The prepping community has expanded quite rapidly and every day new people are coming to the movement. As it grows there comes a time when the experienced need to pass down their knowledge to the new generations. Luckily the internet has made that so much easier. Novice preppers tend to overlook a few things when it comes to bug out bags, these basic items that can make life a lot easier.
Tinder – A lot of new preppers will throw matches or a lighter in their bag and call it good. They have a way to create fire right? No, they have a spark, and it need some fuel, aka some tinder. Tinder can be a variety of different product, but you easily make some at home. For example collect your dryer lint! Also, cotton balls combined with vaseline make another easy to do tinder.
Socks – Most preppers bring extra clothes, and even extra socks, but they don’t bring enough. I suggest packing high-quality socks, like Underarmour to keep them from breaking and ripping, and pack a lot of them. A world without socks isn’t one I want to live in.
Maps – Maps are incredibly handy to have of the local area. A good almanac works, or if you are looking for overhead shots Google earth can provide easy to use, free to print overhead maps.
Waterproofing – I don’t mean just packing a tarp, but having your supplies waterproofed and compartmentalized inside your bag. You can buy commercial waterproofing bags that often allow a vent to get the air out and save room, or something as simple as industrial trash bags.
Entertainment – This may seem foolish, but having something that can take your mind off the situation can help you survive. This could be a book regarding faith, a journal, a pad and pen for drawing, a deck of cards, anything to help relieve stress.
These are the 5 things I believe most people overlook when creating a bug out bag. Each serves a distinct purpose and can be used daily. I value the things I can use every day, not the things that fit one specific situation.