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When SHTF you want to be prepared. And there’s no better way to do this than to have a bug out bag. The best bug out bag should have all of the necessary equipment needed to keep you alive for a minimum of 72 hours (obviously, the longer, the better).
Unfortunately, a lot of survivalists don’t really know how to build a bug out bag. Sure, you can buy one, but those can be quite expensive.
In my opinion, it’s a much better option to build one yourself. That way, you’ll know exactly what’s in it, as well as save a lot of money in the process.
The first step to building the best DIY bug out bag is to choose the right type of backpack. Basically, you can choose between a hiking or tactical backpack. Both have their pros and cons.
For example, tactical backpacks tend to be more durable (and heavier) than hiking backpacks. If you’re going to be hiking long distances, hiking backpacks are generally the better choice.
It really boils down to your physical ability and preferences. The 5.11 Tactical RUSH72 Military Backpack is my personal preference. I am also a big fan of the Paratus by 3V Gear.
It’s highly recommended that your bug out bag come with a hydration bladder. This will allow you to effortlessly sip water while on the go.
As far as essential items, you’ll want to think about the basics: food, water, and clothing. Additional items can include first aid equipment, flashlights, maps, and other essential tools needed for survival.
Basically, anything that will help you become more sustainable is going to help your situation (e.g. keep you alive) during a crisis.