Useful Survival Gear That Every Prepper Should Pack

In this article we’re going to look at some highly useful survival gear that you should carry with you if you plan on bugging out in the wild. You’ll be less likely to need these if you’re bugging in at home where you’ll be sheltered and have the usual conveniences and amenities at your disposal.

When you’re in the wilderness, there’ll be several items that may be crucial to keeping you comfortable and safe. Even with a tent, you’ll still feel the effect of the elements. If the climate is cold, you’ll feel even colder outside. If it’s wet, you may slip and fall more easily in the woods than you would in an urban area.

So, you must have the right gear and be prepared. In this article, we’ll look at a few items you need to think about when packing your bug out bag. Depending on where you live and your bug out plans, you’ll need to decide which items to get.

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There are kinds made with thick plastic and there are those made with thin, fragile plastic that are folded up into small packets. Ideally, you should have the more heavy-duty ones. However, if your bag is heavy, you can keep a couple of the small light ones instead. The most important thing is not to get wet. If you’re soaked and it’s cold, you may get hypothermia.

Chemical Light Sticks

These are very handy to have when it’s wet or pouring outside and you can’t start a fire to produce light. Breaking one of these light sticks and giving it a quick shake will provide you some good light in your tent for 5 to 6 hours. If you need light inside your tent, you can easily hang this light stick above your tent (something you can’t do as easily with a flashlight).

Survival Blanket

These can save lives. If you’re in cold climates, they’re absolutely necessary to help retain body heat. If you’re stuck out in the open with no tent or sleeping bag, wrapping yourself up in one of these survival blankets will keep you relatively warm. They’re also lightweight enough to carry around.

Water Purification Tablets/Bottles

In the wild, unless you’re in a desert, it should be relatively easy to find water. However, the water you find may not be drinkable. As long as you have water purification tablets or a water purification bottle, your job is pretty easy. You just need to add the tablet or the water into the bottle and you should be able to consume it.

Paracord and Shemagh

These are two of the most versatile pieces of equipment you can carry. They’re light and have hundreds of uses. You can write an entire book on the different ways you could use these items. They can be used for a variety of purposes ranging from water filtration to first aid.

Ensure that you have all 5 of these items in your bag. There’s plenty of other useful prepper gear to think about, but these 5 should be at the top of your list just because they can save your life and they’re so versatile. The wilderness can be unforgiving; the gear mentioned here will give you the edge you need to survive.

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Andrew J.

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Straydog - October 13, 2018

Bug out bag is a catch all for any bag you may need for a trip that may not be planned from a get home bag to a bag to get away from a natural disaster to a no joke bug out.
You have water purification tabs, okay what are you going to put them in? A Nalgene jar, a camel? What?
If you are on a real, we are leaving, bug out you will need light and noise discipline. Any light especially chem lights are not necessary. They are a one time use, then what…litter or carry them.
Space blankets make noise, not taking that either.
Where are you going? How do you plan to get there? How long will it take? GPS will run out of battery, how will you navigate? Do you know how to use a compass and a map? Do you have one?
Dogs will give you away.
In a real scenario like an EMP or martial law people who have not prepped will kill you just for your back pack. Light and noise will give you away.
Befriending anyone will get you killed.
Guns make noise, suppressors reduce noise. Subsonic bullets are quieter through a suppressor. Dead dogs are edible.
Bug out bags are an individual packed item for your needs. We are not all the same. More important is knowing how to travel, when to stop, and when to start moving again. This is not a camping trip.

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Herb Warren - October 13, 2018

Everyone should pack some Biopro-Plus 100 &500 for immune system modulation to help prevent or take if sick.

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Ken Bucher - October 14, 2018

What is shemagh? Never heard of it and my dictionary does not know this word,

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Ws Woods - October 15, 2018

Interesting list. In the discussion of survival priorities, some of these items will help keep you alive, but others won’t. So, as its taught in the BSA Wilderness Survival mewrit badge pamphlet, and by the National Association of Search and Rescue, use the Rule of Threes to decide what to bring in any situation. This rule uses the human body’s biological and psycholgical needs to prioritize gear needs. These human needs in order are: positive attitude/knowledge, air/blood/good health, security, body core temperature, hydration, rest, voiding, nourishment, socialization. Use this list to pick items to meet these needs in order of importance to your survival. A simple list of ‘pocket items’ that our Scouts carry is: ‘Be Prepared’ motto – outdoor knowledge and self confidence, first aid kit and CPR training, knife and ferro rod, proper layered clothing, bivvy sack or two heavy garbage bags, steel canteen cup, two bandanas, sandwich ziploc bag with TP, hard candy or GORP, buddy pairs. Check out the merit badge pamphlet or the Fundamentals of Search and Rescue course from NASAR.

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