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4 Bug Out Bag Essentials To Grab On Your Next Trip To The Military Surplus Store

There are about a million different apocalypse scenarios out there, and for each one, there are a number of different times when one or more could take place. Whether it’s out of a fear of political instability or some kind of environmental disaster, many people feel the need to have a “bug out bag” ready at all times. These bags are designed to allow you to live totally off the grid using nothing but what you can find in the wilderness and what you carry in your bag. With this in mind, here are four things any bug out bag will need if you want to last more than a week after a major disaster, all of which can be found (for pretty cheap) at your local military surplus store. 

A Reliable Pack

Surprisingly, one of the most common things that doomsday preparers overlook is getting a reliable bag to put all of their survival gear in. Rather than heading out in a bag leftover from high school, try hitting your local military surplus store for a more reliable alternative. Kevlar bags are a bit heavy, but they’re (literally) bulletproof and can survive anything. High-density nylon is also a good bet since it’s so durable. If you live near marshes, swamps, or wetlands, then a dry bag might be worth it so that a soggy tumble doesn’t jeopardize your survival. 

A Lightweight Stove

Sure, the classic caveman/survival expert will be able to make a fire from just about anything from twigs and string to a pack of gum, but when you’re fighting for survival, speed and convenience are key. These stoves rarely weigh more than a pound and typically run off of lightweight mini butane or propane tanks. It’s important to keep in mind that you won’t need something big, just something that can boil water to purify it and cook food. 

A First Aid Kit

Whether you make your own or buy one pre-packaged, no bug out bag is complete without provisions for an injury or emergency. Commonly forgotten implements include moleskin for foot blisters, burn cream, and a long scarf or neckerchief for anything from wrapping an ankle to making an arm sling. In fact, the American Red Cross publishes a packing list for a first aid kit for a family of four, which you can edit based on the size of your survival group. 

Extras of Everything

Shoelaces, backpack straps, butane tanks, water bottle filters. What do all of these items have in mind? You’re essentially dead in the water if one breaks or runs out without a backup. Military surplus stores are great for stocking up on the little things because they’re cheap and always military-grade quality at these stores. Do a walkthrough of your existing pack and check off which items are especially liable to breaking or running out, and make sure to stock up on their replacements. Remember, the preparer who fails to plan is planning to fail.  

To learn more, contact a military surplus store like Andy and Bax