Infant/Baby Bug Out Bag

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We have compiled a list of items that you should make for a Bug Out Bag/Pouch for your Infant/Baby under the age of 2.

You should have enough food, water, clothing, and supplies for at least 72 hours.

BUG OUT BAG FOR BABIES
(Infant to 2 years of age or until potty-trained)

Remember you are going to have to carry the baby, your own Bug Out Bag, and supplies for your baby, so either make a smaller bag for the baby, or add the baby supplies to a bigger adult Bug Out Bag. It’s kind of like putting together a more thorough diaper bag, but with enough supplies for the baby for at least 72 hours.

-Baby formula either in the small pre-mixed plastic bottles or powdered formula sealed in Mylar bags

-Water packets

-Both disposable diapers and cloth diapers with safety pins in a Ziploc bag to keep them dry

-Baby waterproof diaper covers

-small changing mat (you won’t want to change a diaper on the dirty ground without a changing mat)

-a few changes of clothes, socks, shoes, hat

-blankets & jacket/fleece body suit

-Baby finger food snacks like puffs, cheerios, rice crackers, soft granola bars, etc

-Baby food jars wrapped in bubble wrap to prevent breakage or the sealed Gerber Graduates baby food bowls/trays, baby feeding spoons (if your baby is eating solid foods)

-Bottles, nipples, sippy cup

-Wipes (both wet and dehydrated)

-Sunscreen, bug spray, diaper rash cream, baby powder, baby lotion, baby body wash

-A few age appropriate toys/books/stuffed animals/rattles etc, pacifiers, lovey toy/blanket

-Baby chest rig for carrying baby hands free

-Baby Tylenol, baby ibuprofen, baby orajel, baby gas drops, and any prescription medications

-copy of birth certificate and shot record

-non-iodine water purification tablets (babies can’t have iodine) or some other small water filter device

-baby first aid kit

-baby grooming kit that has nail clippers, hair brush, suction bulb, and thermometer

-Baby liquid vitamins like Poly-VI Sol

-Baby powdered Pedialyte (oral rehydration solution)

Children’s Bug Out Bag

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A list of good things to have in a Children’s Bug Out Bag.  We consider this bag to be for kids ages 2 through 12 (or potty-trained through age 12).  You should have enough food, water, clothing, and supplies for at least 72 hours.

BUG OUT BAGS FOR CHILDREN
(Ages 2 through 12, or potty-trained through 12)

Kids over 12 should carry a normal Basic Adult Bug Out Bag.

During a SHTF situation it will be important for your kids to feel as safe and secure as possible. Having their own child sized Bug Out Bag filled with familiar items and comfort foods can be a real life saver during an emergency. You shouldn’t expect young children to know how to start a fire or how to filter/purify water, or how to build a shelter, or find food by snaring/trapping. This is up to the adult in the group to provide for the basic needs of the child while their BOB provides mental and emotional comfort in a scary situation.  A child that is comforted by their BOB is a child that is less likely to cause you problems, wander off, or get into trouble.

What Items should go into a kids bug out bag:

Basic Survival Items: Make sure they are light weight and age appropriate, heavier items and gear should be in the adult’s bags.

  • Flash light (preferably a solar or shake-light kind that do not require batteries)
  • Emergency whistle (clipped to the outside of pack so they can easily find it if they become separated from you)
  • Laminated emergency contact list with name, home address, and telephone numbers.
  • Pre-paid cell phone (for kids who are old enough to use them)
  • Poncho
  • Extra socks, pair of gloves and knit hat or bandana (depending on your climate)
  • Dust mask or gas mask
  • Small pocket knife for the older kids
  • Band aids & wipes
  • Small bottle of hand sanitizer
  • Water packets
  • Food ration bars
  • Canteen & cup
  • Emergency sleeping bag
  • Change of clothes

Comfort Items  (pick a few, you don’t have to have every item listed here)

  • Stuffed animals
  • A couple small light weight toys
  • Pack of playing cards or travel size games
  • Baseball or small Nerf football
  • Harmonica
  • An IPod or small device to play games and listen to music
  • Hard candy
  • Bubble gum
  • Trail mix
  • Drink mix packets (like KoolAid or Gatorade)
  • Family photo & contact info

Remember a kid’s bug out bag is not meant to be an adult BOB. Its main purpose is to comfort your child during a stressful situation and give them a feeling of control. With younger children comfort items are a top priority and will help to ensure their overall mental health.

Make sure you customize the bag for your child’s age, personality and overall fitness level.

Also, kids need to know what to do if they’re separated from their parents. Work out a plan and a place. Be sure they know your cell phone number and give them some quarters to go with them whenever they’re separated from you. Also, teach them to make a collect call at a pay phone. Many kids these days don’t know how to operate a pay phone!

Adult Bug Out Bag

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Here is a good list of items to have in your Adult Bug Out Bag:

ADULT BUG OUT BAGS (Ages 12 and up)

A Disaster Plan
 that includes the location of emergency areas, rallying points, multiple evacuation routes, maps of the area, trail maps, contact numbers, etc (make sure you use a water proof laminate to protect your plans).

