You can never tell when an emergency situation will come up. One situation is when a thunderstorm hits your area and turns power off for a couple of days. Or maybe you get in a situation where you get lost in the woods while camping and you need to build your overnight shelter.
Many are not that aware about go bags or bug out rolls. Maybe they have quite an idea but still need to know about what is important. You must consider the most probable emergency situations you may meet when thinking of what to include in your pack. It is best to go for a 72 hour bug out bag if you want to survive for three days.
To learn more about survival, read various articles about people who got stuck or stranded or other emergency situations. Putting up your bug out pack requires you to consider a lot of things. It is good to have an idea on the number of persons who will be with you. Supplies for two persons can be packed if you live by yourself. For the whole family, each member should be allotted enough supplies. You can use a lot of smaller bags or put all your supplies in one large pack. Just make sure you pack everything you will need. Consider the environmental issues that your geographical location will bring. These factors will give you an idea what to include in your pack. Most bags have standard items and it is up to you to add other items that you need.
Make sure to place the most essential which is water. You can survive more days without food than without water because of dehydration issues. One gallon of water per person per day should be allotted. Aside from bottled or water in sealed pouches, also include purification systems such as tablets or filter straws.
Next important item is food that can last long and has high energy content. The most appropriate are energy or nutrition bars that can last for years and are easy to bring. Meals that just need hot water can also be included. It would also be good to include mixed nuts that are high in protein.
Extra clothes are also needed. You might need these for other purposes aside from putting them on.
A tent or tarp can be included in your bag if you have space for it. Two tarps can be prepared so that you can have something to lay on and another to place over you. A sleeping bag can be included if you have space.
Every but out bag should have a first aid kit with all the essentials. Check out if the basics such as bandages, gauze, medical tape and scissors, disinfectant, etc. are present. A survival knife or small saw can be included for cutting just in case.
Check the contents of your bug out bag regularly and keep it dry. The area where you will keep your bag should be readily accessible. Remember to grab your bug out bag when there is an emergency! Want to survive? Start planning now!