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Default What's in your vehicle bug-out/go/emergency bag?


my jeep bug-out-bag is a combination of true emergency items and items that just can make the difference between a good time and heading home early. whether it's a day trip or a camping trip... forgetting things like sunglasses, extra socks, or sunscreen might not be an emergency, but it can certainly ruin the day. this thing stays in the jeep no matter what so i know i am always ready to head off on an adventure at moments notice.


so i just ran through the pack again to see if i was missing anything and decided to take a picture of the whole thing to share... so what's in my pack?
  1. mid-weight rei fleece jacket with hood
  2. extra pair of shorts, sweat pants, shirt, socks, underwear
  3. adventure medical kits fundamentals kit (first aid pack)
  4. sawyer snake bite kit, primatene mist, and misc other medicines added to the first aid pack
  5. individually packaged emergency water ration packets
  6. individually packaged emergency food rations
  7. (2) adventure medical kits emergency bivys
  8. katadyn water purification tablets
  9. chlor floc military water purification tablets (works with muddy water)
  10. coughlans survival kit in a can (tons of useful stuff in small space)
  11. sunscreen, bug repelant, chapstick (be sure to put in zip lock bags to prevent leakage, especially due to heat in the car which makes things expand and explode sometimes, plus the bag can be used for lots of situations)
  12. emergency rain poncho
  13. mini hand warmers
  14. arizona recreation map
  15. SAS survival guide mini book (as much to keep the mind busy as for actual survival info)
  16. storm proof matches
  17. petzl e+light (headlamp)
  18. metal trowel
  19. sunglasses
  20. glow sticks
  21. compass
  22. wire saw
  23. toilet paper
  24. multi-tool
  25. bucklite max large (decent size and quality fixed blade knife with solid tang and gut hook)
  26. nalgene bottle
  27. 50' parachute cord style rope
  28. fenix e20 flashlight (not pictured)
  29. pro bar food bars (not pictured)
  30. an unread jeep magazine (not pictured)


realized i need to get still
  1. quickclot
  2. extra lithium AA batteries
  3. cigarette lighter
  4. flat-pack duct tape


the bag i put it all in is the tacops modular 1.5 day pack. here it is all full, a little bulky, but again this isn't meant to be a pure survival-only kit:




so let's see your setup, i'm sure everyone has some great ideas on other items to carry!
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Good post K. I have a bag like that in my TJ. I just need to remember to take it with me when driving something else. George
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just the other weekend i was glad i had my bug-out bag. showed up at a friends house to go to an outdoor concert and it was way colder than expected and starting to rain - i was able to grab my hoodie and a disposable poncho from this bag!

another note - even though i have a mega-first-aid kit in this bag, i also keep a small zippered pouch in the glove box of often needed items (bandaids, benadryl, dramamine, chewable immodium, tums, advil, sting-reliever, tylenol cold & sinus). these are for the kind of issues that you won't die from but will ruin your good time quick if you don't have a fix.
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FYI-Keep in mind some items commonly found in your first-aid rapidly deteriorate in the excessive heat that we get in AZ. Take time to periodically check your bag and/or glove box items for servicability. I have found that band-aids loose adhesion, gels will dry out, plastic cracks/dries, etc. Also things like meds(Benadryl, aspirin, etc.) have temp ranges they can be exposed to. While short exposure does not damage them, a long summer in a hot car can. I have been told it diminishes their potency. With that, if you carry meds it is easy to forget expiration dates. Try to cycle your stuff at least once a year.
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FYI-Keep in mind some items commonly found in your first-aid rapidly deteriorate in the excessive heat that we get in AZ. Take time to periodically check your bag and/or glove box items for servicability. I have found that band-aids loose adhesion, gels will dry out, plastic cracks/dries, etc. Also things like meds(Benadryl, aspirin, etc.) have temp ranges they can be exposed to. While short exposure does not damage them, a long summer in a hot car can. I have been told it diminishes their potency. With that, if you carry meds it is easy to forget expiration dates. Try to cycle your stuff at least once a year.
great info!
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FYI-Keep in mind some items commonly found in your first-aid rapidly deteriorate in the excessive heat that we get in AZ. Take time to periodically check your bag and/or glove box items for servicability. I have found that band-aids loose adhesion, gels will dry out, plastic cracks/dries, etc. Also things like meds(Benadryl, aspirin, etc.) have temp ranges they can be exposed to. While short exposure does not damage them, a long summer in a hot car can. I have been told it diminishes their potency. With that, if you carry meds it is easy to forget expiration dates. Try to cycle your stuff at least once a year.
I never leave my emergency stuff in the Jeeps or Dodge when we're not on a trip for that very reason. I also recently switched to an insulated lunch-bag type carrier for the actual first aid stuff hoping it might be less affected, but I still check the dates and condition of the contents every couple months just in case though. Thanks for the reminder Grunt. d
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made a small addition to the bug-out-bag today. i realized that if anyone besides myself needed to use it, they wouldn't be able to find squat with all the little pockets. the most important thing they might need though is the first-aid kit, so i did this to indicate where it is:

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Thats a simple but genius idea!
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Awesome! Great ideas. And a must have. Thanks K
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My bug out / Emergency bag has:

1. Ka-Bar Becker TacTool
2. KABAR Fighting/Utility Short 5-1/4" Fixed Blade knife
3. Katadyn Vario Microfilter (Awesome!!!!)
4. Katadyn Micropur MP1 20 Water Purification Tablets
5. BLACKHAWK! Side Hydration Pouch 40 oz. (x2 One on each side secured with Molle straps)
6. Original Swiss Ranger Volcano Stove Set (For boiling water if need be)
7. Ultimate Survival WetFire Tinder (x20)
8. Blastmatch Fire Starter
9. Bic Lighter (x3)
10. Mylar Emergency Blanket (x3)
11. Texsport Reinforced Rip Stop Polythylene Tarp and tarp clips
12. Compression Sleeping Bag (not the best but small light and will keep you alive)
13. Tactical Trauma Kit in ModGear Pouch (Plus QuikClot, ibuprofen, immodium, extra band aids)
14. Leatherman Kick Multi-Tool
15. Green Glow Sticks
16. Mini MagLite
17. Para Cord 300' Spool
18. 3M N95 Respirator (You never know)
19. Deet Insect Repellent
20. Military Style Compass (chinese made cheapo but works great)
21. 100% cotton Shemagh (x2 It's the desert and I'm fair skinned)
22. SPF 85 sunscreen (see above)
23. MRE (x2 Eversafe brand, tasty!)
24. Collapseable camping bucket
25. Collapseable canteen (x2)
26. Signal mirror
27. Toilet paper
28. Coffee filters
29. Energy bars
30. Ziplocks
31. And last but not least my FN 5.7x28mm pistol (+2 extra mags)


This is all in a ModGear Black Urban Go Pack. Never leave home without it!

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