Create the Perfect Bug-Out Bag
Create the Perfect Bug-Out Bag | Overstock? Create the Perfect Bug-Out Bag Whether you call them bug-out bags, get-out-of-Dodge bags, or 72-hour kits, it's critical to have three days' worth of emergency supplies ready to go at a moment's notice not only for yourself, but for each member of your family, including children and pets. Along with the emergency essentials below, include personal items in your bug-out bag, such as cash, a credit card, local maps, and any important legal papers or documents. Back to Top Start with a Good Bag The two keys to the perfect bug-out bag are agility and portability. All supplies will need to fit securely in a bag that can be grabbed quickly and can easily travel with you. While any bag can work, a sturdy, large-capacity backpack is ideal. Shop All Backpacks Include a 72-hour Supply of Food and Water Three days' worth of clean water and nonperishable food should be the first bug-out bag items you buy. FEMA, Federal Emergency Management Agency, recommends having one gallon of water per person, per day. Likewise, you need enough nonperishable food to sustain each person for at least three days and a portable single-burner propane stove. For ultimate portability, look for lightweight food options, such as ready-to-eat freeze dried meals. Shop All Emergency Food & Water Add Protection from the Elements Being displaced by a disaster could mean that you will have to provide your own shelter and warmth. A simple change of clothes or lightweight raingear can help keep you warm and dry, but to be prepared for any scenario, bug-out bags should also include a lightweight tent, waterproof matches, an LED flashlight, sunscreen, a dust mask, and an emergency blanket. Including these additional items will assure that you can stay warm and safe in nearly any weather or location. Shop All Emergency Warmth & Shelter Don't Forget First Aid and Personal Hygiene No bug-out bag is complete without the proper first-aid and personal hygiene supplies. First-aid kits should include bandages, gloves, and an antibiotic ointment. Also include any needed prescription medication that you or a loved one can't go without and a backup pair of prescription eyeglasses. Personal hygiene items such as moist towelettes, a toothbrush, and hand sanitizer will help keep things fresh and sanitary while on-the-go. A plastic bag to contain trash is useful, too. Shop All Emergency First Aid & Medical Supplies Shop for Ready-Made Bug-Out Bags If your schedule doesn't allow you time to properly stock a bug-out bag with 72 hours' worth of supplies, then look for a ready-made kit. Be sure to check over the amount supplies in each pack. Most premade bug-out bags have enough supplies for one person. If you are making plans for additional family members, then buy each individual their own bug-out bag. Shop All 72-Hour Kits what shoppers are saying about emergency supplies at overstock?