The following list of gear will give you a solid base for building out your go-bag.  I don’t necessarily like the term ‘bug out bag’. That gives the impression that I’m leaving without a pre-determined destination known. I prefer either go-bag or bolt-bag. If you have a plan, you have a destination to ‘go’ or ‘bolt’ too. If you need to ‘go’ or ‘bolt’ to either your home or an alternation location, chances are you’re doing it quickly which is why I like to keep the contents of my bag to only whats needed. As your skills evolve so will your kit. I prefer to keep a minimalist loadout so that I can be fast and agile when on the move. Lets take a look at what I carry.

Water – Staying hydrated on the go is vital to survival; more so than food. Without water your body will begin to shut down. When selecting a water bottle for my go-bag I need something durable. My go to for that is the 32 ounce Nalgene water bottle. They have been around forever, are proven and extremely durable. Along with the water bottle you’ll want a way to filter and purify water on the go. If you’re truly in a situation where you are relying on your go bag, then you probably don’t have time to make a fire and boil water. The filter system I chose is the Sawyer Squeeze system. It’s simple to use, durable and has no moving parts. Between the Nalgene water bottle and Sawyer Squeeze filter system, I’ve got a bomb proof system to keep me hydrated.

Top 5 Gear Picks for your Go-Bag
32oz water bottle and Sawyer Squeeze system with 32oz water pouch.

Knife – The knife is the most difficult tool to reconstruct in the field. It can be done, but it’s time consuming (something you don’t have a lot of when on the move). I always have a folding knife on my person and a backup inside my go-bag. Your environment and skill level will dictate what type of blade you choose. In my pocket I more often than not carry the Emerson CQC-7. Inside my go-bag I have a small Mora Eldris fixed blade. This is a small knife, but will make quick work of basic survival tasks such as fire prep or processing small game. Stay tuned for a more detailed review on the all new Eldris.

Top 5 Gear Picks for your Go-Bag
Mora Eldris

Fire – I carry a small fire kit in a water-resistant Fire Bag made by The Hidden Woodsmen. Inside that kit I carry two bic lighters, a ferro rod, strike anywhere matches and a tin of Mini Inferno disks. Those contents will give me guaranteed flame in any weather condition.