There is one thing that every serious survivalist keeps close at hand. Something that would help them survive a zombie apocalypse, or any other catastrophic event that comes their way. It’s where common sense and preparedness meet. That thing, of course, is a bug out bag.

What Is A Bug Out Bag?

What is a bug out bag? A bug out bag is a bag that contains everything you would need to survive and thrive if you had to leave your house right now. If a horde of zombies is heading down your street, a bug out bag allows you to quickly grab all of the essentials before your nasty looking undead neighbor can break through the window. It’s an important thing for anyone to have around in case they’ve gotta bug out fast, with little or no notice.

There are many different levels to bug out bag preparation. Some people don’t take it too seriously. They throw together a suitcase with a couple of outfits, some bottled water, a bit of cash and maybe a weapon. There’s nothing wrong with that – it’s certainly better than having no bug out bag at all. But other, more hard-core survivalists take a different approach.

What, exactly, do you want to be prepared for? If you want to be prepared for a wide range of scenarios, you’ll need more than a change of clothes. What if you’re trapped with no food or water for several days? What if you have no access to heat or shelter? It’s a good idea to consider small things that can prove to be vitally important later on. An emergency blanket. A plastic poncho. A lighter. If you’re trapped in a shed in freezing weather, these things just might save your life.

And as far as food and water goes, it’s a good idea to bring several bottles of water, as well as water purification tablets (they can make some unsafe water safe to drink). Beef jerky and other calorie-dense foods with long shelf lives are important to pack, as well. It’s smart to pack a few high-calorie protein bars, as they are produced to provide nutrients and energy, and will last for quite some time.

In conclusion…

When you have a bug out bag, you’re not being paranoid; you’re prepared, and there’s a big difference. Whether it’s a horde of zombies or a raging fire (or both), everything you need to survive will be right at your fingertips.