Finally, a simple emergency bag list that anyone can put together and use. It doesn’t have any crazy gadgets that only a survivalist would know how to use. This is a simple bag that can get you far in any emergency and will give you peace of mind by just having it stored for a rainy day.
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Why you need an emergency bag?
While flood and fire are the most common, there are many situations any person can be faced with. Whether it’s a natural disaster, epidemic, marshal law, or personal reasons, keeping an evacuation bag can greatly help you out.
For me, the number one reason to keep an emergency bag is peace of mind. Knowing that anything can happen at any time is a scary feeling. Living in Texas we face bad thunderstorms, hurricanes and now added to the list winter storms.
With climate change here, there is scientific proof that our climate is changing every year and not for the better. So that being said, extreme weather conditions are my top concern when it comes to emergencies.
I put together a checklist of items needed for your simple evacuation bag below. Links are included to help you get your items.
I even made a FREE downloadable PDF that you can use to check things off while putting yours together.
Tip: Leave the checklist in the bag so you easily know what needs to be in your kit and reference what’s still missing.
Military Tactical Backpack This is a 33L bag. Since I’m still currently working on my bag and putting it together, I’m not sure if everything will fit. I’ll come back and check in when I’m done.
Food / Water
- 3 Days of food -The CDC recommends keeping 3 days of food and water
- 3 Days of water
- Water bottle -To refill when on the go
- Cookware kit -Preferably one that cooks on an open fire, grill, and stove
- Cutlery kit -A small spoon, knife, and fork
- Fishing kit -Small and compact
- Water purifying straw -For drinking on the go
- Water purifying tablets -For drinking later
- Tank Top -When the weather is hot or for layering
- Thermal shirt -When it’s cold
- Tights -When it’s cold and use for layering
- Cargo pants -Pockets are useful and great for multi climates when layering
- Wool socks -When it’s cold
- Tooth Brush
- Brush / Comb
- Soap -A bar will last longer and is easier to store
- Rag -Can hang dry on the outside of the backpack
- Menstrual cup
- Toilet paper / Wipes
- Insect repellent
- Nail kit
- Playing cards -Can get at the dollar store
- Sudoku / Wordsearch -Can get at the dollar store
- Pencil / Marker
- Cell phone w/ Ebooks, Music, Maps -I plan on using an old phone that I no longer need. Also in case, you didn’t know; you can download maps online
- Emergency tent
- Emergency blanket -My first aid kit comes with one (linked below)
- Paracord -used as a general-purpose utility cord
Light / Fire Starter
- Headlamp -For hands-free light
- Flashlight -For large and farther areas
- Compact lantern -For general light
- Lighter -I enjoy these forever lighters because they are easy to light and when full can last a long time
- Waterproof matches -I would save these for last when needed to start a fire
Tools / Extras
- Pancho -Make sure it fits over your backpack
- Mask -comes in handy for fires
- Gloves -think work gloves, Medical gloves come in first aid kit (linked below)
- 1st aid kit
- Gauze -Agin comes with the first aid kit
- Tactical Knife
- Sewing kit -The tactical knife I linked comes with one
- Knife Sharpener -I chose this one because it comes with a whistle and it small
- Emergency radio
- Compass -The tactical knife I linked comes with one
- Signal Mirror
Ready to put your Simple Emergency Bag together
Wow, I know that sounds like a lot but I really tried to narrow it down and make it as simple as possible. I left only what I believe you would really need.
Leave a comment if you can think of anything that this needs or anything that can be taken out. I’d love to know
Also, let me know if everything fits into the bag, if not what bag would you recommend?
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