First Aid Kit
Possible Kits to look at are as follows:

– All-Purpose First Aid Kit, 170 Items In Plastic Case With Carry
Handle
– First Aid Only Outdoor First Aid Kit, Soft Case, 205-Piece Kit
– Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Medic Kit
– Pocket First Aid Guide Book
– Visit the American Red Cross website for more kits that are great!

Professional Survival Book
This should be studied before hand and kept for reference during a disaster. Recommended books are:

– SAS Survival Handbook: How to Survive in the Wild, in Any
Climate, on Land or at Sea
– When All Hell Breaks Loose
– US Army Survival Manual: FM 21-76
-Pocket Survival Guide Book

Water bottles and metal canteen cup
– Stainless Steel GI Type Canteen Cup Great for Boiling and Sterilizing water and plastic canteen
– Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottles
– Sturdy Water Bottles that can be used to boil water
-Water bladder

Clothing
Sturdy boots, Socks, gloves, rain suit, poncho, jacket, hat, bandannas, and clothing for your environment. Gortex and fleece for cold environments.

A few assorted knives
Recommended Knives:

– The Seal Pup By SOG
– Esse Jungalas machete/large knife
– Pocket Bushman knife
– Camp Axe & Shovel
– SOG Fasthawk
– Gerber 45905 Camp Axe – Sheath – Clam
– Folding Spade NATO Approved Knife from Gerber Knives

Flashlights
– Sturdy Tactical Flashlight (and extra batteries)
– Surefire E2E-HA Executive Elite
– Dynamo/Solar Powered Flashlight

Radio
A must to keep up on what is going on.  Preferably a Grundig or Dynamo or solar instead of battery powered.

Fire Starting
Waterproof Matches, a couple Lighters, Tinder and one of the following:

– Military grade Ferro Rod with striker, a Frensal lens
– Magnesium Fire Starter with flint
– Strike Anywhere Matches in a waterproof military match container with flint and signal mirror
MultiTool
– Leatherman Multi-Tool with Nylon Sheath
– SOG Multitool

Cordage
(wide variety of uses, traps, etc….) at least 50-feet of 550 Paracord or at the very least a paracord survival bracelet that has 10 feet of cordage

CASH & Documents
have some extra cash in your bag, as well as a copy of all your important documents (SS Card, I.D., Fishing hunting License, Gun License, insurance policies, mortgage, birth certificates, etc…)

Firearm(s) and ammunition.
-Check your local, state and federal laws before carrying a firearm. Choose something that is reliable and easy to carry (light weight and multi-purpose) that you are familiar using. Cleaning kit for your weapon.

WATER
a liter per day per person for drinking (enough to get you by until you find a clean source of water). A gallon a day is better, but difficult to carry. 3 to 4 Mylar Pouches Per Day Per Person at the bare minimum. At least a 72 hour minimum.

Water Purifiers & Filters: (Any one below would be a good choice)

– SteriPEN Adventurer Handheld Water Purifier
– Aquamira Frontier Survival Straw Water Filter
– Aquamira Frontiere Water Bottle Filter
– Soldier’s Water Filter system

Multi-Vitamins
Keep your strength and immunity up as your diet changes. One A Day vitamins work well!

Extra Medicine
*If needed because of pre-existing condition, you may not be able to get more in a survival situation so stock up now on generics by keeping them sealed in Food Saver bags or Mylar bags, and in a cool, dry, dark place. Ask your doctor/pharmacist about proper storage and shelf life.

Navigation
Lenstatic Compass, Maps, GPS, etc….

Communication
Portable C.B or Ham Radio, walkie-talkies, Unicom walkie-talkie, Voyager KA500 Radio wit smallband, weather/NOAA, AM/FM that has dynamo/self-charging ability.

Fishing Gear
Military Speedook, Bobbers, Hooks, sinkers, fishing line, small collapsible pole

Emergency Food
– At least a 72 hour minimum
-Stuff that will last and give you the most bang for your buck ( peanut butter, jerky, sardines, granola bars, salt, dried fruit, high-calorie energy bars, etc…) We sell several different types of survival food and supplies on our Freeze Dried Food page.
– SOS Food Ration bars (unaffected by heat or cold)
– MREs (5 to 7 yr shelf life, but affected by heat)

Shelter
Sleeping bag, tent, tarp, poncho, emergency sleeping bag, etc….

Solar Charger  (optional, can be expensive)
– Brunton Solarport 4.4 Watt Foldable Solar Charger with Battery Charger Great for recharging AA/AAA batteries for electronics
– Brunton 26 Watt Foldable Solar Array Great for powering small electronics

Signal Devices 
Flares, Signaling Mirror, Whistle

Duct tape
Lots of uses- securing gear, shelter making, tool repair, sealant, etc.

Miscellaneous
Candles, Safety Pins, sewing needles and thread, Playing Cards for entertainment, Wire for snaring. Other comfort items, personal medications/needs, books, etc.  Gas mask or dust mask, sanitary wipes, decontaminate wipes (depending on if you are worried about a Nuke/Bio/Chem scenario).