I've been meaning to put together an emergency "bug out bag" for a while now but I never seemed to get around to it. The expense and effort make me keep putting it off.
Then the other day while walking through my local dollar store I realized that they had a lot of things that could go in a bug out bag. It occurred to me that I could probably create a BOB with one trip to the dollar store and it would be inexpensive to boot!
Well, it would up taking two trips to two different dollar stores but I put together what I think is a pretty decent BOB for under $50!
This first pic shows what I picked up at a "Dollarama" dollar store for under $20
Sanitary napkins (for the ladies in the family)
2 pairs work gloves
Utility tool (might go buy more)
"Sharpie" style markers
Basic small first aid kit (will replace with a better one later)
There were a few things I couldn't find at that store so I went to another "dollar store" near my place and picked all this up for $30.
4 plastic rain ponchos
Wire Twist ties
I think I've got some pretty good basics I'll probably add more stuff and upgrade some things as time goes on.
For example, the bag is only 2/3 full and I'd like to include a hand-crank radio which I've seen go for around $10.
I hear from a lot of people that they don't have the money to do prepping but this shows that it can be done inexpensively. Admittedly $50 is a lot of money but you don't have to buy it all at once. Just pick up an extra item or two each time you go shopping and after a couple weeks you'll have a BOB!