How To Choose The Perfect Bug-Out Bag

hiker-846094_640When it’s time to “bug-out”, the bag or backpack you use will be just as important as the survival gear you put in it. Bag too big or too small? Too heavy or too hard to carry? It’s important.

So let’s find out today just how to choose that perfect bug-out bag:

In a bug-out scenario, timing is everything. If you’re threatened and need to reach your self-defense weapon, or a member of your crew needs medical attention, you don’t have time to sift through your pack looking for exactly what you need – it has to be right there.

That’s where having the right pack can mean the difference between life and death. A properly chosen pack will have everything you need, right where you need it (of course, survival organizational skills come into play as well, but even the best organization can be thwarted by a less-than-optimal bag).

Another must when bugging out: mobility. Choosing the wrong pack can substantially limit your ability to move – and move fast – over long distances, whereas the right pack will help you to transport yourself and all your gear to safety as quickly and comfortably as possible.

Don’t wait until it’s too late to find out you’ve chosen the wrong pack – learn the basics, review your bug-out plan, and choose the best bag for you right off the bat.
Choosing the Right Bug Out Bag

The most common choices for a bug-out bag are backpacks, duffel bags, and hiking packs. Each has their own set of advantages and disadvantages, so the pack that’s best for you depends entirely on your own needs and comfort level.

Backpack: A backpack refers to anything from a child’s school bag to a full-on tactical assault bag. Backpacks are generally quite comfortable and easy to carry over long distances, but many lack the space and organizational capacity needed to work effectively as a bug-out bag, especially for families or large crews. However, there are tons of options that can be perfect for smaller bug-out crews where each adult can carry their own pack.

Duffel Bag: In terms of space, the duffel bag offers everything the backpack does not; however, they are cumbersome and can be difficult to carry over long distances. A duffel bag is a great choice for the survivalist planning to bug-out in a vehicle or somewhere close by that won’t require trekking across great distances.

Hiking Pack: The hiking pack offers the best of both worlds, with more space than a typical backpack and easier to carry than a duffel bag. A hiking pack is a particularly prudent choice for those bugging out with a family where one member will need to carry gear for others, such as children or elders.
Must-Have Features

No matter which pack you choose, there are certain features that are must-haves:

Comfort and Fit
Volume and Mass
Accessibility

Comfort and Fit

How comfortable your pack is to carry and the way it fits your body are paramount in selecting the best bag for your needs ….

Source:  Check out the remainder of this article by Chris Ruiz on the Self Reliant School blog. Chris runs the respected TheBugOutBagGuide.com.

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