The most important thing to have during an emergency (and in your bug out bag) is your first aid kit. Inevitably, you or someone you come across will need first aid treatment. This makes packing your first aid kit extremely important.
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.
Many people might have a few small tools they carry in their car — like jumper cables or a few screwdrivers, fuses, etc. But I cannot tell you how many people’s cars I’ve been in that don’t have any type of emergency or preparedness kit at all. Even emergency organizations like the Red Cross or relief agencies now advise people to have small emergency kits just in case you were to be caught in an emergency situation.
Many preppers have put together their own bug out bags (BOBs), which typically includes about 3 days worth of gear/food. But the purpose of building your own small kit is for everyone to have the most crucial items for at least 2-3 days in case of an emergency… any emergency… like a vehicle breaking down in the middles of nowhere, a terrorist attack, or even just simply getting lost in the woods.