"Bug out Bag" list on a budget... Tried and true

A Listmania! list by mcfizzle
The list author says: "I'm not a former SEAL or Eagle Scout or anything other than an ordinary person. Thus, my list/pack is probably bulkier, but matches my (non)skill level. I intend for my pack to last at least 3 days, but with plenty of gear for an unwanted but possible extended stay in a rural area.

I assume that I will be near a water source, so I won't haul water as part of the pack. I'd like to have a sleeping bag / blanket, but 1. weather is always seasonal in CO, and I can't manage the weight with everything else. I'd like to think I'll drive my car to my designated safety point, and then could store much more significant amounts of food and water, and have "luxury" items like a sleeping pad and bag.

I also own / have tested each item. I'm sure there are much better (and way more expensive) equivalents of each, but this isn't intended as a wish list."
Rand McNally Road Atlas: United States, Canada, Mexico
1.  Rand McNally Road Atlas: United States, Canada, Mexico by Rand McNally and Company
The list author says:
  "I don't trust that batteries will last as long as I might need, and carrying a supply weighs me down.  If they ever make a solar powered GPS, I'll revise this choice.  Until then, a solid paper-based set of maps is always necessary.  Make sure this is in a water-proof bag!"
Used & New from: $1.00
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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Swiss+Tech ST53100 Micro-Max 19-in-1 Key Ring Multi-Function Pocket Tool
2.  Swiss+Tech ST53100 Micro-Max 19-in-1 Key Ring Multi-Function Pocket Tool by Swiss+Tech
The list author says:
  "This little guy was relatively inexpensive, and seems sturdy.  And it has a bottle opener.  If I find a cache of liquor, I can drink it!"
$9.49   Used & New from: $7.99
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (750 customer reviews)

KA-BAR Full Size US Marine Corps  Fighting Knife, Straight
3.  KA-BAR Full Size US Marine Corps Fighting Knife, Straight by Ka-Bar
The list author says:
  "I LOVE this knife.  I recommend the Kydex sheath (purchased separately).  Knife is strong, sharp, balanced."
$59.03   Used & New from: $49.99
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (834 customer reviews)

Mainstay Emergency Food Rations - 3600 Calorie Bars (Single)
4.  Mainstay Emergency Food Rations - 3600 Calorie Bars (Single) by Mainstay
The list author says:
  "Never going to be a gourmet meal, but high calorie and really not too terrible.  Note: bring along seal-able baggies, as they are not individually wrapped."
$8.50   Used & New from: $7.60
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)

TETON Sports Explorer4000 Internal Frame Backpack
5.  TETON Sports Explorer4000 Internal Frame Backpack by Teton Sports
The list author says:
  "I'm 5' 10" and haven't had any problems with this bag.  I love all of the different compartments, and the rain protection is great.  I've tried to keep my pack somewhat "light" because I'm not a hardened hiker with one of these, so the straps have held on fine for me."
$76.07 - $199.92
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (508 customer reviews)

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Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle, 1-Quart
6.  Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle, 1-Quart by Nalgene
The list author says:
  "I bought the clear body with black cap.  If you're trying to gauge the clarity of your water from a possibly impure source, an artificially colored bottle won't help."
$7.57 - $53.00
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,391 customer reviews)

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SteriPen AdventurerOpti Water Purifier (Black with Green Accents)
7.  SteriPen AdventurerOpti Water Purifier (Black with Green Accents) by SteriPen
The list author says:
  "Ah, water purification.  I bought this after considering price, weight, need, and life expectancy.  I recently saw the same product with a solar charging case; however, I have not purchased/tested it.  Get a bunch of CR123 batteries.  I know... I said I don't want batteries, but this one is crucial."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

Hybrid Solar Powered Flashlight with Emergency Battery Backup - Black (2 pack)
8.  Hybrid Solar Powered Flashlight with Emergency Battery Backup - Black (2 pack) by HYBRID LIGHT
The list author says:
  "I let my neighborhood kids "test" a lot of my gear.  These flashlights have the solar option, which is always my preference.  Renewable, battery holds solar generated power for hours of use, and have functioned very well.. even with the children's use."
$20.66   Used & New from: $14.50
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (357 customer reviews)

