How To Build Your Own Perfect Bug Out Bag

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Jul 1, 2019
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For years, my bug out bag has languished in a closet, stuffed to the gills with the gear that I “thought” I might need if forced to flee my home following a disruptive event.  My bag, as precious as it was, weighed over 40 pounds and the zippers were to the point of bursting.  It was full of gear to cover every contingency I could think of.

How did this happen?  Quite honestly, it happened gradually over a period of years.  It started six years ago with my first B.O.B.   That first effort included mostly the basics: fire making supplies, water purification tabs, a couple of knives, TP, a first aid kit, personal items, documents, and cash.  At the time, I thought I was set.  Of course, I was wrong.

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I Already Have a Bug-Out Bag.  Why Change?

Over the last six years, my knowledge of preparedness has grown exponentially, and with each new month, a light bulb has gone off and another piece of gear added to the pack.  Clearly, it was time for a change.

Why change?  My bag had become a mishmash of items, most of which I would never need.  The bag was too heavy and even if it was not, in an emergency I could not get to its poorly organized contents easily.

This time I wanted to do it right.  Before setting out to reconfigure my bug out bag, I set down some assumptions and goals.

1.  First and foremost, my bug out bag needed to address what I felt were the most likely disruptive events to occur in my area.  Yes, this would be a subjective risk evaluation but before continuing, I knew it had to be done lest I suffer another 40-pound behemoth backpack.

2.  My B.O.B. needed to be road-worthy.  It had to get me both away from home and back to home, depending on the circumstances.

3.  Since my intent is to hunker down and bug in, this was not going to be a traditional survival bag.  Its contents would not need to provide for my survival needs in the wilderness for days on end.

4.  On the other hand, if my home became unsafe, I wanted to be able to deploy the contents of my bag while making my way to a secondary location for a few days up to a week.

5.  Knowing that becoming sick or injured can prove deadly during an emergency, my primary Bug Out Bag would be supplemented by a separate First Aid Kit (FAK) that could be picked up an toted with me while carrying the B.O.B. on my back. Included in my FAK would be a large assortment of essential oils.

5  The total weight could not exceed 20 pounds.

Once I set down these ground rules, it was easy for me to empty my existing bag and start gathering the goods.

What’s Inside My All-New Bug Out Bag?

The following list represents the items that are currently in my all-new bug out bag.  This is a simple list, organized by broad category, with some links if you want to investigate further.

2 Lifestraw Water Filters
Aqua Tabs Water Purifier
Nalgene Water Bottle

2 Flashlights with batteries
Luci EMRG Solar Lantern
SunJack Light Stick
4 Glow Sticks

Mora Companion Fixed Blade Knife
Tac-Force Folding Knife
100 feet of Paracord
Duct Tape
Sighting Compass
Tasco Binoculars
2 Carbiners
Wire Saw

Fire, Warmth & Shelter
Swedish Fire Steel
Cotton balls soaked in Vaseline
BIC Lighter
Mylar “Space” Blanket
2 Pocket-sized Mylar Blankets
2 Coleman Rain Ponchos
Reusable Hand-warmer Hot Pack
2 Bandanas

Food & Cooking
Flamelite Burn-box Stove
Nesting Cook Pots
GI Can Opener
New Millenniums Bars
4 Mountain House Food Pouches
Kashi Protein Bars

Voyager crank radio
2 Baofeng ham radios

Hygiene & Personal
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Toilet Paper squished flat in a Food Saver bag
Kleenex tissues
Hand Sanitizer
30 Day Supply of Prescription Meds
No Rinse Bathing Wipes
Disposable Razor
Assorted Band-Aids
Personal wipes (“Butt wipes”)

Choetech 19W Solar Panel

$500 cash in small bills
Copy of passports and other important documents

A Quality Pack Builds the Foundation

Something that did not change is the pack itself.  To this day, I really believe in the Rothco Medium Transport Bag.  It has plenty of pockets to organize your stuff as well as straps to keep it secure.  There is room for a water bladder (although I did not use one) as well as plenty of MOLLE for adding pouches of additional items to the exterior.

What I like most about the Medium Transport Pack is its slim form factor.  It is only as wide as my body which means I can pass through narrow passages and hallways without bumping into things.  If you are looking for a new pack, please do consider this one.  For me, at least, it is perfect.  It is tough, sturdy, and just the right size for carrying your bug out gear.

