In this step-by-step guide, I will go through how to make a cheap bug out bag.
For anyone new wanting to be a survivalist, creating a bug out of a bag might seem like a major challenge. Everyone you’ve read about has been tweaking theirs for months or even years, and they’ve built up a pile of gear.
The 72-hour bags are typically designed to get you out of an emergency situation and allow you to live on your own for up to 3 days. Many people prepare their Bug Out Bag to keep them going for a lot longer than just that, but there’s always a limit to what you can bring on your back, and a 3-day goal is a reasonable place to start.
So, in this article, we will cover exactly how to build a bug out bag. Let’s dive right in.
Best Bug Out Bag In Terms of Quality
Quality is important when it comes to bug out bags. A bug out bag should be equipped with everything you need to survive in extreme conditions. High-quality bug out bags should have features like MOLLE webbing, hydration pockets, and compartments for organization. They are typically made from sturdy materials like nylon or polyester. A high-quality bug out bag must have MOLLE webbing, a system for attaching tools and equipment to a bag or vest.
The size of the bag and the number of pockets or compartments it provides should be taken into account when searching for a high-quality bug out bag. All of the required supplies should fit in the bag, which should be light and comfortable to carry. The bag’s construction should also be taken into account because some materials are more resilient than others.
For those on a tight budget, finding a good deal on a high-quality bug out bag is crucial. Searching online for deals or sales is a good way to get a good deal. Additionally, you might be able to find used bags, which, if they’re in good shape, can save you money.
The MOLLE system (Modular Lightweight Loading System) helps you to connect items to your bag via a weaving system. If you don’t know how to mount equipment to your MOLLE bags, here’s a nice video:
How to Make a Cheap Bug Out Bag
Here are all the things you need to build your perfect bug-out bag with the best gear linked right by it. Other blogs have had similar lists, but this is the proper list from my experience.
Here is exactly what you should have as a bare essential. With our recommended gear, this should not take up that much space in your bag if packed properly and should weigh about 22.5 pounds. However, if your gear does not fit the recommended gear linked below, it may be slightly higher or lower.
Here is your bug out bag checklist for survival supplies:
- The bag – here
- Basic first aid kit – here or learn how to build a survival first aid kit.
- Gasmask – here
- Collapsible Canteen – here
- Water filter – here
- 20 Water purification tablets – here
- Freeze-dried food – here
- X2 survival lighter – here/here
- Headlamp – here
- Field Survival Knife – here
- Multitool – here
- Parachute Cords – here
- Compact tarp – here
- Paper map (Print online map)
- Cash Currency($400)
- Condensed soap – here
- Compact toilet paper – here
- Two-way radio – here
- Waterproof storage bags – here
- Tactical Pen – here
- Legal Documents (Passport, Personal ID, Insurance Policy, Medical Card)
Here is what you need to add to the bare essentials. This should take up more space and should weigh about 32.5 pounds with the recommended gear linked to below.
- +Larger first aid kit for multiple people – here
- +Gloves – here
- +Spork – here
- +Flashlight – here
- +Ultralight sleeping pad – here
- +Ultralight sleeping bag – here
- +Sleeping masks/ earplugs – here
- +Wet wipes – here
- +Toothbrush/paste/ floss – here
- +Chapstick – here
- +Towel – here
- +Tactical sunglasses – here
- +Insect repellent – here
- +Tactical belt – here
- +Firearm, holster, and a full mag
- +Nail clippers – here
- +Compass – here
- +Small game
- +Power bank – here
This is going to be more costly, obviously, and heavier. However, this will help you out in a variety of extra SHTF scenarios.
- +Reusable match – here
- +Rechargeable batteries/ battery charger – here
- +Extra magazine
- +Hand sanitizer – here
- +Ultralight/compact portable stove – here
- +Stove Fuel – here
- +Vaseline – here
- +Small mirror – here
- +Whistle(came with compass)
- +Ultralight tent – here
- +Saw – here
- +Sillcock key – here
- +Blade sharpener – here
- +Second pair of socks
- +Second pair of underwear
- +Flat travel roll of duct tape – here
- +Field guide book – here
- +Gold/silver button coins – here/here
- +Glowsticks – here
Common Bug Out Bag Mistakes
Here are some bug-out bag mistakes that are commonly made.
1. Not having the right items in your bag
Make sure that you have all of the necessary supplies for any emergency situation, such as a first aid kit, food, and water rations, shelter materials like tarps and sleeping bags or blankets, spare clothing layers if needed depending on weather conditions, etc.
2. Carrying too much weight
It can be tempting to fill up every inch of space with gear, but remember that carrying more than what is absolutely essential will slow you down significantly when trying to make an escape from danger quickly!
Choose quality over quantity here – lighter options always win out, so invest in good lightweight equipment where possible (such as titanium camping cookware) instead of heavier steel versions which may not necessarily offer better performance anyway.
