- Shelter items like a small tent and sleeping bag, or a tarp and blanket
- A couple quarts of drinking water, and purification equipment to disinfect more water
- High-calorie, no-cook foods like protein bars, peanut butter, trail mix, etc.
- First-aid, sanitation, and hygiene supplies
- Fire-starting methods
- A small pot for boiling water or cooking
- A few basic tools like a knife, duct tape, rope, etc.
- Extra clothes appropriate for the season
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- A digital backup of all your important documents and artifacts. This could be a thumb drive with your bank info, insurance documents, wills, and family photos and videos
Keep your main BOB safe and ready to go in a secure location, with modified versions in your car and office. It’s also a good idea for you to have “everyday carry” (EDC) items— survival essentials that you can carry in your pocket or purse.
These tips, and many more survival skills, are available in MacWelch’s books:
And if that’s not enough, you can:
Follow Tim on Twitter @timmacwelch
Take one of his survival classes at www.advancedsurvivaltraining.com
and check out more of MacWelch’s outdoor skills and survival articles at Outdoor Life Magazine’s survival site, The Survivalist