When putting a Bugout Bag together one thing some survivalists fail to take into account is the weight of their pack. It’s tempting to fill your bag with loads of gear, but before you go stuffing it to the brink of exploding, you may want to take a couple of things into account.
- How much weight can you reasonably carry?
- Is the gear absolutely essential to your survival?
- Is there a lighter alternative?
- Can your gear be used for multiple tasks?
Before the SHTF
- Go on a trial run – Don’t let an emergency be the first time you carry your pack. Put yourself through a realistic test and see how long you can comfortably carry your bag at full weight.
- Start with the Pack – If you really want to lower your weight don’t buy a monster backpack. Realistically, you probably don’t need a huge pack with monster metal supports. Look for an ultra-lite pack. The newer packs are made with lightweight materials that hold up just as long as the older ones, and can carry more weight comfortably than their older heavier counterpart.
- Multiple uses. How much of your equipment can be used for multiple tasks? Try to choose gear that can be used for multiple purposes.
- Take an inventory of your gear, it all Adds up – It might sound a little bit crazy but a good way of calculating your weight is with a computer spreadsheet and a postal scale. Seeing everything on the screen will help you evaluate what you can and can’t get rid of.