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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.
Pantyhose are another small and light item that you should pack. They can be used in a variety of ways.
14 Copies of All Loan Documents
Make sure to have copies of your home mortgage and any other open loan documents.
15 Personal Identification Documents
Your driver’s license, social security ID card, medicare and medical insurance cards are all important identification documents you want to make sure to bring with you.
16 Insurance Cards
Copies of your insurance cards are important to bring with you. It will have your policy numbers as well as phone numbers for you to call if you need to make a claim.
17 Credit Card
Your emergency credit card may come in handy if you are bugging out.
18 Vehicle Registrations
Vehicle registrations can be important to show ownership of your vehicles.
This might be something you won’t think of, especially in the time of emergency, but make sure you have pictures for insurance purposes.
Walk-through your home and take pictures of everything you own, open your cabinets, closets, and drawer and take pictures of the contents inside these areas.
If you lose your home, these pictures will help you with remembering what you had as well as help with your insurance claim. You can pack an SD card with the pictures on it or upload it to remote storage.
Let me know if there is anything you’d add to this list in the comments below.