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What to pack in your bug out bag? Don’t forget your Ting cell phone

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You might call yours a bug out bag, go bag, go kit, grab back or emergency bag, but all these backpacks and kits serve the same purpose: to keep you prepared in the event of an emergency.

If you haven’t already, you should consider building a backup plan for emergencies like loss of power during a storm or earthquake. Always being prepared is the smart way to be, and your bag should keep you going with emergency basics for at least 72-hours. 

You’re going to want to put a durable, reliable cell phone in your bug out bag. If you lose power, you’re going to run out of battery on your smartphone pretty quickly. Get some peace of mind and grab a flip or feature phone and activate it on Ting. You only pay $6/mo to keep the line active in case of emergencies, and should you ever have to use it, you’ll only pay for what you use.

Building your bag: the basics

What items should be in your bug out bag? You don’t need to pack everything plus the kitchen sink, but you do need to be prepared with the essentials for up to three days. You’re going to have to prioritize your family’s essential needs (think food, water and shelter).

Here are the basic components of a bug out bag everyone should get started with. From there, customize your bag to suit your family’s needs. You’ll also want to consider the climate of where you live when you’re choosing clothing and shelter.

Water, reusable metal water bottles and water purification tablets or a filtration system

  • Dehydrated meals, protein bars and simple comfort food (like hot chocolate and coffee)
  • Cookware to prepare easy meals
  • Safety glasses, work gloves and a multitool
  • First aid kit and basic toiletries
  • Any medications your family members need
  • Flashlights and backup batteries
  • Copies of your important documents (passports, government IDs)
  • Backup flip or feature phone and a compass

72 hours of preparedness: your emergency kit

When you’re building your bag, you’ll probably do some research and see most articles say your bag should last you at least 72 hours. If an emergency takes place in your community, it may take emergency response workers some time to reach you.

You want your kit to provide the basic necessities for you and your family for at least three days. This means taking things like battery life into consideration when you’re making your emergency plan.

A crucial part of your go bag: an emergency cell phone

A backup phone is an often overlooked emergency item because pretty much everyone has a cellphone these days. When people are building their bag, they check off the cell phone component thinking, I’ll just use my smartphone.

The truth is most smartphones are inefficient in the case of an emergency. Bright beautiful screens are great for everyday life, but they’re big battery drainers, and you’re going to want to be prepared for those three days we mentioned above.

We recommend choosing a flip or feature phone for your backup. Flip and feature phones have batteries that will last day’s on end, mostly due to their simple function. They’re made for texting and calling and not much else, but many can get you online if you need to look something up.

You’re going to have your smartphones too, but don’t underestimate the power of a dumb phone. At the end of the day, feature phones are durable and reliable options.

Choose Ting for your backup emergency cell phone

Keep an emergency phone line active on Ting for just $6/mo. You only pay for texts, minutes and megabytes when you actually use your phone. If you’re choosing Ting for your backup phone, that means you only get charged when you actually use it.

Ting is the smarter choice for an emergency phone line.

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