Excerpt from “The Bug Out Bag Blueprint”


As some of you might be aware I’m working on a eBook called “The Bug Out Bag Blueprint” that I hope to make available sometime in December. Because I’ve been working so hard writing it’s chapters I’ll admit I’ve neglected the blog a little bit here over the past couple weeks.

So today I wanted to make up for that a little bit by giving you an excerpt from the book. So without further ado, please enjoy “The Bug Out Bag Blueprint”.

The Bug Out Bag Blueprint

If you were to search the internet right now for the term “bug out bag” you’d probably come across at least 1000 variations of what people deem to be the “ideal list”. Some suggest a knife and a can of beans is all you need, others offer lists costing thousands of dollars and covering every single possible scenario. Then of course there are the “standard” lists that cover everything in between.

Why such a variance?

It largely comes down to the phrase “bug out bag”. You see this term can mean a thousand different things to a thousand different people leaving many wondering where to even start. GOOD Bag, INCH Bag, 72 Hour Bag, Get Home Bag and Bug Out Bag are just a few of the many terms that lead to such widespread confusion amongst the preparedness community.

The biggest problem here is that these names are being substituted, interchanged and molded together so much that many believe they are all the same thing.

They aren’t.

A major goal of mine when writing this eBook was to clear up the confusion. Make no mistake a Bug Out Bag and a Get Home Bag are both survival kits I believe every person should own. But they ARE different, both possessing different goals requiring varying sets of equipment.

“So wait a minute” you might be saying, “you’re telling me not only are a Bug Out Bag and a Get Home Bag different, but I need BOTH?”


And to make things even more complicated we aren’t going to stop there; in fact I believe that a bug out bag and a get home bag are only two of the four essential layers that make up a complete survival system.

Now I know that the thought of thousands of dollars and multiple bags is probably running through your head right now but don’t worry – I’m going to show you a simple way to assemble all four layers using a modular approach that requires only a single bag and limited funds. But before we get into that however, let’s start by exploring each of the 4 layers.

The point here isn’t to give you an extensive list of items for every layer just yet; it’s to give you a basic understanding of the goal of each layer and the role it plays in your survival in an emergency scenario.

The 4 Layers of Survival

Layer 1: Every Day Carry (EDC)

Wallet, keys and phone.

As the name implies your Every Day Carry is items you have on your person at all times, and if you’re like the majority of folks this probably makes up the entirety of your EDC. For the truly prepared however the EDC is an opportunity to carry basic survival essentials that can make a real difference in an emergency situation.

The goal of an EDC is to offer redundancy to layers 2, 3 and 4 while offering a basic preparedness level at all times. In a disaster scenario you might not always have the time or ability to get to your Bug Out or Get Home bag. It is these kinds of situations where you realize just how important your EDC really is.

Layer 2: Get Home Bag (GHB)

While many people can easily tell you the difference between Every Day Carry and a Bug Out Bag, here is where things get a little more complicated. Many people often interchange these names when in fact they are two separate bags that are built to do two very different things.

For the purposes of this book the Get Home Bag’s sole purpose is to do exactly what the name says – get you home to your family. A GHB should contain only enough items to allow you to comfortably survive several days while covering as many miles as possible on foot.

Layer 3: Bug Out Bag (BOB)

While a Get Home Bag is built solely for the purpose of getting from point A to point B, a bug out bag on the other hand should be built to sustain you away from home for an extended period of time. Looking at it from this angle we can begin to see the mistakes others are making by assuming these bags are the same thing.

A man with a family at home and a bag loaded to the hilt with equipment is going to have an awfully tough time getting home carrying 40+ lbs of gear on his back – especially when much of it is useless over a short term scenario.

Similarly, someone using a smaller Get Home Bag is going to find it incredible difficult to survive for any serious length of time without a vast knowledge of wild edibles and primitive survival skills. It’s clear then that these two bags serve very different purposes and why it is so necessary to have both.

Layer 4: Survival Cache

The final layer of our complete survival system is the Survival Cache. Let’s face it – none of us are superman and we’d find it close to impossible to carry the amount of food and tools necessary for surviving on our own in the woods for more than a few days – especially with a family.

For that reason I recommend that everyone has a survival cache hidden in your desired bug out location. This could mean everything from a fully stocked cabin to a simple plastic bucket buried in the ground. Contained in this cache should be non-perishable items that tend to weigh a lot. Things like heavy tools, extra clothing, cookware and especially food. Bulk amounts of things like rice, beans, flour and oats might not taste great but they are easy to store and will keep a large family well fed for weeks if necessary. We’ll cover the exact items recommended for a survival cache later in the eBook.




  1. Hi Jake

    Just this weekend,I was trying to put together a BOB and a GHB.So the few tips in your email already helped me a lot.

    Gerrit ,from Rockingham,Western Australia

  2. Is there a release date and cost for your book? Will it be available as an e-book for download, perhaps as a PDF file? The excerpt from your upcoming book is very interesting. Being rather new to prepping, I believe your book would be a good source of information that I would like to read. Thanks and please, keep us posted on when your book will be released.

    • Hi Michael,

      Lots of great questions. First off you got it – it’ll be a downloadable e-book in PDF form. A release date is still a little flexible as there are plenty of things I still need to do before I’m comfortable releasing it but expect it somewhere mid-December.

      The price I actually wanted to keep close to myself until the launch but since you asked I guess I’ll give away the surprise here. I’m going to do something a little different and go with a “pay what you can” model. If you’re tight on cash feel free to download the book for free. If you can spare a couple bucks and want to give back for the information provided than I of course greatly appreciate it. I don’t want money to be the barrier separating folks from getting the basic information necessary for disaster preparedness.

