Building my Own Bug Out Bag – The Programmer Way

I’m going to go over my bug out bag today. So as you can see, it’s not too big. This is something I keep in my car. I do have one for my truck. It is much bigger. But I’m going to go over the contents of this thing real quick. Let’s just talk about the outside real quick. I’ve got a TOPS knife here on the outside. It’s a much smaller one than I designed, but nonetheless it’s a good knife. Got a sharpener inside here, as well as a flint starter and a small sharpening stone. Got a snap link on the outside for attaching anything I may find. Of course the water blivet inside of the backpack that you can fill up with water and then on this side, this is a tourniquet that you can get to very, very quickly. And you don’t want something like this on the inside of your rucksack because heaven forbid if you need it, you’re going to need to get to it pretty quick. The pack I am using is 5.11 Rush 12. I purchased it quickly from Amazon after reading this 5.11 Rush 12 review.

rush 12

And lastly, I’ve got a set of flex cuffs on the outside and those speak for themselves. So anyway, let’s… Let’s just go through these pockets real quick and take a look and see what we have here. All right. So on this pocket here… What I have here is just some basic food items. I’ve got some turkey and some salmon. I’ve got three bottles of this New Whey protein drink. It’s got 42 grams of protein. I’ve got some powder that will help hydrate you if you find water. I have two PowerBars. And I also have a waterproof notebook and a pen. Inside this… And these things are great if you can get them out of an airplane, if you travel first class. These are great for just carrying different items.

And this is my first aid kit. And I’ve got everything from Azithromycin to Imodium to basically… stuff for my stomach. I’m not going to be carrying a lot of Band-Aids and stuff. Quite frankly, my weak point is my stomach, so anything for diarrhea. I’ve got some iodine. I’ve got some Neosporin, some ChapStick and… and stuff like that because the last thing you want to do is start getting dehydrated from diarrhea or vomiting and get into a worse situation. So that’s my… my first aid stuff. Band-Aids are great, but they’re not going to save your life. All right. So that’s in that pouch. The next pouch above that I have a bunch of items and I’ll take them out and I’ll set them here in front of you. I’ve got a multi tool. I’ve got a little keychain that’s got a whistle, signal mirror, a red light signal light, an infrared light and a thermometer, of course a survival bracelet, a little hacksaw, a lighter — I don’t need to rub sticks together — a 5-Hour Energy drink, a Lansky sharpener for my knife, a good quality Benchmade folder and lastly, a good flashlight — Surefire light — you can’t beat it with a stick. All right. This article pertains only to bug out bag, you can also build a get home bag if you are away from your home most of the time.

So we’ll go into this compartment here. We’ve got some various items here. First off, a pair of gloves. These are slightly used, but a really good pair of Oakley assault gloves. I’ve got the pair of mini binoculars for obvious reasons. And I’ve got a flask right here.

oakley assault gloves

There’s nothing in it right now and what I’m considering putting in here is bleach because you can use bleach to disinfect water, but it’s a really high quality flask and that’s going to have some bleach in it. I’ve got another pair of lightweight gloves, another pair of flex… two pairs of flex cuffs. I’ve got an Etrex Vista GPS. I’ve got Iodie-green bungee cords because underneath that I’ve got a poncho that I can make a poncho hooch with. And last but not least, I’ve got two walkabout radios and I have… I make sure that the batteries are fully charged. And of course, if this is sitting in a vehicle or something, you need to make sure your batteries are up to snuff. And I also have a packet of hand warmers. Okay? And in the main compartment… I have a bottle that you can boil water in and a watch, a pair of bolt cutters just in case I have to gain entry to a place that I need to gain entry to. I’ve got one, two, three, four, five, six chemlights. I have green, red and blue. I’ve got a space blanket. And this actually… This… this space blanket I got from Romania. It’s a really heavy-duty one too. It’s not a small one. This thing’s a mac daddy space blanket. This is a really cool item. Some folks sent me some warming vests. It’s basically like a giant hand warmer, but you put it on your entire body and it’ll warm your body for eight hours. So if you’re close to hypothermia, this thing is bomber.

Some Wet Ones for sanitation, going to the bathroom. This is a giant tarp. It’s not real big. It’s a… eight… eight foot by eight foot for on the ground and some Gorilla tape, in case you tear a hole in it. And lastly, a mini bivvy bag. And, you know, this isn’t going to keep a whole lot of cold off you and obviously if it’s zero degrees, you’re going to freeze, but just basic… basic warmth, something that at 30 degrees, 40 degrees will keep you warm. And… and lastly, this bag is a bag that I designed and I’m going to be making more of them, so… That’s basically it.