Some of the links below are affiliate links. If you choose to make a purchase we may earn a small commission at no additional cost to you.
The bugout is big. There is no getting around that. When you hear the word bugout it should induce a barrage of thoughts that require going over and over and over a large plan with multiple levels. Most preppers take the bugout for granted and assume its as simple as getting from point A to point B.
When we talk about the bugout people get jazzed about bags and gear. There are thousands of lists and blogs that feature the many items that you should have in your bugout bag. It’s a very interesting thing. No one could ever know your motivations and your plan so how on earth could they tell you what should be in your bag.
Many of these recommendations are also there to make money off a product that you click and buy. One thing about buying all this cool gear that is effective is that it also weighs something. A large collection of these things is going to create lots of weight.
So, how much weight and gear is too much? The simple answer is that you should shoot for 25% of your body weight in a bag, assuming you are a healthy weight for your size.
The long answer is that you need to consider what types of things you are going to carry depend solely on your situation. On a whole, we should stop concerning ourselves with the quantity of gear but more the ability to use this gear effectively to get to your bugout location.
If you plan your bugout location, your bugout routes, caches, rally points, and alternate locations, the things you need to get there will work themselves out. The trouble comes when people build the bag before the plan. Don’t make that mistake.