New Gear: Mini Bug Out Box

mini bug out box

The 12 Survivors site is now offering a new product called the Mini Bug Out Box. This compact survival kit is designed to hold some basic gear you can use to stay alive in an outdoors situation where just walking out of the woods is not an option.

Included in the Mini Bug Out Box:

  • hard, waterproof case measuring 4″x3.7″x1.2″
  • whistle
  • signal mirror
  • paracord
  • Flint Rod
  • several Band Aid style bandages
  • alcohol wipes
  • antibiotic ointment
  • safety pins
  • fishing hooks and snap swivels
  • sinkers, fishing line
  • utility knife

mini bug out box

This kit is labeled as a bug out kit, though I see it as more like a bare bones survival kit for a situation where you did not expect to be on your own for a period of time. In my mind, if you are putting together a bug out bag, it would likely be specific to your needs for your area and suited to the probable disasters that you might encounter. My bug out bag for suburban Florida is likely quite different from someone who lives in a desert climate, mountain region or major city.

Do you have a bug out kit? If so, what cool survival tools do you include in it? I think that sometimes people get so focused on the worst case scenario, that simple things like some extra cash, Tylenol and a road atlas get forgotten when assembling a kit. Of course, others assemble kits more in line with international espionage. Β Or, you can just rely on the survival kit that is part of your 1911 grips…



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • VanDiemensLand

    Super glue, cable ties, duct tape, cigarette lighter, pocket knife just as a start!

    • Anonymoose

      Don’t forget a kit gun…and toilet paper.

      • VanDiemensLand

        Australian…….no gun :'(

        • Anonymoose

          ;_;

        • iksnilol

          Duct tape
          broom handle
          couple of big kitchen knives

          Go full ‘straya, mate. I mean, y’all got Mad Max, get schwifty with it.

          • VanDiemensLand

            If all else fails I’ve got my trusty old boomerang πŸ˜‰

          • iksnilol

            Thsts the spirit. Maybe attach razor blades?

            #StrayaM8

        • billyoblivion

          You can get a gun there. If I’d stayed another contract I would have gotten one legally.

          • VanDiemensLand

            I could, however it is a lot of hassle to meet storage requirements etc. especially when renting. The gunsafe needs to be over 150kg unless it’s bolted to the floor ( not exactly an option when renting). Ammunition needs to be stored separately in another locked container, there are just a lot of hoops to jump through, and expense.

          • Billy Jack

            Find a place with cheap flooring (linoleum or carpet or even hardwood) and bolt it to the floor in a closet. Patch it before leaving.
            Where there’s a will there’s a way. How much would you endure or pay to have that firearm when you need it?

  • iksnilol

    I always like the glorified bandaids that come with kits πŸ˜›

    • Gary Kirk

      The ones that won’t even stick to the sticky side of duct tape??

      • Billy Jack

        With the cheap shiny flesh colored back that somehow attracts all moisture and makes your skin sweat until it falls off unnoticed even earlier than your lowered expectations predicted.

        • Gary Kirk

          Yep, better off using the little plastic pieces that cover the “adhesive”..

          • Billy Jack

            Adhe Sive is Chinese for non-stick

            I have a few waterproof bandaids (really cheap at DG) and tegaderm in my kit but I’d likely just use the duct tape for any cut. I wrapped a few yards around a Sharpie and stuck it in my med kit.

          • Gary Kirk

            Duct tape won’t stick to it’s own backing.. Really easy to fold a few feet into a small package. Through in a few nice table napkins (gauze) and some antiseptic in a zip lock bag, and some 550 cord plus some medium zip ties ( make a quick and almost idiot proof tourniqet) fits in a pocket for daily carry..

            Oh, and no, I’m not a prepper

          • Billy Jack

            I hope you don’t have to be a “prepper” to appreciate tourniquets. Only in our society would being alert or ready to handle an emergency be crazy talk.
            I keep a CAT around. You could use duct tape for a tourniquet too. That cute little kid who died in the Anderson shooting got hit in his femoral artery. I’m guessing he mostly bled out before getting to the hospital.

    • Hoplopfheil

      Every first aid kit I’ve ever bought comes with like twenty of those tiny bandaids that could only cover a pinprick or a splinter wound.

