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#292878 - 08/06/19 01:35 PM Re: Bug-Out-Bag options [Re: teacher]
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Loc: southern Cal
you want load that is at light as possible, but still adequate for conditions encountered. It will weight anywhere from twenty to eighty pounds (ten to forty kilograms). You want a properly designed backpack to carry the load, whatever its weight. Plenty of such items are available at any decent outdoor store. No need to mess with Army surplus.

Don't worry about style points.

Edited by hikermor (08/06/19 01:36 PM)
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#292880 - 08/06/19 01:57 PM Re: Bug-Out-Bag options [Re: hikermor]
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Posts: 5247
My goal is toward the 20# end of that weight range, including pack and water; it gets lighter as the water is used. More weight means slower travel by foot. Speed is life.

#292892 - 08/07/19 02:15 AM Re: Bug-Out-Bag options [Re: Russ]
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As an old Arizona desert rat, I am more inclined to say that 'water is life." Depending on circumstances, speed might or might not be.
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#292900 - 08/07/19 08:27 PM Re: Bug-Out-Bag options [Re: teacher]
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Registered: 08/31/11
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Loc: Alaska
Originally Posted By: teacher
There might be more comfortable choices than the ALICE pack.
Wow! Reviving a thread from 2008? Could this be a new record for "Thread Necromancy"? shocked
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#292910 - 08/09/19 12:36 AM Re: Bug-Out-Bag options [Re: jasond]
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Registered: 11/09/06
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Loc: wellington, fl
Brings back memories, though. Saw Ironraven post figured Cavanaugh might show up. Using an LLBean ruck myself, a near perfect replica of the WWII bergen pack, sans frame. Pack that I grew up with, until the battery acid got to it.
Dance like you have never been hurt, work like no one is watching,love like you don't need the money.

#292912 - 08/09/19 03:33 AM Re: Bug-Out-Bag options [Re: jasond]
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Posts: 2460
Loc: Big Sky Country
I kinda miss Cavanaugh now!
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#292913 - 08/09/19 01:01 PM Re: Bug-Out-Bag options [Re: jasond]
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Old thread revival.

I think in these modern times a "bug out bag" will be a suitcase as your more likely to end up in a hotel than the wilderness. I've known a couple families that had to leave their house because it caught fire, and others that had to spend a week in a hotel during the winter due to power outages/furnace failures.

Take what you have, suitcase, duffel/gym bag, school backpack and start there. Put in some food/water/change of clothes/ toiletries, cash, etc. Pick a random weekend and "bug out" to a hotel somewhere as a surprise minivacation. Pack a small notepad and make a note of things you need/forgot/wish you had. When you get home start a plan to rotate stock in your BoB and add things you noted.

Then as you add/upgrade gear look for gear that can double duty with a hobby (camping, hiking, etc) so you can practice and share cost.

#292920 - 08/09/19 03:57 PM Re: Bug-Out-Bag options [Re: Eugene]
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Be prudent and adaptable and use both a backpack and a suitcase. you will probably end up in some sort of building, not the wilderness, but a backpack is the only way to go if you must do any amount of walking.

Overnight backpacking and hiking or bike touring are the kind of activities that will serve you well if you ever have to bug out - personal experience here.
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#292923 - 08/09/19 08:48 PM Re: Bug-Out-Bag options [Re: jasond]
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Registered: 12/14/05
Posts: 848
Yes - I have separate containers for outdoors/camping and one for indoors/hotel.
Might bring both depending.

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