The list author says: "Survival/bug out bag should be that a simple compact bag containing only what you need while meeting actual needs as much as possible. If you and your family needed to get out quickly such as in case of tornado,flood,fire,earth quake or avalanche then your not going camping for fun your getting to safety . Be real about it."
"Have at the least one bottle of water for every member of your family .One bottle doesn't seem like much but think about it if your not in the wild or lost at sea wich you would surely prepare for any way why would you prepare for it as such ?"
"pack light foods just enough to get you by in a pinch a couple of these or other like items will get you through your ordeal . Plus if you have kids like me it's easier than a canteen cup and noodles to feed every body."
"A couple of AA powered flash lights will do AA are not expensive and won't wait down your bag like D's. Check out home depot they have a Rayovac flash light that is super bright has two settings on high 100lumen and a low setting of 50 lumen for 19.99 mine work great and are drop proof ."
"Glo stick's are great for marking entrances and exits or if you have kids.Children in an extreme situation even if it's just sever weather are given a small sense of control just by having their own light."
"These little things are great you get the weather ,news casts, and a flashlight that is really descent it will also charge anything you can plug in via usb . We had a black out due to violent storms some months ago and it charged our phones for a week and never failed now I will say it takes about 5 min of cranking to put about 2 bars on your phone"
"Be as best prepared to fix anything as best you can with as little as possible . Wether your a leatherman or a Gerber or even a sog man multi-tool is the best way to go I have used my gerber to fix everything you can think of"
"Great for tie downs shoe strings ,wraps or use the insides cords as thread or fishing line. I made a lure out of a hook and a piece of neon orange paracord last year as a joke with my wife and caught bass left and right it was great"
"Flower sack cloth can be bought at wal mart for 2.00 per 4 their 2x2ft and great for drying off ,head bands ,sling or to make a makeshift top for your daughter LOL as we found out this summer when our 8yr old got all her clothes wet."
"A little more expensive than I wanted but a great work knife cutting, splitting, wood working and it's not huge just right also for less their is the gerber Lmf or the ka-bar bk-7 you should have at least 3 knives different sizes giving you a multitude of options"
"Securely load copies of your dL or other i.d. ,social ,insurance both home and auto,any medical insurance , pictures of high value items you own guns ,computers ,game consoles, jewelry and washer dryer and fridge for insurance to make it easier . also include copies of your favorite family photos"