Truth Survival has a great article about building your own bug out bag. I really like how they start by trying to cover the things that you should be looking for in a backpack.
I’ve divided this article up into two parts. In the first, I’m going to review the best outdoor backpacks on the market. After that, I’ll show you exactly what to put inside your bag to optimize your chances of survival. Everyone has their own style when it comes to putting together the best bug out bag. I’ll be showing you mine. Remember, every bag should contain a few universal “core” elements. Your “secondary” elements will depend on your geographic location. With that said, let’s get started.
You need something that’s durable, comfortable, and that can fit a lot of stuff. Remember, you never know how long a survival situation is going to last. The best bug out bag should allow you to survive indefinitely (or at a minimum, for several weeks). We’ll start by comparing two types of backpacks: tactical and hiking.
Although they may “look” the same, hiking and tactical backpacks are very different. I don’t think that either one is “better” than the other. It really depends on the person. Both backpack types have their pros and cons. To make the best choice, you’ll need to understand all of these. Otherwise, you’ll have a difficult time putting together the best bug out bag possible. We’ll start with discussing the pros and cons of hiking backpacks, then move on to discuss the pros and cons of tactical backpacks.
After they cover the backpack they go pretty in depth in what should go in your bug out bag. We have a few different views on what you should be carrying, but that’s to be expected when you’re talking about a subject as broad as bug out bags.
While building the best bug out bag requires a lot of work, it’s definitely worth the monetary and time investment. As the old saying goes, “It’s better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it”. In this particular case, it couldn’t be further from the truth. The best bug out bag will allow you to stay alive when SHTF. If I forgot to mention something, feel free to let me know in the comments section below!
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