Bugout Bag Survival Guide – A Beginners Guide to Building a Survival Kit

This Post is designed to be a basic guide to assist you in understanding which items and categories of gear we recommend that you include in your bugout bag. Along with our gear recommendations, we will also give you packing tips and important info to consider when developing your own survival kit.

Check out below to see which items we recommend you include in your kit and why. 

Just want a complete Bugout Bag Checklist? We have one HERE


A Bug Out Bag is system designed to allow you survive for at least 24 hours on your own with nothing other than what is carried in the bag.

Commonly, these kits are packed to sustain you for 24-48 hours. We reccomend you pack your bag to sustain you for at least 24 hours however, DO NOT to over pack your bag unless you’re sure you can carry the extra weight. 

It is important to know that there are many different opinions on what a bug out bag should do and what should be included in the kit.

Remember, there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to YOUR Bug Out Bag! 

What Should You Pack?:

There are a few things you may want to consider when building your bag such as:

Intended use of the bag (Most common bags include: Get Home Bag, Urban Survival Kit, Everyday Carry Survival Kit, Bugout Bag for not coming home, Go Bag for quickly leaving a situation).

Weight (If its too heavy, you might be in trouble)

Size (Do you need a lot of gear or just a little? If you are keeping this with you everyday, a smaller bag may be better but, this all depends on you).

Your location (Is it hot or cold? Snow or Rain? Lots of water available? There are many factors  you should consider)

Your ability and knowledge to use the gear inside the bag. (The gear you have is only as good as your ability and knowledge on how to effectivly use that gear)

A few good rules we always use when building survival kits are:

  1. 10 Mile Rule – Can I carry it at least 10 miles in 3 hours? —> if no, reduce the weight
  2. 5 C’s of Survival – Does is have one of each of the 5 C’s of Survival (Cutting, Combustion, Cordage, Container, Cover)? —> if no, add the missing item
  3. Purpose of the kit – What will I be using this kit for? —> Have a plan for the kit and the items in it and use this plan to pack.


Below is a checklist containing some of the most affordable items from each category. 

Primary gear categories include: FOOD, WATER, SHELTER, TOOLS and CARRIER (Your Bag).

Sub-categories are: Hygiene and First Aid



7. First Aid

  • Northbound Train First Aid Kit
  • Isreali Dressing
  • Quick Clot
  • Tourniquet

8. Hygiene 

  • Travel Toothbrush
  • Floss
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Baby Wipes