Survival Fishing Kit - Standard Version
9.  Survival Fishing Kit - Standard Version by Best Glide Adventurer Series
The list author says:
  "Probably some degree of overkill, but I'm not the most practiced or coordinated individual.  Plus, it's small."
$19.20
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

AMK Doug Ritter Pocket Survival Pack
10.  AMK Doug Ritter Pocket Survival Pack by Adventure Medical Kits
The list author says:
  "Again, small, lots of uses, plus the "safety" equipment.  Fairly basic, but good to have all of the bases covered.  I'm assuming I want to fly under the radar, but maybe eventually I'd want the whistle or signal mirror features."
$26.99   Used & New from: $25.69
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

Eton NFR160WXB Microlink Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone Charger (Black)
11.  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:
  "One of my favs.  Solar powered AND hand crank.  USB cell phone generator is nice, too.  Allows only for short calls, but better than no charger at all.  Plus, the comfort factor of thinking maybe people aren't too far away."
$21.49
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (847 customer reviews)

SE KC5006S 4-Inch Camping Steel Detachable Knife
12.  SE KC5006S 4-Inch Camping Steel Detachable Knife by SE
The list author says:
  "Fairly heavy, but also has the bottle opener and corkscrew.  Love that it detaches and has a case.  I am thinking of trying a titanium ultra-light set, but haven't gotten there yet."
$5.73   Used & New from: $3.29
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (649 customer reviews)

Grabber Outdoors Original Space Brand All Weather Blanket: Blue
13.  Grabber Outdoors Original Space Brand All Weather Blanket: Blue by Grabber
The list author says:
  "Not a "true" blanket (it's plastic), but can cover a multitude of purposes (overhead shelter, blanket, flooring, etc), and is sturdy enough to be genuinely reusable."
$14.08   Used & New from: $10.71
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

Rothco Type III Commercial Paracord (Black, 550-Pound/100-Feet)
14.  Rothco Type III Commercial Paracord (Black, 550-Pound/100-Feet) by Rothco
The list author says:
  "Lightweight, strong, always practical."
$7.95   Used & New from: $4.80
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,287 customer reviews)

Military Prismatic Sighting Compass w/ Pouch
15.  Military Prismatic Sighting Compass w/ Pouch by SE
The list author says:
  "In reading reviews, people can be really snobby about compasses.  This one has always pointed north for me, and has the bubble level.  Temperature gauge would be nice, but they seem really cheap and plastic if they have the gauge."
$9.00   Used & New from: $6.00
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (645 customer reviews)

GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Bottle Cup/Pot
16.  GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Bottle Cup/Pot by GSI
The list author says:
  "Lightweight, metal (can go in the fire), and fits snugly around the Nalgene bottle."
$8.99 - $12.99
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (323 customer reviews)

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Smith's PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener
17.  Smith's PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener by Smith's
The list author says:
  "Amazon relentlessly promotes this tool, but I have to say, it's sharpened my knives nicely.  I added it because of the peace of mind knowing my knife can always be useful."
$9.16   Used & New from: $6.25
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,611 customer reviews)

Sea to Summit DryLite Towel
18.  Sea to Summit DryLite Towel by Sea to Summit
The list author says:
  "Towelie says: Don't forget to bring a towel!"
$11.95 - $36.95
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (407 customer reviews)

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Aftermath Kavia Elite Sport Slingshot
19.  Aftermath Kavia Elite Sport Slingshot by AfterMath
The list author says:
  "This is powerful!  Again, I assume the worst, and with plenty of rocks around, I can protect myself without hand to hand combat.  Which I would be horrible at."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

