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How to pack a bug out bag on a budget
Part 10: Final Supplies
Welcome to the final post in the series of how to pack a bug out bag on a budget! Thank you for joining us on this incredible journey. We have had an amazing amount of patriots that have subscribed. I will be announcing who has won the bag in 3 days. Do you know what that means? If you haven’t commented or subscribed, you will have absolutely no chance at winning this bag! The final part in this series covers all of the smaller items that you want to think about packing in your bug out bag. This part will include the items that I think are necessary but can be expensive.
- Mylar emergency thermal blanket. These keep your body heat trapped in freezing weather. The material keeps in most of your body heat! It also can deflect heat if you are in an extremely hot area. These blankets have been known to save lives if someone has fallen in a frozen river. These will cost you about a dollar per blanket. Usually you can find a pack of four for $5 shipped
- Maps of your local area – You NEED to know your local area. These maps can be bought at most gas stations for a measly $2 bucks
- Reliable compass – On amazon, you can find a reliable compass with a sighting tool for $5 shipped
- Can opener – I know that your current food source doesn’t involve any cans. The great thing about having an extra one of these laying around is that if you find canned food, you can now open it. $2 shipped
- iOSAT Pills – In case you live near a nuclear reactor or some type of nuclear disaster/attack happens. You want to be fully stocked up on these. What these pills do is coat your thyroid glands in Iodine which protects radiation from affecting these very important glands. – $9 shipped
- Protective masks – This will help decrease the possibility of you getting sick in case of a nuclear disaster/attack or viral outbreak. $2 at your local drug store
- All weather duct tape – Just like paracord, there are hundreds of survival uses for this. – $10 shipped
- Knife – This is important for self defense and cutting many things including wood! – $10 shipped
- TOILETRIES – Don’t forget the stuff that you currently use. I would always look for the travel size of everything. You can find everything you need to last you a few days for approximately $4 at walmart – THIS INCLUDES TOILET PAPER
Total cost of the budget bug out bag: $191.38
That’s only $15.94/month for a year!!!!!!!!!
Now I did want to mention some more important items but let’s face it, you cannot get these for cheap.
- A Glock pistol – These are reliable and will go bang every time - $550.
- .22 Hunting rifle – This is perfect for hunting animals – $250
- Multitool – Check out the review I made on the SOG Power-assist. This will cost you approximately $50 shipped
- A tomahawk axe – This is perfect for chopping wood and hunting animals – $40 shipped
- Ammunition for both guns – $150
Total cost with the expensive items: $1231
Either way, you will be good to go! Thank you again for reading this 10 part series on building your bug out bag. I will be building a page shortly with all parts so you can read them. I will also be making a PDF with reviews! Don’t forget to subscribe or comment to be entered to win the bug out bag!
How to pack a bug out bag on a budget
Part 8: Flashlight
So I’m extremely excited about this one. I found a gem of a deal! Flashlights are a definite must for any bug out bag and survival scenario. Hell, even for your home. Multiple flashlights are key to have. Now there are many different types of flashlights out there but when it comes to your bug out bag, you will want a small one that can possibly be attached to other items. You will also want a flashlight that uses common, but small batteries. The flashlight that I recommend for your budget bug out bag is:
FordEx Group 300lm Mini Cree Led Flashlight Torch
This flashlight is only $5.35 SHIPPED!
When it comes to the batteries, having to carry around HUGE D cell batteries would be an absolute waste. This flashlight only needs one AA battery and you are good to go. It also takes rechargeable 3.7v Li-Ion batteries! The output is approximately 300 lumens! Not bad for a small little torch huh? This has a bright, medium and strobe mode. Can you believe that all of these features come in this small price tag? Flashlights like these can range in the hundreds of dollars!
The only issue with this light is the on and off cycles. It can be a little funny to work. If you want to keep it in just bright mode, you have to wait 3 seconds between switching it on and off. If you want to switch between the bright, low and strobe, you have to click between the modes quite fast. That is the only beef I have with this flashlight. It’s so cheap, I will be doing a stress test on this light soon!
When it comes to a survival against another person, the great thing about the strobe function on this light is that it can really mess with someone else. If you have this light attached to one of your weapons, you are good to go! They won’t even be able to see you! Also, in a survival situation, use the light as little as possible, these lights can be so bright, others might be able to spot you with it. Thankfully with the LED function, the heat signature is next to nothing. IR detectors won’t be able to catch you if you just utilized this light.
I think I might order three or four of these!
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How to pack your bug out bag on a budget
Part 6 – Clothing
Welcome to Part 6 of the 10 part series on building your bug out bag! I want to thank you for subscribing and sharing these posts with your friends! Remember, you have the possibility of winning the bug out bag if you subscribe to our blog! Part 6 of our series deals with packing away clothing in your bug out bag. This can vary, depending on what part of the world you are in. I will go over everything that you will possibly need for clothing.
