How to Stock Your Bug Out Bag for Under $30

Building a good bug out bag doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, you can start assembling the basics right away and it will cost less than a family meal at the local steakhouse. Here are some tips to help you stock your bug out bag with the essentials you need for under $30.

Make a List of Supplies

Begin by making a list of the most important supplies you want to include in your bag. To keep it simple, break it down into basic categories and then you can expand the list form there. Here is a quick run down of some things you want to include in your first basic bug out bag.


  • Collapsible water bottle or something for water storage
  • Coffee filters can extend the life of water filtration systems
  • Small pot for boiling water for purification


  • Energy Bars
  • Trail Mix with dried fruits and nuts
  • RE’s or other lightweight dried meals


  • Extra socks
  • Extra underwear (preferably long for warmth!)
  • Hat
  • Gloves


  • Small collapsible tent
  • Tarp
  • Roll out pad for sleeping


  • First aid kit
  • Antihistamines
  • Pain Relievers
  • Any other medications you take

Other Important Gear

  • Fire starter
  • Rain Poncho
  • Flashlights
  • Extra Batteries
  • Survival Knife
  • Firearm and Ammo

Shop Your House

Start out by looking around your home for supplies. You might be surprised to find that you already have a good portion of what you need hiding in your cabinets or dresser drawers. Most of us have a few flashlights lying around and you probably can scrape together some extra batteries, matches, and even a first aid kit. These are free items that you don’t have to purchase. Check around to see what you have at home before you go out shopping for bug out bag supplies. You probably already have a lot of what you need!

Hit Up the Dollar Store

Never underestimate your local dollar store when you are building a bug out bag or just prepping in general. The dollar store has tons of great supplies and you can find almost everything you need there to build a very basic bug out kit. This is the perfect place to buy rain ponchos, socks, flashlights, matches, coffee filters, and even energy bars. Some dollar stores have good options in the medical department too. In the very least, you should be able to get first aid supplies like bandages, rubbing alcohol, and antibiotic ointment. You can also find plenty of hygiene supplies like a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, and a bar of soap.

Choose Items that Can Multitask

As you build your first bug out bag, pick items that can be used for multiple purposes. For instance, big trash bags can be used as a rain poncho or cut apart and used as a tarp. Bandanas could be worn on the head or used as a bandage in a medical emergency. There are tons of items that are useful in many situations so try to stock up on items that will serve you in many different ways.

Finally, just remember that prepping is a process. Even if you don’t have everything you need in your kit, you can continue adding supplies over time. The important thing is that you are working towards building a bug out bag that will sustain you and your family in a disaster situation. By being proactive, you are already on the right path to survival.

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About Ms. Prepper

I’m Laura P, aka, Passion Prepper, aka, Storage Prepper! I’ve been homesteading nearly all my life and prepping for the last 6 years. I strongly believe our great country of America was built on self-sufficient families like mine and yours. Politics bores me, learning new stuff, getting outside and living life thrills me.

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