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Why You Should Have a Bug Out Bag

why you should have a bug out bag


If you have been in the prepper community for a while then you probably have realized that we love our bags.  No, not those bags silly.  I’m talking about emergency survival bags such as bug out bags, go bags, get home bags and EDC bags.  In this post I am going to explain why you should have a bug out bag.

Many times people become a prepper and their first step is to buy a bug out bag without realizing the importance.  Sometimes preppers place more importance on this piece of gear than other more important items like food and water supply.  The bug out bag is a helpful piece of gear to have but it should be prioritized according to the threats that you face.  In order to properly prioritize building a bug out bag you need to understand why you should have a bug out bag.

Why You Should Have a Bug Out Bag

  1. You are no longer able to hunker down at your current location

If you have followed Smart Prepper Gear for awhile then you know that I constantly preach that bugging out should never be Plan A.  Bugging out is actually putting your life at more risk than bugging in.  In a previous post I talked about how to determine if and when you should bug out which will help you in your decision making before SHTF.

Ultimately we should be strategically prepping to be bug out proof.  However a lot of us are not in that position to be bug out proof.  Unfortunately a lot of us would be forced to bug out when SHTF or in a collapse scenario.

When SHTF and you are unable to hunker down then you will need to leave quickly.  For example, in the Winter War many were forced to leave immediately without warning because the Russians were invading their land.  They had 15 minutes to leave before the army began burning their houses down.  So there may come a time that you will have to leave quickly and bug out without much advanced warning.

  1. Predetermined emergencies essentials ready at any time

So in the case that you would have to bug out you won’t have time to sit down and determine what you should bring along with you.  By having a bug out bag already pre-made with emergency essentials you will be able to quickly grab it and go.  So it is important to not only have a bug out bag but you will want to make sure that you have it packed and ready to go at all times.

  1. Carries necessities to make it to bug out location

When you are bugging out you shouldn’t plan to just go into the middle of nowhere to survive on the contents of your bag alone.  The bug out bag should be built to last you 72 hours until you are able to reach your bug out location where your long term storage is located.  This is where you should plan to survive when SHTF.

  1. Carry essential survival items

Now you should only pack the essential survival items to make it to your bug out location.  It shouldn’t be packed with crazy shit like toys and electronics or other items that take up space without serving a purpose.  In a previous post I talked about how to build a bug out bag where I show you how to properly pack a bug out bag and cover some of the items included in mine.

The bug out bag should be built upon the Rule of 3’s foundation.  The Rule of 3’s state that you can only survive 3 minutes without air, 3 hours in rough weather conditions, 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food.  So your bugout gear should serve that purpose of carrying essential items to survive.  Now I’m not saying that you should have 3 days’ worth of food packed in the bag because the bug out bag is only designed for up to 72 hours.  But you should definitely keep enough items to survive and keep you energized.

  1. Protect important/sensitive items

Protecting your personal and important items is another reason why you should have a bug out bag.  More importantly you should have a bag that can protect important items like birth certificates and identification.  If it is ruined by water or any other factor when SHTF you won’t have the opportunity recover it.

The Condor 3 Day Assault Pack is a great pack that is able to serve all of those purposes as a bug out bag.  There are pockets to protect important paper items in the administrative pouch.  It also provides enough room to pack your survival items that will help you reach your bug out location.

Altogether these would be my suggestions on why you should have a bug out bag.  Please leave a comment below if you have any additional suggestions.  Your feedback helps the community prepare the smart way now so that we can thrive later.



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