You need to be prepared if you want to survive during an emergency. However, you don’t have to spend a ton on supplies for bugging out or simply making your life easier for the days in which you’re bugging out.
Below we’ve listed 7 survival and bug out items that will be essential to your survival and all of them are at or under $5.
1. Fire Starters
There are many ways to create an effective fire starters but my favorite is stuffing dryer lint inside of wax paper. Twist the ends of the wax paper and voila, you have a light-weight, easy to pack fire starter.
2. Tea Tree Oil
This is a must have for your bug out bag as tea tree oil can soothe sore muscles, clean wounds and even effectively repel insects. You can easily find a bottle of tea tree oil for under $5 at most department stores.
These little gems can be purchased at the dollar store and will not only keep your hands and feet warm but can double as a heating pad to soothe those aching muscles.
4. Portable Gun Cleaning Kit
In order to keep your gun working properly, you need to clean it. You can easily purchase the cleaning solvent and some cotton packs. Even though many kits run more than $10, we found several sales online with the basics for gun cleaning for $5.
It is always smart to bring more than one flashlight as they are easy to lose or break. You won’t get the highest quality flashlight but your local Dollar Store (if you live in the U.S.) will have decent lights to get you home.
6. Pool Floats
A cheap, inflatable inner-tube will come in handy when you need to cross a body of water to get to safety. Again, the Dollar Store or similar place can sell these from $1 to $5 for the basic round donut floats. This is really all you need to get across most small rivers or large creeks.
7. Small Sewing Kit
These kits can also be purchased at a Dollar Store and will come in handy for repairing holes in socks, hats, shirts, etc. They can also be used to stitch wounds, if there was an accident requiring stitches.