How to Properly Pack a Bug Out Bag

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 How to Properly Pack a Bug Out Bag

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When it’s finally time to run, you’ll treasure your tusty BOB. Everything you need to survive and make it to safety in one convenient tote.


Yet, getting to all that stuff, when needed, is its own tactical challenge. There’s an order to the packing of your bag and it’s important.

Rusty at True Prepper wrote out the rules of the packing. Please read and understand what he’s saying and why.

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“Securing the bug out tools you will need and the perfect bag are just a few steps in the quest for a bug out bag ready for SHTF. Where and how you pack your bug out bag can play a large factor in how effective your BOB actually is. Load distribution, accessibility, and even conceal-ability are important when considering your organization strategy. Don’t get caught with an uncomfortable pack, fumbling for the tool you need when time is short.”

-Rusty, True Prepper


All of this assumes one has the right bag and has picked the right items to go in it. An added benefit to rethinking the mechanics of how you pack is that you may realize you do or do not need something.


Here goes:


Rusty has three overarching priorities:

Weight Distribution;

Resource Accessibility; and



The weight is a huge factory, a “heavy” if you will because, on the trail, a bag tends to get HEAVY! I’ve found that the further I hike, the bag – any bag – seems to magically gain mass. Maybe it’s the gravity.


How the bag fits your body is extremely important. You want a model that distributes the weight evenly. Also consider one that allows to you to change the carry mode. Give your back a break and let the arms do it – and visa versa.


How the bag is packed affects the distribution. Rusty has tips for maximizing carry ability while saving the body as much as possible.


Right behind carry is accessibility. Some items can be buried deep inside. If you’ll only need it at camp, then it’s not too important to have at the ready for a moment’s notice – a tent or can opener for instance.


A pistol or compass on the other hand is a different matter. There are some thing syou might need immediately as you travel. And they should be easy to get to. Pack with that in mind. Here, too, the design of the bag matters greatly.


The look of the bag counts too and more than you might think. No, you are not trying to make a fashion statement. In fact, that’s the last thing you want to do. Avoid standing out while you hike along. Pick a look that helps you blend in. Be a “gray man.”


Rusty has great tips for the inconspicuous appearance. That can keep you out of trouble. That dude in the picture above? He stands out. That, you do not want. Remember, attention is bad of the bug out.

Please review the original for these points and more.


A turtle carries his house on his back – at all times. Yet the only thing in his house is him. Your bug out bag is a little different. It’s on your back but it should also be on your mind. The bag size and quality and utility counts. So does the items therein. And, how those items are arranged is also paramount.


Give it a little thought and give it a re-pack if necessary. Come doomsday and on the run, you’ll be relieved – at least about the bag.

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