      Thanks for asking such great questions and I’ll be sure to keep you updated as I get closer to the completion date. If you haven’t already jump on my subscriber list where I’ll best be able to keep in touch.


  3. Jack,
    I appreciate your research and well meaning contributions. I hate to put you on the spot, but . . . your excerpt from “The Bug Out Bag Checklist” and the “Best Bug Out Bag Backpack | The Ultimate Guide” are in a slight contradiction of each other.

    In the excerpt “The Bug Out Bag Checklist” you clearly state that “A GHB should contain only enough items to allow you to comfortably survive several days while covering as many miles as possible on foot.” Several days implies a 3-Day or Assault type pack. Your description for a BOB Bug Out Bag states “a bug out bag on the other hand should be built to sustain you away from home for an extended period of time” which would have to be of sustainment or expedition size.

    This all makes sense, however in your “Best Bug Out Bag Backpack | The Ultimate Guide” you list packs for both scenarios. 3 Day packs sized for your GHB description (Condor 3 Day, Maxpedition Condor) and large packs sized for your BOB description (USMC ILBE, Eberlestock Operator). I agree with the need for both, so a simple fix would seem to be two separate lists; BOB and GHB bags. Of course if it is in print it would require an update to the book.

    I had already had a similar thought that you have in defining GHB and BOB bags. I purchased a new USMC FILBE pack which has a main pack and an assault pack that attaches to the top with buckles. Note the ILBE has this combo as well, but attaches to the back and when loaded is unwieldy compared to the FILBE. Of course any combo of Molle equipped bags can be configured to fulfill the same purpose. As such if you can “Get Home” with your GHB to where my BOB is, you can attach and “Bug Out.”

    Best Regards,


    • Lynyrd,

      I appreciate your concern but don’t ever feel bad for putting me on the spot if you feel I’m incorrect about something. I’m always open to constructive criticism and don’t take anything personally!

      You’re bang on with all your points. Part of the reason I wanted to write this eBook is due to the changes I’ve undergone with my own thinking since starting this blog. If you’ll notice that post was one of my first and I hadn’t fully grasped the concept of having separate bags for bugging out and getting home. I’ve since learned a ton and have a more refined approach to bugging out. Maybe that means I should update that post and come out with an “Ultimate Get Home Bag Guide” as well!?

      The approach you’re talking about with the FILBE is exactly what I plan to teach in my book. Having modular pieces of kit that you can add on and take off as the situation calls for it.

      Awesome contributions Lynyrd and thanks for keeping me honest 😉


  4. Hi Jake,

    I am excited about your new book after reading this excerpt. As you say, there is much talk about BOB or GHB. I am looking forward to your input on a survival cache. I have not seen or read much about this part of the survival plan.

    Keep up the great work! As always, thanks!

    • Hi Kay,

      Thanks so much for the kind words and I’m glad to hear you’re excited for the book! Now if you could speak to real life for me and convince it to quit interfering with all my time I’d be finished it already 😉

      Warm regards,

  5. Hello my friend,

    This is wonderful work, and it shows how you have grown with the idea of doing something simple, like being prepared.

    Now that you have gone far and beyond the basic understanding… You now have gone further and providing something amazing here… Your concepts and information are very well thought out, and as you said there is a thousand different ideals on the “perfect bug out system”. What you are providing here, and throughout your entire blog, is a treasure chest of information that makes it easy for the novice, and expert alike.

    I enjoy watching you grow with the idea of of being prepared and always find the information very informative, and really appreciate the form in which you carry yourself. You are out here to do what I preach …Stop, listen, learn, plan, do…then teach, and of course repeat… You have managed to do it all as you have gone along with great stride, and attention to detail.

    I also enjoy the the fact that you look beyond your personal readings, and fact finding missions to incorporate the information shared by your readers and faithful followers. The idea that you are learning, sharing, and teaching right along with us, makes you …”Real”! … And not to mention the fact that if you slip away for a few weeks for real life scenarios to play out…. While you pratice your skills no doubt (wink)… Makes you human … And again in my view… Trustworthy!

    Hopefully I have worded this correctly … As I couldn’t wait to comment … And now back to the grind here myself … I am just getting up from a “stay out” … That’s right .. And by god … I have a signal up here in this tall tree!! Ha ! …. (Probably didn’t get far enough away this weekend ) Of course this goes along along with one of the most important factors with all that you share … And that is getting out and “DOING”… Take that knowledge and get out and apply it. You won’t know if your system and knowledge actually work for “you”, until you put it it in to practice… I always find it interesting when I see the perfect …or a really great bug out system … But yet its still in the package so to speak …

    With that let me say, Jake, you are what the world needs more of … A person who wants to help his fellow person… And that “in true form”, belive it or not, is hard to find…
    May you always be prepared… And have your GHB at hand.

    Well done !

    • Luke,

      Thank you so much for all that of that. It’s truly compliments like those that keep me motivated to stay up to the wee hours of the night to write another chapter or publish another blog post. I’ve always tried to live a humble, curious life and I’m glad those attributes haven’t been lost through the computer screen.

      You absolutely said it – get out and DO. Awesome to hear you’re staying true to that notion by getting out there. Winter is on it’s way here in Ontario and I’m excited to practice some the skills I’ve been testing in a real world environment. Who knows, I may even put out a video?

      As always keep in touch 🙂

  6. hi Jake
    Great excerpt, i am especially looking forward to your advice the level two “get home bag” and how it fits in with the other levels…