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Choosing The Right Bug-Out-Bag Can Be The Difference

There are humdreds of posts out there on putting your Bug-Out-Bag together. What to include in it, what not to include in it, essentials, just-in-case, and so on. I've even done a few posts like that including - The most important Thing You Should Consider When Creating a Bug-Out-Bag. What few do talk about is how to choose the right Bug-Out-Bag for you.

First, should come fit and with fit comfort. You don't want to lug around a bag weighing 50, 70, 80 or even 100 pounds of weight without it being comfortable. Also, you want it to fit right. The most practical choice for many is the backpack and you want to be certain you can wear it and be able to move freely with it on.

Second, You want to be able to access at least some items rapidly and easily. Certain bags lend themselves to this category easily, others do not. Also, depending on your size and body type it may be easier for you to use one type of bag but the same bag for someone else they may have difficulty reaching an item.

With both of these thing in mind, going out and trying different types of bags on for size may be best. This is especially true if you have never tried one before. If you are unsure, go to a camping goods or outdoor store and ask for help. Many of the stores have people trained to help you find the right fit. A good idea is if you find one that you would be comfortable hiking or camping with, it will likely make a good Bug-Out-Bag. The only exception here is that I would not choose a brightly colored bag.

The next thing to consider is what you need to place into the bag, and how much the maximum weight you want the bag to be at. Then find ways to reduce the pack load any way you can.

Finally, make sure that you are able to carry everything you need inside that Bug-Out-Bag that you would need to reach your destination. Another good idea is to have places with items cached along the route you will be traveling.

Below are some of the types of bags I use. Yes, I have different ones, but I also use them to show other people. The most important thing about choosing the right Bug-Out-Bag is picking the right one for you.




Disaster Tip of the Week: The Most Important Thing You Should Consider When Creating a Bug-Out-Bag or BOB

Go to nearly any preparedness website or survivalist message board and you’ll read and hear talk about Bug-Out-Bags or BOB’s. The most common theme is other people asking what others carry in their BOB’s or even people showing off photos of their BOB’s. You can even find short and long lists of what people carry, down to the types of bags an individual might prefer to carry.  

One of the elements missing from these discussions is the right way of how to develop a Bug-Out-Bag from the start. The first and most important step in developing your Bug-Out-Bag is deciding where you are going to Bug Out to, also called a Bug-Out-Location or BOL.

Why is this so important? Because you should base the packing of your Bug-Out-Bag on how long it will take you to get to your Bug-Out-Location and by the method in which you plan on traveling to your Bug-Out-Location.  For some, this means traveling all the way on foot, and for others by vehicle or other means. If you don’t have your own Bug-Out-Location you can and should start with how long it would take you to get to a designated evacuation site or shelter.

If you pack only take three days worth of food or supplies into your bag and it takes you five days to get to your location you obviously will not have enough.

Some other things you should consider before packing your Bug-Out-Bag will be:

  • Who will be travelling with you, and how fast or slow will they be traveling
  • Will you be able to head directly to your Bug-Out-Location, or will you need to take detours for security reasons
  • Will you be traveling all the way or part of the way by vehicle or other means
  • Is your Bug-Out-Location stocked with supplies or do you need to bring them
  • Are others going to be meeting you or expecting you at the Bug-Out-Location
  • Is there a time frame in which you must be at the Bug-Out-Location  
  • Can you carry the supplies you need to get there

Once you have all this information you can then begin to build your Bug-Out-Bag properly to your specific needs regarding water, food and other supplies you will need on your trek.