What is a Bug Out Bag Really For?

September 3, 2013 by | Be the first to comment »

Nearly everyone in the prepper community talks about the importance of a bug out bag, but few talk about its real role; probably because so few people actually know.

A bug out bag is generally a backpack with just enough food, water, and supplies to support one person for 72 hours. This is about the maximum an average person can carry over a reasonable distance. Anyone who thinks this will equip them to disappear indefinitely into the woods is wrong and will likely end up dead.

As a veteran Marine who has spent more time in the field than most, I can assure you that the majority of Americans today have neither the skills nor physical condition to survive with only what they can carry. The reality is that a bug out bag supports you from point A to point B when things get nasty—nothing more. That may mean hiking home from work after a natural disaster, traveling to a cache site, or in extremely rare circumstances, such as civil unrest, temporarily leaving your home until the chaos has moved on to other areas.

When the SHTF, everything is on the line. You won’t be able to call a time out, slow down, or go back for something you forgot, so your bug out bag must contain exactly what you need to get where you’re going and nothing extra that would slow you down. This means knowing your plans inside and out so you can pack appropriately to accomplish those plans.

That, my friends, is what a bug out bag is really for.

Melanie Swick (a.k.a. Survival Chick) grew up wanting to be a rocket scientist, but when she realized she that required way too much math, she took to her second dream—spending time in the wilderness. Today, when she's not hiking, camping, or hunting, she's blogging about it. You can connect with Melanie on Facebook.

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