Bugging in at home is very different from bugging out in the wilderness. At home,
even if the power is out, you’ll still have shelter, a bed, and be protected from
the weather. In the wild, you’ll be exposed to the elements and all types of
threats from the aggravating mosquitoes to a possible bear grunting at you.
Having the correct equipment will make things much easier. There’s no denying the
fact that it’s going to be a hassle to survive outdoors, but if you must do it,
these are the equipment you’ll need.
* A knife
Ideally, you should have a variety of knives to help you cut meat, cut ropes, etc.
So, you’re looking at utility knives such as a Swiss army knife and a survival
knife (preferably a fixed blade).
A good survival knife will have a 5 to 6-inch blade, have a pointed tip, a strong
handle, and a full tang. This will ensure that the knife is stronger and more
suited to the rigors of outdoor survival.
Work with your knife as often as you can so that you can get the feel of it. If
you know the stories of Vikings and other warriors, you’ll realize that they
usually fought with weapons that were tools they used all the time.
So, their dexterity and handling of the tool as a weapon was second nature to them.
In the same vein, your survival knife can be used in times of self-defense too. It
won’t be a pleasant experience, but it is what it is.
Firearms are fantastic for protecting you from humans and animals alike. You need a
high caliber weapon with good stopping power. If you camp out in an area that has
wild animals like bears, wild dogs, wolves, big cats, etc. very often, only a gun
can stop these creatures.
Bear spray can work on a charging bear… but a gun is still more effective. Firing a round into the air should be enough to scare off most animals. But if they do
decide to eat you, the gun will save your life.
* Water purification
You must carry sufficient water purification tablets and a few water filtration
straws/bottles. If you camp out near a lake, you’ll always have water to drink
since you can purify it.
* Firestarter kit
This will make your life a breeze. While lighters and waterproof matches should be
part of your equipment, always have a Firestarter kit or two. These are very
lightweight bits of equipment and you can purchase them inexpensively from Amazon.
You’ll get a flint, striking rod, etc. Practice starting a fire during peacetime,
so you know how to use the equipment.
These are a MUST. Building a shelter with sticks and debris that you find in the
wild is an extremely tiring process. You’ll not feel safe, secure, or comfortable
if your shelter is made with leaves and twigs.
A tent can be set up in minutes and it’s much easier. Make sure you get a tent
that’s collapsible and big enough for all the members in your family. You may wish
to get 2 tents.
These will be extremely useful for tying things down, making snares, making a
You’ll need dishes, forks, spoons, knives, a saucepan to boil water, a chopping
* Blankets/sleeping bags
Thermal blankets are great if you live in a cold climate. Other than that, even
with shelter, it can get chilly at night. Sleeping bags will keep you warm and
snug as a bug.
* Food and water rations
Ideally, your bug out bags should have food and water rations that can last you
for 72 hours. During this time, you’ll be able to get the lay of the land and
hunt for your own food later.
* Signaling equipment
Mirrors, flares or flashlights are great if you need to signal for help should
someone get injured. A flashlight is a must though. Hurricane lamps, candles,
chemical glowsticks, etc. will be great for providing light at night.
* Portable stoves
If you have this, you’ll not need to start a fire every time you wish to cook
* Fishing equipment
Bugging out near a place that has a lake with fish in it? Bring your fishing
* First aid kit / Sewing kit
You’ll need both too. The first aid kit is crucial for treating wounds, bites,
etc. The sewing kit can be used to stitch up clothes, sleeping bags, tears in
the tent, etc. Very important equipment.
Another handy tool to have is a LEATHERMAN Sidekick Pocket Size Multitool with Spring-Action Pliers and Saw, Stainless Steel with Nylon Sheath.
These are just some of the equipment and stores that you’ll need to bring with
you when camping out in the wild. The more items you can bring, the more
comfortable your stay will be.
Plan and remember medication, toys for your children, a portable radio to keep
up with events, batteries, etc.
With the proper planning you’ll not forget anything and have all your supplies
ready to go at short notice. Time will be of the essence. Be prepared.
One of the top books on wilderness survival is Bushcraft 101.