Outside Online: The Ultimate DIY Bug-Out Bag
By Nick Davidson
When disaster strikes, this gear will help you make it through
From certain angles, it looks like we’re hanging over the precipice. Climate change–fueled disasters like monster hurricanes, megafires, and 100-year droughts are becoming ever more frequent. A solar superstorm could wipe out the grid, the New Madrid fault might go at any moment, and, of course, there’s always potential for a zombie flu epidemic.
Sure, some of those scenarios are more likely than others, but companies like Uncharted Supply Co. and Sustain Supply Co. are cashing in on the fear with affordable ready-made bug-out kits packed with survival essentials that start around $300. Containing dehydrated food, water treatment supplies, emergency blankets, and other fundamentals, they’re a great starting point, but each misses a few important items, such as a water bottle, shelter, or stove.
We decided to start from scratch and see what the ultimate survival kit would look like. Turns out, it’s lighter, smarter, more versatile, and, at just around $1,200, a whole lot more expensive. But with your life literally on the line, these high-performance essentials will help see you through the first 72 hours—the time it takes to survive most disasters.