Bug out Bag – Get home bag – Go Bag

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Bug out Bag – Get home bag – Go Bag

A bug out bag can go by many names (bug out bag, go bag, get home bag, etc.). These bags can be tailored to suite multiple purposes or different bags used for each situation where they are needed but they share a common goal. They serve as a bag small enough to take with you or grab in a hurry but large enough to carry the most essential items. In this article we plan to cover only a couple but there are many possibilities to best suit your needs, prepping situation, and even style.  Also in this article we will cover the basic items your bug out bag should contain.  This will be a basic list of the first items you should put in your bug out bag when getting started.  Your list will grow larger over time but this is geared toward getting started.

Bug out Bag options:

First, although small, we love the Rush Moab 6 by 5.11.  This is a great pack that is small enough to carry with you anywhere but has great storage options.  It has a great admin pouch in the front to carry knives, paper, pens, keys, and smaller items.  It then has two larger sections with a padded back.  A great feature is that there is also a dedicated concealed carry pouch with velcro access for easy and fast retrieval of your weapon.

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The 5.11 Rush Moab 6 does come with a drawback that is also a feature.  Its size.  It is a small pack great for everyday carry but due to its smaller size it might not fit all of your essentials so bare that in mind.

If you are looking for a larger pack we recommend another bag from 5.11.  The Rush Moab 12.

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Now this is a backpack and features a lot more space for storing your bug out items.  This backpack features 6 total compartments provide a wide range of storage options, each one sized for a specific use and use self-repairing YKK zippers.  It also includes an internal admin panel for organizing, a 60 oz. hydration pocket, and a fleece-lined sunglass pocket that protects your eyewear as well as a wrap-around web platform that is MOLLE and 5.11 SlickStick System compatible, allowing you to customize your storage to suit your needs.  The RUSH backpack offers external compression straps, adjustable shoulder straps, and a centered sternum strap to ensure stability.  A great choice!

Finally another pack could be the Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack which you can get HERE.

Basic prepping bug out bag checklist:

  1. A fixed blade knife – Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife
  2. A personal water filter – LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
  3. Fire Starter and Waterproof matches – Survival Fire Starter and Stormproof Match Kit
  4. Cordage – 550 Paracord
  5. A survival handbook – SAS Survival Handbook
  6. Tarp – Ultimate Survival Base Hex Tarp
  7. A stainless container for boiling water and cooking – Stanley Camp 24oz. Cook Set
  8. First Aid Kit
  9. Portable crank radio – Hand Crank NOAA Weather Channel Radio
  10. And finally, a change of clothes kept in a dry sack (waterproof) – Waterproof Floating Dry Gear Bags

Above is a basic prepper items list with links to each item.  We hope this list helps gets you started with preparing your bug out bag.  Also be sure to check out some other posts related to emergency food prepping and our blog.


Water Storage Containers for Prepping

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Water Storage Containers for Prepping – Prepper Water Storage

As preppers, we find ourselves looking for the best EDC, the best self defense items, the latest gear but the most important item of all that often gets overlooked is water.  Water is absolutely critical but we often lose sight of it when putting together our supplies.  Here we cover water storage containers.

We can only last 3 days without water.  3 days!  We buy all of this gear to survive almost every situation but it will not serve us any good if we are not around to use it.

Preppers should have more than one way to obtain water but minimally should have a good initial supply to get us through tough times while we focus on other elements for survival.

A good rule is to have 1 gallon of water per person per day.  A case or two of bottled water from your local grocery store is going to go and it is going to go fast.  Let’s put this in to perspective.  You are a family of four and you have to go one week without water supplied from your household plumbing.  That is 28 gallons of water that you will need and that is just to get by.  1 case of water is roughly 2.25 gallons.   That is over 12 cases of water you will need to have on hand.  Now let’s say you go 2 weeks without running water.  that is over 24 cases of water to get the 56 gallons that you will need.  But at 2 weeks your needs will most likely exceed 1 gallon per person per day.

We need water to:

  • Drink
  • Food Prep and Cooking
  • Bath
  • Clean clothes
  • First Aid

Water Storage Containers is a great backup to any system that you might have in place.

Something simple like this 55 gallon water barrel (below) is a great start!  This is actually a kit which includes a siphon, caps, and water treatment.  This is a great first purchase and then you can build on this with additional 55 gallon water barrels.


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With this water barrel you can begin collecting fresh water to have on hand when you need it most.

Now don’t stop here.  You still need a plan on how to filter water should this run dry before you are able to get fresh water from the tap.

Check out our post related to water filtering here   You should have a way to store, collect, and filter water.  Any great prepper kit should include some type of water storage containers, a way to collect fresh rain water (which you could reuse this barrel to accomplish that after you have used up the water in it), and a way to filter water from other water sources.


If you are so inclined, perhaps you’d prefer a bigger water storage option.

Below is a great large water container that holds 160 gallons!

Get yours here ==> 160-Gallon Water Reserve

You also get an even greater discount if you order more than one and the great part is that they are stack-able so you can have a large storage capacity that doesn’t take up a ton of space.

Don’t forget to check out our post related to water filtering here and we hope you find this article helpful for finding  great water storage containers to help you stock up a good water supply.

Prepping & Survival Water Filter

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Prepping and Survival Water Filters

A person can go 3 days without water.  That might seem like a lot but in the event of a disaster or any other situation that might arise, 3 days will come and go at the blink of an eye.  Water is a core necessity for survival so having a way to have clean drinking water is of the utmost importance.  Water storage could be your thing and you have stored and stored water in large bins or containers and you might think that is enough.  What happens when that supply runs out?  Will you be prepared?  Consider a survival water filter.

There are several ways to obtain clean drinking water.

  1. You can have a large storage supply of water on hand
  2. You can collect it from rain water
  3. You can boil water to help remove impurities
  4. You can use chemical tablets to purify water
  5. Or, you can purify it with a personal water filter!

Part of being a prepper is having options.  You should have more than one way to obtain water so a filter is great to add to any supply list to add a second or third option to your survival list.

Personal water filters come in many different shapes and sizes.

A personal survival water filter such as the Sawyer Mini Water Filtration system is a great start.

It is not very expensive and is great for prepping, camping, scouting, hiking, emergency preparation.  Also, it is very lightweight and offers great filtration:

  • Removes 99.99999% of all bacteria, such as salmonella, cholera, and E.coli; removes 99.9999% of all protozoa, such as giardia and cryptosporidium
  • Filter rated up to 100,000 gallons; includes 16-ounce reusable squeeze pouch, 7-inch drinking straw, and cleaning plunger

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If you are looking for a larger filtration system to help filter water for your and your loved ones then the LifeStraw Family 1.0 Water Purifier is a great option.

It offers clean drinking water for a family of four for 3 years!

It also has great purification with:

  • Purifies 18,000 liters/4755 gallons without iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals
  • Surpasses EPA standards for water purifiers: removes 99.99% viruses, 99.9999% bacteria and 99.9% protozoan cysts to 0.02 microns

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There are many other options to help filter water during a time of need but the two above are inexpensive options to add to any survival kit.  Later we will discuss ways to filter water and water storage but again, you should have more than one way to obtain clean drinking water to survive.

Now that you have your survival water filter, check out Water Storage Containers HERE.