How do you pack a bugout bag?
Before you’re ready for the list of what goes into a bugout bag, you need to consider these
10 11 12 important bob bag survival tips.
1 Don’t pack more than what you’ll need. When you’ve made your list of what you need, go through it and start getting rid of things. A bob bag should hold essentials, not your whole life. You won’t be able to carry 80 pounds of gear very far, and even if you do, you won’t be very fast. Make your list, then prune it. Then prune it again. This is important. Whatever you’ve packed, you’ve probably packed too much.
2 Leave some room. You’re going to run across things while you’re out prepping and even once SHTF and if you don’t have room for it, you’ll have to either pass it up or dump something important. Leave some room for those items. Survival also depends on capitalizing on opportunities.
3 Rotate your stock. Rotate your survival and/or prepping food, vitamins, and medicine. This goes the same for what you keep at home too. Don’t pack a cellar full of food and lock it up. You should be going through it along with your fridge food. Keep track of what you have and when you need to replace it. You don’t want to wait until SHTF to find out your food’s gone rotten or your meds are expired.
4 Things cost more than they seem. An important tenet to camping and survivalism is that everything has an opportunity cost associated with it. You only have so much room in your bugout bag, can only carry so much weight, and have only so much money. Choosing one thing means you’ve lost the opportunity to choose something else. Choose wisely and learn to prioritize by making a list and a bugout plan. You can’t have it all; where would you put it?
5 You’re gonna survive with what you brung. A 50 cent flashlight you have in your pocket is worth more than the $600 Surefire you left at home. I have several flashlights of all different sizes, power and colors but the one I use far and beyond more than the others is the little Surefire E1L that I keep in my pocket. I’ve had it in Iraq, several countries in Africa, Thailand, and Afghanistan. It’s an awesome little light.
6 Two is one and one is none. When SHTF, Murphy is going to be along for the ride. Sure as shit, when you sorely need something, you’ll reach for it and it’ll be gone, broken or malfunctioning. Keep spares of all your most important things.
8 Have more than one bug out bag. You should theoretically have several but that may not be feasible. Consider also not keeping everything at your house. You may not be able to get to it if SHTF. You may want to keep some items at a friend’s house or even stash them, hidden somewhere in the woods where you can get them later.
9 Keep your bags ready to go. Don’t have them lying all over the floor while you get back to counting things. It’s better to grab what you have at short notice than not be able to grab much because you didn’t have time. You’re trying to plan for worst case here and worst case is that you only have a few minutes to go. Don’t spend it packing.
10 Your bugout bags should be packed based on bugout plan. It’s difficult to know what you’ll need to pack if you don’t know where you’ll be or what you’ll be doing. Plan first; then pack. Do some research into why you need things before you just take someone’s word that you do, especially if they’re trying to sell you something.
11 Dual-usage items cost half the weight and space. There are many solutions to each category below. Some of those solutions will also serve to fulfill what you need in other categories. Try to do this as much as possible. Survival is about creativity. Be creative and you’ll survive.
12 Gathering skills can mean less equipment you’ll have to carry. If you can make a field-expedient fishing pole, for example, you don’t need to pack a fishing pole. Learn how to do and make things in the wild. Skills can also be bartered.
If you want a thorough examination of what goes into a bob bag, see my other post on What to pack in a survival bob bag.
Keep things in mind before you make your bugout bag checklist. Your life may depend on it.