14 Survival Tools for Your Bug Out Bag


If you are new to surviving and prepping you should not be overwhelmed, you should not panick, and you should pack the necessary items you will need to survive incase of an emergency, to which you have to evacuate and leave your home. There are several tools that are necessary for every bug out bag, leaving plenty of space for any individualized equipment, supplies, and medicine that you may need.


It would be great to have a heavy-duty military-style backpack. Select an average-sized pack so you can have room for the tools you’ll need for survival.

First Aid Kit. Every bugout bag needs its first aid kit. Your health and not being infected is important.

550 Cord

You can use this cord for almost anything you can think of. Having a 550 cord is lightweight, inexpensive, and takes up little space in your bag.

Emergency Blanket

Preventing hypothermia with a myllar blanket will help you survive in the most extreme environments. Your bug out bag should contain at least two, because Mylar is easily torn and melted. If you’re carrying gear for multiple people, such as small children, pack at least two per person.


Even if you’re accustomed to working in the dark, a flashlight can come in very handy but a headlamp is even more convenient because it frees your hands while providing plenty of illumination. Packing an extra set or two of batteries is a good idea too.


A leatherman is small, lightweight, and has multiple uses.

Seychelle Straw

The Seychelle Straw will help you travel light, because it is just a filter for water you will find. No need to carry water with you, if you have this item with you.


The Nalgene Bottle goes perfect with the Seychelle straw because you can collect 32–ounces per bottle and drink from them through your filter straw on the go. Nalgene is one of the most reliable brands of water bottles available today; they are BPA-free, impact-resistant, and can be microwaved and frozen with no damage.

Strike Fire Starter

The ability to start a fire can be the difference between life and death. I advise everyone to have multiple means to do so, but a strike fire starter is one of the best options, because it lasts nearly forever, is almost impossible to break, and works even when wet. When you run the scraper, a knife blade, or other metal object along the ferrocerium rod, it produces a shower of hot (5,432° F) sparks that rain down on your tinder.

Trapping Snare

Trapping is a great way to efficiently gather protein and calorie rich food without attracting unwanted attention or expending precious energy. All it requires is a few snares and some basic trapping knowledge.

Wet Stone

Everyone should own a quality wet stone; ideally, a set of wet stones because there are varying grades of abrasiveness and you need to work your way from coarse to fine for an ideal edge. This ensures a long life for your edged tools. Also, while it may seem counter-intuitive, a sharp blade is safer than a dull one because it requires less effort to use properly.

Wise Food

Trapping, fishing, and even foraging are valuable skills, but they take time and energy. Ripping open prepackaged food, however, takes almost no time or effort. Depending on the type of food, it’s either ready to eat immediately as in the case of MREs, or requires little more than reconstituting with water, as is the case with freeze-dried foods. Rotate your emergency food to ensure it doesn’t go out of date, and only buy what you actually enjoy eating. A common mistake people make is to buy cheap food they don’t enjoy, thinking they’ll eat it in an emergency–they won’t.


Pack a big, heavy cast iron skillet. Make sure its Lightweight aluminum , and preferably anodized so your food doesn’t stick to it. A nested cook set gives you multiple options depending on what you’re cooking, while not taking up any extra space than a single pot.

Wood Stove

Stoves that use naturally available fuel, such as wood, animal dung, and even dried grass are lighter, reliable, compact, and rather than packing and carrying fuel, you can collect it as needed. The construction of your stove is important; avoid aluminum and instead opt for heavy-duty steel or titanium.