The purpose of a bug out bag, as per the all-knowing information resource Wikipedia,
“A bug-out bag is a portable kit that normally contains the items one would require to survive for seventy-two hours when evacuating from a disaster, however some kits are designed to last longer periods of time than just 72 hours. The focus is on evacuation, rather than long-term survival, distinguishing the bug-out bag from a survival kit, a boating or aviation emergency kit, or a fixed-site disaster supplies kit.”
Bug out bags are not only used for apocalyptic “end of days” scenarios or the onslaught of zombies; They are used in case of natural disasters, if you are stuck on the side of the road in less than ideal conditions, or just to take with you camping, amongst many other uses. I keep a bug out bag in my car just in case I can’t make it home, am injured, or if I just need to make due with wherever I am stuck.
The major categories for any bug out bag are as follows (in no particular order):
Let’s touch on each of these categories:
“Bug out bags” or “get home bags” are used for much more than just the worst-case scenario or some type of apocalyptic society. Having one is just the smart thing to do for the big and little “just in case” moments.
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