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Bug Out Bags, Get Home Bags, I.N.C.H Bags, G.O.O.D. Bags…
I was recently reading some posts at teotwawkiblog.blogspot.com and a
discussion seems to be developing on the topics of various survival or
sustainment bags. I think this issue is a common discussion among
preppers, survivalists, and military types. What is the purpose of
these bags? And what do we need in them to survive? So I decided to
break down what I look at and explain my approach to my “kit”. ( for
those of you unfamiliar with the term kit it simply means the items
have set up for a particular task. Shooting kit -items for shooting,
survival kit -items put together to survive, etc)
My background lies in both the military special operations community
and in emergency preparedness. But I have been learning and practicing
these things as a way of life since I was a kid . I teach emergency
preparedness as well as survival and weapons training. For me
personally this is a subject that I have constantly changed,
evaluated, and rehearsed. So unlike a lot of keyboard commandos and
youtube ninjas, I have tried and tested my gear in various terrains
Now that has been established, on to what makes these bags. In the
military we say the mission drives the gear. What this means is that
we need to find out what the problem is before we can figure out the
tools to fix it. I think this is the biggest issue people run into
when they start to become aware and preparedness minded individuals.
They want to be prepared, but for what? The answer is typically, “for
everything!” Thats great, but the issue you run into is that now
you’re grabbing everything and throwing it into a pack for every
possible scenario. For me, I have three big questions I ask myself
before I put together any bag.
Q: What is the purpose of this specific bag.
Are you going from point A to B? Leave and never come back? Patrol the
area? This question alone is going to be able to answer 90% of the
items needed and it will dictate a lot of the weight.
Q: What is your method of travel, distance needing to be covered, and
Are you on foot or mobile in some way? How far do you plan on going?
What does your area of operations look like? If you plan on leaving on
a vehicle then your weight and gear considerations are going to be
completely different than if you’re on foot. Just like if you live in
Arizona you are going to need to consider water more so than if you
live in Washington and need to have proper rain gear.
Q: What are your skills and personal limitations?
This is the biggest problem I see with the growing community of
preparedness minded individuals is the unrealistic assessment of their
physical abilities and outdoors skills. Everyone wants their opinion
validated but no one wants to put in work. If you can’t put on your
pack and at the minimum do a jog for a few hundred yards, then it’s
probably too heavy. If anarchy and violence breaks out and your area
gets so bad that you have to leave on foot, what do you think will
happen when a mob of people see you carrying a 70+ pound pack full of
spam is going to do?
I can tell you as someone who professionally “humped” a 100+ pound
ruck more times than I wanted to that you will never have a bag that
will have everything you will ever need. But as Cody Lundin of Dual
Survival says, “Knowledge is the greatest survival resource…. and it’s
light.” Stick to the basics and test your gear. The more you test it
and see what you/it can do the better your assessment on what you can
add or take away is.
Stand by I will be doing a break down and assessment of my bug out bag.
Whatever you want to call it…truck bag, vehicle bag, get home bag, etc….I think there are a few thousand people down south that are learning a hard lesson over these last 48 hrs. (In case you missed it, there are thousands of folks stranded on the interstate systems in the Southern US due to…
This is for all the people who still haven’t gotten around to putting together a vehicle kit. Turn on the news and look what’s happening.