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When you’re bugging out, it’s not like going on vacation, where you can stop at a local Walmart or drugstore to pick up what you need. You want your pack to have everything, but still be light enough to transport a distance without completely exhausting you. Here are ten important items often left behind that could prove important when bugging out.
You never know how long you’ll need the clothes on your back or the few you’re carrying. These pocket size kits take very little space and could prove extremely important. You can find a good sewing kit here.
2 Insect Repellent
Sleep is important when traveling on foot. If you want to sleep at night, mosquitoes and bugs can prevent that. Going through wooded areas also present the potential for ticks. I’ve used this deet-free insect repellent in the past and been happy with it.
3 Compass and Map
If you’re on foot, hopefully, you have a map to follow, but one wrong turn can get you confused. Unless you’re an ace at reading the stars or the moss on the trees, a compass is mandatory.
4 Plastic Garbage Bags
Big black plastic garbage bags has a huge number of uses when traveling on foot. These can be rain gear, handy water buckets, shade for the sun and a method of collecting water from tree branches.
5 Duct Tape
Duct tape can fix almost anything and can be used to create a few necessary items. You can keep shoes intact longer and even create cups from duct tape.
6 Dental Floss and/or Paracord
Neither of these take much room, but both can be important. Both can be used as cordage. Dental floss can be the perfect thread to fix everything from clothing to sleeping bags. It eliminates the need to carry cordage.
7 Extra Prescription Drugs and Glasses
Staying healthy and alive are important and being able to see is a huge benefit. Glasses break, so carry a space and you won’t have to spend your time trying to identify the next point on the map.
8 Anti-Diarrhea Medication
You can’t carry enough water to combat the effects of diarrhea. Changing your diet and exercise routine, plus the potential effects of stress can lead to devastating effects. Fiber bars can help prevent the problem and are another source of snack food. Don’t forget to pack some anti-diarrhea medication!
9 Water Purification Pills or Straw
Even if you planned adequately for water, things happen in an emergency that can make those plans go sour. Having an alternative method such as water purification pills or a straw water filter for securing water is important.
10 Shelagh Tactical Scarf or Bandana
Besides sopping the sweat from your brow and preventing it from going into your eyes, these can help keep you comfortable, protected from the sun, used as a splint, to filter water and more.