The Parents’ Guide to a Fully Loaded Bug Out Bag
If disaster strikes, you'll be very glad you have them.
Pray for the best, they say, but prepare for the worst, and that means having a bug out bag at the ready. In 2020, both urban and rural families have had their fair share of emergencies, fleeing brushfires, evacuating after earthquakes, and fleeing from the path of hurricanes. When every second counts and every item is critical, you want all your necessaries and creature-comforts in one compact package. What you want to grab is your fully stocked go bag, and we’re here to tell you how to purchase a pre-made option or build your own.
Whether you’re auditing an assembled bug out bag or building yours from scratch, it’s never been easier to be well prepared for the unexpected. A well-provisioned pack includes everything you and your loved ones need to make it through 72 hours, including first aid supplies, water, basic survival equipment like flashlights, shelf-stable snacks, and tools to construct a basic shelter. While many companies have pre-assembled go-bags, they should all be viewed as a starting point, customized to your family’s individual needs after it enters your home. If the greatest fear for a parent is the unknown, a well-stocked bug out bag goes a long way to ease the fear of “what if.”
This is the fully tricked-out bug out bag for your entire family, including Fido. You get two backpacks, four food bars, 30 water pouches, a folding water container, water purification tablets, and a folding dog dish plus dry dog food. In terms of creature comforts, you get four toothbrushes, toothpaste, razor, comb, shaving cream, shampoo, soap, toilet paper, and other sundries. There's a first aid kit, plus tweezers, trauma shears, and sterile gauze. But that's not all: four sleeping bags, ponchos, light sticks, hand warmers, and two tube tents, plus duct tape and a multitool knife. And a dog leash and dog toys.
For families who step out their front door to the Great Outdoors, having a few of these handy is a godsend. A two-liter hydration bladder, excavation tool, rope, and more make this a decidedly survivalist-y option, but its component parts will pay off in a jam. While it doesn't include provisions, the 42-liter pack can be easily supplemented with a few kid- and parent-friendly favorites.
This bag contains enough provisions for four people to survive a disaster. You get a Sawyer Squeeze water filtration system, as well as four liters water and portable stove. The bag also includes 24 servings of food, eight snap lights, two LED lanterns, two flashlights, a fully stocked first aid kit, four emergency blankets, four bowls and utensils, four whistles, a MoraKniv knife, and a fire starter rod.
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