The Ultimate Bug Out Bag!

A Listmania! list by El Primero "Zenith" (Orange County, CA USA)
The list author says: "This is a comprehensive list of recommended items for the assembly of the ultimate Bug Out Bag (BOB)! The Bug Out Bag is a portable emergency bag that contains necessary items in order to survive for 72hrs or longer when evacuating from a disaster. Also called "grab bags", "personal emergency relocation kits (perks)", "go bags", "get out of dodge bags (GOOD)", $&@t hits the fan bag (SHTF), etc. This list includes essential materials keeping in mind weight, quality and value. I couldn't add more than 40 items so I've listed some extra items in some of the comment sections, which was also limited to 400 characters, so description/comments were kept to a minimum. Every family/individual should have one ready to go."
5.11 Tactical Rush 72 Back Pack
1.  5.11 Tactical Rush 72 Back Pack by 5.11
The list author says:
  "I recommend this bag as your bug out bag, its a bit pricier than other bags out there but quality and comfort is critical. It is made of durable 1050D Nylon that is water repellant. Has quick accessible outer compartments as well as a large main compartment."
$146.43 - $287.49
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (505 customer reviews)

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Datrex Emergency Water Packet - 3 Day/72 Hour Supply(12packets)
2.  Datrex Emergency Water Packet - 3 Day/72 Hour Supply(12packets) by Datrex
The list author says:
  "WATER: Keeping hydrated is very important to survival. 12 packets, each packet contains 125ml of water that will last you 3 days. After that, you'll need water purification tablets, water filtrations, etc."
$12.69   Used & New from: $3.99
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)

MSR MiniWorks EX Microfilter
3.  MSR MiniWorks EX Microfilter by MSR
The list author says:
  "Reliable, durable, light and portable.
ALSO:
- Portable Aqua Water Treatment tablets
- SteriPen Adventurer Opti Water Purifier (UV purifier good for killing bacteria, viruses & other waterborne microbes.)"
$69.95
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)

Reliance Products Fold-A-Jug Collapsible 1-Gallon Water Container
4.  Reliance Products Fold-A-Jug Collapsible 1-Gallon Water Container by Reliance
The list author says:
  "Portable one gallon collapsible water container. Not mandatory, but its light and takes up little space. You can also use a stainless steel water canteen."
$6.83
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

UCO Stormproof Matches, Waterproof and Windproof with 15 Second Burn Time - 25 Matches
5.  UCO Stormproof Matches, Waterproof and Windproof with 15 Second Burn Time - 25 Matches by UCO
The list author says:
  "FIRE: is also important to survival. These matches are stormproof, which means it burns despite wind or rain. It will even burn underwater! ALSO disposable butane lighters, make sure you have at least 2 new ones. AND: a zip loc bag full of cotton balls dipped in vasoline and half dipped in wax."
$4.90   Used & New from: $3.49
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (598 customer reviews)

Magnesium Fire Starter
6.  Magnesium Fire Starter by SE
The list author says:
  "Magnesium firestarters with flint. This is a must as an alternate way to light a fire.

ALSO: Swedish Firesteel - Army Model (I know I've added the emergency firestarter above, but you just cant have enough.)"
$4.02   Used & New from: $1.99
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,564 customer reviews)

Coghlans Fuel Tablets
7.  Coghlans Fuel Tablets by Coghlans
The list author says:
  "Made of Trixane and can be used for cooking or boiling water.

AND: Grabber Outdoors Solid Hexamine Fuel Tablets- High Performance, 12-Count (Made from Hexamine similar to Trixane, it burns hotter (1400 degrees F). These burn up to 12 minutes and can be extinguished and lit again later.)"
$5.05   Used & New from: $2.49
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

Mountain House 72-Hour Emergency Meal Kit
8.  Mountain House 72-Hour Emergency Meal Kit by Mountain House
The list author says:
  "FOOD: also essential for survival. These meals are freeze dried, you just need to add water. They have a 7 year shelf life so rotate it every 7 years. Any 72-hr MRE will do. You can also replace this with other food like: beef jerky, can of sardines, spam, mixed nuts, energy bars, peanut butter, etc, whatever extra space you have in your bag."
$53.99   Used & New from: $46.50
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

Nature's Plus - Source Of Life W/Whole Food, 180 tablets
9.  Nature's Plus - Source Of Life W/Whole Food, 180 tablets by Nature's Plus
The list author says:
  "This is a great multivitamin to supplement your food intake and to compensate for whatever nutrients you might lack."
$47.89   Used & New from: $40.00
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

