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ApexxApexx MemberPosts: 111 Member
In the name of self defense and preservation I was wondering in any of you could recommend a good bug out bag. Lots of info out there, but was wondering what seems to work for folks around here. Not looking to break the bank just wanting something that is quality and can be loaded up with the necesities and stored. Preferably something in a back pack configuration.

Thoughts? recommendations?

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  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,871 Senior Member
    What kind of bugging out are you talking about? What do you want to carry? You want something so that if there's a natural disaster you can grab and go quickly to a shelter or a family member's house that has basic gear, or are we looking for something for the end of the world and complete meltdown of Western civilization?
    I'm just here for snark.
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    Gucci handbag- - - - -but make sure you've got shoes to match!
    :deadhorse::deadhorse::deadhorse:
    Jerry
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,423 Senior Member
    I'd do it in levels. One for a quick bug out. Then something more comprehensive. Like when you layer clothing in winter.
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  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 10,813 Senior Member
    ...the end of the world and complete meltdown of Western civilization?

    This one is the most fun...money is no object.
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,871 Senior Member
    bisley wrote: »
    This one is the most fun...money is no object.
    But only if you plan on living out of debt.
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  • SirGeorgeKillianSirGeorgeKillian Senior Member Posts: 5,463 Senior Member
    I got this one which is US Issue from a buddy who just got back from the sand box. It isn't as big as the old ruck sacks, but is more sturdy than any other backpack I have ever seen. A close second would be to check out the hunting section at your local store. Hunting backpacks work great, are usually rain repellent, and most have a spot for a camel back style bladder.
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  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,871 Senior Member
    My camping pack is a surplus ALICE pack, size large. More than large enough to carry my gear, I prefer framed packs, and I can tuck a camelback in there and have no problems.
    I'm just here for snark.
  • ApexxApexx Member Posts: 111 Member
    What kind of bugging out are you talking about? What do you want to carry? You want something so that if there's a natural disaster you can grab and go quickly to a shelter or a family member's house that has basic gear, or are we looking for something for the end of the world and complete meltdown of Western civilization?

    For the sake of this discussion call it for BUG out Basics. The bare esentials of survial that can fit in a "medium" or "large" back back.
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,871 Senior Member
    Survival in an urban setting, or in the woods? What stuff do you plan on having access to? Do you need to provide your own food and water? And how long do you expect to survive? How many people?

    Sorry to keep asking questions, but the idea of a "bug out bag" is so broad that one needs to have the parameters defined before they can really discuss things.
    I'm just here for snark.
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 12,573 Senior Member
    Can't help, as I don't plan to bug out any time in the future. I guess I don't understand the concept. Bug out from what?
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    I bugged out in 1983. It took several loads with a 1-ton 59 Chevrolet stake bed truck. Nobody makes a "bag" that big, and if they did nobody could carry it!
    Jerry
  • QuinianQuinian Senior Member Posts: 707 Senior Member
    I carry the "gunslinger 2" while hunting.. I suppose that'd make a good bug out. price is 250-400 depending on model though
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,871 Senior Member
    How you're going to get where you're going factors in, too.

    If I'm planning to bug out because a massive hurricane is coming my way and I'm going to a shelter, I'll have 1-2 changes of clothes, 3-4 pairs of underwear and socks, food and water for 3 days, snacks, bed roll with blanket and pillow, spare pair of shoes, hat, rain pants and jacket, med kit, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, wash cloth, towel or 2, books, some games that don't require batteries, cell phone and charger, duct tape, and some cash. Most shelters don't allow weapons, so no small CCW or small knife. I'll wear normal clothes and no boots or gear that screams "TACTICAL."

    If the yellow or brown horde is pouring over the border, in a main pack I'll have 1 change of clothes, 3-4 pairs of underwear and socks, high density food, camel back and as many water bottles as I can carry, snacks, couple of MREs, bed roll with blanket and pillow, spare pair of shoes, hat, rain pants and jacket, med kit, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, wash cloth, towel or 2, books, some games that don't require batteries, camp stove with fuel, a spare 5.56 and handgun ammo, tent, 2 tarps, plastic sheeting, duct tape, a compass, knife, small saw, .22 LR handgun and plenty of ammo, packable fishing rod with sinkers, hooks, and bobbers, mosquito head net, entrenching tool, paracord, cable ties, binoculars, and some other stuff I can't think of.
    I'd also carry a fanny pack that I never take off unless bathing or sleeping. That'll have more pistol ammo (and I'll never take off my pistol unless bathing), knife, fire starter, small med kit, compass, chem light sticks, paracord, cable ties, flat roll of duct tape, cable-type saw, CD (for signal mirror), fishing line with hooks and sinkers, snare wire, and one MRE. Plus some other stuff I'm probably forgetting.

    As you can see, what's needed to "survive" varies by what you're going to do.
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  • ApexxApexx Member Posts: 111 Member
    OK let me rebot this thread. Forget I ever mentioned "BUG OUT". Do you have a recomendation for a durable back pack that can carry about 40 lbs of STUFF that may or may not be food, water, ammunition, first aid, rope, tools, toiletries, cloths, documents, etc that I may or may not need if I have to leave my house in haste on foot and all I have to grab is one bag and a gun. Not sure when or if I will ever return.
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,871 Senior Member
    Military ALICE pack. Any of the more reputable backpacks made for camping. I prefer Cordura in those. No matter what make sure it has a frame and a waist belt.

    It really comes down more to personal choice than to what's "good." I mean, think about it, whatever holds a good amount of camping gear will do just fine for your purposes. It's more about what features do you want than any one brand or model. Top load or front load? Buncha D-rings or a few? Camo or not?
    I'm just here for snark.
  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,739 Senior Member
    This might work for you:

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    http://www.cabelas.com/product/High-Sierra-Titan-55-Internal-Frame-Backpack/1191706.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=%2Fcatalog%2Fsearch.cmd%3Fform_state%3DsearchForm%26N%3D0%26fsch%3Dtrue%26Ntk%3DAllProducts%26Ntt%3Dbackpack%26WTz_l%3DHeader%253BSearch-All%2BProducts&Ntt=backpack&WTz_l=Header%3BSearch-All+Products

    Or maybe something a little smaller like this:
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    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/2606114047/atlanco-gi-spec-3-day-military-backpack

    Like Bream was getting at, it really depends on what you hope to achieve with it. Most folks have a goal in mind and want a pack that will help them achieve that goal. (Mission Specific)

    JMHO
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  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,871 Senior Member
    Also, personal preference is a big deal. I live in FL, and I hate internal frame packs for all-day use. The pack sits on your back and acts like a big blanket, for me. On the other hand an external frame pack allows a bit of air movement, and that's a bit more comfortable.
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  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 9,320 Senior Member
    www.eberlestock.com

    The last pack you'll ever need.
    WWJMBD?

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  • QuinianQuinian Senior Member Posts: 707 Senior Member
    Bigslug wrote: »
    www.eberlestock.com

    The last pack you'll ever need.

    yup yup! That's what I was saying I use for hunting. Couldn't think of the mfg at the time I posted...
    http://www.eberlestock.com/G2H%20Gunslinger%20II.htm

    I also really like the G4 (on amazon) it's the same pack but with more pockets. But I figured for 450 I'll pass I probably don't need any more weight as it as anyway. The Gunslinger II I use is molle so you could add extra pockets that way if need be.
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