Lighting for Your Bug Out Bag

November 6, 2014 by | 1 Comment

When the time comes to bug out, you probably won’t have much control over the timing.

This means there is a good chance you’ll either find yourself traveling at night, or at the least, out of your home at night, perhaps camped in the woods or an abandoned building.

During times like these, your survival may depend on the ability to safely operate in the dark, and that’s why packing a few sources of light in your bug out bag is just common sense.


Surefire P2X

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably got flashlights stashed everywhere. In the car, throughout the house, in the brief case…but don’t forget to toss a durable flashlight in your bug out bag. A small inexpensive option is the Streamlight Microstream Flashlight, but I prefer a larger model that throws off a lot off light, like the Surefire P2X Fury with its 500-lumen high-output mode. What ever type you choose, be sure to pack a few sets of extra batteries.



When you’re trying to rappel down a cliff at night, a headlamp is a Hell of a lot easier to use than a flashlight in your hands or teeth. While you probably won’t find yourself in that particular situation, you may need a headlamp for light to start a fire, pack up gear, or read a map at night.



I like to pack a handful of chemlights in my bug out bag because they are handy for signaling, lighting areas you don’t want to enter yet, such as dropping one into a tunnel, and as a backup light source in case your flashlight dies. We also used them in the Marine Corps to mark paths for vehicles at night. They are inexpensive, lightweight, and disposable.

Melanie Swick (a.k.a. Survival Chick) grew up wanting to be a rocket scientist, but when she realized she that required way too much math, she took to her second dream—spending time in the wilderness. Today, when she's not hiking, camping, or hunting, she's blogging about it. You can connect with Melanie on Facebook.

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  • Bill says:

    Ref: headlamps. during the Alabama tornados April 27th, 2011. flashlights were useless. The tornadoes (Saffir 5) struck just before dark in NE ‘Bama so all of our rescue ?medical ops were at night. Can’t bandage, triage, treat with a hand held. just one paramedic’s view..

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