Assemble a 72 hour bag, AKA Bug Out Bag!

Hi Everyone,

This is a post I have been meaning to make for some time.  It seems like whenever I got around to it I would put it off because there was something else I wanted to add before filming.   How silly.

I reality this is a new craft for many of us, and you just have to realize it is something you will probably always be adding to and changing . It will probably never be perfect, but hopefully if will be sufficient when you need it!

Many of the items I carry are home made and I have provided links to them in a section called “resources” below.

In addition I have decided to start a ‘living document’ which I will make available to everyone who wants it. This will hopefully help those of you who are just getting started!

Here it is: Bug out Bag Item list!

It is amazing how every time I take my kit apart I discover some things to change or add.  In the process of making this video I added the following:

– Pencil, Pen, and Paper (Paper in a zipper bag, for leaving notes)

– Duct Tape (I rolled several meters around the above mentioned pencil)

– Water treatment, added a small vial of liquid bleach.  I intend to look into a fancy filter, but this will work for now.

– A way to charge my small electronics.  I will either upgrade my crank flashlight to one that has a charging port,  or get a small folding solar setup, (or both).

– Extra zipper style baggies, just seems like a good idea.  I have several sandwich size a and a couple of gallon size.

– Work gloves.



Several of the items are DIY, and, in many cases, I have already prepared a video on how to make these items.  Here are the links to those:

Cotton ball fire starters

Tuna can burner – AKA buddy burner

Toilet paper heater

Paracord wrapping method

Fresnel lens demonstration


I hope you enjoy this post.  I would love to have a discussion start on this subject and get some more ideas from the viewers!




It may seem at times like you have ‘done it all’ but there are many new crafts and lost skills out there for all of us! This is my mission!

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