By Eric Anderson
I’ve gone off the grid in Northern Nevada and I've just unpacked my Bug Out Bag to go through the contents with you. If you’re looking to “Bug Out,” get off the grid, or to just find your soul out in the middle of nowhere, this bag is vital.
So, here’s what I carry and some ideas for you to start your own...
- Bear Mace – Works on cougars... people, too.
- Gloves – All types: leather, lightweight, and winching gloves. Just in case you need to winch yourself out of trouble!
- Manual Compass – Who knows whether phones will really work or not.
- Big coil rope for towing things or for hauling things up into the trees.
- Parachute cord that you can use to snare rabbits.
- Muletape is my personal favorite, the best rope out there.
- Toilet Paper – Always a great idea.
- iPad – If you're ever within internet range, it might come in handy.
- Reading Material – Your favorite book or magazine.
- Steel Knives – For entertainment purposes, I bring throwing knives. I’ll find a tree stump and practice my throws.
- Hatches – I like SOG hatchets. They're my favorite.
- Whistle – Along with a combined compass and a thermometer, so you really know what's going on out there.
- Satellite Tracker – This is an important piece of equipment. I have the Garmin inReach. There's also the SPOT Gen3. When they’re turned on, a satellite will track you and you can send your location at various time intervals back to loved ones, so they know where you are when you're off the grid. Works just about anywhere in the world. Also, if you're really getting into trouble, the SOS button will summon the cavalry. With the more modern ones, you can text via cell phone... just in case you need to send a text for a helicopter.
- Survival Kit in a Sardine Can – Mine contains fishhooks, antiseptic, a little bit of sugar chewing gum, tape. All kinds of interesting stuff.
- Respirator – You never know when you might need something like this for dust, disease or whatever might come up.
- Neckerchiefs & Neck Buffs
- Hats – Warm hats and a large variety for sun protection. I bring my ROXOR hat and trusty swamp hat.
- Cigars – Why the hell not!
- Glow Stick – It lasts all night long and you can read by it as well.
- Binoculars – I've got a big pair and a small pair.
- Walkie-Talkies – For radio communication.
- Food – I carry a little bit of food in my main bag, but I prefer to use a DRYLOK® bag. Mine is made by “Giant Loop” and is waterproof. I fill it with dehydrated food that you can cook right in the bag. You don't even need a pot, just add hot water. What's cool about DRYLOK® bags is that once you fill it, there’s an air valve where you can squeeze it down to save space.
- Bug Spray – You’re buggin’ out, right?
- Water – In a couple of formats: bottled water (for in the ROXOR) and in a backpack.
- Sun Cream
- Magnetic Light – Use at night either in a tent or the ROXOR.
- Battery Kit – A power system to charge your iPad or your phone. It has all kinds of fittings and incredible power from the lithium ion battery.
- Sleeping Bag
You know what?... That's enough for now. Stay tuned for more survival tips and tricks.
See you off the grid, BE PREPARED!