SurvivorCord is our original patented MIL-STYLE paracord with three potentially life-saving internal strands added: Fishing line, waterproof fire-starter, and multi-purpose utility wire.

SurvivorCord XT is SurvivorCord...but better! Built for Bushcraft, this latest incarnation of our patented paracord upgrades the internal survival strands for better outdoor recreational utility.

WarriorCord was our first MIL-SPEC 550 paracord product, that met or exceeded the government's legacy MIL-C-5040-H, Type III parachute cord specifications.

Elastic ShockCord has 100% stretch, a tensile strength of ~100 LBS, and is ideal for creating bungee cords and securing or tethering items to your equipment or vehicles.

Looking for BULK cordage? This shortcut takes you to all of your favorite TITAN Survival cordage in 500 and 1,000 foot spools.

These accessories are specifically designed by us to either work well with SurvivorCord in crafts or projects, or are made from SurvivorCord and can be used in an emergency.

SurvivorCord is patented and guaranteed for life!

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Essential survival gear, designed to protect you from the elements in emergencies.

Bug Out Bag Checklist

A Bug-Out Bag is usually a backpack, typically prepared in advance, with enough essential supplies to help you survive at least 72 hours away from home in an emergency or mandatory evacuation.  The most common places to store this bag, once prepared, is in your home, vehicle, office, storage unit, or even a survival cache.

We've looked at the best bug out bagsout there, and broken it all down so that you know exactly what contents you'll need to have on hand. In the following article, we'll show you what we recommend, and even link to some of the items that we like best for each purpose.

And if you just want a simple bug out bag list, here's a usable PDF checklist that we've put together for you:

CLICK HERE FOR A DOWNLOADABLE PDF CHECKLIST

BAG CONTENTS

Container - You will want to use a large backpack for your Bug-Out Bag so that you can store all of your 72 hours essentials and supplies in one place.  Keep in mind that a smaller bag typically means less resources, and that means less time before you have to start scrounging for necessities.

Large Backpack Recommendations

1. 24BattlePack Tactical Backpack

2. EMDMAK Military Tactical Backpack

3. 5.11 Tactical RUSH24 Military Backpack

 

Water – When it comes to water, you don’t want to mess around.  The average person can only survive about 3 days without water, so you’re going to need to make sure you’re doubly prepared here.  We recommend a high-quality, single-walled metal water bottle for storing and boiling water, a method of filtering debris from water you get from streams or ponds, and a method of purifying any of that water so that it’s safe to drink. 

Single-Walled, Metal Water Bottle Recommendations

1. Takeya Vacuum-Insulated Stainless-Steel Water Bottle

2. HYDRO CELL Stainless-Steel Water Bottle

3. Iron flask Sports Water Bottle

 

Water Filtration System Recommendations

1. pH ON-The-GO Alkaline Water Filter Pouch

2. Aquamira Frontier Emergency Water Filtration and Straw

3. Membrane Solutions Portable Water Filter Straw

 

Water Purification System Recommendations

1. Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets

2. Aquatabs

3. 55 Gallon Water Preserver Concentrate

 

Food – Food is fuel, and in order to survive you will need a lot of energy to complete necessary tasks. We recommend having dehydrated food because you get all the important vitamins and minerals from it without it taking up too much room. You should also have protein bars, energy, bars, and granola bars so that you have a quick and easy way to get energy and protein in the most compact form.

Dehydrated Food Recommendations

1. Mountain House Chicken & Dumplings

2. Mountain House Classic Bucket

3. Mountain House 3-Day Emergency Food Supply

 

Protein/Energy/Granola Bar Recommendations

1. Pure Protein Bars

2. CLIF BARS

3. Quaker Chewy Granola Bars

 

Cover – The weather can be unpredictable, so you want to have equipment that will protect you from the elements, and it’s a bonus if it can help you blend in to avoid predators. We recommend you have a compact tent, which will be a perfect cover for overnight rest, and an emergency sleeping bag which will retain your body heat throughout the night. Emergency blankets will retain your body heat if you are trying to be more mobile, such as when you are cooking, hunting, or fishing. Wool blankets will provide even better warmth, but can also be fairly heavy and bulky, so this item is optional. 