A Word About the FAK (First Aid Kit)

I did include a few bandages in my pack but for the most part, my intent is to tote my Ammo Can First Aid Kit with me.  It is in the car during road trips and back in my closet while at home.  Definitely, it moves around a lot.  And, it gets used.  A lot.

Call me clumsy or accident-prone, but the Ammo Can FAK has become the most used prep I own.  The fact that it also includes remedies and essential oils increases its usefulness.  Want to build one of your own?  Read How to Create an Emergency Ammo Can First Aid Kit.

What Is Missing?

Good question.  At this point, I have not added clothing, extra socks or underwear.  Also missing are hiking boots which will already be on my feet or in the car. Also, items from my EDC and personal weapons and firearms are not included (my OSO Sweet pocket knife, Windstorm Whistle, and Ruger, for example).

All that being said, my B.O.B. has some room to spare.  It came in at 17.5 pounds so I have a bit of room before reaching my weight limit.  Most likely I will add a few items but, equally likely, I plan to start a second kit that includes the aforementioned clothing, a sleeping bag, and some amusements and comfort items.  I never plan to have to go to a shelter but if I am forced to do so, I want a separate bag set up for that purpose alone.

One thing for sure.  I am not going to run off and stuff anything and everything into a bag again, willy-nilly style.  This time I plan to use my head and not my wallet, if you know what I mean.

The Final Word

I recently wrote about the The Conundrum of Bugging Out and What To Do About It.  As I did with that article, I struggled today to present useful and practical information without sounding like a sales pitch for buying more stuff at your local outdoor emporium.

Did I succeed?  I hope so.  My intent with these two articles has been to provide you with a roadmap for building your own perfect bug out bag with the emphasis on “your own”.  There is no laundry list of gear that is perfect nor is there one best “SHTF stockpile”.  If that is what you are looking for, you have come to the wrong place.

At Backdoor Survival, I promote common sense, optimism, self-reliance, and a bit of frugality.  I would like to believe my readers are like-minded and have the same core values.  These are uncertain times and who knows what the future will bring.  Let us learn to be safe together.

And that is all I am going to say about that.  For now.

Below you will find the items related to today’s article.

Rothco Black Medium Transport Pack: This is my favorite pack.  I actually own 3 plus one in the large size (Rothco Large Transport Pack) that I intend to use as my specialty pack that will include clothing, a sleeping bag, and additional food items.  I don’t think you will be disappointed in your investment in one of these Rothco packs.

LifeStraw Personal Water FilterThe Amazon Top Ten Most Wanted Survival and Outdoor Items Backdoor Survival:  The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultralight personal water filter available. It contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It weighs only 2oz.  making it perfect for the prepper. For more information, see my LifeStraw review.

Choetech 19W Solar Panel: This compact, three panel, solar charger will charge two devices at once, including tablets, smartphones, Kindles, and even AA/AAA battery chargers.  For more information, read: Charge Your Devices With the Choetech Portable Solar Panel.

Potable Aqua Water Treatment Tablets: Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets make questionable water bacteriologically suitable to drink. Easy to use and the water is ready to drink in 30 minutes. One 50 tablet bottle treats 25 quarts of water.

MPOWERD Luci EMRG Inflatable Solar Lantern:  This is the original Luci EMRG Solar lantern. I have put mine through its paces and it is one tough cookie.  It has weathered both a wind storm and rain storm while hanging outdoors for a month.  Lightweight, waterproof and shatterproof, Luci EMRG provides ultra-bright, reliable light to guide your way indoors and out, through blackouts or extreme weather conditions.  Luci EMRG 250_18

Tac Force TF-705BK Tactical Assisted Opening Folding Knife 4.5-Inch Closed: This is a great knife that is currently priced with free shipping.  Not only that, it is ranked as the #1 best seller both the camping and hunting knives categories.  The reviews raved about this knife so I bought one, used it, and can recommend it.  See The Inexpensive Tac-Force Speedster Outdoor Knife.

Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel:  This “Scout” is the one I own. Using this basic pocket fire-starter, you can get a nice fire going under almost any conditions. This is a small, compact version and is my personal favorite.

Grabber Outdoors Original Space Brand All Weather Blanket:  I was interested in a re-usable emergency blanket so I purchased one of these based on the excellent reviews.  This space blanket is definitely “heavy duty” compared to the cheapies (not that they don’t have their place because they do).

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GI P38 & P51 Can Opener Combo Pack:  This is one of the army’s greatest tools. They can be used for dozens of jobs:  opening cans, cutting a straight edge, cleaning grooves, screwdriver, fingernail cleaner, seam ripper and many, many more practical uses.  For a couple of bucks, they are a good deal for very little money.