No matter where you are at, you will want a range of clothing that will cover every type of weather that you will run into. Clothing is much more important to prepare for because it’s what you are wearing and can get the most damaged. You will also want to keep layers of clothing for every type of season because you don’t know exactly when you are going to be bugging out. The list of items that you will need for bugging out is below:
- 6 pairs of warm socks – Most likely you already have this many pairs of socks. I would pack these away in ziploc bags to make sure they are dry. – $3
- 4 pairs of underwear. This is important as you will want to stay fresh. Don’t choose underwear that will “make your butt look good” You want some that give you the flexibility to move around but also keep you warm as well. I would even suggest biker shorts. $5
- 2 short sleeve shirts. You will want a white one and a black one. You can find large packs of these at the dollar store for a buck. – $1
- 2 long sleeve shirts. You can also find these at the dollar store for a buck – $1
- 2 pairs of regular looking jeans. I know these aren’t the best for moving around but if you need to blend in with the general public in an urban area – this is best. – Free
- 2 pairs of shorts that you have lying around the house. These shorts should be neutral in color so you don’t stick out. – Free
- Rain poncho – These are extremely cheap and great in case it starts to get very wet where you are located – 97 cents
- If you are in a cold area – keep your regular winter coat near your bug out bag in case you need to take it and go – Free
- Bandana – You can find packs of these at walmart for 2 bucks! The great thing about these is that they can absorb sweat around your head and stay wet – thus keeping you cool on the extremely hot days – $2
- Warm hat and gloves. These are important to keep warm and keep your hands protected. You can also find these at walmart for a dollar a pop. – $2
Total Cost: $15 bucks! WOOHOO!
This will cover more than enough for your short journey to your bug out location. I want to stress that the majority of your clothing should match whatever environment you are in. In most cases – you don’t want to wear all of your tactical gear at the time because you will be spotted from a mile away. BLEND IN. I cannot stress this enough. When you get to your bug out location – load up. You will be protecting this. Put your tactical vest on and everything! One expensive item that I will always suggest are some tactical pants. These are great because they will blend in with the crowd, are very durable, and have many compartments for extra storage. If you want any suggestions on those – I will post a blog article on that shortly!
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How to pack a bug out bag on a budget
Part 2 – Medical Supplies
The second most crucial part to having a bug out bag that is functional is the first aid/medic kit. These parts can be costly but there are ways you can save and I will show you two different ways to pack your medical kit. The point of the medical kit isn’t to last you a whole year but to last you from your starting location, until you reach your bug out location. This will include any potential injuries that can happen along the way.
The first method and the cheapest method comes from most items that you will have laying around your house, except for one of them. The only item you need to buy for this method is quick clot. Quick clot is a hemostatic agent that helps speed up the coagulation of blood (and it burns like hell). This will stop the bleeding if you are hit in an area and can’t get the bleeding to stop from pressure alone. The quick clot will run you approximately $15 with shipping.
Here are all of the items you will need for the cheap version of your medical kit:
- Quick Clot – $15 with shipping
- Gas station Vodka - $5
- Thermometer - $1 at the dollar store
- Tampons – $1 at the dollar store
- Bottle of pain relievers – Free if you have some extras laying around or $1 at the dollar store
- 3 socks that have been washed in vinegar, dried and stored in a ziploc bag – Free
- Band Aids – Grab five of every box that you use – Free
- Belt – Free
- Medications – Save one or two every time you refill – Free
- Sock with uncooked rice for heating and cooling – Free
Total Cost: $22
Here are the items for the expensive version of your medical kit:
- MOLLE Tactical Trauma Kit which includes:1 bloodstopper Kit, 1 4″ cohesive Bandage, 16 Bandage strips 3″ X 1″, 1 5″ X 9″ Abdomen pad, 1 burn gel package, 1 1 first aid instructions. 1 SS Tweezers, 1 EMT shears, 6 Safety Pins, 1 Pair latex gloves, 4 pain relievers, 2 Ammonia Inhalants, 6 Benzalkonium Chloride wipes, 1 Triangular Bandage, 5 butterfly closure strips and 1 tape – Price is $35 with shipping
- Combat Action Tourniquet – $25 with shipping
- Gas Station Vodka – $5
- Medications – Save one or two every time you refill - Free
Total Cost: $65
Now I do realize the more expensive one looks like it has a lot more but the matter of the fact is that the least expensive one is all you will need until you can make it somewhere else to scrounge supplies. Let me know if you think anything else important should be in this pack! Also, I know you are probably already asking – “If I win this Bug out bag – will I win your medications as well?” The answer is a simple: NO.
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