One of the hardest parts about starting out and beginning to learn about "prepping" and setting up your own bugout bag is sifting through the thousands of articles and checklists telling people all kinds of different and sometime contradicting information. This article is meant to take a little different approach, I don't believe generic checklists are practical for survival and emergency situations. Different people will have different needs, so generic cookie cutter lists should probably be considered as references. However, there are a few things that are pretty universal, which leads us back to the purpose of this article. We are going to talk about 3 items that could be the most important items to have. Whether it be a bag for afternoon outings, a vehicle emergency bag, or an all out bugout bag these items should be included.
The ability to start a flame is extremely important. From warmth to emergency water purification, cooking, and warmth a good fire is paramount. And, unless you have the primitive skills to get the job done without tools, some form of firestarter would be extremely helpful to have. Whether it's simply wind/waterproof matches, flint and steel striker, or some form of mechanical striker.
Having useable tools and a knife for cutting can be very handy, but having them and the ability to save space and weight is even more important. Therefore, a good multi-tool is the perfect answer. There are many types of multi-tools with different tool options to fit any need.
First Aid Kit
A good first aid kit is essential to any bag. Whether for a recreational bag, vehicle emergency bag, or for a bugout bag. Having enough medical supplies for all persons involved can be the difference between life and death. Whether the kit is pre-made or personally made, the focus of a good first aid kit should be to cover the three most likely types of injuries. The three most common types of injuries are trauma, mobility, and medical.
Once a person has weighed these options for themselves and either included them or decided against it, the rest of the items in a person's bag is up to the individual and their particular needs. So, just remember when trying to be ready there is no general right or wrong, having something is always better than having nothing.