We never know when we will have to just grab a bag quickly to take with us in an emergency – is your “bug out bag” ready to go? Do you know much about them? Here’s some information that might help you get a bag to use for a “bug out bag”.
What’s a Bug Out Bag?
A “bug out bag” is a bag (usually a backpack, for the sake of convenience) that is packed and ready to go at a moment’s notice. It should have everything in it that you would need to take care of your needs for about 72 hours. It should have food, clothing, water, and a form of shelter. Obviously, there are things that will vary according to the season, how far away you plan to go with your pack, and how many people you need to supply for with your pack. If your children are old enough to wear a backpack, they can help. For families, items can be shared among packs. Another great part of your emergency plans can be using your car to get a further distance away. In case that will be possible, or in case you are away from home when an emergency happens, it is good to have a eFoods Direct “Just in Case Car Kit“. I have one in my car and really appreciate how many useful things it includes.
Where Will You Go?
Knowing where you would go in an emergency is an important part of a family emergency plan. And it is important to think about where you will go with your bug out bag, because that will affect what size of bag you need and what will go in it. For example, if your plan is to get to your sister’s house that is only a few cities away, you will need different things than if you will be going a great distance away and not sure when (if ever) you will be able to return. For some places, you would need a tent and stove. For others, it is enough to have water, food, and clothes – just the bare basics.
What Kind of Bag Do You Need?
The most useful type of bug out bag is one that fits comfortably on your body and holds everything you plan to take in it. You need to be able to walk a good distance wearing it. One way to decide what size of bag you need is to get out everything you think you will put in your bag – spread it on the floor and see how much stuff there really is. Many people can put enough stuff into a decent size backpack. Some people prefer a military-type – those generally hold a lot of things and are also quite heavy.
What’s Your Price Range?
Bug out bags vary in price depending on the size, maker, and “bells and whistles” that come with it. Just because it costs a lot doesn’t mean it’s the right bag for you. Some cost hundreds of dollars – do you really need one that expensive? Maybe, but probably not. Many families have several backpacks (one for each member of the family) and none of them cost anywhere near $100. Every dollar you save on a backpack is more that you can invest in other prepping supplies, especially foods. On the other hand, if the bag is too cheap, it may also be too uncomfortable to wear for a while as you’re walking to another city or state. Take a look at the “grab and go” bags that eFoods Direct sells – they may be just what you want. Their Personal Blackout Backpack is particularly useful.
Once you have a bag, and you’ve decided what will go in your bag, take the time to test it out. First, a test of comfort. Put everything into the bag and go hiking for a few miles. You can do it right from your home, or you can go to a nearby hiking trail (if you’re worried about attracting attention). Notice how it feels – is it too heavy? Just right? This is the time to decide.
Second type of test is a test of practicality. Turn the utilities (at least the electricity) and water off on your home and live at home for a few days, using only what’s in your pack. This is a great way to find out what things you are missing in your bug out bag, without waiting until it’s too late to add anything.
Get your bug out bag started – it can take some time to get it all the way you want, but it is a critical part of your emergency preparedness plan.