A bug out bag is simple a bag you can grab in case of a disaster or emergency. The concept is that if you have to evacuate the area quickly because of a coming severe storm or wildfire, you can grab this bag and be on your way to get out of the city as fast as possible.
A bug out bag is kind of like a survival kit except the rational is that it’s something to survive on for about 72 hours as opposed to surviving for much longer durations. It’s something that you can grab quickly in case of any emergency whether it is a disaster, a fire, or a family emergency.
Things you should consider to put into a bug out bag. If you wish, you can also store some of this in your vehicle. Just make sure that vehicle is one that is with you at all times so you always have access to the supplies.
Food and water. Have enough to eat for every member of the family you are with at at least 1 gallon of water per day.
First aid kit.
Fire starting kit or tool.
Any medications that you would be required to take. It might be a good idea to have more than 72 hours worth.
Blankets and camping gear to keep warm.
Clothing for a few days. Keep multiple seasons of clothing in the bag.
Hand crank radio device. Look for ones that you cell phone might be able to plug into as an alternative method for charging.
Flashlights with extra batteries.
Maps and locations to go to. It’s advisable that all members in the family know which locations to go to in case of a disaster because you might not be together in the same place when disaster strikes.
Contact information of everyone you may need to contact.
Any other survival tools that you may need to use.
From time to time, remember to rotate the items in the bag like food and water especially as well the medicine. It would be good practice to at least monthly check the bag and make sure the contents are still safe to use and work properly.