Stocking up a bug out bag isn’t a mystery, but it does require you to procure different items and get them ready. Well, not really. 5ive Star Gear came out with an Emergency Bug Out Bag that’s got many of the basics in place making it alot easier to have a bolt bag ready for severe weather or worse.
This package comes with a lot. Is it everything, no, but it’s a pretty good start. It comes with roughly 30 items for bugging out – like an emergency blanket, emergency sleeping bag, 2-pack ponchos, steel firestarter, 50’ utility cord, 10yd. duct tape, 3-light sticks, 2-P38 can openers, map compass, sewing kit, wire say and 2-pack toilet tissue 6-emergency drinking water packs (4.227fl.oz.), 3-day supply of emergency food ration bars, 2-gallon collapsible water bag, first aid card, emergency whistle, multipurpose tool, basic first aid kit (very, very basic), waterproof pill/match box and the orange pack itself can be used as a sandbag or pack (be it very uncomfortable).
That being said – this is a great item to start your bug out bag, but you need some extra items to make it mission ready. Namely, in my opinion, more illumination like a SOG DE Flashlight, comms like a radio or two way walkies, a good knife like any number of ones we’ve reviewed here at SGPT, a firearm of some kind, food procurement means (like a snare or fishing kit) and a more comprehensive medical kit – like an Adventure Medical Kits Bighorn Kit.
All of that considered, this is a good item to throw in your trunk, or start your bug out bag with. You have moderate illumination, food, for a couple days, cordage, hygeine, water carrying, navigation, shelter, and fire starting capability. That’s a pretty damn good start.
Pros, what we like: A robust start that covers most of your bases except for food procurement, distance illumination, and medical kit. Also, you would need to add a good knife to make this a good to go kit, but it’s good start that stops you from having to procure a bunch of smaller items. I have this just chilling in a 5ive Star Gear pack, ready to go with some extra gear to round it out.
Cons, what we don’t like: We already said it, but it lacks a method to trap or kill small game or fish, a flashlight, knife, comprehensive medical kit, and a weapon. That being said, good start for the month.