Building Your Bug Out Kit Part 1

Sorry for the delay getting to this, my laptop developed a power supply issue. It’s back up and running for now. With that out of the way, on to the writing. Part 1 follows.

So, my methodology for doing things may be a bit different from some.

Right off the bat, I’m not a fan of keeping guns stowed in vehicles. While from an ideological stand point, it should never be an issue. Reality however, tells us that isn’t the case. Keeping a firearm in your vehicle pretty much requires a security container of some kind to reduce the chance of theft. I’ve seen Tuffy Boxes with the locks drilled out. Now, I’m sure it was someone that knew it was there, but it goes to show security isn’t always what we think it is. to my mind my , it isn’t only about possessing reliable equipment but also denying anyone access to that would use it against us or commit other criminal acts with it. Most of us are concealed carriers so chances are good, we already have a firearm on our person, right?!?!

Ok, with that in mind, I think we can all agree our primary goal here is to avoid ending up in some sort of aid camp (I’m looking at you Astrodome).


As far as needs go, the basics need to be addressed in our bug out kit:

Water – We can’t survive long without water. A container filled with water and a separate water filter to resupply with seem like a good idea to me. If you live in the desert, you may actually need to just carry water. FEMA suggests 1 gallon per person per day. For consumption, many sources recommend half a gallon per day. FEMA is taking into account that people will need extra water for sanitation purposes. Among those purposes are flushing toilets and bathing. We need to make sure we have water and the ability to obtain more, if possible.

Fire – Fire has two purposes for us: to keep warm in cold weather and for cooking. I recommend that you have the equipment for both.

Shelter- Shelter will depend heavily on the number of people you are providing for. I can get by with a small two person tent or just sleeping in a car (just don’t run the car while you sleep). If you have children, clearly that’s going to require larger accommodations

Food – It may surprise some to find food this far down the list but this is where it got put. This is partly because we can survive longer without food than we can without most other things, depending on the season.

Sanitation – Now, many wouldn’t consider this to be part of our list of needs. The problem is, we need to keep ourselves relatively clean to keep sickness at bay. That may be a matter of keeping our cooking utensils, if any, clean. Or it could be a matter of not having our waste contaminate whatever we’re using as a water supply. That assumes of course that we have access to one.


Now, to contain the items in our bug out kit. I’m a fan of a layered approach. My approach is to keep about 72 hours worth in a bag and the rest in a rolling suitcase, on a game cart, or something along those lines. Nothing says you can’t have part of the kit in your car or truck already, either. Rubbermaid tubs can be great for bug out kits. The downside to using a Rubbermaid tub is that it can be difficult to move. The solution is to put it on wheels of some sort. You will need the majority of your kit to be portable. While you may be using your vehicle, there’s no guarantee. Vehicles break. Roads become impassable. Plan accordingly.

I’ll be back tomorrow to start the supplies and equipment suggestions.