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Favorite Bug Out Bag
« on: July 27, 2013, 12:13:21 AM »
I find myself periodically changing and or reorganizing my bug out bag as new and better features become available.  I started with a U.S. military medium backpack and then changed to several other brands and styles; but my latest and greatest which I anticipate staying with for a long time is the Condor 3 day assault pack in OD green.  What pack is everyone else using these days for their bug out bags?

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Re: Favorite Bug Out Bag
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2013, 01:01:23 AM »
I had the medium Alice Pack with a full setup.. long story not anymore... ex wife.. grrrrrr


now I just purchased a 30 yr old CDN army fully pack, integrated system. Should take pics of it, and am outfitting it.
My go bag is a smaller, civie pattern ... read non military, stocked for a 3 day out of vehicle experience. Will be adding in a Life straw soon.

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Re: Favorite Bug Out Bag
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2013, 02:42:25 PM »
I have a long back British Army surplus Bergen with side pouches as my BOB. Main pack capacity is 100 liters with the side pouches adding 10 liters capacity each. It is relatively comfortable and very durable. They are easy to acquire and the price is reasonable.

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Re: Favorite Bug Out Bag
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2013, 06:33:54 PM »
It's amazing how many great bug out bags there are both new and used at reasonable prices; at many of the Army/Navy surplus stores.

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Re: Favorite Bug Out Bag
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2013, 06:53:56 AM »
Too many people, don't know the difference between a Go bag and a GOOD back pack. Go bag, less than 5 min. warning, GOOD, gone with what you can assemble and carry, and most likely not coming back. For some that means hauling a trailer, and in a convoy with out-riders.  :o
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Re: Favorite Bug Out Bag
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2013, 04:59:27 PM »
Now Ranger,

You and I both know, when traveling with a wagon-train it is ALWAYS best to have outriders and scouts - on both flanks, as well as, fore and aft of the main party. But you are very correct on pointing out the different uses and bags.

From my recent experience around here. Here is a firm rule, always, always, always - evac heavy. If you have the time, take whatever you can fit in the BOV or BOV & trailer, do not expect to EVER return. If that is not how you are thinking when you evac, you are going to get burned. Many of us around here got lucky this time. But we were lulled into a false sense of security because surely it will never flood this far away from the river. We, all, assumed because it never had, it never would. History teaches many good lessons, but not all historical lessons project to the future. When in doubt, pack heavy. If you don't need it or you get to return, so what, you had it. On the other hand, if you assume it will be a short evac and you never get to go back home to get the gear you left behind, you will be kicking yourself so hard, for so long.......I digress.

For me, my BOB is a very large red duffle bag. I plan to leave in my vehicle. Until that is not an option, all my gear is ready to go. As mode of travel changes, what stays behind changes. My main pack is a medium ALICE bag on a CDN '64 Pattern ruck frame with an aftermarket harness. Not pretty. But it still works. I, also have a gear vest in the duffle. It carries as much as a daypack, but with the weight distributed around me, not just on my shoulders.

Good topic.

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« Last Edit: July 29, 2013, 05:01:02 PM by Mountainman »

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Re: Favorite Bug Out Bag
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2013, 09:53:36 PM »
NOTE TO ALL
MountainMan has had to bug out 2 times in the past 3 months !


so I would listen to his sage words

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Re: Favorite Bug Out Bag
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2013, 12:08:22 AM »
WildE,

I am sure others on here have valuable advice as well. One flood and a nearby tornado, were just unscheduled practice drills. Than can happen at any time, any where to anybody. Maybe that was the point WildE was trying to make. Any time, any where, any body.

It sure keeps you humble. Thanks everyone for your support and contributing to great threads like this one.

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Re: Favorite Bug Out Bag
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2013, 03:29:32 AM »
We were going to get military packs but decided to blend in with mid level civilian packs. I would rather have a military pack though and may still get one and 'dress it up' to look normal.

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Re: Favorite Bug Out Bag
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2013, 10:28:23 PM »
I can't tell you how many times I've changed packs over the many years I've had bug out bags.  Maybe it's just a convenient excuse to keep buying more packs :)

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Re: Favorite Bug Out Bag
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2013, 01:37:19 AM »
That's funny, because that's the same thing my wife says about purses. ;D
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Re: Favorite Bug Out Bag
« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2013, 10:57:06 AM »
Gravs,

If you get a military pack system and need a quick camo for blending in with the civvies just put a rain cover over the whole bag - in day glo orange or fluorescent pink, then you can rip it off and throw it in the ditch when you reach tactical country. Or save the rain cover and use as a panel marker for landing helicopters.

Just a  thought,

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Re: Favorite Bug Out Bag
« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2013, 12:15:20 PM »
MntnMan has a great idea,
maybe though get the hunters version, bright orange on one side and camo on the other though. Then it has multiple uses with it being able to be removed and used another place.

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Re: Favorite Bug Out Bag
« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2013, 02:48:12 PM »
Here is a new revised way of hauling an extra pack.

http://dixonrollerpack.com/3327.html
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Re: Favorite Bug Out Bag
« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2013, 04:35:35 PM »
I have always suggested get a good golf cart with big wheels to haul extra gear, or a bike with a trailer

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Re: Favorite Bug Out Bag
« Reply #15 on: August 01, 2013, 06:09:03 PM »
Ranger. I would modify the device your link shows. It would need 2 wheels spaced further apart than your hips. One wheel will allow for constant shifting of the load from side to side which would constantly throw you off balance and take a lot of energy to correct. Another useful device would be a "jogger" type stroller.
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Re: Favorite Bug Out Bag
« Reply #16 on: August 01, 2013, 08:37:56 PM »
Rollercart; what an interesting concept.  I've never seen one around these parts before.

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Re: Favorite Bug Out Bag
« Reply #17 on: August 02, 2013, 06:34:20 AM »
I agree to a point on the two wheel concept, except in rough terrain, then one wheel would be easier. At least that's what I believe.
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Re: Favorite Bug Out Bag
« Reply #18 on: August 02, 2013, 11:05:28 AM »
Here is a new revised way of hauling an extra pack.

http://dixonrollerpack.com/3327.html

Ranger,

That Dixon roller pack looks good, I agree with JAB in theory about 2 wheels, but in this case, since the frame has two anchor points at the hips like a pulk (covered toboggan) I think this design will be more stable than one would believe.

Not to mention this rolling frame would also be good for casualty extraction and possibly transportation.

I bet you could move at least 100lbs on this device and probably 150lbs without too much effort if loaded correctly.

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PS - Any ideas on what it costs??

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Re: Favorite Bug Out Bag
« Reply #19 on: August 15, 2013, 04:58:13 PM »
We have all decided to carry the gerig water pack, which holds upto 40lbs small survival items, 4 large duffel bags med suplys,ammo, firearms...etc and pass off to one another to share the load, a few of us have purchased tac vests and yes you can wear them in conjunction with the pack and it also helps to balance the load.Will be practicing BO with horses this fall. Leading and riding trade offs to keep everyone from exhaustion. Should be fun.
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