Four Essential Items that Must be in a Bug out Bag

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A bug out bag (BOB), also known as go bag, INCH bag or GOOD bag, is necessary for every individual nowadays. Bad whether and a number of disasters can strike any minute, anywhere and it’s best to be prepared for when they occur. One way to get ready for an emergency situation is to carry a BOB everywhere you go. They come in various designs, sizes and patterns to suit your criteria and individual needs. There are so many varieties that even the fashion-conscious will love them.

But what does your bag have to include to keep you prepared for any situation? Here is what RemovalsMates Putney suggests.

#1 Water

A person can survive a couple of weeks without food but only four to five days without water, considering that the weather conditions are not severe. As more than sixty percent of the body consists of water, it is an essential part of our lives. Our bodies can’t function without water. So it makes sense to keep water supplies in your bug-out bag.

How much water do you need to survive? Not much actually. Considering you are in an urban environment, you can find water sources with ease. Besides it’s difficult to carry  huge amounts of water everywhere you go, and in an emergency situation any obstacle of this kind may reduce the chances of survival. The only reason you may need larger supplies of water is that you are setting off for a location where you know water is not that easily accessible (desert areas worldwide) or you generally live in such a place. In that case, three gallons of water per person will make do.

Another thing to take into account, in some cases urban sources may get contaminated. For this reason, it’s also a good idea to toss a water filter or iodine tablets in your bug out bag so you can clean your water on the go. In an urban environment you can’t do without a water filter.

Another great idea is to keep two BOBs in your car. One of them should contain a water filter and the other should be full of water. Hide the latter so that no one can find it and keep the other one somewhere handy (in the car). If during an emergency you can’t find water, your bag full of water will serve the purpose. On the other hand, if you have to leave your car behind, it’s best to take the bug out bag with the water filter with you so you can purify the water you find during your trip.

#2 Food

Food is one of the first things that comes to mind when preparing a BOB. We are human beings and we can’t live on sunshine; we need food to survive. Now, when considering food supplies, you need to prioritize them. Broadly speaking, the food you are packing has to be nutritious, portable and with a long shelf life. In that sense, a BOB should include the following: ready-to-eat meals, canned goods, food bars and dehydrated food. Make sure you pack enough food but don’t forget that you should be able to carry the BOB everywhere you go, so don’t get too carried away. Include the most essential products and move on to the next one.

#3 First Aid Supplies

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You never know what might happen during an emergency. You may get hurt or or somebody else may. That’s when a first aid kit can help you survive this difficult situation. What should you include? Start by storing medications or personal items that you need on a daily basis. Add adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, oral thermometer, breathing barrier, aspirin tablets, adhesive cloth tapes, tweezers, roller bandages (three and four inches wide). It’s also wise to have scissors, non-latex gloves, a blanket, compress dressings and a flashlight.

If you don’t know what to include in your emergency kit, buy one at local stores or Red Cross stores. They come in different sizes and shapes, so it will be easy for you to pick one that meets your criteria.

But apart from the most typical medications it also goes to reason to add extra analgesics just in case. Even though your certainly don’t want to experience it, you may be faced with the challenge of overcoming physical pain. A good painkiller may save the day. Apart from it, somebody else may be in an accident but lacking first aid supplies. The extra analgesics you carry will end up very useful in both cases.

Note: don’t forget to regularly check your emergency kit. Replace any products that have expired. Don’t store out-of-date stuff. And always make sure the go bag is clean and sanitized before you store food there.

#4 Additional Stuff

Can opener:

You need a can opener to canned foods. Without one, you may find it difficult to access preserved foods.

Portable radio and extra batteries:

In cases of emergency there may be power cuts, which is why it is wise to store some extra batteries. You don’t know how much time you’ll be in this situation and you had better be prepared.

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