Life is full of calamitous events – car accidents, drownings, falls, the dogs get out and your in-laws arrive. Those people who want to avoid as much stress as possible develop individual coping strategies.
Many events themselves aren’t that stressful, it’s how we perceive them that makes us feel tense and vulnerable. Stress comes from feeling out of control and the key to relieving stress is having control over situations you have the power to change.
Know how Your Emergency Equipment Works
Specialized knowledge is important, more so when you’re in a survival, emergency situation. It’s no good having survival equipment, for instance, in your survival bug out bag if you don’t know how to use any of it. Understanding why your equipment performs the way it does is part of a success formula. Nothing helps success more than knowing what you’re doing, simply because it reduces risks.
Survivalists rely primarily on their own knowledge, resources and abilities. Self-reliance is critical in an emergency situation, such as earthquake, tornado, tsunami or wild fires. Having a bug out bag with appropriate contents can help you to ride out your catastrophe and turn your disaster into a success story.
These are portable, fairly large bags that contain items needed in a disaster. These bags, one for your home and one for your car, should be packed and ready for use. You can purchase the bags online or at outdoor-stores. They’re essentially backpacks with zips and pockets to store essential items, some of which are:
- Camp axe
- Camp soap
- Hiker-type foods – energy bars, nuts, raisins, crackers
- First aid kit, water purifying tablets, emergency sleeping bags
- Emergency whistle
- Small stainless steel pot for boiling water and cooking food
- Fire starters
- Bug spray
- Some extra pieces of clothing if your bag permits this
Let’s look at some of the best bug out bags available to us:
Deluxe Emergency Bug Out Bag
2-Person, Emergency Zone Brand
While this bug out bag has all the necessary items for a 72-hour survival kit, some people complain about the shoddy quality of some of the items, such as the survival whistle and radio with batteries. They feel that these items are cheap, toy-like products. This 2-person survival kit aims to ensure you’re prepared with vital items that fit into a roomy backpack.
The bag, which is 14’’x14’’x8″, weighs in at 15lbs. Some valuable items include: one each of a first aid kit, food and water, hygiene kit, flashlight, emergency shelter, can opener, knife, tube tent, work gloves, rope, pencil and ice pack. There are also two emergency reflective sleeping bags, folding N95 mask, water pouches and water purification powder.
Emergency Zone Urban Survival
2-person 840-2 Urban Survival Kit
This nifty kit sets you up well when disaster strikes. The kits contain USA-made SOS food and water which has a 5-year shelf life. The weatherproof, black backpack looks ordinary enough not to draw attention. The 72 hours bug out bag has been assembled in the USA and comes with radio, a preparedness guidebook, flashlight and pencil. To protect you from the weather, you’ll find reflective sleeping bag, a tube tent, hand-warmers and emergency poncho.
A Folding 1L Water Container
Of course, food and water are critically important, and you’ll find a folding 1L water container with an instruction sheet and purification powder. The kit includes plenty of handy first aid equipment, as well as hygiene products and a host of useful tools, such as glow sticks, multi-tool knife, rope, can opener and even playing cards to amuse you while you wait for rescue.
Ultimate Bug Out Bag
Fully Stocked Premium Backpack
If you’re not sure what to stock your bug out bag with, don’t stress as this fully stocked bag has taken care of everything. Rigged out with a 16-function Swiss Army style knife, a 57-piece first aid kit and a 24-piece hygiene kit, you’re well prepared for any emergency. There is even place for some extra clothing, what with the bag’s 6 external pockets and external straps.
Other critically important items included are 6 food bars, 6 water boxes and 10 purification of water supplies, radio, siren, glow sticks, waterproof matches, body warmer, emergency sleeping bag, poncho, rope, blue tarp, bottle opener as well as other useful survival items.
Yukon Tactical Bugout Bag
This bug-out bag with hidden shoulder straps is made out of robust 600D Polyester. On its own, the bag weighs 4.2lbs. The bag comes with a neoprene handle and plastic buckles and measures 26″ x 13″ x 11″. You can use it as a duffle bag or as a back pack. You’ll find that the main compartment has zippered dividers to keep things organized. This bag contains everything a prepper needs. The bag is available in outdoorsy colors such as olive, black or grey.
Ready America 4-Person Deluxe
US Coastguard Approved Foods
This emergency kit has enough supplies for 3 days. All the food and water in this 72-hours after-a-disaster kit are US Coast Guard approved. Ready America has got together this 4-person Deluxe Emergency Kit, making sure to include life-saving supplies.
A Host of Helpful Items
Apart from food and water supplies, there are also important items, such as a multi-function pocket tool, a 4-function emergency power station which produces 30 minutes of bright light, as well as 2 minutes of talk time on a cell phone. Other important items include hygiene items, flashlight, emergency whistle, sleeping bags and much more. The handy kit which is a backpack can be stored in your car, home or office.
4-Person Perfect Survival Kit
Ideally Suited for Earthquakes
You’re fully prepared for any emergency with this 72-Hour bag/kit, which has been rigged out for 4 people. Designed for a host of disasters, Survival Kits Online has done a great job rigging this bug out bag which is best suited for an earthquake situation. With its contents, the bag weighs about 30 lbs.
Foods with 5 Year Shelf Life
The manufacturer, Prepare Me America, has made sure the comprehensive kit contains essential products packed by Survival Kits Online in a deluxe duffel bag. The kit includes, among others, food and water with a 5-year shelf-life which is approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. Other items include water purification tablets, respirators, an emergency 4-in-1 hand crank Dynamo emergency radio, cell phone charger, emergency siren, rechargeable flashlight, emergency light sticks and more.
Wise-Food 5-Day Backpack
This is a 5-day emergency survival backpack for 1 person. It’s a survival kit which has everything you need, and the food items have a shelf life of up to 25 years. There are no less than 32 servings of gourmet meals complete with 5 water pouches.
There’s Even a Portable Stove
This bug out bag even offers a portable stove complete with fuel tablets. Who can believe that this bag with all its contents weighs just over 8 pounds. Other important survival items include first aid kit items, waterproof matches, Mylar blanket, emergency poncho and much more – all packed in to give you every chance to survive a catastrophe.
You can never say,“It will never happen to me.” The world we live in today is challenging and unpredictable. There’s nothing ludicrous about being prepared, and a survival bug out bag will ensure you have the necessary supplies to see you through until the situation you find yourself in has stabilized.
If you’re a fighter who believes in doing what it takes to live to see another dawn, these bags and their contents will tide you over a disaster period. You’ll then be able to either return home or be transferred to a professional red-cross makeshift rescue-shelter until the disaster is over and you can continue on with your life.