Although much of the attitude of our on the go society is that there is never enough time in the day, when faced with a survival situation, 72 hours can become an incredibly long stretch for maintaining safety, health, and even sanity. This also brings up some important considerations when prepping a bug out bag, since along with having the resources to survive an emergency, it can also mean having the resources to emerge back into a sense of normalcy.
- 1. Your Trusty Pack
Although it may seem a given that any 72 hour kit should include a means of easy transport, this is actually often overlooked from a practical sense. While individuals may be conscious of gathering emergency supplies together, there can be a tendency to forget that traveling with these supplies can also be a necessity. For this reason, bug out bags should be evaluated for their:
- • Portability
- • Strength of design
- • Features such as water proofing and collapsible storage pockets
- • Overall size
Without the most functional pack to carry your 72 hour kit, it can be very difficult to actually make use of the resources you have accumulated.
- 2. Basic Tools
In the importance of traveling light, multi-purpose tools can be one of the best resources to keep in a bug out bag. This provides versatility for usage, along with a compact format that will not require extra gear. A secondary camping or hunting knife should also be included with basic tools, since the larger blade is more durable when it comes to digging or cutting saplings for creating shelter. Hunting and camping knives can also incorporate a compass, as well as storage space in the handle for flints, tinder, and even waterproof matches.
- 3. Light And Heat
Although some sources of heat and light have been mentioned with basic tools, it is also important for a 72 hour kit to have specific supplies to meet these needs. The amount of extra resources can depend on the approach.
- • Light sticks
- • Candles
- • Flashlights
- • Camping lanterns
These can all provide illumination, and while candles and some camping lanterns can also provide heat, this may not be sufficient for the circumstances. To this end, cans of sterno, hexamine tablets, and Kodiak fire starter can also be necessary for light and for heat.
- 4. Food And Water
Any 72 hour kit should have sufficient food and water for the three days. This equates to around six meals of at least 2000 calories for a single person, so compact long-term food storage kits and ready to eat meals can be ideal both in terms of transportability and the nutritional support they provide. While having potable water in the bug out bag is also important, it can be more functional to utilize storage and filtration canteens, as this also adds an element of sustainability to this vital resource.
- 5. Health And Safety
Every bug out bag should also include at least a first aid kit, but people need regular medication should also ensure that these health supplies are present. A general camping first aid kit can be appropriate, especially as wound attendance can be a major concern, but medications that will address acute or systemic infections and inflammation are also an appropriate inclusion.
One frequently overlooked aspect of health and safety in an emergency situation is the mental fatigue and stress that can occur. To this end, the inclusion diversions, such as small puzzle books and non-electronic games are also a part of the health considerations for a bug out pack, since lowered stress levels also mean that greater energy can be utilized to survive, and thrive, through the disaster.