A bug out bag is easily one of the most important survival items you can have as a prepper. And, since it holds all your resources together in one place, it’s arguably more important than most.
However, this is ironically the thing that many preppers like to pinch pennies on. And this is a BAD decision.
When it comes down to it, it’s smartest to learn from other people’s bad choices. And that’s why it’s important to avoid these…
3 Mistakes Preppers Make When Bug-Out Bag Shopping
Getting The Wrong Size
Carrying capacity is vital for storing all your stuff. But the truth is, bigger isn’t always bigger. This is because overstuffing a huge bag will slow you down and make it much harder to travel.
On the other hand, a bag that’s too small will prevent you from getting everything you need to fit for survival.
In the end, it’s typically best to go with a medium-size bag (about 60 liters). This gives enough room to store the essentials, without being too bulky.
Plus, if you need more storage space, it’s often best to get a small, additional bag. Kids can carry these, and you can share the load among the group.
Not Having An Organizational System
The ideal bug out bag has many compartments. This is great for organizing all your preps, so it’s easy to find everything you need.
Otherwise, if you get a bag with just one large storage compartment, you’re in trouble. You’ll have to dig through massive amounts of preps just to find the one thing you’re looking for. Which is an even bigger pain in the dark.
And when you’re wasting this much time searching, who knows what can happen.
Just be sure that it’s easy to close each and every compartment. This will prevent things like dirt, water, and bugs from getting into your preps.
Doesn’t Have Support
A bag may look supportive when you buy it in the store. But it takes stuffing all your preps into it to determine how supportive it really is – especially on your back.
Keep in mind that the typical prepper is carrying between 30 and 40 pounds in that bag. And this will be very uncomfortable with a bag that isn’t up to snuff.
Truly supportive bags often come with extra straps – like a chest strap and a waist strap. These help spread the weight across your body, and helps take the pressure off the shoulders.
The bag should also have a strong frame, as this will support the actual bag itself. This can be an internal or external frame. The purpose of this is to spread the weight inside throughout the entire bag. This way, it prevents tearing, and makes it easier to carry around.
Frames are especially necessary in bags carrying 40 pounds or more.
Check out the video below for even more bug out bag mistakes!