BaoFeng UV5R Dual-Band Two-Way Radio:  I own two of these.  Something to keep in mind that if you are just planning to listen, you do not need a license.  Still, it is a good idea because it will make understanding the technical aspects of HAM radio a whole lot easier.  Special Note:  BaoFeng and Pofung radios are one and the same.  Some newer units are branded with “Pofung”.

Kaito Voyager V1 Dynamo and Solar Radio: I prefer this smaller, more basic Kaito because it is simple to use.


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30 Responses to “How To Build Your Own Perfect Bug Out Bag”

  1. Hi Gaye, great article. This is a deep and personal subject. Deep because there are so many different foundation assumptions on which to base the bag.

    Recently my first aid kit came in handy in a way I never expected. I shipped a care package to Biafra. Biafra is the southeast corner of Nigeria and they are really suffering. This box was sent to a friend for his family and included ALL of my first aid kit except liquids. Israeli bandages, quik clot, burn gel, and other usual first aid items. Flashlight with 9 extra batteries (the flashlight uses 3 AA’s. Lotion for his wife. Baby powder and diaper rash cream for his baby, and 2 stuffed animals for his baby. The animals kept the box from making any noise. I also packed OTC painkillers with cotton for the same reason. It will be a miracle if the box ever gets to my friend.

    The reason I’m telling this story is a reason other people might relate to: Wondering if we will ever use any of the items prepped in our homes or bug out bags. As Gayle mentioned, I have already used first aid more than anything else. I did not go buy anything that I shipped. It was all stuff that I had in my house for bugging in or out. I was careful to follow postal regulations, that is why I didn’t include liquids for wound cleaning but I did include 3 boxes of alcohol pads.

    Anyway, it was such a good feeling to use some of my stuff NOW to help someone. I pray we never need Israeli Battle Dressing here, but I will begin to rebuild my kit, nonetheless.

    • I also pray things do not escalate in Nigeria to the point of needin bandages and Quik Clot. But it already has. Police are shooting at unarmed civilians. When we talk about civil unrest as a reason to bug in or out, it has already happened in other parts of the world. And here. Thankfully I haven’t read any more news like that lately in th the US.

  2. It distresses me to see that Gaye is still shilling and selling the LifeStraw Personal water filter. That filter does not protect against viruses and could get you killed in a bug out situation. Pack a lightweight aluminum pot to BOIL your water and pack it with a foldable, 1 or 2 liter water bottle and a dozen water purification tablets plus a bandanna to filter the debris. Or spend a few extra dollars for filters that will eliminate viral dangers (like the Sawyer filters).

    • Let us agree to disagree on the LifeStraw. Also, suggesting that I am shilling (a word that can be used to substitute bulshitt) is more than a bit offensive. You are entitled to disagree and I am loathe to censor but really, I get your point. Can we move on?


    • I am pleased that you didn’t censor my comment, Gaye, thank you, that takes guts.

      You run a great blog and publish outstanding articles which I really enjoy except for this one point of contention. You say that we need to agree to disagree yet you provide no point on which we disagree? Do you disagree that the LifeStraw Personal fails to block viruses? That it can kill when used as intended? Now I know that you’re getting an affiliate kickback when people click on your links and buy products, I have absolutely no issue with that whatsoever unless you’re allowing that to cloud your judgement regarding this product. Are you doing your readers who trust you a disservice? RangerRick knows when water needs additional treatment (or at least thinks he does) but do your newbies know that? At what point does safety and honesty trump profit?

      Agree to disagree? No, sorry, I can’t do that Gaye. If it’s any consolation, yours is not the only blog on which I’m going after people who tout this product. I expect it will get me blocked eventually but I’ll know I tried and can sleep at night as a result.

    • You are right to boil water, but life straw is better then not having any thing.
      Do you know that you are both right. Yes you do have to take the place in mind. remember water is very important, but keep it simple as most people will die because of lack of information. this is most important. So share your views and don’t let the greed or who is better to understand in which way you should go about informing the rest of us. Thank you for your time.

  3. In a quest to lighten the load of my camping bag, via improved changes, I read a lot about rocket stoves and such recently. It didn’t take long to learn about quite a number of different popular designs and how to build them. For right now, an empty metal coffee can (note to self: currently sitting on a shelf) serves as my rocket stove, however; for various reasons I would consider getting a manufactured one of some kind, someday.

