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A bug out bag is designed, in theory, to give you everything you may need to live for at least 72 hours outside of your home and should be considered as part of any comprehensive plan for disaster or true preparedness.
The bug out is a massive undertaking that most preppers don’t respect enough for their own good. It’s not as simple as point A to B. Instead, its a big deal that needs considering on a grand scale! At least some printed maps, prior visits, and ancillary plans should be involved.
The tendency with bug out bags is to throw everything but the kitchen sink in them to cover every conceivable scenario or need.
When this happens you have people with bug out bags that weigh more than they do. Not only could this seriously slow you down at the precise time you need to be light on your feet. But having a bag that is overloaded with a lot of stuff you could live without, or which more likely couldn’t help you at all, could get you killed.
Here are the two biggest ways a bug out bag can get you killed.
Preppers tend to overestimate their abilities. It could be a societal thing but it definitely happens with prepping all the time. We think we are more tactical, ready, strong and so on than we actually are. A lot of this comes from never being tested.
Be sure your bug out bag doesn’t weigh more than 25% your bodyweight unless you are fit and ready to shoulder that burden, literally!
What’s in that bag?
That is the question everyone who sees you is going to be asking. You better either be a hard target or stay in cover. People might want what’s in that bag. Are you prepared to protect it?
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.