I went ahead and cracked open my bug-out-bag for the first time in quite a while. This is an ongoing project of mine that gets attention once or twice a year, so I’m not claiming to be some kind of preparedness guru. It definitely needs work, but I yanked out a few items I thought kept with the spirit of this thread.
If I were building a long-ish term bug out bag, these are a few items I would toss in. This isn’t a comprehensive list, just stuff I already own that would be included.
A rugged sewing kit. Shelter and clothing repair.
Crystalline Iodine. This tiny bottle will make 2000 quarts of water safe to drink.
Small forest axe - Vital in the north woods of Maine for shelter and fire.
10/22 takedown rifle - a semi-auto .22 with 25 round capacity that breaks in half and has very light ammo. Good for self-defense, can take most game to be found in my neck of the woods. Can carry a LOT of ammo.
10L ruggedized dry bag. This is just a very useful item, both for keeping things dry and doubling as the largest water container I will carry. For when your 1L nalgene just won’t cut it.
Here’s a few items I pulled out that are in my bag at all times, just because they are very light and generally useful. Again, not a comprehensive list, just keeping with the spirit of the thread.
Israeli battle bandage - Light, long shelf life and it works. Trauma might happen.
Duct tape/Gorilla Tape - Gazillion uses
Sierra Cup - Useful container, basic cookware
Knot card - just a bunch of credit cards with knot instructions, because I’m not good at remembering knots.
Copper Wire - Gazillion uses
Condoms - One obvious use, many other less obvious ones
Zip Ties - Gazillion Uses
3M mask - Very light, very useful in certain situations.
Pantyhose (not pictured) - weighs nothing, gazillion uses.
Everything in this picture is maybe $5 or less, except the bandage. I think that was around $10.