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Got Your Bug Out Bag?

Frugalista Amrita Singh swears she isn't an alarmist, but she does believe in keeping a bug out bag (a.k.a. an evacuation kit) packed and on the ready. This is a frugal activity that could prove priceless if the need ever arises.

Your kit should include enough supplies to last you over a 72-hour period, including items such as water, clothing, first aid supplies and tools. To help you along with what to pack, Amrita's prepared a printable checklist of suggestions, which you can also read below.

The Bag

  • Sturdy
  • Easy for you to carry
  • Attach reflective tape on the outside
  • Line it with a garbage bag to make it waterproof


  • Experts say you should pack 1 - 3 litres per person / per day
  • Include a water bottle with a filtration system


  • One change of clothing
  • Sturdy shoes and a few pairs of socks


  • Space blanket to keep warm and/or cool
  • Garbage bags as makeshift rain poncho
  • DVD/CD to be used as a signaling mirror


  • Non-perishable items like granola bars, energy bars, apple sauce, etc.


  • Swiss army knife
  • Multi-bit screwdriver
  • Waterproof matches
  • Hand-crank flashlight
  • Hand-crank FM radio

First Aid

  • Make your own first aid kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Bandanas
  • Baby wipes


  • Photocopies of important documents (i.e. passport, birth certificate, insurance papers)
  • Deck of cards
  • Maps of city streets
  • List of important phone numbers
  • Whistle

Printable Bug Out Bag Checklist: Download

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