Bug Out Gear

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Bug out gear is any gear that would complement or be in your bug out bag or vehicle. For instance, some people have bug out vests which they use to keep items that would need to be readily available or items that you might want to have with you in the event you need to leave your BOB somewhere. Most everything you have in your bug out bag is going to be your bug out gear.


Item Lists

The following lists are ideas for you to consider and are obviously NOT mandatory. Your bug-out gear needs to be tailored to your needs so what works for one person, may not be right for you and vice versa. Note that many of the items listed are redundant, such as a tent, bivvy sack, and Hammock shelter OR water purification tablets, water filters, and a means to boil water. Many individuals follow the "two is one, one is none" rule and prefer to have redundancy while others choose to minimize their equipment for maximum mobility.

Barter and Purchase




  • Books
  • Pictures
  • Playing Cards

Entry Tools

Firelighting Tools

First Aid

Fishing Gear

Food and Water

Food & Water Preparation/Storage


  • Baby Wipes
  • Bar Soap
  • Bath Towel
  • Deodorant
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Tissues
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Wash Cloth

Important Documents

  • Bank Information
  • Birth Certificates
  • Car Registration
  • Car Insurance
  • Concealed Carry Permit
  • Credit Cards
  • Drivers License/Permit
  • Hunting/Fishing License
  • In Case of Emergency (ICE) Contacts
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Marriage License
  • Medical Insurance
  • Military ID/ID Tags
  • Military Orders
  • Social Security Cards
  • Training Certificates
  • Weapons Registration
  • USB Flash Drive / USB Thumb Drive/ USB Memory Stick


Tools/Miscellaneous Items


Sleeping Systems

Signal Devices


See Also


External Links

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