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#125743 - 02/29/08 07:57 AM Bug-Out-Bag options
jasond Offline

Registered: 11/13/07
Posts: 52
Loc: North Carolina
I am trying to put together a bug-out-bag and am asking for suggestions on what type of bag to get. I don't really want to spend more than $75 on the bag itself but I really have no idea where to start and was hoping for some experienced suggestions.

#125747 - 02/29/08 08:52 AM Re: Bug-Out-Bag options [Re: jasond]

I guess the first question is how long you intend your BOB to enable you to bug out. I would guess a 3-day pack would suffice for most BOB's. The EAGLEŽ A-III ASSAULT 3-DAY BACKPACK looks promising, although for a bit more than you want to spend. Maybe the medium ALICE pack, used with or without the frame, for about $55 w/o frame.
I am actually looking into 72-hour BOB options too, although since I already have a large ALICE pack, I may just use that, with extra room for region specifics (cold weather gear; extra water) and/or extended bug-out times.
It's important to explore whether or not what you already have is viable for the intended purpose.

My question is: How does a person carry LBE gear and a ruck at the same time? I read somewhere that it is supposed to be that way, but I can't imagine how a heavy backpack (large ALICE) can be worn over a load-bearing belt and harness. Don't they both need to occupy the same hip space?

#125751 - 02/29/08 10:56 AM Re: Bug-Out-Bag options [Re: jasond]
wildman800 Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 11/09/06
Posts: 2818
Loc: La-USA
I use an Austrian Army rucksack for my BoB. It is equipped to help me get home over long distances if TSHTF while I'm away from home.
The best luck is what you make yourself!

#125757 - 02/29/08 12:51 PM Re: Bug-Out-Bag options [Re: jasond]
jaywalke Offline

Registered: 12/22/07
Posts: 172
Loc: Appalachian mountains

Jansport makes decent, lower-cost camping backpacks that have served me for hundreds of trail miles. They will blend in (i.e. make you look harmless) better than mil-spec gear, I believe, if that is a concern for you.

Spring is when the new pack lines come out, so last year's models will be dumped on discounters or put on sale soon if they are not already. Look at:

REI-outlet (although they may not carry Jansport, they will have good deals)


Sierra Trading Post

#125770 - 02/29/08 02:00 PM Re: Bug-Out-Bag options [Re: jaywalke]
Dan_McI Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 12/10/07
Posts: 844
Loc: NYC
I'd be worried about the size, so it fits you, and the amount it holds, so it can hold everything you want it to contain. I found something that fit me and bought it off ebay for about $30.

#125792 - 02/29/08 05:09 PM Re: Bug-Out-Bag options [Re: Dan_McI]
MoBOB Offline

Registered: 09/17/07
Posts: 1219
Loc: here
I agree with Dan_Mcl; make sure the the bag fits you. Any bag can hold stuff, you need to hold the bag. If it fits poorly you are in for a world of hurt. If you don't already have your BOB items separated ou,t then I would suggest that you take a medium-sized suitcase and start chucking your stuff in there. This gives you an idea of volume. Leave a little room for seasonal variations. This will let you see what size bag you are in search of. No need to buy a military duffel bag with straps 'cuz it holds gobs'o'stuff.
"Its not a matter of being ready as it is being prepared" -- B. E. J. Taylor

#125809 - 02/29/08 07:44 PM Re: Bug-Out-Bag options [Re: MoBOB]
teacher Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 12/14/05
Posts: 848
Agreed - a big bookbag (like a kids school backpack) is a fine place to start. Nice volume, cheap and really cheap used) and very common. Find one with a belt to distribute the weight and a few lash points.

#125823 - 02/29/08 11:03 PM Re: Bug-Out-Bag options [Re: teacher]
Eugene Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/26/02
Posts: 2838
Thats what my bob is currently. Its a school book bag thats so old its made in the USA.

#125838 - 03/01/08 01:32 AM Re: Bug-Out-Bag options [Re: jasond]
jasond Offline

Registered: 11/13/07
Posts: 52
Loc: North Carolina
I think I got some good ideas to start with. Thanks for the help.

#125845 - 03/01/08 03:53 AM Re: Bug-Out-Bag options [Re: jasond]
xavier01 Offline

Registered: 12/02/02
Posts: 86
Loc: Phx, AZ
I believe Walmart sells Jansport bookpacks.

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