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How To Build Your Own Perfect Bug Out Bag

from The Sleuth Journal:

For years, my bug out bag has languished in a closet, stuffed to the gills with the gear that I “thought” I might need if forced to flee my home following a disruptive event.  My bag, as precious as it was, weighed over 40 pounds and the zippers were to the point of bursting.  It was full of gear to cover every contingency I could think of.

How did this happen?  Quite honestly, it happened gradually over a period of years.  It started six years ago with my first B.O.B.   That first effort included mostly the basics: fire making supplies, water purification tabs, a couple of knives, TP, a first aid kit, personal items, documents, and cash.  At the time, I thought I was set.  Of course I was wrong.

I Already Have a Bug-Out Bag.  Why Change?

Over the last six years, my knowledge of preparedness has grown exponentially, and with each new month, a light bulb has gone off and another piece of gear added to the pack.  Clearly, it was time for a change.

Why change?  My bag had become a mish mash of items, most of which I would never need.  The bag was too heavy and even if it was not, in an emergency I could not get to its poorly organized contents easily.

This time I wanted to do it right.  Before setting out to reconfigure my bug out bag, I set down some assumptions and goals.

1.  First and foremost, my bug out bag needed to address what I felt were the most-likely disruptive events to occur in my area.  Yes, this would be a subjective risk evaluation but before continuing, I knew it had to be done lest I suffer another 40 pound behemoth backpack.

2.  My B.O.B. needed to be road-worthy.  It had to get me both away from home and back to home, depending on the circumstances.

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1 comment to How To Build Your Own Perfect Bug Out Bag

  • Ed_B

    Good list of things for a BOB but missing are: 1) a small 9 mm handgun and ammo; 2) a compass; 3) a good county map that includes your home and the place to which you want to bug out; 4) a clean pair of dry socks; 5) 50 feet of 6 lb monofilament line, fish hooks, and weights; and 6) matches in a plastic vial. Yes, she had a fire starter in there but at least 2 ways to start a fire should be the minimum for this critical item.

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