Top Bug Out Bag Items Often Overlooked

We recently posted some of the items that are strongly recommended for your bug out bag (BOB). These are great starting items and one should include at least some variation of these survival items in their own bag. But there are often several very important and overlooked BOB items that you should have in your bag, or at least have close at hand to place in your bag if the situation arose.

The purpose of a bug out bag should be its reduced weight and versatility of items in your bag. I find that my essential items are always being updated, where newer things get added, some other things get removed or reduced. Some of the items listed below are what I’ve found to be the most popular, but often overlooked BOB items, from reading other survival blogs and speaking with numerous people on the subject.

Food, Water, and Cooking

  1. Meat thermometer – If you’re in the wild and hunting small game like squirrel or rabbit, or you just took down a deer, a meat thermometer could be a useful tool to avoid food poisoning. Find the smallest and most lightweight
  2. Paper coffee filters – Coffee filters provide an easy way to get water clean of sediment and debris before boiling. A bandana can also work, or even a sock. But coffee filters are specifically built for removing the type of stuff often found in creeks or rivers and they are very lightweight.

Tools and Multi-purpose

  1. Remington oil Bug Out BagRemington oil – You’ll undoubtedly have a knife or knives or one or more guns with your bug out bag. Remington oil is a great lubricant to have on hand for firearms or knives. Practically anything that can cut or move can be treated with Remington oil.
  2. Small shovel (E-tool, or entrenching tool) – You can pick up a small tri-fold shovel for around $12 and upwards of $30-40 depending on the type you get. Great for any digging required for trapping, securing camp/shelter gear, or burying human waste.
  3. Figure-9 Carabiner – Carabiner is a fantastic and quick alternative to tying knots for tents, hammocks, clotheslines, etc. Since they tighten quickly, provide great tension, and help to secure ropes without knots, they are perfect for shelters when you would be using ropes or paracord to secure things. They’ve made it even easier to use by adding a carabiner clip that attaches to any fixed anchor point.

Personal and Identity Items

  1. Identity papers – It’s critical to have a copy of your birth certificate, a wedding certificate, land deeds, and a passport (if you have one) during any survival situation. When or if law and order are re-established, you may need to prove who you are or what you own.
  2. Family pictures – If you lose a loved one, or just need a mental pick-me-up if SHTF, a picture of your wife or daughter may be what’s needed to get you through the situation or to help identify them to others who may have seen them.

What are some of the items you’ve added to your own bag? I’m sure we all have some cool, handy ideas to share.

We recently posted some of the items that are strongly recommended for your bug out bag (BOB). These are great starting items and one should include at least some variation of these survival items in their own bag. But there are often several very important and overlooked BOB items that you should have in your bag, or at least have close at hand to place in your bag if the situation arose.

The purpose of a bug out bag should be its reduced weight and versatility of items in your bag. I find that my essential items are always being updated, where newer things get added, some other things get removed or reduced. Some of the items listed below are what I’ve found to be the most popular, but often overlooked BOB items, from reading other survival blogs and speaking with numerous people on the subject.

Food, Water, and Cooking

Product
Visual
Where to Buy
Harbor Instant Read Meat Thermometer
Waterproof Digital Meat Thermometer
Party Bargains Disposable Coffee Paper Filters
Hario Paper Coffee Filters
Remingtong Oil Cleaning Kit
Military Issue Tri-Fold Entrenching Tool
Gerber Entrenching Tool
Nite Ize Figure 9 Carabiner
Nite Ize Small Figure 9 Carabiner

 

 

 

Meat Thermometer

If you’re in the wild and hunting small game like squirrel or rabbit, or you just took down a deer, a meat thermometer could be a useful tool to avoid food poisoning. Find the smallest and most lightweight. Here are some we can recommend:

1. Harbor Instant Read Meat Thermometer

This meat thermometer is equipped with 4 to 6 seconds reading out speed that will give you an accurate temperature. It can detect the core temperature of meat, making it perfect for turkey, chicken, and even for bread making, hot water, and milk. It is very easy to use, you just simply insert the probe into your food or liquid and get the temperature.

