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.