      Why? If the wound is that small, it doesn’t NEED to be bandaged…

      • Billy Jack

        Those cheap bandaids are easy filler. You’d think they’d throw in a disposable medical stapler $4 or a suture kit which is nothing but needle and thread at$5. The only well put together faks usually are way overpriced.

  • Gary Kirk

    “Kit that’s part of your 1911 grips”?.. My 1911 grips are part of my kit..

  • stephen

    This ‘kit’ is $35.99 and thats way overpriced for whats in it. I can get all this and more at the dollar store and harbor freight and still have money left over.

    No thanks

    • Rick O’Shay

      The logo on it tells me they’re marketing to suckers.

    • Sickshooter0

      I’ll just empty my junk drawer into a WalMart bag.

    • Billy Jack

      Ripoff for future Darwin award winners
      Just using Amazon & Dollar General
      Whistle $2
      Signal mirror $3
      Paracord $7 for a lot more
      Fero rod with striker $6
      Band aids $1 for a lot more
      Antibiotic ointment $1
      Alcohol wipes $ 2
      Safety pins $.50
      Small fishing kit $2
      Gerber multi tool with knife or Mora knife $5-10 or tons of other options
      Plano small waterproof case $4
      $33.50 and I didn’t cheap out like 12 Braincells. That’s a pretty horrible product. Can’t be more than $5 in each of those kits. Even at an inflated msrp that’s a nasty markup.

      Or ten bucks will get you a dry bag big enough to carry all that. You’re better off just putting that and some more stuff in a back pack in your trunk.

  • Swarf

    12 Survivors, a subsidiary of P T Barnum, inc.

    • Billy Jack

      At least they had fancy posters.

  • micmac80

    whole lot of box for whole lot of nothing

  • Hoplopfheil

    Because when I think survival, I think sitting around by the river all day trying to catch fish.

    Carry a real knife. Keep a first aid kit handy. And have a fishing rod in the garage if you think food might become a long term problem.

  • billyoblivion

    The five essential bugout/survival tools in addition to whatever activity you’re engaged in:

    1) Good water/windproof jacket with hood. Upgrade with insulation and a hat when needed.
    2) Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes or boots, adjusted for the weather.
    3) Credit card with at least 1000k of room on it and/or 500 in 20s.
    4) Cellphone. Upgrade to a SPOT or a Delorme InReach when going way out there.
    5) At least 1 percent body fat over 6% for each day you think you might go without food. I’m good for 3 weeks πŸ™‚

    Now yeah, I generally have more stuff on me that that. A knife, a pistol, a flashlight. Good things to have.

    But short of TEOTWAWKI, what is going to keep me from getting home, and what is going to help me.

    I submit that a hand full of Jacksons will get me further faster than a signal mirror.

    • VanDiemensLand

      Gotta agree there, I’d wouldn’t even use the case, might as well use a container that’d be useful as a bucket or water carrier, or use a lighter, easier to pack Cordura pack. I’m yet to see any pre-fab survival or BOB kit that isn’t over priced and gimicky!

      • Billy Jack

        Because most people who know what should be in the kit would make their own.

        • mbrd

          yep, and i’d even rather spend ten times the money figuring it out over time, because i have never seen a kit at any price that appropriately equipped me, without a bunch of fluff (or as you put it, “easy filler”).

          there’s always a better can to put it in, and better stuff for one’s particular purpose, and there is always a resource available somewhere to help a new guy figure it out; or to “learn” an old guy some new tricks.

          if one is not resourceful enough while at home to get his or her kit sorted (for whatever purpose), and then at least know how to use it in moderate conditions… maybe it really is better to be lucky than smart.

    • mbrd

      jacksons definitely – who is going to break a ben for you? and who would you even want to know you had a pocketful of hundreds?

      that said, what about the six hundred dollar working replica “liberator” pistol? it’ll reliably chamber hollow points, and with a couple of wrist supports it might still weigh less than a full sized 1911. no magazines to carry, and generally a great idea in case we are attacked by “ze germans”!

      • billyoblivion

        Depends on the situation and where you’re going. If the problem you’re solving is that the “3 to 6 inches of snow” turned into two feet of snow as you were driving across Montana, then that guy at the hotel will *LURVE* him some benjamins. So will the guy at the gas station that’s pumping gas out of the tank with a hand pump because a tornado took down the power and phone lines (over which the credit card data runs).

