I’m going to tell you a secret…
… come a little closer…
… little more…
… are you ready?
“Prepping” is a lot easier and cheaper than you think.
Being prepared doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy a $200 bug out backpack and a Rambo survival knife.
The truth is, you can start stockpiling supplies for free (or at least pretty close to it) by scavenging and looking for deals. You would be amazed at how much storable food you can buy for less than $50.
The bottom line is that prepping doesn’t have to be expensive.
In fact, I bet you could build a bug out bag without taking out your wallet.
Don’t believe me? Let’s find out!
The Quick and Dirty Basic Bug Out Bag
You already own a lot of the things you need to survive. I mean… here you are… surviving. So you obviously have a lot of items that make that possible nearby. Now you just need to put them in one place. Simple, right?
No, this won’t be the best bug out bag out there. But spending 20 minutes tossing odd items from around your house into a bag could quite literally save your life. Basically the 80-20 rule (AKA Pareto Principle) applies here.
Last note before we get started – What you put in your GOOD bag/SHTF bag/go bag/whatever you call it is for your survival. So if you live in Cleveland and it’s winter, you might want to add some warm clothes and hand warmers. And if you live in Tampa during, well, most months, make sure to pack a poncho and a boat.
Your BOB contents should be dependent on you, your environment, and your situation. This is just a recommendation. Alter your list accordingly.
Here we go…
Grab an old backpack and throw these items – that you probably already have laying around the house – in there:
- Couple of Bic lighters
- 2 pairs of socks
- 2 pairs of underwear
- T shirt(s)
- First aid kit or at least some bandaids and antibiotic
- Anti-diarrheal (terrible time for the trots)
- Any OTC meds you take
- Eye drops
- Water bottle or two (empty is fine)
- Food of some sort – Protein bars, trail mix, hard candy, etc
- Or baby food!
- Small flashlight(s)
- Pocket knife
- Coffee filters
- Hand sanitizer
- Small radio
- Duct tape (wrap around a pencil to save space)
- Super glue
- Magnifying glass
- Pantyhose (for the guys and the gals)
- Trash bags (2)
- Ziplock bags (2)
- Vaseline/lip balm
- Candles (the trick birthday candles that you can’t blow out are perfect)
- Fishing hooks and line
- Zip ties
- Pocket notebook
- Pencil sharpener
- Cotton balls
- Bleach in a small container
- Sewing kit
- Map of your area (print it from your computer)
- List of names and phone numbers of important contacts
There. Now you’re 1,100% more likely to survive an emergency situation than you were yesterday.
Bet you didn’t even need to go to the store.
And if you don’t have some of these items, don’t worry. Just make a list of things you’re missing that you think are important and pick them up the next time you go shopping. I’m no mathemagician but I’m pretty sure nothing on this list costs more than $10 so it shouldn’t ruin your grocery budget too bad.
Ok, yes, the cash would cost more, technically. Stop splitting hairs.
Finally, the most important aspect of prepping isn’t about having stuff. It’s about knowing how to use the tools you have, of having a plan in case of an emergency, and being prepared with the skills and knowledge you will need. So make sure to check out our fa-ree prepper resources to get started.
What are some other items around the house that you’ve added to your bug out bag?