Why is it called a Bug Out Bag?
The term "bug-out bag" is possibly related to the "bail-out bag" emergency kit many military personnel carry. The concept passed into wide usage among other military and law enforcement personnel, though the "bail-out bag" is as likely to include emergency gear for going into an emergency situation as for escaping an emergency.
What types of Bug Out Bags are there?
There are several types of Bug Out Bags that can be made up ranging from a simple day pack to fully stocked bags that enable a survivor to last for weeks.
Bug Out Bags also need to be changed according to the season, for example; in the Winter, you will need to pack more items to keep you warm and a snow shovel. In the Summer, you will need more water, insect repellent, sunscreen and a hat and maybe a fire extinguisher.
Our focus will be on the 72-Hour emergency evacuation Bug Out Bag also known as a BOB or a grab bag, a battle box, Personal Emergency Relocation Kits (PERKs) GO Bag and GOOD (Get Out Of Dodge) bag.
What's in a basic 72-Hour Bug Out Bag?
The contents of a basic 72-Hour Bug Out Bag can be categorized into 6 groups, These items are "Shelter and Warmth", "Food and Water", "Health and First Aid", "Signalling, Navigation and Reference" and "Multipurpose Tools and Materials". An additional bag will contain your change of clothes and personal hygiene items.