There are several items we might consider to be critical to include in a bug out bag, such as a good knife, food, water, and matches or a lighter. There are other things though that, while not essential for survival, sure make life a little easier when you’re trekking on foot. Most of these comfort items take up very little space in the bug out bag and are very inexpensive.
You can pick up a cheap pair of sunglasses at your local dollar store. They don’t need to be high-quality. They just need to keep the glare out of your eyes as you travel. They are so cheap, you might consider tossing a few pair in your bug out bag. A baseball cap will keep the sun off your face and sunscreen will keep you from getting burnt.
Insect repellent is almost a necessity in many parts of the country during the summer months. While bugs are usually at their worst in the evening hours, if you find yourself traveling through the forest or marshy areas, you’ll end up getting bit around the clock.
Hand sanitizer will help you reduce the possibility of illness and infection by keeping your hands germ free before you eat or drink. Most bottles of hand sanitizer also contain enough alcohol such that you can use it to help get a fire going, making it a neat multi-purpose addition to your bug out bag.
Most people would agree that toilet paper is probably more necessity than just comfort. Keep a roll dry by putting it in a plastic bag with a zip closure. You can crush the roll flat so it fits in your emergency kit better.
If you end up spending a lot of time outdoors, you’ll probably end up with chapped lips. Having a tube of lip balm will be very welcome.
A small towel and bar of soap will help you feel human again. The same thing goes with a small travel size toothbrush and toothpaste. A plastic comb can be used not only to tame windblown hair but to check for wood ticks.
For many people, a religious text will provide a great deal of comfort. Consider tossing into your bug out bag a pocket version of the text of your choice.
While your bug out bag should already contain a flashlight or two, think about adding an LED headlamp. Small yet powerful, they provide a great source of light while keeping your hands free.
These comfort items aren’t going to save your life, of course, but they just might help you keep your sanity during an emergency.