A bug out bag is an essential part of a preppers gear. Picking the right bug out bag or (B.O.B) can be tricky though, if you don't know what to look for. With so many options available it can be confusing and frustrating at times finding one that you'll be happy with. I'm going to give you some tips that I found useful when selecting my bag.
Figure Out the Intentions of Your Bag
Maybe the most important tip I can give you is to decide what purpose you want your bug out bag to perform. This is your first step as the rest of your selection process will be based around this. If you're wanting a 3 day bag you might want something a little bigger to store all of your food, water, first aid supplies etc. If you're only aiming for a bag that will get you by for a day, you can probably get away with a smaller sized bag.
Decide on a Budget
After you've decided what your end goal is for your bag picking your bag gets considerably easier. Its a good idea to determine how much you want to spend. Some assault style bags like the one I have can run any where from $30-$200 or more. You can find a good bag with out spending too much but it is a good idea to keep quality in mind when shopping around for your bag. Some people tend to spend too much money on there pack which they might use once in there life. On the other hand some people will go the cheap route and have a bag the falls apart on them when they're bug'n out. All I can say is do your research and find one that fits your needs with out going over your budget. No one bag is perfect for everyone.
There are two types of packs that I would recommend for your bug out bag. Either go with a hiking style pack or an assault or military style pack. You can't go to wrong picking either really as both are great options and can be found at affordable prices. The hiking packs can be great if you're planning on going light weight as the construction of them is made to be as light and comfortable as possible. The downside to picking these is that you tend to not be able to carry as much of a load in one of these as you could in an assault style pack. One big advantage the assault style packs have (especially the MOLLE ones) is that they are much more modular and have better ways of storing smaller items. They also tend to be built with more durable material allowing you to carry heavier loads.
Picking the perfect bug out bag can be a little tricky sometimes with all the bags out there on the market. Hopefully after you read this though you'll be able to make a better informed decision when picking your bag. Just keep in mind that there isn't a single bag that's best for everyone. Thanks for reading and check back soon for more posts.