the list goes on and on. One of the most important things you might need tape for would be to repair your container in case it springs a leak. Duct tape has as many uses in the woods as it does anywhere else.
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As I have said before, the most important survival tool is knowledge. Get these things in your bug-out bag, but learn to use each of them effectively and efficiently. Practice bug-outs as often as you can, and practice with your gear even more frequently. It may seem redundant, but if the time comes that you ever need to put your knowledge and tools to use to survive, you will be performing tasks second nature instead of fumbling with your equipment.