Posted on December 26, 2013 by Todd Walker
What nasty turn of events would warrant you grabbing your Bug Out Bag and heading for the hills… on foot if necessary? Or better yet, your well stocked retreat?
Be careful how you answer this loaded question.
There’s a long list of bug out worthy disaster scenarios according to some survival ex-perts. Some of are real experts, some well-intentioned, others are attention whores. Read the fine print and think logically.
Most on-the-run survival advice is romance rolled into a 70 lb. “tactical” sack on your back.
I’m convinced that many preppers embrace the huge BOB thesis because of its romantic appeal. What ex-perts in the preparedness community say doesn’t always harmonize with actual experience.
Here’s 4 reasons why…
1.) Too Much Stuff
The vast majority of hopeful bug-outers are nowhere near physically capable of carrying 3 days worth of water (8.34 lb./gal. x 3 = 25.02 lb.) for a 72 hour excursion – plus other gear. But you’ve got the water issue covered with a handy water filter and a metal container and collapsible bladders, right? Just lightened you pack considerable.
What about the other stuff? You’ve got to have ammo, guns, food, gear, clothing, first aid, shelter, and 12 unique ways to build a fire. Then there are those heavy ‘comfort’ items.
You’ll need an ATV just to get the 75 pound bag out of the yard.
Since DRG and I have BOB’s at the ready, does this make me a hypocrite for writing this?
BOB’s have their place in our overall plan. The same goes for my Get Home Bag – a totally different creature. Both are akin to having AFLAC as supplemental insurance.
You may have seen pictures of me and Dirt Road Girl training with our backpacks. They make great workout equipment. Physical training and testing and Doing the Stuff to gauge what weight we could realistically carry if we were ever forced to use feet instead of wheels.
But mostly (I mean the 99% kind of mostly), our intended purpose was to add resistance in our functional fitness program – not train to hump 100 miles to our retreat. Actually, 96 miles on nicely paved roads.
2.) Untested Stuff
Our bags are packed with gear and supplies we have tested. Weighted so we can carry them. Being un-tacti-cool, they look like something you’d see on an AT section hiker’s back. BOB’s are truly a last resort item in our prep plan.
By the way, we don’t have doggie bug out bags for ‘Moose’ and ‘Abby’, our two spoiled rescue mutts. I know. I’ll hear from some of you about our lack of pet prep. But our dogs fit so nicely in the back of our bug out vehicles (BOV). Nothing special about our BOV’s. They’re just daily drivers.