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What are the top 20 bug out / survival luxuries that are not luxuries?

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by Aceman, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. Aceman


    Nov 30, 2008
    Inspired by a couple of responses to my bug out bag thread.

    The following items were mentioed:

    Wash Rag: Never thought of that - but I can immediately see the value!

    Nail clippers: Not something I'd think about, but i would be hating life after a week if I couldn't.

    What other items would you say seem non-essential, but could really make life much more pleasant - or very unpleasant with out them! While perhaps not life-threatening...
  2. Big Bird

    Big Bird NRA Life Member

    Aug 7, 2003
    Louisville KY
    Tooth brush. No matter how bad things get--they will get a lot worse if you don't take care of you mouth. Surviving a catastrophe sucks real bad--but with a toothache? You need to brush your teeth regardless.

  3. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    I could go a few weeks without clipping nails. Plus you have small knife blades and a file on your multi-tool.
  4. Hour13

    Hour13 Tah-dah!

    Aug 21, 2011
    San Antonio, TX
    Toilet paper. Scissors to cut hair/trim beard. Tweezers. Butt-loads of wet-wipes.

    Outside of that, some form of entertainment. Books, porn, boardgames, deck of cards... whatever floats yer boat.

    We always think of the "action" involved in a SHTF situation. Attackers, securing a food/water source, etc... But the fact is, once you reach a safe area and hole up, things are gonna get real dull, real quick.

    Five things that will seriously ****** with your head;

    1) Fear
    2) Thirst
    3) Hunger.
    4) Fatigue.
    5) Sheer boredom.

    Oh, and a pillow. A pillow would be nice...
  5. UtahIrishman

    UtahIrishman BLR Silver Member

    Nov 11, 2001
    A deck of playing cards comes to mind.
  6. DJ Niner

    DJ Niner Moderator

    Feb 13, 2001
    North-Central USA
    A small notepad and writing implement(s). Useful for recording general observations, thoughts, things to do later, maps/lay-of-land/directions, people movements, resources seen while moving through an area, storage caches for future use, areas to avoid, etc. Many, many uses.
  7. Hour13

    Hour13 Tah-dah!

    Aug 21, 2011
    San Antonio, TX
    ^^^ This! Didn't even think of that, but it makes perfect sense. It'd take me all of an hour to wish I'd packed a pen & pad. :wow:
  8. TangoFoxtrot

    TangoFoxtrot OIF 04-05

    Sep 10, 2008
    Nowhereville, USA
    To add to DJ's pen and pad also add a marker to leave messages to followers if you need to be found (or not).
  9. RatDrall


    May 23, 2009
    After learning to make and use a bow-drill to make a fire, I never take for granted ferro rods, lighters, matches, etc.

    Same thing for containers, they suck to make and are crude when forced into it. A stainless steel canteen is probably what I would give up last. Drinking directly from ponds or creeks is not cool...
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2011
  10. pugman


    May 16, 2003

    I would trade in the pen for a pencil.

    Pens break, explode ink on everything, run in the rain, dry out.

    part of my kit are two golfers pencils

    My item: chapstick. I would have gone with Bird's toothbrush/paste first. I have moved myself and others thousands of miles. NOTHING makes me feel better than stopping at a truck stop and brushing my teeth.
  11. kirgi08

    kirgi08 Watcher. Silver Member

    Jun 4, 2007
    Acme proving grounds.
    sun glasses.'08.
  12. yukon2004


    Aug 31, 2011
    Irving, Texas
  13. G29Reload

    G29Reload Tread Lightly

    Sep 28, 2009
    Matches. Yeah, you can rub two sticks together, but when you need it in a hurry...

    Salt. Bland food sucks. So does dehydration after an afternoon hike...or bug out.

    Shoes/boots. Mall's closed, people...and it aint comin' back.
  14. Bilbo Bagins

    Bilbo Bagins Slacked jawed

    Sep 16, 2008

    +1 on the pillow. I have a stuff sack in my BOB that is waterproof nylon on the outside and fleece lined on the inside. Pull it inside out and stuff it with extra clothing, crunched up paper, leaves, or whatever and you have a decent pillow.

    I also agree with the wipes, soap, a toothbrush, and maybe a deck of cards or a book.
  15. jellis11

    jellis11 Yippee-ki-yay

    Jul 27, 2011
    South Kakalaki
    I have a few pairs of socks stuffed on various bags. I hate wet feet.
  16. quake

    quake Millennium Member

    Aug 4, 1999
    Arkansas, USA
    Have to agree with toilet paper & wet-wipes. I'm not as tough & invulnerable as I used to be. (Or at least used to think I was...)

    The light-blue medicated chapstick is also good for putting on small cuts, scrapes, etc to help prevent infections. Same medications (camphor and menthol iirc) that kill viruses and micro-bugs on the mouth kills them elsewhere as well. My normal treatment for a minor cut when out & about is simply let bleed a little, clean as best possible, chapstick & then krazy glue. Works pretty well when you're out away from things.
  17. puckhead


    Feb 26, 2009
    Dont forget medications, especially if you have something bad like asthma or diabetes.
  18. Hour13

    Hour13 Tah-dah!

    Aug 21, 2011
    San Antonio, TX
    This! ^^^

    Lol, I'll probably be carrying more weight in socks, than in ammo. Kinda OCD bout socks. I change 'em twice a day, sort 'em by the wear from my feet left & right, and I buy ONLY "GoldToe" brand. The only socks I've ever had that don't creep down & bunch up in my shoes.

    My "sock thing" provides my GF with endless entertainment. When she wants to screw with me, she only folds and puts away my 'left' socks, and hides the rest.

  19. JimIsland


    Aug 1, 2011
    Floss, Q tips, my trusty handheld GPS with pleny of batteries among just a few.
  20. Pro 2A

    Pro 2A

    Aug 30, 2011
    Go to a sporting goods store and get the socks intended for soccer players. I used to only buy Goldtoe till I found these!! They last WAY WAY longer than Goldtoe, are slightly thicker and they stay up! I get the black ones, but they come in various colors too. :thumbsup: