The term “Bug Out” is an average term for all military types and is what’s now used in everyday jargon by prepper and survivalists alike. Bug Out Bag (BOB) was also known in earlier military history as a “bail out bag” and has acquired other names over the years, such as “Get Home Bag”, “Go Bag”, or “Get Out Of Dodge (GOOD)”. Whatever you name your bag, the purpose serves the same for all who are jumping on the wagon of getting ready for an emergency. While it’s great that people are joining the ranks in being prepared for a crisis, it’s important to remember a few things when creating your own BOB.
The purpose of a BOB is to get you through a true emergency of some sort. Anything that can cause an emergency, imminent threat, or crazy act of God, requires a good BOB. A BOB does not just need to be a random bag full of bandaids and a case of beer.
A well thought out plan of “what ifs” can help you not only pick the right gear, but will determine what you stock your bag out with. You can never go wrong with proper planning, using quality gear and equipment, and always rely on your former and formal military training. All those boring hours, half asleep in basic survival class, barely listening to your D.I. preach about staying dry and hydration, very well may save you in a true crisis. With that in mind, here is our guide: How To Create A Bug Out Bag.
Here is a list of commonly Used Bug Outs
What Kind Of Bag Do I Need?
Depending on purpose, there are dozens of bug out bags to choose from and there is no need to get too complicated. Having too big of a bug out bag with too many contraptions can weigh you down, become a safety hazard, or become too difficult to maneuver. Remember K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple stupid), just like your D. I. told you, when choosing a BOB. There are some things need to be considered before dropping serious cash on your BOB. First, decide how many days you want your bug out to be outfitted for.
Typically, increments of 24-72 hours are what most people plan for, and for the more serious preppers, a full week bug out is also optional. Depending on location, climate, and everyday lifestyle (Active Duty, civilian, small family, or medication dependent), base your kit on immediate needs. Remember, bug out bags are for emergencies only, so try not to clog the pockets with “wants” rather than “needs”. As you prepare your bag, verify each item as a need and eliminate any other gear adrift. After clarifying emergency time frames, it’s time to choose an appropriate and reliable bag.
Some commonly used bug outs are: www.sandpiperca.com
Found mostly used with the Marines or Army, the ALICE pack is a full torso framed pack that is heavy duty, well structured, and can withstand inclement weather. The ALICE pack can accommodate sleeping bags, bedrolls, and weeks worth of essential gear. Proper fitting is necessary for the ALICE pack and can be found at most military surplus stores or online.
b) BUGOUT 3 DAY ELITE BAG
Found online or on military bases, this bag is light weight, versatile, and comes in a variety of color choices. This bag is ideal for 24-72 hour bug outs and fits comfortably for easy maneuvering.
c) Rolling Load Out XL
Easy to roll as it comes with wheels on the bottom, this bag is similar to a boxed shaped duffel with hard corners and velcro carrying handle. Ideal for packing incredible amounts of gear.
d) Longrange Bugout
Ideal for several days on the move, this pack is comfortable and can accommodate hydration packs and provide electronic protection. Contains an expandable main pack for additional items and maxing out space.
Things To Consider When Choosing A BOB
With all the preppers, military, former military, and wannabes, there are a ton of bags to choose from. Sort through the hype of the online gurus and pick something you would rely on for deployment, in the field, or jumping off the ship. Your bag should literally save you in a true crisis.
Here are some things to consider when investing in a BOB:
• Durability: Choose heavy duty material similar to that of an ALICE pack. You need your pack to survive weather, climbing, and elements of the outdoors (mud, water, sun, etc.).
• Fit: Make sure your bag or pack fits your body and your frame. Obviously, you don’t want a pack that fits Godzilla if you’re 5’2” and 140 lbs. Be realistic and know what you can carry. If possible, try your bag or pack on for sizing. A good place to get a bug out bag would be your local military surplus warehouse, which can allow for sizing.
• Reliability: Choose a reliable brand that has proven personal results or one the military uses. Remember, rely on what you know works and won’t let you down.
• Pockets/Handles/Clips: Choose a bag with multiple use pockets for storing smaller but necessary items (knives, chapstick, or sunscreen). Handles, grips, and straps need to be durable, easy to grab, and comfortably stabilize on the body. D-clips or D-rings may come with a bag, but can be easily incorporated with any bag or pack. D-rings can be essential when needed for attaching any extras or help later if needed in climbing, walking, or camping.
Must Haves For Your Bug Out Bag
When packing your bug out, remember that you have to be able to lift, carry, and sling that bag. Don’t go crazy and pack for a 10 day trip to Disney World. Pack only what is necessary for 1-3 days and be practical. Here are some must haves to get you started with bugging out:
1) Water: In order for your body to function, a minimum of one liter a day is required. Depending on climate, this may increase and starting with three liters of water in your bag is the bare minimum. Water purification and collection systems are available as well.
2) Food: If MRE’s are available, those can be ideal. Easy and lightweight, MRE’s pack a high calorie count, which can be essential in surviving an emergency. Other options to consider are easily digestible protein bars and Guu packs. Guu packs are compact, have decent flavor options, and digest efficiently.
3) First Aid Kit: Every bug out prepper needs a good quality First Aid kit. Depending on pack size, essential items can be added to the smallest of bags. Even a safe evacuation can contribute cuts, scraps, or burns. Melaleuca (melaleuca.com) has a great water First Aid kit with tons of additional pockets to add some of your own must haves like bug spray, sewing kit, or shock blanket.
4) Clothes: Appropriate clothing for the time of year, terrain, and possible weather prevention items. Keep in mind the basics of layers, quality socks and boots, light or all weather jacket, and a boonie hat.
5) Weapons: Always carry more than one form of weapon. Ideally, two small firearms and one or two survival knives. Don’t forget your ammo.
6) Miscellaneous: Any other miscellaneous items may include a flashlight, matches, tarp, and light weight rain gear.
Depending on individual training (SAR, SERE, Ranger, BUDS, SEAL, or none), you will want to add your own personal touch to your bug out. Rely on your training, what you know works, and common sense.
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