There is no time like the present, as as we all know, hesitation can be costly. Being prepared for an emergency can feel like a daunting task, but there are some shortcuts you can take for extra peace-of-mind as well as better overall preparedness.
One of those short cuts is a pre-packed emergency bag. Also called a “bug-out-bag”, these pre-made kits come full of emergency goodies so you don’t have to pick and choose every little item you want to have in an emergency – and potentially risk forgetting something important.
A pre-packed emergency is a great start to putting together a bag that has everything you want in case of an emergency. You can personalize it to your needs and add or subtract items over time to suit your preferences. Bags with MOLLE webbing can have accessories added later, such as water bottle holders, additional pouches, or even gun holsters.
I recommend keeping an emergency bag in every vehicle, and having an extra one at home isn’t a bad idea either. A pre-packed back can be a little expensive, but it’s a great value for the money and an excellent way to start getting prepared. Check out our recommendation below, with over 150 emergency items included, suitable for 2 people for up to 72 hours:
This emergency kit is a very complete and well-rounded example, and comes with a load of emergency essentials:
Shelter & Warmth Kit (#1)
– 2 Bivvy Bags
– 2 Emergency Poncho’s
– 2 Balaclava Tactical Face Masks
Emergency Food & Water Kit (#2)
– 2 Datrex Emergency Food Rations (72 Hours ea.)
– 1 Vital Straw Water Filter
– 1 Water Purification Drops
Survival Essentials (#3)
– 15 Piece Survival Kit
– 1 Fishing Survival Card
– 1 Work Gloves
– 1 Bulk Paracord Bundle
– 1 Binoculars
– 1 Playing Cards
Emergency Light & Communications (#4)
– 1 Weather Radio
– 1 Box of Waterproof Matches
– 1 Tactical Flashlight
– 1 Durahub Battery Bank
First Aid Kit (#5)
– 94 Piece First Aid Kit
– 1 Irish Spring Soap Bar
– 3 Cling Tape Rolls
As you can see, this emergency bag has been well thought-out, and is a great starting point for your preparedness. You can add pouches or items to it as you determine exactly how you want to be prepared, and it might just be the best bang-for-the-buck you can get. Remember, take action to be prepared now, because if you wait until an emergency happens, it’s too late!