reply to post by smirkley
A 7 day supply is a bit much for a bug out bag.
Primarily, the idea of one is to get you home (or at least to a hidden cache, etc.)
I'd hope it wouldn't take you more than that to get home. My bug out bag, on the other hand, is a 4 day one, but that's because my work is almost 50
miles from home. Anybody else in the household, 2 days.
The room for those extra days in food alone, I just can't fathom where it'd go. Unless you're sticking with ration bars...
Bare minimum...(you're looking for small, multi-purpose, and things that keep)
Survival Multi-tool (either Leatherman or Swiss Army knife)
Food (Ration bars are good, but cereal bars are a cheap and available alternative, MREs are nice too, but can take up room. A couple of cans of
something is always nice too. I like those little tuna packs that have crackers and tuna. Keep for a while, just have to rotate in new ones, eat
before they get too old).
Canteen (I prefer metal as plastic can give stored water a nasty taste, and you can boil water easier)
Hand-crank radio/flashlight combo (you'll need to see where you're going, and want to listen to what's going on, I'd recommend getting one with a
cell-phone charger too...while they work).
Water purification tablets (can pick these up at WalMart in camping supplies).
Handgun (not really a bare minimum, but other people may be a threat, so included here. This all depends on if you can afford one, as they can be
expensive. I'd go with a 9mm or .22 cal as ammo is small and cheap, and fairly common, so will be easier to find replacement ammo).
A green tarp (small, just enough to make some kind of shelter if you need it, or at least keep the rain off you, and can help hide you)
A Machete (firewood, weapon, etc.)
Waterproof Matches, firestarter, lighters (you need fire to purify water, heat up food, etc.)
Compass (and how to read it)
Map (to help you get where you're trying to go. I usually mark mine with important places along my pre-planned foot route, God forbid I ever have to
make my whole work trip on foot... Places I could loot for things, for example or find food.)
Anything else is really just extra. Assuming your goal isn't to survive on what's in your pack, but really more to prepare you while you make the trek
home or to your loved ones.
edit on 17-5-2012 by Gazrok because: (no reason given)