2. Waterproof Digital Meat Thermometer

This meat thermometer can read temperatures within 3 to 4 seconds. It also has an auto-off and holds feature and a waterproof function that makes it perfect to check temperatures of liquids, meat, and other foods. It has a temperature range of 58 degrees F to 572 degrees F.

Paper Coffee Filters

Coffee filters provide an easy way to get water clean of sediment and debris before boiling. A bandana can also work, or even a sock. But coffee filters are specifically built for removing the type of stuff often found in creeks or rivers and they are very lightweight. Here are some we can recommend:

3. Party Bargains Disposable Coffee Paper Filters

These high-quality coffee paper filters can trap all the grounds and most of the coffee’s natural oils, meaning, it can definitely help you in getting water clean of any debris and sediment before boiling. Plus, they are very lightweight to carry.

4. Hario Paper Coffee Filters

This is a pack of 100 disposable white paper filters that can produce a clean, flavorful, and sediment-free cup. You can also use it to filter water before boiling it. These filters are convenient to use for brewing and cleanup.

Tools and Multi-Purpose

Remington Oil

You’ll undoubtedly have a knife or knives or one or more guns with your bug out bag. Remington oil is a great lubricant to have on hand for firearms or knives. Practically anything that can cut or move can be treated with Remington oil.

5. Remington Oil Cleaning Kit

This is Remington’s 100th-anniversary cleaning kit which includes Rem oil lubricant in 16oz. and 4oz. It also comes with a lubricant powder solvent and 150 rim cartridges of .22 thunderbolts. This will definitely help you treat your firearms and knives.

Small Shovel 

(E-tool, or entrenching tool) – You can pick up a small tri-fold shovel for around $12 and upwards of $30-40 depending on the type you get. Great for any digging required for trapping, securing camp/shelter gear, or burying human waste. Here are some we can recommend:

6. Military Issue Tri-Fold Entrenching Tool

This tool has a steel blade with an aluminum handle. It has a black powder-coat finish and a tri-fold designed for easy carry and storage. It also comes with an ODG vinyl cover for its serrated saw edge. It is indeed great to use for digging when you’re out camping.

7. Gerber Entrenching Tool

This is a lightweight but tough e-tool from Gerber that will surely help you dig soil, secure your camp, and bury things. It also has a serrated edge to give you extra power when digging in tough environments. You can also use it to saw through grass, plants and cut into ice or hard dirt. This is a sturdy and durable folding spade and a must-have in your bug out bag.

Figure 9-Carabiner

A carabiner is a fantastic and quick alternative to tying knots for tents, hammocks, clotheslines, etc. Since they tighten quickly, provide great tension, and help to secure ropes without knots, they are perfect for shelters when you would be using ropes or paracord to secure things. They’ve made it even easier to use by adding a carabiner clip that attaches to any fixed anchor point. Here are some we can recommend:

8. Nite Ize Figure 9 Carabiner

This carabiner conveniently clips to fixed points for easy connection. It can definitely help you eliminate the hassle of tying, adjusting, and untying knots or tents, clotheslines, and hammocks.

9. Nite Ize Small Figure 9 Carabiner

This is a smaller version of the previous carabiner which can help you tighten and secure smaller ropes hassle-free and without knots. It has a solid construction and a body made of cast aluminum and stainless steel. It is designed to be durable and noncorrosive.

Personal and Identity Items

1. Identity papers – It’s critical to have a copy of your birth certificate, a wedding certificate, land deeds, and a passport (if you have one) during any survival situation. When or if law and order are re-established, you may need to prove who you are or what you own.

2. Family pictures – If you lose a loved one, or just need a mental pick-me-up if SHTF, a picture of your wife or daughter may be what’s needed to get you through the situation or to help identify them to others who may have seen them.

 

What are some of the items you’ve added to your own bag? I’m sure we all have some cool, handy ideas to share.