Survival Fishing Kit - Standard Version
10.  Survival Fishing Kit - Standard Version by Best Glide Adventurer Series
The list author says:
  "A fishing kit in a versatile compact tin can. You can also make your own with an altoid can."
$19.28   Used & New from: $14.21
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

MSR Alpine 4 Pot Set
11.  MSR Alpine 4 Pot Set by MSR
The list author says:
  "Stainless steel pots with lids that double as plates, they are light and stack together taking up little space. I also recommend a 12oz stainless steel water bottle (Klean Kanteen)

AND: Optimus Titanium 2-Piece Cutlery Set (fork, spoon)"
$59.95 - $161.54
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Adventure Medical Kits Outfitter Kit
12.  Adventure Medical Kits Outfitter Kit by Adventure Medical Kits
The list author says:
  "Or the Adventure Medical Kits Adventure Medical Day Tripper ($25) or Weekender ($45).

ALSO You can add these to the kit:
• IOSAT 130mg potassium iodide tablets, in case of nuclear exposure
• QuikClot Sport, Advanced Clotting Sponge 25G and 50G
• Sawyer Extractor Professional Snake Bite & Insect Sting Kit
• Glacier Gel Blister & Burn Dressing"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

Suisse Sport Adult Adventurer Mummy Ultra-Compactable Sleeping Bag (Right Zipper) Blue
13.  Suisse Sport Adult Adventurer Mummy Ultra-Compactable Sleeping Bag (Right Zipper) Blue by Suisse Sport
The list author says:
  "SHELTER: Also important to survival. This sleeping bag is ultra compact, yet warm and comfortable. If you dont have space for this, get the other option listed below."
$39.99   Used & New from: $36.70
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,181 customer reviews)

Emergency Sleeping Bag, Survival Bag, Emergency Zone Brand, Reflective Blanket, 1, 5 and 10 Packs Available (1 Pack)
14.  Emergency Sleeping Bag, Survival Bag, Emergency Zone Brand, Reflective Blanket, 1, 5 and 10 Packs Available (1 Pack) by Emergency Zone
The list author says:
  "This sleeping bag is the ultimate when it comes to size and weight, its made of Mylar, the same material developed by NASA and used in the emergency blankets. Mylar retains 85% body heat and is wind and waterproof."
$5.99   Used & New from: $4.75
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)

Emergency Shelter Tent, Reflective Tube Tent, Cold Weather Emergency Shelter, Emergency Zone Brand (1 Pack)
15.  Emergency Shelter Tent, Reflective Tube Tent, Cold Weather Emergency Shelter, Emergency Zone Brand (1 Pack) by Emergency Zone
The list author says:
  "Also made of Mylar, this tube type tent is easy to set up and sleeps 2 people. OR you can get some tarp, OR you can get a 1-2 person backpacking tent."
$7.75
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

Emergency Mylar Blankets - 84" x 52" (4 Pack)
16.  Emergency Mylar Blankets - 84" x 52" (4 Pack) by Mylar Blankets
The list author says:
  "A must have to protect yourself from cold environments, these thermal blankets again made from Mylar are both lightweight and compact and reflects 85% body heat."
$4.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (389 customer reviews)

Emergency Poncho, Emergency Rain Gear, Weather Protection, Emergency Zone Brand (1 Pack)
17.  Emergency Poncho, Emergency Rain Gear, Weather Protection, Emergency Zone Brand (1 Pack) by Emergency Zone
The list author says:
  "These are thin plastic disposable hooded ponchos, you can also get thicker mil plastic ponchos which will last longer and can be reused. It really depends on where you live and how much rain you get."
$3.99   Used & New from: $0.95
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

Gerber 30-000075 E-Tool Folding Spade with Serrated Blade
18.  Gerber 30-000075 E-Tool Folding Spade with Serrated Blade by Gerber Blades
The list author says:
  "One of the best compact folding shovels out there. You can also buy a plastic sheath for this."
$41.78   Used & New from: $35.02
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)

Ultimate Arms Gear Tactical Scarf - Shemagh - Kafiya - Keffiyeh Head Wrap : OD Olive Drab Green / Black 100% Cotton
19.  Ultimate Arms Gear Tactical Scarf - Shemagh - Kafiya - Keffiyeh Head Wrap : OD Olive Drab Green / Black 100% Cotton by Ultimate Arms Gear
The list author says:
  "A good hankerchief or scarf like this shemagh comes in very handy. If you have additional space, I would recommend a polar fleece blanket."
$12.64
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

Wigwam Men's Merino/Silk Hiker Sock
20.  Wigwam Men's Merino/Silk Hiker Sock by Wigwam
The list author says:
  "I would also recommend a good pair of hiking socks along with a good pair of hiking shoes, a pair of underwear and if you have space left over a shirt.

