What is a Bug Out Bag?

bug out Do you have a bug out bag? Do you even know what that is? Bug out bags are gaining in popularity these days. Find out if it makes sense for you to have one.

A bug out bag is a portable bag that contains all of the items that you would need to survive for 72 hours in the event that you need to evacuate from a disaster, such as the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when so many were stranded without food, water or medical care.

“Bugging Out” is the practice of taking your bug out bag and going to stay somewhere other than your home. Many people define bugging out as roughing it outside, such as in the woods or mountains, in the event of a disaster.

Having everything that you might need in one place, such as a backpack, means that you can just grab your kit and go quickly without needed to gather emergency supplies.

A bug out bag can also be used to shelter in place, whether you are in your home, the home of someone else, an official shelter or an opportunity shelter (one you find or make yourself).

The contents of the bag should vary depending on what sorts of disasters might occur in the area and any special needs of the owners. Pre-loaded bug out bags can be purchased at a number of places online and in stores.

Typically, a bug out bag will house supplies for one person including food and water, cooking supplies, water purification supplies, fire starting tool, maps, radio, medical record and medical supplies, other important documents, flashlight or other lighting supplies such as light sticks, cash, plastic tarps, duct tape, baby wipes sanitation supplies, bedding, extra clothing, folding knife, child or pet needs, etc. Having a disaster plan that includes the location of emergency areas and multiple evacuation routes is also a good idea.

Some survivalists also recommend including a gun in your bug out bag for protection against animals or possibly humans.

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Mary Ann Romans is a freelance writer, online content manager, wife and mother of three children. She lives in Pennsylvania in the middle of the woods but close enough to Target and Home Depot. The author of many magazine, newspaper and online articles, Mary Ann enjoys writing about almost any subject. "Writing gives me the opportunity to both learn interesting information, and to interact with wonderful people." Mary Ann has written more than 5,000 blogs for Families.com since she started back in December 2006. Contact her at maromans AT verizon.net or visit her personal blog http://homeinawoods.wordpress.com