Monday, August 16, 2021 by Zoey Sky
In a survival scenario, your bug-out bag (BOB) will help you survive the journey to your bug-out location. But you don’t have to spend money on your BOB gear if you know how to make them, especially if you prefer to make things instead of buying them to save money. (h/t to SurvivalSullivan.com)
Here are 15 DIY gear projects that you can try to make for your BOB.
Store-bought beef jerky can be expensive, but it’s a great item for your BOB because it’s stable, long-lasting, tasty and provides you with protein when SHTF.
Try the recipe below to make beef jerky and save a bit of money while prepping your BOB.
Take the time to learn how to make a bow and arrow so you can hunt and defend yourself when SHTF.
Candles provide light when it’s dark and there’s an outage. But instead of buying candles for your BOB, make them at home using ingredients like lard or carrier oil and Mason jars.
You need cordage to set up a shelter or organize your gear and supplies. If you run out of cordage, you can use dental floss as a makeshift rope.
Alternatively, you can make cordage out of plastic two-liter soda bottles.
Every BOB should have a first aid kit, but this doesn’t mean you should spend money on a pre-assembled kit. Prep your own first aid kit to ensure that it’s complete with items that you need and isn’t overpriced. You can save some money by assembling a kit and adding basic and commonly available items like bandages and burn cream. (Related: Bug out survival planning: Prepping a bug-out bag in less than an hour.)
If you have to travel in the wilds while bugging out, a pace counter can help you keep track of where you’re going. Check out videos or guides so you can make a pace counter for land navigation out of cordage and beads.
Native Americans used pemmican as an ancient survival food because it’s a long-lasting and versatile superfood. Pemmican includes ingredients like dried and ground meat, animal fat and optional ingredients like blackerries. Try recipes online to make pemmican for your BOB.
Like the bow and arrow, a slingshot is a ranged weapon that’s great for your BOB. You can make a modern slingshot with glass or metal bead ammo and powerful elastic bands for hunting small and medium-sized game. A slingshot also works as a self-defense weapon because it allows you to target your attacker without having to get close.
A survival bracelet combines useful gear like compact wire saws, paracord, fish hooks, whistles, compasses and more in one handy item. Check out guides online to learn how to make a survival bracelet for your BOB.
With a tarp in your BOB, you can set up a makeshift shelter that will protect you from rain when SHTF. When prepping your BOB, pack a tarp, paracord and a multitool so you can set up shelter while bugging out.
A modern camping stove is light and fuel-efficient, but it can be expensive. Instead of buying one for your BOB, learn how to make a tin can stove.
With a multitool, you can turn a can into a mini-stove for cooking or boiling water.
You will need:
You’ll need tinder for your tin can stove so make char cloth at home. Char cloth is usually made from cotton or other organic fiber that’s exposed to extreme temperatures in the absence of oxygen. This process renders the cotton into a charcoal-like consistency.
The char cloth burns and smolders longer than a match once you light it.
With a trapping and fishing kit in your BOB, you can hunt and fish to keep up your energy as you’re heading to your bug-out location. Improvise a trapping and fishing kit using items like fishing line, fishing hooks and an empty tin can.
When SHTF, a water filter will help you stay hydrated. But water is also heavy and carrying it can make your BOB much heavier. To prevent this, bring a water filter with you when SHTF. If your water filter breaks, you can make one using a clear plastic bottle and materials like charcoal, grass, rocks and sand.
Being able to start a fire might just save your life when SHTF since you need one to stay warm and cook food for sustenance. A campfire will also protect you from dangers like wild animals while you’re bugging out.
Learn how to make DIY waterproof matches using items like nail polish, turpentine, or wax so you can easily start a fire even if it’s raining. Once you’re done, store the waterproof matches in a sturdy, waterproof container in your BOB.
You don’t need to spend too much money on your gear and BOB if you know how to make must-have items like beef jerky, a tin can stove, or waterproof matches.
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