Bug Out Bag Shopping List: Point-By-Point Guide

This Bug Out Bag Shopping List includes necessities and some additional things that will help bring you comfort if you have the extra weight for them. As a rule of thumb, your pack should be around 10-15% of your body weight, no more than 20%. This means that if you’re 200 lbs, your bug out bag should be 20-30 lbs and certainly no more than 40 lbs. This ranges with athleticism so if you’re not in the best shape, stick to 10%, if you’re in great physical condition, you can push up higher. 

Note: Unnecessary items will be marked with a *** at the front, necessities will be listed without.

The Bug Out Bag Shopping List

  1. Rule of Threes Supplies (Air, Water, and Food)
    • Air Mask
    • Tarp
    • Emergency Blanket
    • ***Lightweight Tent
    • ***Lightweight Sleeping Bag
    • Water Filter
    • Iodine Tablets
    • Water Bladder or Bottle
    • 72 Hours of Emergency Rations
    • ***Fishing Kit
  2. Clothing
    • Sturdy Warm Pair of Gloves
    • Poncho
    • ***Waterproof Jacket
    • ***Warm and/or Shady Headwear
  3. Warmth and Light
    • Matches
    • Flint and Steel
    • ***Chemical Hand Warmers
    • Crank Flashlight
    • Chem Lights/Glowsticks
    • ***Headlamp
  4. First Aid Kit
    • Follow The Dedicated First Aid Kit List for A Good Loadout
  5. ***Navigation Tools
    • ***Local and Nearby State Maps
    • ***Compass
    • ***GPS
  6. Other Tools
    • Multi-Tool with Following Attachments:
      • Small Knife
      • Pliers
      • Snippers
      • File
      • Can/Bottle Opener
      • Screwdriver
    • Camping Shovel
    • Hatchet or Small Axe (Can and Should Be Combined With Shovel)
    • Paracord (100 ft.)
    • ***Duct Tape
    • ***Small Crowbar
    • ***Folding Saw
  7. ***Self Defense (Other Items Can Be Used For Self Defense)
    • Bear Mace
    • ***Firearm (If You’re Trained)
  8. Miscellaneous
    • Whistle
    • Goggles
    • Power If Using Electronics (Hand Crank Power Bank)
    • ***Paper Container With:
      • Copies of Insurance Policies
      • Copies of Deeds/Titles
      • Passports, Other Identity Documents
    • ***Cash (Stored in Various Places In Bag)
    • ***Sewing Kit
    • ***Mirror

This list is not exhaustive but will give you a good baseline to add or remove things from as you test out your gear and see what does and doesn’t work for you. What good is an internet bug out shopping list without links? I put together my list based on what I would pick. I value quality, but I also value keeping costs low. My picks are a bend of that. I’ve also scooted the “not required” items to the bottom of the list here.

If you’d like to skip the list here and jump right to the shopping, I’ve put together a full wish list on amazon with everything from the list included!

——–> Click Here For The Full List! <——-

Rule of Threes Supplies (Air, Water, and Food)

Air Mask – SuppyAID RRS-KN95-5PK KN95 Protective Mask

Tarp – Terra Hiker Camping Tarp

Emergency Blanket – ANMEILU Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets

Reusable Water Filter – Sawyer Products Squeeze Water Filtration System

Iodine Tablets – Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets

Water Bottle – TOMNK 9pcs Collapsible Water Bottles

72 Hour Rations – S.O.S. Rations Emergency 3600 Calorie Food bar – 3 Day/ 72 Hour

Clothing – Bug Out Bag Shopping List

Warm Work Gloves – Ironclad General Utility Work Gloves

Rain Poncho – AGPTEK Reusable Rain Poncho with Hood

Warmth and Light

Matches (Fire Starter #1) – Swedish Match, Three Stars Safety Matches, 10 pack

Flint & Steel (Fire Starter #2) – bayite 4 Inch Survival Ferrocerium Drilled Flint Fire Starter

Flashlight – Rechargeable Flashlight with Solar Power & Hand Crank

Chem Lights- Swiss Safe Premium 6″ Glow Sticks

First Aid Kit – Bug Out Bag Shopping List

I won’t repeat myself here in an article that’s already a beast. Check out my dedicated Bug Out First Aid Kit Shopping List!

Navigation Tools

Compass – AOFAR AF-5C Orienteering Compass for Hiking

Other Tools

Multi-Tool – Gerber Suspension-NXT Multi-Tool

Folding Shovel – REDCAMP Military Folding Camping Shovel

Hatchet – MTech USA Camping Axe

Paracord – GeGeDa Paracord

Duct Tape – 3M 2979 Multi-Use Duct Tape

Self Defense

Pepper Spray – Mace Brand Self-Defense Triple Action 3-in-1 Formula


Emergency Whistle – Woodcovo 10 Pack Aluminum Whistle

Goggles – Aegend Swim Goggles

Emergency Radio – RunningSnail Emergency Hand Crank Solar Weather Radio

This concludes the items that I think are essential for your bug out bag. Below I’ve included other items that I think are helpful to add if you’ve got the money or space. The link just under this will take you to a full amazon wishlist that contains all the items on this list!

——–> Click Here For The Full List! <——-

Nice Things To Add To Your Bug Out Bag Shopping List (If You’ve Got Space)

Tent – Bessport Camping Tent

Sleeping Bag – ECOOPRO Warm Weather Sleeping Bag

Fishing Kit – Best Glide ASE Survival Fishing Kit

Waterproof Jacket – Amazon Essentials Men’s Waterproof Rain Jacket

Shady Hat – Cooltto Wide Brim Sun Hat

Chemical Hand Warmers – HotHands Hand Warmers, 10 Count

Rechargeable Headlamp – Soft Digits Headlamp Flashlight

Crowbar – Crescent Flat Pry Bar

Folding Saw – Fiskars 7 Inch Folding Saw

Document Pouch – YUMQUA Clear Waterproof Bags

Sewing Kit – SINGER 01511 Survival Sew Kit

Signal Mirror – UST StarFlash Micro Signal Mirror

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