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When you are packing your bug out bag it’s hard to know what exactly to pack and what you can leave behind.  It’s also hard wondering if you forgot to pack anything.

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.  Yet, you also want to keep your pack as light as possible.

If you are ever truly in a bug out situation where you have to walk out, you don’t want to be hauling 40, 50+ pounds of gear on your back.

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.

So, here are some of the most often forgotten items to pack in your bug out bag.

Overlooked Bug Out Bag Items

1 Sewing Kit

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 have 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 portable 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.

11 Feminine Hygiene Products

If you have females in your group, make sure to add some of these.

12 Zip Ties

These don’t take up much space and are light as well.  You don’t need to pack a huge amount, a small handful should be more than adequate.

13 Pantyhose

Pantyhose are another small and light item that you should pack.  They can be used in a variety of ways.

Let me know if there is anything you’d add to this list in the comments below.




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