Rural Revolutions’ Bug-out-Bag

Rural Revolution's Bug Out BagRural Revolutions posted about their Bug out Bag. My favorite part of their post was the enlightening idea of having important personal documents in your BoB. This did not occur to me before. A copy of your birth certificate or passport could be extremely useful in many bug out situations. Brilliant. I hope RR doesn’t mind me re-posting their gear list and photo as I found the original a little hard to read with the gear list squished together. Here’s a full list of what they put in their bag:

  1. Sleeping bag.
  2. Standard military hard foam pad. Good for a dry spot in wet conditions and as a fairly good “door” in an improvised shelter. Marginal for actually sleeping on, but hey, better than nothing.
  3. 8 x 10 nylon camo tarp. A waterproof wrap for the sleeping bag/ground cloth/improvised tent or a camo cover. Has grommets but can be “up-graded” with item #18.
  4. Ziplock bag containing copies of birth certificates, plasticized maps, immunization records, insurance records, title insurances, contact info for friends and relatives, etc. Each pack contains a complete set for the entire family.
  5. New Testament. We will all need support in trying times.
  6. Wash cloth/utility cloth.
  7. Two bandanas (earth-tone). Nothing is more useful than a bandana. It can be used as a tourniquet, pot holder, sun block, sling, sweat band, extra pocket, gun swab, head cover, dust mask, and of course blowing one’s nose. The list is huge. Ask a cowboy.
  8. Duct tape. As the saying goes, duct tape is like The Force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it binds the universe together. With duct tape and two bandanas, the world is your oyster.
  9. Mosquito netting. Good for bugs, filtration, camo (make sure to get an earth-tone color).
  10. Gloves leather or synthetic working gloves with Thinsulite lining.
  11. Light shoes (in this case, moccasins with rubberized soles). Wet feet suck. You can wear these while your boots are drying.
  12. Medium ALICE pack with frame.
  13. Knit watch cap (preferably with knit face mask)
  14. Poncho Good also as a quick tent/shelter. Don’t pack a rain coat. You want something that can easily cover the pack on your back.
  15. 100 feet of paracord. Make sure you get the kind with either a five or seven strand interior. The strands can be separated and used for hundreds of things. (One time, while part of a group of pretty savvy survival types, I was asked to name the one thing I would have with me if dropped in the middle of nowhere. My answer was rope. Think about it.)
  16. Spare ALICE pouch for things that should be close at hand.
  17. Two canteens and ALICE attach-covers. Don’t forget to fill (and change often) these with water the moment you have your kit done. It won’t do you a bit of good to run out of the burning house with empty canteens.
  18. Plastic snap together grommets. Excellent and easy ways to re-enforce a tarp, fabric, or blanket. Not as strong as metal grommets to be sure, but a lot easier to install in troubled times.
  19. Food. Since food is usually one of the bulkiest items in a backpack, we purchased a 3600 calorie ration bar with a five-year shelf life. Supposedly this is a three day supply. Perhaps not, but it’s better than nothing and only weighs two pounds. You’ll still be alive after three days but probably pretty hungry. (This ain’t Lembas, folks.)
  20. Toilet paper. (Hey, I’ve got three females in the family.)
  21. Dental floss. This has many uses and is very tough.
  22. Cash. This will also include some coinage. Might still be working phone booths somewhere.
  23. First aid kit. The best compact first-aid kit I could find was $14 from the Red Cross. I upgraded it with Tylenol, Imodium, and Benadryl.  A more extensive kit will travel with me.
  24. Space blanket bag. This is like your standard space blanket, but formed into a bag suitable as a bivvy sack for outside your sleeping bag (a big multiplier for heat retention as long as you recognize its limitations).
  25. Bar soap. Good for washing everything as well as finding water leaks in pipes, unsticking zippers, and lubricating saw blades and screws.
  26. Two space blankets. Good for signaling, ground clothes, heat retention, etc. These can be duct-taped together for a tent, grommeted, used as a sun-shade, game-wrap, or (of course) a blanket.
  27. Sewing kit.
  28. Flashlight. This is an LED flood and single-point light with a strong rare-earth magnet and a hanging hook. (Spare batteries are not shown but we have them packed.)
  29. Four ratchet type tarp holders. These make great clamps and tie-downs.
  30. Clothing. One shirt, pants, two pairs of underwear, three pair of socks. The outerwear is in dark earth-tones or camo.
  31. Matches, match cases, and a Bic lighter.
  32. Florescent plastic survey tape. Each family member gets a different color.
  33. Comb
  34. Sun-block SPF 50
  35. Sharpie, two pens and pad of paper.
  36. A Leatherman-style tool: pliers, knife, awl, etc. with case.
  37. Toothbrush and toothpaste. Sure you can make it three days without brushing. But why? I can tell you that a good tooth brushing will make you feel better no matter how bad a night you’ve had.


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