Bug out

A bug-out bag is a bag that contains food, tools, and other things for use in a disaster or other type of emergency.  Often times when a disaster occurs, the infrastructure that we normally take for granted becomes bogged down or completely unavailable.  Electricity may be out for days or even weeks, the supermarkets we buy our food and water from may be low or out of stock, hospitals may be extremely over capacity, and even the roads we use everyday may be closed.

— from ultimatebugoutbaglist

I’m not at all convinced that there will be an infrastructure-destroying calamity anytime soon, but I do like the idea of a grab-bag (or three) for a weekend away — whether at a hotel, AirBnB or campsite. Seems like a good idea, to support spontaneous “bug out” and keep us sane during the week.

These lists are my evolving thoughts around what such a bag (or bags) should contain. I still haven’t got a good “bag system” for supporting this.


  • First-aid kit (see below for examples for motorcycle vs car)
  • Clothes (spare/fresh)
  • Water (bottles)

Motorcycle Escape

  • first-aid essentials/motorcycle kit
    • Ibuprofen (pain and fever reducer, anti-inflammatory)
    • Antihistamine (Telfast 180mg) (allergies, sleep aid)
    • Pseudoephedrine (nasal decongestant, helps with “ear pop” from planes)
    • Safety pins (quick fix for clothing, making an arm sling, emergency cloth)
    • Bandana (sling for arm, dust mask,
    • Antiseptic towelettes (cleaning hands and wounds)
    • Electrolyte packets (for replacing electrolyte loss due to vomiting or diarrhoea)
    • Tweezers (removing ticks, thorns, cactus, sea urchins, etc)
    • Band-aids (minor cuts and scrapes)
    • Gauze roll (minor cuts and scrapes)
    • Antibiotic ointment (minor cuts and scrapes)
    • Thermometer (is that really a fever, how high)
    • Latex gloves (protect yourself first)
    • 4 x 4 gauze pads (minor cuts and scrapes)
    • Hand sanitizer (dirty hands mean infected cuts)
  • survival essentials kit
    • Multi-tool (Macgyver always had his)
    • Spork + screwdriver + bottle-opener
    • Bushman’s Insect Repellent & Sunscreen (SPF 15 minimum, small bottle)
    • Fire-starter
    • Portable flashlight (looking into mouths, dark rooms) or three
    • Signal mirror
    • Emergency blanket
    • Whistle
    • Compass
    • Glow-stick
    • Mini wood saw (hand chainsaw)
    • (Bonus) Fishing: line, hooks, sinkers and lures.
  • Clothes, underwear
  • Towels
  • Support/Tech
    • solar panel phone charger
    • …?
  • Swag
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tool roll
  • Cooking
    • Liquid-fuel stove + pot
    • Some fuel
    • Firestarter
    • Pot holder
    • Cutlery
    • Plate/Bowl – ex-Army?
  • …?

Weekend bug out

  • Chargers
  • Bottle opener/waiter’s friend
  • Entertainment
    • Cards
    • Travel games
    • …?


  • Mattress
  • Sleeping bag
  • Oz-tent RV3
  • Cooking
    • Liquid-fuel stove + pot
    • Some fuel
    • Firestarter
    • Pot holder
    • Cutlery
    • Plates/bowls
  • Entertainment
    • Cards
    • Travel games
    • …?
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