A bugout bag is a bag thats designed to help you get out of an area in a short amount of time and survive for a couple days with the items inside. It could get you to a safe zone during a disaster, get you home, or even help you stay alive longer in your home. Due to the increased widespread weather disasters and terrorist attacks, now is the time to get your gear ready. Now while a bugout bag is essential, it could actually get you in worse trouble depending on how its put together. Here are a couple ideas to keep in mind when assembling a bugout bag:
- Pack light: Since the main purpose is to get you out of an area fast, unless your a robot, your not going to move fast and for a long time if your pack weighs 250 pounds. Compare multiple different sized items for each category of items your packing. For example, pack a small compact flashlight instead of a 12 inch 3D flashlight. Although not as bright, it might last longer and will make it worth the weight.
- Choose the right backpack for your location: Most people suggest a nice camping backpack or a military backpack. They want one with many pockets and a ton of storage space. Thats a great idea for someone who lives in the country or the woods, basically any place thats not very populated. If your in a city, such as New York or Chicago, this could get you killed. Choose a basic backpack in a city, so that you become less of a target. If people get hungry and desperate, they are more likely to want to get a camping/military backpack in hopes of it being loaded with supplies.
- Pack Casual Clothes- This connects with point 2, wearing camouflage clothing and tactical gear is great if your in the country/woods, but it could easily backfire in the city. If there are groups of people stealing items, they are not going to want to be stopped. If your in camouflage clothing or tactical gear you will seem like either a threat or a great person to rob. Pack gray and black street clothes, such as a basic coat, black hat, gray gloves, and work boots. You are more likely to blend in andslip away with the crowd.
- Pack Multiple: A good rule to think about is that the items you have are bound to fail. Have a backup if possible, especially for important items. For example, have 2 types of fire starters. If your lighter fails, your matches most likely wont. Also, pack 2 flashlights, make them small so even combined they aren’t the full weight of a normal large flashlight.
- Hit the Essentials: Make sure you hit all the necessary items to ensure the maximum usefulness of your kit. The categories that I chose are shelter, medical, self-defense, food, clothing, and fire/light. If you hit these categories a little it will help add some diversity and make your kit a success.
If you keep these things in mind it will help make your bugout bag great. Overall, anything in a bugout bag is better than nothing. In the following weeks I will be breaking down my personal bugout bag piece by piece and explain exactly why I chose each item that I did.