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There is no fixed set of items that a bug–out bag must have. There are, however, some generally agreed upon items you will find in any and every bug–out bag.

Here they are:

    Bottled water and canned foods in poptops or easily opened containers.
  • Water for washing, drinking, cleaning and cooking. A recommended 1 gallon per person, per day.
  • Non–perishable foods.
  • Cooking supplies.
  • Water purification supplies.
  • First aid kit.
  • Fire starting tool (lighter, windproof matches, etc.)
  • Weather appropriate clothing.
  • Pet, child, elderly needs.
  • Battery/crank radio.
  • Flashlight (crank/battery operated, glow sticks, etc.)
  • Batteries.
  • Firearms and ammunition.
  • Fixed–blade and folding knife.
  • Bedding items.
  • Wire for binding and animal traps.
  • Duct tape.
  • Plastic sheeting.
  • $100 in small bills/1 roll of quarters.
  • Identification (driver’s license, state identification, social security card, etc.)
  • Medical records.
  • Plastic tarps for shelter/water collection.
  • Enough medicine for an extended evacuation.
  • Reference literature (for disaster protocol consult.)
  • Maps, travel information, and a compass.
  • A disaster plan.
  • A rendezvous point.
  • Slingshot, blowgun, etc., for hunting small game.