If you're going to travel long distances, it's best to carry less weight. This means you should plan the content of your BOB carefully and only include items that are truly indispensable.
When packing your BOB, get-out-of-dodge (GOOD) bag or survival backpack, the ideal weight you should target is 10 percent of your body weight. The maximum you should attempt to carry is 20 percent.
If you have to carry everything on your back, make sure you are prepared to do so. Pick a sturdy bag that would best suit your needs and make sure you it has enough room for everything you need, not want.
When bugging out, you need to have at least two sets of outfits: the one you are wearing and a clean set in your backpack. Think about what kind of outfit is appropriate for the season. Choose clothes that will allow you to travel comfortably during hot or cold weather.
Buy high-quality footwear that won't get worn out easily. A good pair of shoes for bugging out should be able to protect your feet and keep them dry while allowing you to travel long distances comfortably. Make sure that they offer sufficient support for your feet and are easy to pack.
Don’t forget to bring extra socks to keep your feet warm and provide a certain amount of protection from blistering.
A hat or cap that will sit firmly on your head and a bandana -- an amazing, lightweight survival tool with hundreds of uses -- are important items to have when bugging out.
A good pair of sunglasses can protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. This is important because prolonged or direct exposure to the sun's UV rays can damage the cells in your eyes and lead to long-term issues, such as cataracts, macular degeneration, photokeratitis, blurred vision and snow blindness -- a painful eye condition caused by UV rays being reflected off ice and snow in winter.
Don’t forget to pack personal hygiene items, such as:
There are many other hygiene products not included in this list. For your comfort and ease, consider packing only the ones that you really need. (Related: How to make items for personal hygiene in a survival scenario.)
Injuries occur when you least expect it, so having a first-aid kit in your BOB is a must.
You can buy a good one or build one yourself. A good first-aid kit should come with all the basic medical items, such as an antiseptic ointment, bandages, gauze pads, medical tape, antibacterial wipes and over-the-counter medicines for common ailments.
Water is crucial for your survival, but it's heavy and inconvenient to carry large quantities when bugging out. That's why you need a reliable water filter in your BOB. Having one will allow you to gather water and filter it to make it drinkable.
You should also bring water purification tablets to make sure the water you collected is safe to drink. Although these tablets can't get rid of harmful chemicals like pesticides, they can help kill potentially harmful pathogens in water.
There are only a handful of brands and types to choose from when it comes to tablet-form water purifiers, so look for value (cost vs. benefit), effectiveness, speed, taste and versatility. Individually packaged tablets are amazingly convenient for BOBs and everyday carry kits.
Other useful small items to pack in your BOB include:
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