        As for a liberator pistol, I don’t see the need. On one end I’ve got the little LCP that rides ok in most of my pockets, on the other I’ve got a Beretta 92FS that can double as a bludgeon (although if I were really worried about trouble I’d take the Glock 19).

        You know how you can tell I’m carrying a gun? I’m out of the house. Knife too. I also don’t leave the house (well, for any distance) without being able to adjust 15-30 degrees either direction (well, except at the height of summer), though I will sometimes leave with bad walking shoes. Rarely, but stuff happens.

        As for someone knowing you’ve got a pocket full of hundreds, you have 2 pockets. One with twenties and a few smaller bills and ONE hundred, and another one with the rest of the cash.

  • LIBERTEAPARTY

    Because I take a commuter bus from the suburbs into the city I recently put together a bug out bag to keep at the office. I want to be prepared to walk home to my family 25 miles away in the suburbs in case the roads become impassible for an extended period. Not only does this geographical area have problems with flooding every spring, and hurricanes in the fall, but who knows if an EMP attack may ever happen. I’m not going to the list the exact contents of my kit, but it contains an appropriate change of clothes and footwear since office attire won’t be able to cut it.

    • iksnilol

      No offense, but an EMP attack is a consequence of a nuclear attack… so you’ll have a bit more to worry about than your phone working.

      • LIBERTEAPARTY

        Nuclear means are one method to create EMP attacks.

        • Billy Jack

          Who’s going to launch an emp attack that won’t expect an icbm back at them for their trouble? Solar flare is more likely than an emp weapon. No sophisticated weapons have been used in terror attacks to date. Nuclear attack is more likely than any of the alternatives right now.

          • mbrd

            when you’re right, you’re right… still…

          • Billy Jack

            Another more likely situation is the power grid failing due to market manipulation by energy traders (Enron) since our government hasn’t proven effective at desiring to stop market manipulation & then there’s the power grid being a target for terrorists. It doesn’t take much to protect a small amount of electronics at home from an EMP via Faraday Cage containers but in a bugout bag real estate is pricier. Maybe a Faraday Bag with whatever you need so badly in it. I guess you could put your firearm with fingerprint sensor in it πŸ˜‰

        • mbrd

          emphasis on “one way”.

  • RUR5A

    Cash, spare reading glasses, MREs (which I need to replace as they have been in the bags for about 8 years now), Surefire flashlights with the CR123 batteries stowed separately.

  • tomah57

    Does it come with a stocked pool of fish if you are no where near water? If its a bug out kit and I want to basically disappear from bad people what are the whistle and mirror for?
    Face it some fool took a basic survival kit and renamed it to get rich quick and if you pay more than 2.99 for it you are the fool .

    • mbrd

      your first question is patently absurd. of course it is too small to contain a stocked pool of fish. what it does contain is a small but unlimited packet of dehydrated water, which one merely needs add water to. it can be stretched to create any volume of water, depending on how much water is added.

      the included packet of sea monkeys will “hatch right before your eyes… and bring smiles, laughter, and fun” right into your survival crisis. really, it’s a good deal, didn’t you ever look at the back page of a comic book in the seventies?

      sea monkeys are like krill. some whales survive on krill. we weigh less than whales… by the transitive property, with dehydrated water and krill, the sticky part on those tiny bandages should be useful on fishhooks for capturing krill.

      what the hell is everyone not seeing here?

      • tomah57

        I like to give credit where it is due,thus I bow to superior Sarcasm.

  • Edeco

    Eh, I keep a bunch of stuff I wanted anyway together; multitool, flashlight, water and fire stuff, clotting sponges. It’s more about fun overkill (I don’t seriously need a Leatherman) and avoiding embarrassment if the utilities go out.

    If I must fish or die, I dunno, first it’s a remote possibility, moreover long way before we get there, not worth keeping easy-to-get stuff around for something so many weird, unlikely steps away. “But Ed” you say ” when the time comes it will cost time, exposure, and calories to get hooks and lines”. Yeah, I’ll burn that bridge when I get to it.

  • Beachhawk

    That’s ridiculous. A Boy Scout could do a better job for half the price. I’d hate to have to cope with a serious trauma with a bunch of band-aids and no water purification system.