Make your own compact, portable survival/bugout bag – as small as a fanny pack!

When creating bugout bags, a collection of supplies required to survive an unexpected event, most survivalists use a backpack to hold the survival supplies. The size and maneuverability of backpacks make them ideal choices for survival kits.  Their large size however, can be a constraint.  That doesn’t have to be the case however. With a bit of compromise, you can create a bugout bag the size of a fanny pack. This compact kit can be stored in your vehicle, work desk, or carried along with a backpack on a casual outing.

To begin, make sure everything in the bag is carefully arranged to maximize use of the limited space available.  Here’s what you need to include:

  1. Condoms (2): for water storage
  2. Plastic drinking tube, 2-4-foot-long: for drinking from crevices or other hard-to-reach places
  3. Gallon and quart-size Ziploc bags: for various uses including water storage, still construction, skim water from water supply
  4. Iodine: to disinfect water (five drops per quart of water)
  5. Bright-colored tape (orange or yellow): for marking your route
  6. Dental floss: one of the toughest strings around
  7. Duct tape: of course…
  8. Flashlight: a mini flashlight with a spare bulb and batteries should fit easily in the pack
  9. Cigarette lighter: for your primary fire starting tool
  10. Firestarter: magnesium block with striker that acts as a backup to your cigarette lighter
  11. Waterproof matches: also a backup to your cigarette lighter
  12. Fire material: cotton balls saturated with Vaseline/petroleum jelly make excellent fire starting materials and can be stuffed into film canisters.
  13. Magnifying glass: for signaling and fire starting
  14. Glass signal mirror: for signaling others
  15. Thermal blanket: light thermal blankets are typically not larger than a deck of cards
  16. Heavy blanket or tarp: can be used for shelter or as a large signaling device
  17. Large leaf bags: use for shelter, as a rain suit, or for collecting rainwater
  18. Paracord: 50 feet of 550-pound military parachute cord provides too many uses to list.
  19. Knife: a fixed, double-edge carbon steel blade knife
  20. Bandana: for various uses including water filter, face mask, head covering.
  21. First aid supplies: various-sized bandages and antibiotic ointment are your primary first-aid supplies.
  22. Map and compass: the basic requirements for navigation
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