Sea to Summit Trek & Travel Pocket Soaps
20.  Sea to Summit Trek & Travel Pocket Soaps by Sea to Summit
The list author says:
  "These are cheaper to purchase at JAX, but they're unbeatable for space saving."
$3.95 - $26.46
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce Fire Starter (Black)
21.  Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce Fire Starter (Black) by Ultimate Survival Technologies
The list author says:
  "The little emergency kits have a flint, but again, I'm not the master outdoorsman."
$20.95   Used & New from: $14.75
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

SAS Survival Handbook, Revised Edition: For Any Climate, in Any Situation
22.  SAS Survival Handbook, Revised Edition: For Any Climate, in Any Situation by John Wiseman
The list author says:
  "It's extra weight, but I think the plethora of life saving info makes it more than worth it."
$11.29   Used & New from: $9.63
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,264 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Forager's Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants
23.  The Forager's Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants by Samuel Thayer
The list author says:
  "I need to practice identifying edible plants more often.  Worth the weight to me."
$14.73   Used & New from: $13.95
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (323 customer reviews)

Reliance Products Fold-A-Jug Collapsible 1-Gallon Water Container
24.  Reliance Products Fold-A-Jug Collapsible 1-Gallon Water Container by Reliance Products
The list author says:
  "The 5 gallon is a little big for portability, but the 1 gallon just a little small.  If you camp/stay right next to a water source, the 1 gallon is probably sufficient."
$6.99
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

Maruchan Ramen, Roast Beef, 3-Ounce Packages (Pack of 24)
25.  Maruchan Ramen, Roast Beef, 3-Ounce Packages (Pack of 24) by Maruchan
The list author says:
  "Normally the inferior food product, it's light, full of salt, and easy to prepare."
$14.94   Used & New from: $14.78
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

Johnson & Johnson First Aid Kit, Safe Travels (Pack of 2)
26.  Johnson & Johnson First Aid Kit, Safe Travels (Pack of 2) by Johnson & Johnson Red Cross
The list author says:
  "Small - I bought the 2 pack, and then converted one case for Imodium AD, Benedryl, Unisoms, Neosporin, and antibiotic cream packets."
$12.00   Used & New from: $8.99
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)

Fresh & Go Toothbrush & Paste, Adult, Colors May Vary, 6-Count Packages (Pack of 2)
27.  Fresh & Go Toothbrush & Paste, Adult, Colors May Vary, 6-Count Packages (Pack of 2) by Fresh and Go Inc
The list author says:
  "So many of the lists I read totally neglected hygiene.  Maybe they assume you remember things like a hairbrush, and toothbrush/paste, but I didn't.  I don't need it to live, but considering life with ultra-fuzzy teeth makes these worth it."
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GI - P- 38 - Can Opener
28.  GI - P- 38 - Can Opener by GI
The list author says:
  "So necessary, and yet so small."
$1.11   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

Zorrel - Insect Shield Apparel Long Sleeve Tee Shirt
29.  Zorrel - Insect Shield Apparel Long Sleeve Tee Shirt by Zorrel - Insect Shield Apparel
The list author says:
  "Colorado doesn't have as many bugs as other states, but hasn't failed me yet."
$27.95 - $31.35
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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ExOfficio BugsAway Purdom Vented Hiker Sock
30.  ExOfficio BugsAway Purdom Vented Hiker Sock by ExOfficio
The list author says:
  "A change of socks / underwear.  Not just for hygiene; cold and/or wetness are real concerns."
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Exofficio BugsAway Paisley Bandana
31.  Exofficio BugsAway Paisley Bandana by ExOfficio
The list author says:
  "I like the Bugsaway for the obvious reasons.  The sun is not kind to those of Scandinavian descent."
$9.75 - $14.95
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Invicta Men's 9110 Pro Diver Collection Automatic Watch
32.  Invicta Men's 9110 Pro Diver Collection Automatic Watch by Invicta
The list author says:
  "No battery.  Remember your cell phone will be off to conserve the battery, or dead.  The date is helpful too.  I forget the date easily.  Would be helpful if it had day of the week, too."
$91.96
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)

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