Don’t make these common mistakes when starting your survival bug out bag or BOB for short. We have some suggestions that can help you.
A bug out bag or BOB for short is basically the items you need to make it through the next 72 hours when disaster strikes.
We have already went over what items you need in a bug out bag, but each bag is customized based on what you will need to live.
Each member of the family should have one and they should be placed in a safe, easy-to-and-grab-if-needed place.
You can make some mistakes when preparing your BOB however.
1. Buying a cheap backpack– Some things should not be bought cheap such as a backpack. What if the SHTF and you had to get out and evacuate with a backpack that had a broken strap. You’d have to tote it to have the items you need to survive and that would stink!
– Go to your local Academy or outdoor store and try them on. Find one that feels comfortable on you and is the right size for your height.
– Try to find a good quality backpack with double, or better yet, triple stitching, is waterproof and preferably has a padded waist belt as it helps with the pressure on back since some BOBs can be pretty heavy depending what you decide to put in them.
2. Buying a bright, flashy backpack– When bugging out in a lot of SHTF, you will want you and your family to blend in to your environment. Having a big bright neon green backpack is not the best choice when buying a backpack.
– Go for colors such as browns, dark blues, army greens and blacks.
– Don’t add key chains on it that has bright colors like a bright neon orange mini flashlight.
3. Packing too much stuff– When my family and I travel, my wife literally packs everything but the kitchen sink. She is so afraid we will forget something. This is often what happens when people pack their bug out bags.
– Only pack items you know you will need, not what you “might’ need. Wouldn’t you rather pack extra water and food instead of something you “may” need?
– Think about what item you would need to survive on a daily basis and pack them.
– Try to pack as lightly as possible.
4. Don’t wait until the SHTF– Waiting until the SHTF is a bad idea because if you are quickly trying to pack, you are scared. You need to pack at a time when you are calm and can sit and think about what you would need. Not throw everything together as quickly as possible and hope you remembered everything and not forget something important.
– Pick a time when you can sit and think about what you need and then pack.
– If you don’t want bags sitting around, at the very least, make a list of what you would need and have it handy in case it has to be utilized.
5. Know where everything is in your bag– Organize and familiarize yourself with what is in in each compartment. You don’t want to stop and have to dig through your bag to find something at the time when you may need to keep moving.
– Go through every few months and check dates on food and change out clothes to fit the appropriate season.
– If you take something out, be sure to place back in the same place it was before.
6. Not packing a bug out bag for older kids– If you don’t pack a bag for your older kids, you’ll have an extra load on your back carrying items for them. I’m not saying they need to carry as much as you, but they can carry some items.
– Pack small items that are lightweight in their bags such as emergency mylar blankets, small flashlights and snacks.
– Also include small toys, small portable travel games, and stuffed animals for comfort.
7. Not adding a way to repair your backpack– Adding a way to repair a small hole or tear is important. You don’t need to know how to professionally sew something but have a basic knowledge of a simple hand stitch.
– Add a some thread and a couple of needles in a reused Altoids can so the needles won’t poke through if you don’t want to pack a bigger sewing kit.
-Include a pair of needle-nose pliers to fix zippers on your backpack.
Don’t make these common mistakes as many people often do.
Pack only what you need and try to keep it lightweight. It also helps to do used to carrying your backpack on your back for long period of time.
Get into habit of walking and keeping into shape. Believe it or not, it will be a blessing in the long run.