In today's uncertain world, emergency preparedness is not just a recommendation but a necessity.

Whether it's a natural disaster, civil unrest, or any other unexpected event, having a well prepared bug-out bag can make all the difference. But what exactly should you pack in your bug-out bag that will help you sustain for long-term emergencies? Let's break it down.

What should I have in my bug-out bag for long-term survival?

When assembling your bug-out bag for emergency preparedness, it's important to focus on the essentials that will help you to sustain for a long-term emergencies. Here's a list of items to consider:

Water Filtration: To have a clean drinking water anywhere, include a portable water filter or purification tablet to your bug-out bag.
Food Items: Keep non-perishable, high-calorie foods such as energy bars, canned goods, and dried fruits etc.
Shelter: A lightweight tent, trap or emergency blanket for protection against the bad weather.
Fire Starter: Keep multiple items for starting a fire, such as matches in a water proof case, lighters, Ferro rods, Magnesium fire starter or a mini sparker.
First Aid Kit: Essential medical supplies like bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, adhesive tape and any personal medications.
Multi-Tool: Tools such as Swiss army knife, flashlight, tweezers, and extra batteries or solar charger are essential.
Clothing: Durable clothes suitable for extreme weather conditions including extra layers, socks, and sturdy footwear.
Navigation:  Have maps of the area, a compass and a GPS device or smartphone with offline maps.
Communication: A portable radio or a satellite phone for communication.
Cash Money:  Money is critical to a realistic bug-out bag. I recommend having at least $1,000 in your bug out bag.
License: Keep a copy of your concealed carry license.

What are the essential tactical gears for a bug-out bag?

In addition to basic survival items while assembling your bug-out bag, keeping some tactical gear essentials can increase your emergency preparedness in critical situations. A bug-out bag gear list by We Love Prepping ( Bug Out Bag Gear List: Must-Have Essentials for Emergencies). A few essentials to consider:

Flashlight: A durable, waterproof flashlight with long battery life or rechargeable capabilities.
Knife: A sturdy knife such as Swiss army knife or tactical folding knife can serve various purposes from cutting wood to self defense.
Paracord: Carry a length of strong paracord for setting up shelters, securing gear, bundle firewood, build a survival bow, and other utility purposes.
Gas Mask: Having a gas mask in you bag can provide you protection against smoke from wildfires, volcanic eruptions and safeguard against airborne toxins.
Check out tactical gas masks at Parcil Safety.
Tactical Gloves: Keep durable gloves suitable for various tasks and severe weather conditions.
Protective Eyewear: To save your eyes from debris, UV rays and harsh glare, keep safety goggles or sun glasses.
Self-Defense Items: Pepper spray, tactical knife, expandable baton, firearms (if legally allowed), gas masks, and bio hazard suits depending on legal regulations and personal preferences. 

A good read by BOBA on 75 bug-out bag essentials.

What is the best 72-hour bug-out bag consist of?

A 72-hour bug-out bag, often refer as a get-home bag, contain the essentials you need to survive for three days if you stuck away from home. Some items you need to keep it in are:

Water & water purification items
High-calorie, non-perishable food items
Shelter such as a compact tent or emergency blanket
Fire starting tools
Basic first aid kit
Multi-tool or knife
Navigation tools
Emergency Communication Device
Spare clothing and personal hygiene items
Flash light and spare batteries
Gas Mask

What food to put in a bug-out bag?

When selecting food while assembling your bug-out bag, select the items that are lightweight, non perishable, and high in calories and nutrient. Here are some good options to consider:

Energy and Protein bars
Nuts and dries fruits
Instant oat meals or dehydrated meals
Canned food
Nutrients-dense snacks like trail mix or granola
Freeze-dried meals
Peanut butter or almond butter packs
Protein powder
Candies or chocolates

By carefully selecting and packing these essential items, you can create a bug-out bag that prepares you for the challenges of long-term survival. Remember to regularly review and update your supplies to ensure readiness for any situation that may arise. Stay safe, stay prepared!

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