Whether you call it a Bug-out kit, a 72-hour bag, or G.O.O.D pack (Get Out Of Dodge), the need to have a stash of gear that you would need in order to survive, and possibly to evacuate during the early stages of an emergency should be obvious.
Personally, I like to make it a point to practice using my Bug-out kit several times a year. This is a chance to hone my survival skills and ensure that everything in my bug-out backpack is up to date and in working order. I think of this as good survival and preparedness training, but my family likes it better if I call it my Camping Vacation.
Today, we are discussing what makes a good bug-out backpack. What you actually need in your bug-out kit is too big of a topic to cover here. There are plenty of sources to learn about the contents- I have even seen Martha Stewart preparing 72-hour kits to distribute as “thoughtful gifts”. (For the record, you will NOT find a lavender sachet in my bug-out backpack.)
The pack itself serves many purposes, and contrary to popular opinion, a backpack may not always be the best solution. The primary purpose of the pack is to simply keep the items of your bug-out kit in one spot so that you can find everything when you need it. A heavy trash or shopping bag meets this standard.
In fact, most of the time I keep my bug-out kit in a big green leaf bag (the rest of the box is in the kit, and leaf bags are very useful items for more than just dead leaves). I don’t intend to bug-out with a trash bag slung over my shoulder, I have a medium sized military-style rucksack for that. However, this is such a good backpack that I use it on an almost daily basis. So if the fecal matter makes forceful contact with the oscillating air mover, I can quickly dump my books and gym gear out of the rucksack, put my kit in, and go.
Each member of my family has a bug-out pack, or the contents of a bug-out kit, ready to go. We also have a plastic tub in the hall closet with a family bug out kit. This contains extra water jugs, a more extensive first aid kit than the individual kits, extra rolls of toilet paper, and basically the extra items that the whole family can use. The tub is too much to carry, but easy enough to grab and toss in the car if we are need to bug-out on four wheels.
So enough about me. I just want to encourage you to also have something similar so that you, and your family, are more prepared in case of any emergency.
Pete K. is a contributing writer to Dan’s Depot. If you are interested in having your own bug out backpack to hone your own survival skills like Pete does on a yearly basis, check out the survival backpack kits that you can literally bet your life on, offered by Dan’s Depot.