Advanced Bug Out Bag Checklist 

 December 27, 2020

By  keithb

The Advanced Bugout Bag includes all items from the Basic Bugout Bag, Intermediate Bugout Bag as well as all of the items shown below. For simplicity reasons, all of these items are found on Amazon so that you can get them all in one place.


Cammenga Official US Military Tritium Lensatic CompassA well made quality compass is hard to come by these days. This compass is trusted by our armed forces which means that you can trust this to be your best compass for hiking or backpacking. It comes with a magnifying lense, sight wire, and dial graduations in both degrees and mils. It has a Shockproof damage resistant design and works flawlessly in temperature ranges from -50 deg F to 150 deg F. Comes with a rugged carrying pouch, lanyard, and a belt clip. The small survival kit in the basic bugout bag does include a basic compass, but this one makes a better primary compass. Tritium powered means that it never needs recharging and will provides high contrast illumination in the darkest of conditions.

Cammenga Official US Military Tritium Lensatic Compass


locking carabiner clip 2 packIf you need to carry some extra gear, you can easily attach one of these to your bugout bag to carry extra water bottles, medical bags, rope, and many others. They can also be used for rigging, hoisting, emergency repair etc. Made from steel alloy, each of the two carabiner clips hold up to 4,000 lbs. of weight, giving you more reliability over aluminum. They can be loosed, clipped on, and tightened all with a one hand for smooth, easy-to-use support. The easy-to-use screw down locking feature lets you secure the carribiner “gate” so your items can’t slip and they are rust and weather resistant making them safe for both indoor and outdoor use. They are reliable carabiner clips for just about everything except climbing.

18KN Carabiner Clip Set (2-Pack)

Dry Storage Case

pelican 1050 micro caseKeeping some items dry can be important at times. If you have an item that you don’t want getting smashed in a waterproof bag inside of your bugout bag, these waterproof cases are perfect for those situations. You can keep notes, electronics, maps, or anything you feel is important to not get wet or smashed. This Pelican Case is Watertight (IP67 tested) and is able to be submerged under 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes due to its Automatic Pressure equalization valve which is designed designed to Balance internal Pressure to keep the water out. It is also crushproof, dustproof and has a Rubber liner for extra protection and doubles as an O-Ring seal

Pelican 1050 Micro Case

Duct Tape

S.O.L. Survive Outdoors Longer Duct TapeStrong tape is a great to use for many things. It can be used for repairing survival gear, building rafts, building shelters, making tools, making weapons, in just about any situation duct tape can be used. Also duct tape can be used for emergency medical situations like large bandaids, slings, and casts. If something needs to be held together in a survival situation, duct tape can probably do it. These are great compact duct tape rolls for your bugout bag if you don’t want to go with a large roll of duct tape.

S.O.L. Ductape 2 x 50-inch Rolls

Zip Ties

Monoprice Releasable cable tie 6 inchZip ties are wonderful to have around in any situation. They can be used for holding branches for a temporary shelter, if they are looser zipties they can be used for snare making as well. They are also great if your bag or clothing tears zip ties can be used for a quick temporary fix. Save your paracord (550 cord) and use zip ties where you can! The more you cut your paracord, the less uses you can get out of it! These zip ties are also reusable.

Reusable Zip Ties by Monoprice

Waterproof Bags

Outdoor Products Ultimate Dry Sack 3-PackThese dry sacks are great for not only keeping items dry, but can also be inflated to make a pillow or seat cushion. You can use them for water storage, ice packs, or protect food as well. These are some of the best recloseable waterproof bags I have ever come across. Make sure and pick up a few of these, they won’t take up much space in your bugout bag.

Outdoor Products Ultimate Dry Sack 3-Pack

Snake Bite Kit

Sawyer Products Venom Extractor & Suction Pump KitThis can be a life saver. Don’t forget to include one of these in your bag. You will be glad you did if the time ever comes that you get bitten by a snake and are no where close to get help (which will most likely be the case when you are bugging out). These extractor pumps have been successfully used for over 30 years, and may not be bullet proof but it also may be your best chance. It is recommended to use an individual kit for each fang bite site. These Sawyer Extractor Pump Kits can also extract venom and poisons from snakes, bees, wasps, hornets, mosquitos, ticks, flies, scorpions and more. You must use the kit immediately after the bite or sting takes place. Using your mouth to suck out venom can be deadly, this is a MUCH safer option.

Sawyer Extractor Pump Kit

Mini Towels

Wildhorn Microlite Travel Towel SetStaying clean is an important part of being a survivalist. Whether that is having clean hands to eat or keeping your hygiene well maintained. These wildhorn Microlite Travel Towels are extremely compact and store well in your BOB. Keeping good hygiene is very import when you are out of your elements, it will help prevent you from sicknesses and from skin problems.

Wildhorn Microlite Travel Towel Set

Water Tablets

Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets with PA PlusAs an addition to the importance of water, water tablets are a good way to make clean water. Water tablets are not the best way to clean water (and not the tastiest) but as a last ditch effort if there is no other clean water around these can be a real life saver. I would recommend at least filtering the water through a handkerchief (or some sort of cloth) to get the floating particles out of it, then use the tablets as directed. These water tablets are very compact and light, so you definitely can’t go wrong in throwing them in your bugout bag. These portable Aqua Water tablets come with PA Plus to removes the iodine taste and color. They contain 50 tablets and treats up to 25 quarts.

Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets with PA Plus


As with the basic and the intermediate bug out bags you do not need to go out and get ALL of these items at once, you can always reference back and get maybe a few items on this list every few weeks or months (whatever fits your budget). Most bugout bag’s are not built overnight, and shouldn’t be since it needs to be filled with survival gear that could potentially save your life in difficult situations so it’s always best to do your own research to ensure you get what fits your needs.

Some other items you may want to consider would be pace count beads, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

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