3. Packing clothes incorrectly
Fold them neatly into small bundles or use vacuum-sealed packing cubes/bags so they take up less room while still providing enough warmth should temperatures drop suddenly during travel time.
Additionally, consider investing in quick-dry fabrics, which are ideal for wet climates since these tend to dry faster after being exposed to moisture compared with regular cotton blends used by most people nowadays).
Don’t forget about waterproofing either – don’t let yourself get caught unprepared due to rain or snowfall without adequate protection!
4. A Low-Quality Bag
Bugout bags are an essential part of a well-prepared emergency plan. However, many people make the mistake of selecting a low-quality bag when they put together their bug-out bag.
These types of bags often lack durability and protection from the elements, making them vulnerable to wear and tear in harsh conditions or even complete failure during extreme weather events.
Additionally, these low-cost options usually don’t come with features that can be beneficial for bugging out, such as pockets and compartments which help keep gear organized while on the move or straps designed specifically for carrying heavy loads over long distances.
5. A Bag That Stands Out
The last thing you want is to draw attention when it comes time to bug out, so another common mistake made by those assembling their own kit is choosing a bag that stands out too much visually.
Brightly colored backpacks are easily spotted and give off the impression, “I’m prepared! Come get me!” In order to avoid this scenario choose neutral colors like black, gray, tan, etc.
Not only will your pack blend into its environment better, but if used properly could potentially double as camouflage in some scenarios giving you added advantage against any potential threats along the way.
6. Lack Of Equipment Training
Bugging successfully requires more than just having all the right equipment packed away neatly; acquiring knowledge about the proper use of said items beforehand would greatly improve the chances of survival should disaster strike unexpectedly.
Having a thorough understanding of how to set up a tent, pitch a fire, start the stove, cook food, purify water secure a perimeter at nightfall, among other skills necessary to survive outdoors invaluable asset, especially since there is no guarantee of access to modern amenities after SHTF situations arise.
Thus investing in quality training resources beforehand is strongly recommended for anyone looking to build durable, reliable BOBs ensuring maximum readiness possible anytime anywhere a situation arises requiring evacuation immediately required response rate significantly increases the chance of coming through unscathed whatever may await outside safe zone designated home base.
7. Too Little Food/Water
When preparing your go-bag, one key component cannot overlook the importance of having an ample supply of food and water included inside the provisions list.
Failure to include enough sustenance runs the risk leaving the traveler stranded, hungry, thirsty unable to continue the journey due to exhaustion, dehydration malnutrition, eventually leading to death.
A rule of thumb is to always aim to fill at least three days’ worth of meals, snacks drinkable liquids within the backpack itself. Doing helps ensure you stay energized and hydrated. You should be able to push the limits and reach your destination safely and securely without running empty of supplies mid-route.
Bug Out Bag Weight
People overestimate how much they can carry in a survival situation. I recommend testing your bugout bag and not packing anything above 50 pounds for an adult.
For those wondering how to optimize weight in your bag to the fullest, here is how:
Can I use any backpack as bug out bag?
There are certain qualities you should look for in a BOB, one of which is durability. While any backpack may technically provide the space necessary to store your items and make them easily accessible, it’s best practice to opt for backpacks specifically designed as bug-out bags due to the robustness and resilience they offer.
Do I really need a bug out bag?
Yes, a bug out bag is an essential part of any prepper’s kit, as it provides the ability to rapidly evacuate a situation that has become untenable. A bug-out bag should contain all the essential items for survival and utmost comfort in an emergency situation, such as food, water filters, fire starters, etc.
How much cash should be in a bug out bag?
The amount of cash you include in your bug out bag will depend on the situation. In general, it’s recommended to have enough for basic supplies such as food and water if necessary, which means $500-1,000. Depending on where you are evacuating from, it might also be beneficial to have a bit more just in case you need extra for transportation or medical care.
Which item is most important in your bug out bag?
Water (or water filtration devices) is arguably the most important item that should be in your bug-out bag, as without hydration, you are likely to die within three days.
Water can also provide sanitation and cleanliness, which will help keep any food or medicines safe from contamination. Packaging at least one gallon of water per person for each day you expect to be away is recommended.
How long should a bug out bag last?
Ideally, your bug out bag should allow you to survive for at least three days in an emergency situation. However, depending on where and how long you plan to be away from home, the duration may vary slightly. To prepare adequately, it’s important that the items included cover all life-sustaining needs such as food, water, and shelter.
My final word is that all of these bug out bag list items will be necessary and will be worth it. Having extra equipment is never bad, as long as it isn’t too heavy. This will ensure that your emergency preparedness is at its peak.
Thanks for reading this simple, short guide on how to build a bug out bag. I hope you build a great emergency kit to survive almost any emergency that may present itself.