    Why did you decide on the Flamelite Burn-box Stove over a rocket solo stove?

    I wonder which is easier to set up, and operate?
    The question which comes to my mind is, would a Very non-mechanically inclined person be intimidated by them while under the pressure of an emergency (or close to that) situation? Could that kind of person assemble and operate them correctly while under stressful conditions? Same goes for a simple empty coffee can. …The importance of practicing under ideal conditions shines at this moment.

    To cut down on weight and space, would a monocular work just as well as a pair of binoculars? I’ve forgotten everything I’ve ever learned about both of them, is there a particular ‘best size’ to get?

    Does the Windstorm All Weather Safety Whistle rattle when you grip it in your hand and shake it? If so, do you notice the rattle while you walk with it?

    How much Duct Tape do you carry? I’m thinking of reducing mine down to only ten feet. I can’t think of an instance in which I’ve ever used more than ten feet in any One (worthwhile) application. Is the risk of being caught short, worth those few ounces? I store mine in a ziplock bag to keep the gooy adhesive from getting on anything. Especially important when it’s hot outside. Have you found a better way to store it?
    A ten foot roll might fit into one of those waterproof match canister-type thingies (there goes any weight savings, poof!). But, would it come back out? Ha. Maybe if you wrapped it in plastic first? Maybe a small sheet of paper would work? How easy would that be to forget you even have with you?
    It’s hard to resist putting a short length of small dia. wire in with the duct tape.

    Which 2 Lifestraw Filters do you pack? I imagine a Family and a Personal would make for a good combo.

    Why did you decide on a Nalgene Water Bottle over a collapsible lighter weight bag? For myself, I find bags harder to dry than bottles.

    On your list when you wrote, ‘Wire Saw’ I didn’t imagine the Pocket Chain Saw. I imagined the cheaper wire-only kind. A review from you of the Pocket Chain Saw would be good to read. They look like they would be great to have, but I don’t know if it’s worth the 4oz.’s of additional weight to me. I noticed you didn’t list a hatchet, or a shovel (not even the tiny kind) I wonder why? The Pocket Chain Saw replaces the hatchet, I imagine. And, as you wrote, “It’s contents would not need provide for my survival needs in the wilderness for days on end”.
    Other than for chopping through thick ice to get to water, I can’t think of another use I would have for a hatchet that a knife cannot do, can you? A knife breaks up thin ice. So, maybe a 4oz. trade for the heavier hatchet is a good move? With a camping bag, it might be best to have an axe or hatchet be something of an, ‘add-when-you-need it’ kind of thing?

    By coincidence I was reading about radios the other day. In the comments section of the Amazon pages the geeks who are really really into radios made for some interesting reading. I narrowed it down to two radios: the Voyager KA500-IP crank radio or, the C Crane CC Skywave radio.
    (Also learned that AM radios tuned for a U.S. market won’t work in places like parts of Africa, they have to be tuned to a different band of the radio spectrum, or something. Interesting, that. I wonder if that’s true of FM?)

    While reading about entirely different radios I read some people got radios with broken SW meters (damaged in shipment?) this caused the radio to not be able to pick up any SW signals. I wonder if it’s true of all Short Wave radio receivers, if the (easy to break?) SW meter is broken, no signal will be received?

    Some people mentioned the old 1970’s and 80’s radios were as good or better. A used one might be ok to have. Testing first, is key, I imagine.

    Do you have an external antenna wire for yours? A 23′ section of copper (Hmm, does it have to be a wire?) wire.
    Have you tested out your radio after your voyage from the Northland?

    After reading about some of these items, and other items, and from reading the comments and some links, it seems safe to say that for some people and environments there is No any One perfect item – it’s a common theme – they All have flaw potential and they may not work the best (or at all) in every environment and under every condition, all. the. time.
    At other times you might get what seems to be perfection. Middle ground, can work sometimes, too. So, I give up on finding a good radio which receives AM/FM/SW and HAM. The best move seems to be to have The HAM in one radio and the AM/FM/SW in another radio. Set them all (unplugged) right next to the (plugged-in) cheap and old little run-of-the-mill radio with the alarm which wakes to music.

    I didn’t notice a toothbrush travel holder plastic case on the list. I wish there were a better option besides not having one as mine is always open whenever I open my pack up. I still think it helps to keep other things dry ‘er, and my toothbrush clean ‘er.