AND: Grabber Body Warmer (Sold in set of 5) - (Additional heat source that lasts up to 24 hours.)"
$9.32
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (328 customer reviews)

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Mechanix Wear MMP-72-010 M-Pact Glove, Coyote, Large
21.  Mechanix Wear MMP-72-010 M-Pact Glove, Coyote, Large by Mechanix Wear
The list author says:
  "A pair of good working gloves."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

 
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3M Tekk Paint Project Respirator, Medium, P95
22.  3M Tekk Paint Project Respirator, Medium, P95 by 3M
The list author says:
  "Protection against airborne illnesses or dust. Any N95 Mask will do. (I also recommend the 3M R9211 N95 Respirator)

AND: SAS Safety 66519 Raven Powder-Free Disposable Black Nitrile 6 Mil Gloves (Get a ziploc bag of at least 10 pairs of Nitrile disposable gloves.)"
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3M Full Facepiece Reusable Respirator 6800, Respiratory Protection, Medium(Pack of 1)
23.  3M Full Facepiece Reusable Respirator 6800, Respiratory Protection, Medium(Pack of 1) by 3M
The list author says:
  "OPTIONAL: A full face respirator or a surplus military gas mask is not mandatory but if you dont mind the extra weight and space (it does take up a lot of space) then get them."
$106.57   Used & New from: $89.55
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Germ-X Antibacterial Hand Sanitizing Wipes - Premium Brand with Moisturizing Vitamin E - 100 Individually Wrapped Travel Packets - Large 6" by 8" Cloths - Anti-Bacterial Hand Towels - Dispenser Box
24.  Germ-X Antibacterial Hand Sanitizing Wipes - Premium Brand with Moisturizing Vitamin E - 100 Individually Wrapped Travel Packets - Large 6" by 8" Cloths - Anti-Bacterial Hand Towels - Dispenser Box by Germ-X
The list author says:
  "Antibacterial hand wipes in individually wrapped packets.

AND: Wet Ones Antibacterial Hand Wipes Travel Pack, 15-Count (Pack of 12) - (At least one travel pack of antibacterial wipes.)"
$19.74   Used & New from: $7.40
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

Dr. Fresh Travel Kit: Crest or Colgate Toothpaste&Toothbrush & Cover assorted colors
25.  Dr. Fresh Travel Kit: Crest or Colgate Toothpaste&Toothbrush & Cover assorted colors by Dr. Fresh
The list author says:
  "Toothbrush/toothpaste in a small ziploc bag.

AND:
Charmin To Go (You need at least 1 roll of toilet paper) and compact tissue packs"
$5.54   Used & New from: $0.01
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Rothco 550-Pound Desert Type III Commercial
26.  Rothco 550-Pound Desert Type III Commercial by Rothco
The list author says:
  "100' of 550lb paracord. This is important to have, you can also get a paracord bracelet so that you can have some on you at all times."
$8.79   Used & New from: $7.99
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

SOG Specialty Knives & Tools E37T-K Seal Pup Elite Knife with Part-Serrated Fixed 4.85-Inch AUS-8 Steel Blade and GRN Handle, Kydex Sheath, Black TiNi
27.  SOG Specialty Knives & Tools E37T-K Seal Pup Elite Knife with Part-Serrated Fixed 4.85-Inch AUS-8 Steel Blade and GRN Handle, Kydex Sheath, Black TiNi by SOG Specialty Knives
The list author says:
  "A high quality full sized knife.

