The following information had been prepared for your use. Bug Out Bags (BOB) and contents are debated on a regular basis, some of my buddies that have experience in the combat zone insist that when being shot at, who thinks about grabbing a bag, they simply want a small bag that fits in the BDU pocket, signal mirror, lock picks, currency, fire starter and a small water filter, while others insist on a seven day BOB. Ultimately your BOB should be a personal choice based on many factors. We have prepared some basic ideas that we hope you find helpful.
Most experts suggest that your BOB should contain enough supplies to last for at least seventy two hours. Since most major disasters can disrupt services and normal life for longer than 72 hours. I think personally, it's a good idea to have a Bag that will allow you survive for an indefinite period of time.
Do you need a Bug-Out-Bag? Chances are, you already have one of sorts. A purse, briefcase, day pack, or vehicle rescue kit all constitute rudimentary Bug-Out-Bags. While they may not have everything you would need to survive for 72 hours, they generally have the things that you need the most or that are most important to you. Cash, medicine, a lighter or matches, knife or multitool; all of these are commonly found in purses, briefcases, and day packs. Put a little more thought and planning into the design of a slightly larger bag and you’ve got yourself the perfect Bug-Out-Bag.
The construction and design of your Bug-Out-Bag is something to bear in mind: some people prefer a large duffel type bag or large rubber totes, and this may be fine if you are bugging out by car or truck, but if you’re stuck on foot a backpack or frame-pack may be more appropriate. Also consider your local climate. If you live in a rainy area, or foresee yourself needing to evacuate from or during severe weather, it may be important that your Bug-Out-Bag be water-resistant or waterproof. You will need to analyze your individual situation and determine what the most likely means of transport and what your needs will be before assembling your bag.
I’ve heard of some Bug Out Bag setups that were nothing more than a series of large Rubbermaid containers numbered 1 through 5 (or more depending on however many you have). In an emergency situation, the containers were simply loaded one by one into a waiting pickup or SUV in the order they were labeled. The most important documents and survival items were kept in the container labeled “1″, with less vital items kept in the next container, and so on and so forth with luxury items kept in the last container. This enabled the user to simply grab the first container and take off if need be, or if time allowed continue loading containers until they were all loaded or there was no longer sufficient time to continue packing.
When assembling your Bug-Out-Bags remember that you will be assembling them with survival, recovery, and comfort in mind in that order. Your smallest and easiest to reach bag should be only for survival. If you can grab two bags or more, the successive bags should have items and equipment geared towards getting you back on your feet and then providing some level of comfort. Consider packing smaller ruck sacks inside of your larger Bug-Out-Bags in the case that you are forced to downsize your load. If you have geared your Bug-Out-Bag towards evacuation by vehicle and suddenly find you are forced to flee on foot, it will be handy to have smaller shoulder carried bags available to reassemble a downsized emergency pack.
Having a Bug-Out-Bag presupposes that you already have an evacuation plan already in place. You do have an evacuation plan, don’t you? If not, take this opportunity to put one together. Consider what threats might cause the need to evacuate and where you might go if forced to flee. Plan alternate routes to a number of safe destinations. Where you will be retreating to and how long you will be staying will play a large part in deciding what items will need to be packed in your Bug-Out-Bag.
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