    The only FAK I carry is some bandaids and a bandanna. I’ll have to consider a separate larger first aid kit. That seems like a good plan. …Maybe keep a hatchet in it? For any tree surgery, don’tchya know. Might be a good place to put any pruning shears, too?

    • These are all fantastic questions. Some I have ready answers for (the Flamelite stove folds flat, for example, and takes up very little room although I do own 3 Solo Stoves and feel they are a superior rocket stove) while others will take a bit more time to answer. How about this: I will respond to your questions in a special edition of an upcoming Survival Buzz. That way everyone will have the benefit (??) of my response and it will not be buried in comments.

    • Fine by me.

  4. Great article Gaye. I will be giving a class for the ladies on how to lighten up their pack load and still have supplies they will need in any situation.

    Life Straw, I just ordered 5 more. If you know the water in the area you are working act accordingly to cleaning it up. Hurricane Katrina was the worst water so far and yes I did a few things extra when treating the water.
    For the past 50 years I have been working with SAR teams, Military, Red Cross Disaster Teams and when the Life Straw came out I gave it a try. Zero issues, now maybe I am Blessed and have never had a Virus in any of the water I have been drinking from all over the world, but I have total faith in the Life Straw. I have no interest in the Life Straw Company , get no kick back, nothing. It is a great produce and that is just my 2 cents.

    You owe Gaye an apology. What you said was uncalled for. She works very hard to produce the material you obviously want to read, cause you are here reading it. Be respectful. There is no doubt in my mind you have learned something here that will save your life.

    Enough said, Gaye, thank you for all you do.
    Automatic Survivor – President / Chief Instructor
    Priest Lake Search and Rescue /North Idaho
    Priest River Vol. Fire Dept.
    U.S Army Special Forces/ Medic Retired
    Red Cross Disaster Team

    • With all due respect and the respect I have for Gaye (I enjoy her articles very much) beyond this issue which we have discussed in the past, you are wrong. That you are not dead or sick with an incurable disease is sheer luck and if you stop and think about it for a minute you know that is true. You even admit to taking extra precautions when you deem it necessary, a dangerous decision to have to make. Those filters DO NOT eliminate viruses – period. You are, of course, welcome to use a defective product if you so choose but burying the danger in their marketing hype such that people don’t get all the facts is, in my opinion, criminal. Gaye knows this as well yet she says not a word about the dangers and continues to pimp this dangerous product. No, I will not apologize for trying to make people aware of the danger; I just wonder how Gaye can sleep at night.

    • prsmith, you yourself are suggesting the Sawyer filter which will, quote: “eliminate viral dangers” without being clear yourself that the mini Sawyer does not filter out viruses. Additionally, you pick the Sawyer brand, but not other brands with finer sized .05 micron filters which catch even more viruses. Seems like you’re guilty of your own charges. Why wouldn’t you point out that the Family Lifestraw filters out viruses? Are you shilling and selling for Sawyer brand?

      Do you know that of the filters which trap viruses, they have only been tested on some viruses, not every virus. Does that mean when you suggest a Sawyer, “that will eliminate viral dangers” you are causing people to take chances they otherwise would not? Why, newbies might think All viruses are filtered out All the time based on your comments. Again, seems like you’re guilty of your own charges, so perhaps you should try a little harder not to come off as so, I don’t know, condescending?

      Knowing when it is ok to use a water filter which does not remove viruses is not too different from knowing when it is, and is not, relatively ‘safe’ to eat organically grown food. People do die from eating raw organically grown food, but I don’t think it’s criminal to suggest eating raw organic food, or to not mention maybe you should wash it first. The same goes for using or suggesting a filter which isn’t rated to remove viruses. As to, “newbies” who don’t know better, People can read.

      From what I’ve read, the finer sized filters clog up faster and easier and are more frail than other filters. I would rather be stuck with a longer lasting filter and some tablets and/or a boil pot than be stuck with a clogged or broken filter “that will eliminate viral dangers”. You takes you’re chances.

      Hellen Kellor (of deaf, blind and mute teacher fame) once said something like: “in nature, there’s no such thing as saftey”.

      Are you pursuing the impossible?

      And, none of the filters mentioned remove fuels or other chemicals – or salt – how irresponsible is it of you to suggest a Sawyer? Are you expecting people to be able to read and figure this out on their own and not die from drinking sea water? How can you sleep at night?

    • Noted and thanks for pointing that out. That just goes to prove, however, that the filters being promulgated to an ignorant public (myself included in this case) can kill. My beef is not with the company or even with the product but in the advertising of the product. I found this on the Sawyer web site:


      Viruses*: Rotavirus, enterovirus, norovirus, Hepatitis A, Norwalk virus. Exceptionally tiny, not even a micron thick: 0.005 to 0.1 micron.

