Gifting a DIY Bug Out Bag

For Christmas this year, I’m giving one of my family members a bug out bag. Don’t worry, they don’t read this blog so it will still be a surprise to them. The family consists of two adults and two young children.

I’ll start by picking up a decent small backpack at a thrift store. The idea with this kit isn’t to be able to live for weeks on end out in the wilderness but rather endure a night or two stranded somewhere. So, no need for an elaborate kit inside a giant backpack.

Inside the pack, I’ll have the following:

Two of the HeatSheets 2 person emergency blankets.

A fire starting kit consisting of fire straws, strike anywhere matches, a butane lighter, and a fire steel.

Two survival whistles.

Paracord and duct tape.

A small first aid kit.

A Mora Companion SG knife.

A couple small LED flashlights.

There will also be instructions as to additional items they should add to the kit. One of the kids has a number of food allergies so it will be far easier for them to add the appropriate types of food, enough to last a couple days. Two or three blankets to be rolled up and kept next to the kit. They should have a few regular water bottles as well. Both the parents have cell phones so they should already have at least one with them in an emergency. Extra hats and gloves for each family member will help keep everyone warm.

All told, I’ll be able to put this together for under sixty bucks or so. A rather modest investment, really, considering the potential benefits.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

One thought on “Gifting a DIY Bug Out Bag”

  1. Excellent idea. I think that it's smart to give a gift like this with enough supplies included to spark interest in them to add more. Maybe they'll read this blog after that? hehe

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