Hi I’m Gord,
I have always been a freedom seeker and as such I’ve loved the idea of the outdoors. But it really didn’t take long for me to realize just what that freedom means in the real world until I started taking my son for longer and longer “expeditions” into the wild.
It was on one such occasion when Steve and I were trying to get to a remote mountain lake in British Columbia with a blow up dingy that I realized just how much freedom that 20 LBS dinghy cost! Tired and exhausted with backpacks and fishing gear, I resolved to make things much, much lighter next time.
The Rightness of Lightness
Over the years I’ve come to see just how handy finding the lightest hiking and camping equipment can be for all kinds of purposes including bug out survival bags, but also how impractical and overwhelming most bug out bags you see advertised are! In addition, by simplifying ‘what you need’ you can make things a lot more workable and packable. These days I see a lot of people putting whatever they have around the house into a big heavy canvas bag…maybe it’s a military type thing decked out with fancy Camo. Sure those things are indestructible and look really cool, but in the real world, they can be like carrying around an anchor. Believe me I’ve actually hiked with one in my pack so I know (it was a crazy story …had to do with fishing). Add to that your Dad’s old Davey Crocket knife from the 60s with a cast iron pan dragged up from the basement and you have what so many people think is a decent emergency bug out bag.
I want to change that since I know that if a person ever needs to walk any distance in an emergency, they will most likely need to be able to get as far as they can as fast as they can. Aside from your own physical fitness, the weight of your kit and your knowledge of how to use it is going to be key.
Keeping It Fun
And this is the really fun part about making a bug out bag that I’m willing to bet a lot of people never do: test the bag in the real world. And to me, that means camping with it!
At the very least it means trying to see how far you can carry it. Seeing how well it shelters and feeds you is the best test.
So I with those things in mind, really want to share what I’ve discovered and will discover as I test and improve my bug out bag.
The biggest piece of advice I can give is to expect the best and prepare for the worst. By expecting the best you can use your bug out bag for fun things like hiking and camping, but always know that if it came down to it, that fully packed and ready to go bag will be able to protect you and take care of you at a moments notice.
So here it is. I hope you enjoy and get great useful ideas from my personal bug out bag.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,