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The moment you decide that your home is no longer the safest place for your family, things get serious. The bugout is as much a project as it is an emergency plan.
It’s a massive undertaking that most people underestimate. That is very unfortunate.
One of the biggest things to consider is the bag you will use to carry the items you need to survive that bugout and beyond. So, in a world of bags and packs what should you consider when choosing a bugout bag?
Maybe the most important thing to consider when you are choosing a bugout bag your own level of fitness. You have to be honest about what you are capable of. There is no point in investing in a big bag that you are going to fill with all sorts of stuff and only make it 2 miles.
Better to pack light and make it to your destination than to pack the shed and fall short by 4 miles. That can and will happen. People overestimate their willpower. It can only get you so far.
Distance to BOL
Another big factor in choosing the right bugout bag has to do with the distance from your home to your bug out location. Naturally, the further you are away from the bigger your bag might need to be. That is because you are going to need more to get you there.
An overnight bugout is going to require much more than a 3-hour trip. So plan accordingly.
Another huge consideration is durability. While you might be in shape, what if your bag fails. What if zippers start to go and your bag cannot stay shut? What if straps break and things get ugly in a hurry? Well, that is about as bad as it gets. You don’t want to be carrying 45lbs of gear on a single right strap.
Be sure your bag is from a reputable supplier and can take a beating.