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

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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
Rand McNally Road Atlas: United States, Canada, Mexico
"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!"
Swiss+Tech ST53100 Micro-Max 19-in-1 Key Ring Multi-Function Pocket Tool
Swiss+Tech ST53100 Micro-Max 19-in-1 Key Ring Multi-Function Pocket Tool
"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!"
KA-BAR Full Size US Marine Corps  Fighting Knife, Straight
KA-BAR Full Size US Marine Corps Fighting Knife, Straight
"I LOVE this knife.  I recommend the Kydex sheath (purchased separately).  Knife is strong, sharp, balanced."
Mainstay Emergency Food Rations - 3600 Calorie Bars (Single)
Mainstay Emergency Food Rations - 3600 Calorie Bars (Single)
"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."
TETON Sports Explorer4000 Internal Frame Backpack
TETON Sports Explorer4000 Internal Frame Backpack
"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."
Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle, 1-Quart
Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle, 1-Quart
"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."
Steripen Adventurer Opti Retail Pack One Size
Steripen Adventurer Opti Retail Pack One Size
"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."
Hybrid Solar Powered Flashlight with Emergency Battery Backup - Black (2 pack)
Hybrid Solar Powered Flashlight with Emergency Battery Backup - Black (2 pack)
"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."
Survival Fishing Kit - Standard Version
Survival Fishing Kit - Standard Version
"Probably some degree of overkill, but I'm not the most practiced or coordinated individual.  Plus, it's small."
Eton NFR160WXB Microlink Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone Charger (Black)
Eton NFR160WXB Microlink Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone Charger (Black)
"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."
SE KC5006S 7-IN-1 Multi-Functional Camping Tool
SE KC5006S 7-IN-1 Multi-Functional Camping Tool
"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."
Grabber Outdoors Original Space Brand All Weather Blanket: Blue
Grabber Outdoors Original Space Brand All Weather Blanket: Blue
"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."
Rothco Type III Commercial Paracord
Rothco Type III Commercial Paracord
"Lightweight, strong, always practical."
SE CC4580 Military Lensatic Sighting Compass with Pouch
SE CC4580 Military Lensatic Sighting Compass with Pouch
"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."
GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Bottle Cup/Pot
GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Bottle Cup/Pot
"Lightweight, metal (can go in the fire), and fits snugly around the Nalgene bottle."
Smith's PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener
Smith's PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener
"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."
Sea to Summit DryLite Towel
Sea to Summit DryLite Towel
"Towelie says: Don't forget to bring a towel!"
Aftermath Kavia Elite Sport Slingshot
Aftermath Kavia Elite Sport Slingshot
"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."
Sea to Summit Trek & Travel Pocket Soaps
Sea to Summit Trek & Travel Pocket Soaps
"These are cheaper to purchase at JAX, but they're unbeatable for space saving."
Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce Fire Starter (Black)
Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce Fire Starter (Black)
"The little emergency kits have a flint, but again, I'm not the master outdoorsman."
SAS Survival Handbook, Revised Edition: For Any Climate, in Any Situation
SAS Survival Handbook, Revised Edition: For Any Climate, in Any Situation
"It's extra weight, but I think the plethora of life saving info makes it more than worth it."
The Forager's Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants
The Forager's Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants
"I need to practice identifying edible plants more often.  Worth the weight to me."
Reliance Products Fold-A-Jug Collapsible 1-Gallon Water Container
Reliance Products Fold-A-Jug Collapsible 1-Gallon Water Container
"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."
Maruchan Ramen, Roast Beef, 3-Ounce Packages (Pack of 24)
Maruchan Ramen, Roast Beef, 3-Ounce Packages (Pack of 24)
"Normally the inferior food product, it's light, full of salt, and easy to prepare."
Johnson & Johnson Red Cross Save Travels First Aid Kit, 70 items, (Pack of 2)
Johnson & Johnson Red Cross Save Travels First Aid Kit, 70 items, (Pack of 2)
"Small - I bought the 2 pack, and then converted one case for Imodium AD, Benedryl, Unisoms, Neosporin, and antibiotic cream packets."
Fresh & Go Toothbrush & Paste, Adult, Colors May Vary, 6-Count Packages (Pack of 2)
Fresh & Go Toothbrush & Paste, Adult, Colors May Vary, 6-Count Packages (Pack of 2)
"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."
GI - P- 38 - Can Opener
GI - P- 38 - Can Opener
"So necessary, and yet so small."
Zorrel - Insect Shield Apparel Long Sleeve Tee Shirt
Zorrel - Insect Shield Apparel Long Sleeve Tee Shirt
"Colorado doesn't have as many bugs as other states, but hasn't failed me yet."
ExOfficio BugsAway Purdom Vented Hiker Sock
ExOfficio BugsAway Purdom Vented Hiker Sock
"A change of socks / underwear.  Not just for hygiene; cold and/or wetness are real concerns."
Exofficio BugsAway Paisley Bandana
Exofficio BugsAway Paisley Bandana
"I like the Bugsaway for the obvious reasons.  The sun is not kind to those of Scandinavian descent."
Invicta Men's 9110 Pro Diver Collection Automatic Watch
Invicta Men's 9110 Pro Diver Collection Automatic Watch
"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."
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