Disaster Survival Guide!


Building your first Survival Bag can seem like a big task. Everybody you read about has been tweaking theirs for months or even years and has a pile of gear built up. It’s hard to know where to start, but if you cover all of the basics in a survival situation you will still be much better off that 99% of the people.

BUG OUT BAG (Survival bag)
A Survival Bag, is usually designed to get you out of an emergency situation and allow you to survive self-contained for up to 3 days. A lot of people plan their Survival Bag to sustain them for much longer than that, but there is always a limit to what you can carry on your back and a 3 day target is a good place to start.
The primary purpose of a Survival Bag is to allow one to evacuate quickly if a disaster should strike. It is therefore prudent to gather all of the materials and supplies that might be required to do this into a single place, such as a bag or a few storage containers.
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In a survival situation water quickly becomes the most precious commodity. 1 Liter per day per person is really the bare minimum. So your 3 day Survival Bag should have at least 3 liters of water per person. To expand your capability or survive longer than a couple of days you will need a water purification system. This can be as simple as boiling water and iodine tablets, or a serious water filter.
- You can use a Collapsible Water Bottle for extra storage.
- Make water collection easier with a Backpacking Bucket.
- Use Coffee Filters to extend the life of your water filtration system.
It is probably more practical to carry collapsable water containers as they are light and in most situations you can find a water source.

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Because of all the water in it, canned food is just too heavy for the amount of calories you get. You’re better off getting freeze-dried food and rehydrating it with water you find. For a 3 Day Survival Bag Backpack Meals and Energy Bars can be sufficient. Back pack meals are freeze dried meals that you just add boiling water to. They are light weight and last a long time.
Obviously you will need a longer term food solution in any type of wide area catastrophe, but for your basic Survival Bag backpack meals are a good set up.
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Your Survival Bag clothes should be similar to what you would pack for a weekend backpacking trip. Many people would never dream of leaving their Survival Bagg without twice this much, but in a pinch that set up could get you by for 3 days

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If you are going to survive for 3 days you are going to need protection from the elements and a warm dry place to sleep. You need at least:
- Some type of tent or tarp and a way to set it up
- A ground tarp for underneath your shelter to stay dry or a sleeping pad
- Some type of Bedroll, preferably a good sleeping bag.
I would carry survival blankets as they are light and take up no room.

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Medical care and training is paramount for any prepper. The need for this knowledge WILL rear its head some time in your life regardless if things are good or bad. You can buy First Aid Kits ready made. If you are making your own, check the list on the first aid page for items recommended by St. John as the minimum required for families.
Medications – Don’t pack a whole bottle of aspirin or a whole bottle of allergy medication. It could take a long time to get through all that. Instead, take out enough pills to last a week and put them in mini ziplock bags.
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- Firearms and appropriate ammunition
- Wire for binding and animal traps.
- Colapsable fishing rod or hand line, hooks, sinkers, lures.
- Slingshot
- Bow and Arrows


A bag of your choice to hold your survival gear.

Drinking water 3 litres per person.
Collapsable water container.
Canteen or water bottle.
Water filter
Water purification tablets.

Energy bars
Dehydrated camping meals
Tea, coffee, chocolate, instant soups.

Bare minimum here is a small pot/large cup to boil water in for both drinking and freeze dried meals.
A small backpacking stove and fuel.
Eating utensils
Pot scrubber
Small container detergent
Can opener
Sharp knife

A bag of your choice to hold your survival gear.
Good sturdy footware
Warm socks x 2
Rain poncho or waterproof coat
Hat ( beanie is good for cold nights) also sun hat
Spare warm pants, shirt, thermal top.

Tent, tarp, or survival tent with ropes
Ground sheet (very important.
Survival blankets
Sleeping Bag

Matches or lighters (get a few cheap gas ones from the supermarket)
Strips of car tire to start fire
Small saw for cutting firewood

At least 2 dependable flashlights and a backup set of batteries for each.
LED headlight

Survival knife.

Small first aid kit
Insect repellant

Wet Napkins
Hand Sanitizer
Hygiene/Signal Mirror
Small Pack Towel
Toilet Paper
Toothbrush & Toothpaste .
Other Personal Hygiene Necessities

Cell Phone
Crank Power Charger
Emergency Radio with Hand Crank
Cash coins and small notes
Local Area Map
Small Note Pad / Pencil
Emergency Whistle
550 Parachute Cord
Duct Tape
Large Garbage Bags
Resealable Bags (Qty 5, Various Sizes)
Sewing Kit
Fishing Kit
Survival / Snare Wire

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How to Select the Perfect Bugout Bag
There is one basic rule of building the best bugout bag: keep it light. Your bugout bag can either have everything you need or it can be light: it can't be both! You will need to make wise choices about what to pack and this article provides a concise guide to get you started.

Keep the pack light.
. Packweight is relative to your body size. If you can keep your bag between 25-30 pounds.

Pack size.
The size and weight of your backpack is important, because the bigger the backpack the more stuff you'll find room to bring. Keep the pack size small and to keep the pack light.

Pick an internal frame design.
That will help keep the bag lighter and less bulky and it will distribute the weight on your hips.

Don't buy a ready made bugout bag.

First, you won't know the contents, but more importantly, most of the commercial bugout bags on the market are really just 72-hour bags. They have items to get you through the first three days of a disaster, but they pretty much leave you stranded for the long term. As a prepper, you must think differently about your bugout bag. You must pack as though it's the last man-made items you'll ever own, yet you must also pack light (no more than one-third of your body weight, preferably far less).

Top three items to have in your bugout bag:
While there is a lot of survival gear you could include in your bugout bag, if you had to pair it down to three things, then these items will virtually guarantee your survival: a quality fixed blade knife metal water container* (appropriate also for cooking/boiling water) and and a fire starter (BIC lighter is the most convenient firestarter).* A water filtration device is the fourth essential item for your bugout bag, but the metal water container could suffice to help you obtain potable water without water treatment.

Compression sack.
A compression sack is essential for your sleeping bag or bivvy, but you may also consider one for a change of clothing.

Waterproof your Bugout Bag!
When exposed to the elements, your bugout bag will get wet or damp easily, which will ruin the integrity of the contents inside. Most bags offer a level of waterproofp protection, but for ultimate peace of mind, spray your bugout bag with a heavy duty water repellent. Also, get dry bags, pictured right, for your small articles and dry compression sacks for your gear. Zip-locking freezer bags are the poor man's dry bag. Garbage bags are also great for lining your bug out bag.

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