Note: This is the sixth article in our series for the beginning prepper. If you want to read them in order, you can start here.
So now you have accumulated the necessary items to put a bug out bag (BOB) together and you need something to put it all in. Based on the premise that you may end up being foot mobile in a bug out situation, a rucksack is called for.
We have already discussed color previously. I differ from others in that I do not think color really matters. Obviously hot pink might not be a good idea, but whether BOB is camouflaged, black or any of the other “taboo” colors is irrelevant. Some people have the theory that a military style camouflage BOB will “give you away” to all of the non prepared people around you. They then recommend that you buy an AR, AK, or serious shotgun to defend yourself with. I wonder why they think those won’t give you away as a “prepper” who may have something to take. Once again, think these things through seriously before you take any survival “Guru’s” internet opinion at face value.
The color of BOB is irrelevant.
So what are you looking for? Size for one thing. BOB needs to hold the items you have accumulated for a three day survival and a little more space. Notice I haven’t discussed clothing yet.
BOB also needs to have wide and comfortable straps as well as a waist strap. BOB needs to be comfortable. BOB needs lots of compartments and pouches in order to organize things for quick access. It should have MOLLE (pronounced Molly) loops to allow you to attach additional items on the outside when needed.
Below are some typical examples of available bug out bags and are only listed to start giving you an idea of what to look for. Once again, do your research and buy wisely.
Sandpiper of California is a company that makes an excellent line of rucksacks. The Long Range Bug Out Bag is representative of their line.
511 is a company that makes an excellent clothing line as well as great tactical gear. Their 511 Rush series bags are quality gear and a good choice for your BOB
Many of these rucksacks are set up to enable you to place a water bladder from Camelback inside. Camelback makes a good line of rucksacks also. Their Mil Tac HAWG is an excellent BOB choice with plenty of pockets, MOLLE and comes with a 3 liter water bladder and hose.
The above three rucksacks are just examples of the hundreds of possibilities and choices you have. Ask around, shop around and choose wisely, because the BOB you marry may have to have your life riding in it!
OK Begining Prepper. You probably have your hands full selcting and aquiring the 72hr kits you need. Lets now talk about something that concerns you now and will concern you as long as you prep (or even breathe) Operation Security(OPSEC)