Emergency Sleeping Bag Recommendations

1. TITAN Extra-Thick Emergency Mylar Sleeping Bag

 

 Emergency Blankets Recommendations

1. TITAN Two-Sided Emergency Mylar Survival Blankets

 

 Compact Tent Recommendations

1. Don’t Die in the Woods Survival Tent

2. Go Time Gear Life Tent Emergency Survival Shelter

3. SharpSurvival Emergency Survival Shelter Tent

 

Wool Blanket Recommendations (Optional)

1. Arcturus Military Wool Blanket

2. EverOne Olive Drab 80% Wool Fire Retardant Blanket

 

Clothing – Weather conditions can always change, so making sure you have the right clothing is crucial for your ability to survive. Cold weather is what you will want to be most prepared for, so we recommend you have a waterproof jacket to protect you from the rain and wool socks to protect your feet and prevent hypothermia. A beanie will help regulate body heat and a hat is essential if you are in a humid weather situation and need to protect yourself from overheating. Having a bandana or shemagh helps protect your skin from the sun, and a bandana can also be used to filter water. You will need gloves for completing tasks, and hand warmers to retain heat that are more prone to hypothermia, such as your hands and feet.

Waterproof Jacket Recommendations

1. MAGCOMSEN Men’s Winter Coat

2. MOERDENG Men’s Waterproof Ski Jacket

3. Rothco Special Ops Tactical Soft Shell Jacket

 

 Wool Socks Recommendations

1. Dickies Men’s Dri-tech Moisture Control Crew Socks

2. Men’s Thick Heat Trapping Insulated Socks

3. Carhartt Men’s Wool Boot Socks

 

 Beanie/Hat Recommendations

1. TITAN Knit Beanie

2. Columbia Bora Bora Booney Hat

 

 Bandana or Shemagh Recommendations

1. Bycc Bynn 3 Pack

2. Rothco Shemagh Tactical Scarf

 

 Glove Recommendations

1. TAC9ER Kevlar Lined Tactical Gloves

2. FREETOO Knuckle Tactical Military Gloves

3. Military Tactical Gloves

 

 Hand Warmer Recommendations

1. HotHands Body & Hand Super Warmers

2. Tundras Hot Hand Warmers

 

Combustion – Being able to create a fire is the most important skill in survival. To purify water, cook food, retain body heat, and ware off predators, you’ll need multiple tools that’ll create a long-lasting fire. We recommend you have a lighter to burn vegetation and a ferro-rod to create sparks on a bird’s nest. You’ll also need emergency tinder to make your bird’s nest easier to light and increase its ability to burn longer. An emergency fire kit with multiple fabrics and tools to build a fire is necessary so that you can create a fire if you are in an area with a lack of flammable material.

Lighter Recommendations

1. TACAMO ARC Lighter

 

Ferro-Rod Recommendations

1. SurvivorSteel Ferrocerium Fire-Starter

2. 3-Pack Premium Large Ferro-Rods

 

Emergency Tinder Recommendations

1. CHOKTAW Waxed Jute Rope Emergency Tinder

 

Emergency Fire Kit Recommendations

1. TACAMO 15-Piece Emergency Fire Making Kit

 

Tools – The tools you bring with you could make or break your chances of survival. We recommend a knife to cut into animals and cordage, and an axe to chop firewood or other thick material a knife can’t cut into. A gun will help you hunt for food and protect yourself from predators, and a multi-tool will help accomplish multiple tasks. Paracord is a necessity because it can do anything from creating shelter to creating a splint. You’ll also need a first-aid kit in case you obtain a minor or major injury.

