Items in a Bug Out Pack

While the stereotypical survivalist may be stockpiling hundreds of pounds of food and ammunition in their homes, city-dwelling survivalists, called urban preppers, focus on getting out of the city to safety, said Anna Maria Bounds, a sociologist at Queens College, City University of New York. One of the key steps to prepare for an apocalyptic scenario is to assemble a "bug out" pack, a large backpack that includes many items essential for long-term survival outside the city, according to Bounds.

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•       Tactical backpack

•       Medical Kit

•       Light & Fire Starters:

•       Flashlights, Headlamp

•       Light Sticks

•       Waterproof matches

•       Lighter

•       Navigation:

•       Compass

•       Maps

•       Tools:

•       All purpose Multi-Tool

•       Fixed Blade Knife

•       Communications:

•       AM/FM Radio

•       Two-Way Radio (for group members)

•       Water:

•       Water Bottle

•       Hydra Bladder (3L)

•       Water Purification tabs

•       Filtering system

•       Emergency Food:

•       Non-perishable food

•       Energy Bars

•       Shelter/Protection :

•       Sleeping bag

•       Poncho

•       Tent, Tarp

•       Hand Warmers

•       Clothing

•       Protection:

•       Heavy Duty gloves

•       Goggles

•       N95 mask

•       Personal:

•       Sunglasses

•       Bug Repellent

•       Lip Balm

•       Disinfecting Wipes

•       Hand Sanitizer

•       Tooth Brush/Dental Floss

•       Baby Powder 

•       Miscellaneous:

•       Mini Duct Tape

•       Para Cord

•       Sewing Kit

•       Batteries

•       Cash and photocopied documents

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