What’s in your bug-out bag?

How to Make a Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Emergency Evacuation Survival Kit

It can be used to make shelter and to do countless other things. Your ability to mold your environment to suit your needs increases vastly when you have a good supply of strong line. Medical needs are covered by your first aid kit. You should have a quality first-aid kit, the contents of which you are intimately familiar, and you should include, whenever possible, a manual on basic first aid. Such a book can double as entertainment reading when you have down-time (although, granted, its pretty dry stuff). Remember that if you have specific, special medication needs, you have to have a good stockpile on hand to get you through an emergency.
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Gear Review: Maxpedition Bags for Bugging Out

Remember, though, they require hot water to prepare so that means a stove or fire and valuable time (if you are traveling). Military MREs are also good options. They have a long shelf-life, contain their own heating systems, and are very packable. They can be expensive, though. I would also suggest tossing in a few energy bars and candy bars. These are packed with calories and carbs both of which are extremely important. When we discuss food, we also need to discuss preparing it. A very simple cooking kit is all you should need.
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bug out bags?

One of the more recent terms I’ve seen is the “Get Out Of Dodge” (GOOD) Bag. As I read more and more about the purpose of such bags – and the potential circumstances leading to their use – I am constantly adjusting what I feel I need to load into mine. So, this week’s review is a simple “go over” of the basic contents and then some things I’ve been recently led to think about that are particular to different circumstances. For all of the law enforcement professionals who read this, remember: civilians who are evacuating from a given crisis area may be carrying any or all of these items or more. Never take for granted that they are only carrying survival necessities. I used to endorse the idea of getting a bag that would hold what you needed and nothing bigger. Why? Because I was more concerned about not exhausting yourself while having the basics.
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The Falcon IIs straps are sturdy. The pack has a waist band and chest strap. The webbing is thick, the stitching is strong, and every aspect seems perfectly designed for serious use. Im a bit of a zipper snob, and the Falcon IIs YKK zippers are built to take abuse. The main compartment opens completely, which allows for easy access to all of the contents. The downfall to this design, as many pack makers know, is that any weight in the outside compartments pulls on the big U-shaped zipper. The Falcon II has two straps on each side and a Y-shaped strap that provides a secure fifth connection. These straps take the weight off of the zipper and help to compress the load, which makes the pack much easier to balance. This pack can be synched down to almost nothing. Or, on the opposite side, the PALS straps on the outside of the bag allow for the addition of any number of smaller bags. Maxpedition offers a wide variety of add-ons that will allow for ultimate customization. The Falcon II has an MSRP of $155, but sells for less at many places on line. The Maxpedition Jumbo EDC (Every Day Carry) As for the bag at your side, again Im going with Maxpedition. The Jumbo EDC is very ergonomic. The wide shoulder strap places the bag right on your hip. My favorite feature of the EDC is the slim pocket behind the main compartment. Lined with Velcro, the pocket is the perfect place for a concealed holster. Maxpedition makes a simple strap holster that fits most pistols and revolvers. With this hidden in the pocket, the bag becomes a convenient means of off body carry . This Beretta PX4 in 9mm is the perfect option for a bug-out pistol and fits perfectly in this holster and the back pocket. If I have a bone to pick with the EDC, it would be that the main flap doesnt overlap the edges of the main compartment. Though it closes securely, the flap leaves just enough of a gap along the sides that contents can get wet in a heavy rain. But thats it. Everything else is ideal. I like the EDC so much that it has become my daily carry bag. It keeps me organized. While the Falcon II is a small backpack, the Jumbo EDC is huge. It has an MSRP of $79.99. Not bad for this level of performance. Something to think about I think too many people focus on what goes in the bag and then neglect the bag itself. Ive hiked thousands of miles, literally. I have seen trips ruined by poor equipment. If the bag isnt comfortable, durable and appropriately sized, it may not work. All of your preparations could be useless. And think also about weight. You bag should be no more than 30 pounds45 is the maximum. When I hike, I carry a pack that weighs just over 15 pounds (without food and water). Too much weight is not a problem, really, as you can always start heavy and ditch what you dont need. But it is good to know what you can comfortably carry. Try it out. Take your bug out bag

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