Knife Recommendations

1. Mossy Oak Survival Knife

2. Smith & Wesson Folding Knife

3. Tactical Bowie Survival Hunting Knife

 

Axe Recommendations

1. Schrade Hatchet

2. LIANTRAL Survival Camping Axe

 

 Gun Recommendations

User Preference here. We prefer a SIG P226 in 9mm, but that’s just our opinion based on a quality all metal pistol with widely available ammo.

 

Multi-Tool Recommendations

1. Gerber Suspension Multi-Tool

2. Gerber Gear Truss Multi-Tool

3. RoverTac Multitool

 

 Paracord Recommendations

1. SurvivorCord

2. SurvivorCord XT

 

 First-Aid Kit Recommendations

1. First Aid Only First Aid Kit

2. Johnson & Johnson First Aid Kit

3. Be Smart Get Prepared First aid Kit

 

Miscellaneous – These items are necessities that you will most likely need when you face the multiple obstacles of survival. We recommend you have a compass or a GPS device to help your navigation when you are not aware of your current location, and a flashlight or a headlamp to help you find your way if you are traveling in the wilderness at night. We also recommend you have a solar power bank so you can place it in the sun and be able to charge your phone or any other electronics you need. Emergency cash is important to have in case you need fuel or other last-minute necessities. We recommend you have an emergency whistle and a compact mirror to make others aware of your location. You’ll need sunscreen so that you can protect your skin from too much exposure to the sun, and duct tape can be used for multiple purposes such as fixing shelter and sealing food. We recommend you have toilet paper to protect items and stay hygienic and healthy. Extra ammo will allow you to use your gun for a longer period of time, which will increase your chances of obtaining more food and staying protected. For a powerless source of light, you will need chem-lights or glow sticks, so you will always have a source of light without worrying if a battery will run out. 

Navigation Tool Recommendations

1. Sportneer Military Compass

2. PP Bean Classic Pocket Compass

3. Garmin GPSMAP 64 Worldwide GPS

4. Garmin eTrex 10 Worldwide Handheld GPS Navigator

 

Flashlight/Headlamp Recommendations

1. TACAMO ARC Lighter w/ Integrated LED Flashlight

2. TITAN Solar Power Bank w/ Integrated LED Emergency Flashlight

3. Energizer High-Powered LED Headlamp

4. Foxdott 8 LED Headlamp Flashlight

 

Solar Power Bank Recommendations

1. TITAN Survival Solar Power Bank

 

Emergency Cash Recommendations

1. JUNDUN Money Bag

2. True Utility Cash Capsule

 

Emergency Whistle Recommendations

1. SurvivorSteel Ferrocerium Fire-Starter w/ Integrated Emergency Whistle

 

Compact Mirror Recommendations

1. YEOTWIN Small Compact Mirror

2. YEOTWIN Square Compact Mirror

 

Sunscreen Recommendations

1. Banana Boat Sunscreen

2. Coppertone Sport Sunscreen

3. CeraVe Sunscreen

 

Duct Tape Recommendations

1. Gorilla Duct Tape

2. Duck Brand Duct Tape

3. Duck Max Strength Duct Tape

 

Chem-Light/Glow Stick Recommendations

1. Cyalume SnapLight 6 Industrial Grade Light Sticks

2. 50 Industrial Grade Glow Sticks

3. Tac Shield 12 Hour Light Stick

 

Toilet Paper Recommendations

1. Cottonelle Ultra Comfort Toilet Paper

2. Quilted Northern Toilet Paper

3. Charmin Ultra Strong

 

 Extra Ammo Recommendations

We highly recommend you carry at least 3 magazines in your Bug Out Bag if possible. Just in case.

 

Staying prepared will make or break your survival, so make sure you have all the right equipment in your Bug Out Bag. You can also take our checklist on the go with this downloadable PDF.

IMPORTANT: When building out your Bug Out Bag, redundancy is very important. Whenever possible, you'll want to make sure that you have items with dual purpose, such as a Solar Power Bank with and integrated LED light, or a SurvivorSteel Ferrocerium Rod with an integrated emergency whistle

 

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