NOTE: I also recommend a firearm for self defense (compact handgun chambered in 9mm, 10mm or .40 - glock, hk, sig sauer) with a box of ammo a few mags and a holster and (not as important) a .22 takedown rifle for hunting like a ruger 10/22."
$71.98   Used & New from: $71.14
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

SOG Specialty Knives & Tools FSA8-CP Flash II Knife with Straight Edge Assisted Folding 3.5-Inch Steel Drop Point Blade and GRN Handle, Satin Finish
28.  SOG Specialty Knives & Tools FSA8-CP Flash II Knife with Straight Edge Assisted Folding 3.5-Inch Steel Drop Point Blade and GRN Handle, Satin Finish by SOG Specialty Knives
The list author says:
  "You should keep a folding knife with you at all times. Dont forget a small sharpening stone or a knife sharpener to keep your knife sharp like "Smith's Pocket Pal Knife Sharpener"."
$41.99   Used & New from: $34.08
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)

Fenix TK15 LED Tactical Light
29.  Fenix TK15 LED Tactical Light by Fenix Flashlights
The list author says:
  "337 lumens max. Dont forget to add extra batteries for each of your electronic devices.

AND:
Petzl E97 PM Tikka Plus 2 Headlamp (versatile & keeps your hands free.)"
$78.35   Used & New from: $68.50
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Cyalume ChemLight Military Grade Chemical Light Sticks, Green, 6" Long, 12 Hour Duration (Pack of 10)
30.  Cyalume ChemLight Military Grade Chemical Light Sticks, Green, 6" Long, 12 Hour Duration (Pack of 10) by Cyalume
The list author says:
  "Cyalume glow sticks are easily activated and last a long time.

AND:
UCO 100% Natural Beeswax 12-15 Hour Candles 3pk"
$14.18   Used & New from: $12.05
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)

Eton NFR160WXB Microlink Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone Charger (Black)
31.  Eton NFR160WXB Microlink Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone Charger (Black) by Eton
The list author says:
  "Also very important is a AM/FM/NOAA weather/emergency signal radio that is not only battery powered but is self powered by a hand crank and through solar cells. This one has a usb port to charge your cell phone and a LED light."
$67.09   Used & New from: $26.00
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Nikon 8218 Trailblazer 10X25 Hunting Binoculars
32.  Nikon 8218 Trailblazer 10X25 Hunting Binoculars by Nikon
The list author says:
  "Any decent pair of compact binoculars with at least 8x magnification is good to have in your bag. To save even more space you can get a monocular."
$89.95   Used & New from: $86.61
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

Fiskars 7855 8-Inch Hatchet (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
33.  Fiskars 7855 8-Inch Hatchet (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Fiskars
The list author says:
  "Not mandatory, but great for cutting wood, you can also get a compact hand saw, folding saw or saw chain instead. (I recommend a saw chain to save space)"
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Midland GXT1000VP4 36-Mile 50-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair) (Black/Silver)
34.  Midland GXT1000VP4 36-Mile 50-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair) (Black/Silver) by Midland
The list author says:
  "A long range 2 way radio, this particular one has NOAA weather alert and other emergency alert signals. If you want to go further I would recommend a handheld police scanner."
$65.87   Used & New from: $34.99
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,968 customer reviews)

CMMG Phosphorescent Lensatic Compass Clam Pack
35.  CMMG Phosphorescent Lensatic Compass Clam Pack by CMMG
The list author says:
  "Any decent lensatic compass will do. Add a map of your surrounding area as well.

AND:
• Sight Grid Signal Mirror M206 (mil spec signal mirror)
• Fox 40 Whistle With Mouth Grip
OPTIONAL: handheld GPS receiver. (Garmin Rhino)"
$53.45   Used & New from: $44.65
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (291 customer reviews)

Corsair Flash Survivor USB 3.0 16GB Drive (CMFSV3-16GB)
36.  Corsair Flash Survivor USB 3.0 16GB Drive (CMFSV3-16GB) by Corsair
The list author says:
  "A flash drive containing a scanned copies of important documents (birth certificate, drivers license, passport, deeds, insurance forms, social security card, credit cards, will, receipts, pictures of yourself and family members, etc.) you should print some of these out as well and keep it in a large ziploc bag."
$28.72   Used & New from: $18.00
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (286 customer reviews)

3M 2245 Heavy Duty All-Weather Duct Tape
37.  3M 2245 Heavy Duty All-Weather Duct Tape by 3M
The list author says:
  "MISC STUFF:
About $100 cash, in small bills.
• Heavy duty all weather duct tape
• Krazy Glue (gel or brush)
• Quick Steel Epoxy Putty
• 3M Weather-Resistant Heavy Duty Cable Ties
• Black Diamond Oval Carabiners (keep around 4 in your bag)
• SAS Survival Guide: How to Survive in the Wild, in Any Climate, on Land or at Sea"
$12.25   Used & New from: $7.27
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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