      *Viruses are rarely found in North American wilderness waters and only purifiers – not filters – eliminate viruses. Be sure to investigate the pathogen risks of your next international destination to ensure you pack the best treatment solution.

      When symptoms first appear: From 1 day to several weeks.”

      Even with that admission, found buried in the technical details, the company minimizes the risk associated with viruses and make no mention of the dangers on their product sales pages.

      A. BackDoorSurvival is not the only site I’ve addressed this on so I’m not picking on Gaye and
      B. Gaye should pick up the slack (read report on the dangerous marketing hype) and tell her subscribers/readers of the dangers inherent in these filters. There are many excellent survival tools on which she can make a bit of cash without pushing a dangerous product on unsuspecting customers.

  5. I know you have a knife, but what if you went back in time and got a number 2 pencil sharpen to make fire tender. Lite and fast, get it. it works for me. of course I am 60 years old. But still love your writing. Keep up the good work.
    love from an old man.

  6. One more thing, thank a vet today. I am and I do.

    • Thank you for your service!!

    • “the holiday is misnamed: It should really be called Worship the Veterans Day. […] I have received hundreds of e-mails from veterans—including those who fought in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan—who are saddened, embarrassed, regretful, or ashamed of their “service” and cringe when they are thanked for it when people find out that they are veterans. What we need are more veterans to say enough is enough, stop the idolatry.”


      “The cult of the uniform is the national religion. It turns atheists into religionists, Jews into warvangelicals, and Christians into idolaters. It must be opposed, root and branch.”


    • thank you, I went to work today an thanked all the people that I work with that are vets. And most looked like I have lost my mind. (Good cover story) As I like to have fun. But it is coming around, it is about time. not for me but all that came before me. But Thank you and all the readers.

    • Yes, Sir I thank you and ask the Lord’s Blessings upon “All who Protect and Serve, all who Help, all who Teach, and all who Learn” every time I pray.

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  8. Dear fellow readers. I just want to bring us back to two points Gayle made in this article. First of all, it was about building your OWN bugout bag, not someone else’s. Secondly, we should all consider context when building a bag. In what scenario will you be building the bag? Gayle stated that she would be using it to travel or trek from home to a bugout location. In fact she stated that we should consider our own purpose for the bag.

    In an urban bugout, you might be filtering contaminated tap water. I have a tool that lets me open spigots outside commercial buildings. That must be treated as thoroughly as possible. So I have water purification tablets.

    In a woodland bugout, my most likely context, water will be coming from streams. I have considered various filters for this. I do intend to boil water, but if at any time smoke would make me unsafe, then I must have a filter. Tablets are too expensive to use for a long period. I would have to choose a personal filter.

    Then there is the issue of wanting to travel as quickly as possible. Again, a fire, even a rocket stove size fire, might not be feasible.

    All I’m trying to say is that every single item in our bags is a personal choice. For example I have an attachment to wool socks, and the erroneous belief that everything will be okay as long as I have wool socks.

  9. To the person who has mentioned GREED at least twice. This is rude and unconscionable. If you would like to prove you are not a narcissist, then either apologize or remain silent. The more you defend yourself and your viewpoint, the deeper the whole you are digging.

    Good bloggers put an incredible amount of time and care into a subject they love. No where on the Internet is it appropriate to blast anyone.

    • Thank you, We are here to learn from each other. THE MORE WE KNOW THE BETTER WE ARE.
      That’s what this is all about.

  10. In scrossing thru B.D.S. I recall mention of an incinerating porpane toilet. Now , for the life of me I can’t find it again. Can you help?

  11. While scrossing thru Backdoor Survival I saw an item about an incinerating propane toilet. Now I can’t find it again. Can you help?

    • The Ecojohn WC series toliets and Storburn toilets both use propane. Hope that helps.

    • That may have been something written up in the comments because I have not written about it. On the other hand, my memory is not so great these days.

  12. Seems like a good way to look at water filters is the same as you might with tires. A Lifestraw Personal is like an all-season radial tire, designed to get you through most places now. A Lifestraw Family water filter is like snow and mud tires for extreme situations. Both are good tires, neither is perfect.

  13. Another great article:
    I would add machine sewing needles, thread, patches and razor blades. When your BOB is your go to survival item then you to then you need to be prepared to repair it.


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