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10 Deadly Bug Out Bag Mistakes

Posted on May 29 2018

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If you’re the type of person that knows the meaning of the term “SHTF”, you probably have some idea of what belongs in a Bug Out Bag. Most of us have spent hours researching and acquiring the best items we can find to help us survive an emergency scenario.

Despite all the time spent crafting our perfect kit for bugging out, there are bound to be few things that are overlooked. Here is a list of 10 Deadly Bug Out Bag Mistakes that you’ll want to avoid.

This doesn’t seem like a huge deal, but purchasing your bag before you consider what goes in it is like putting the proverbial cart before the horse. The first step in building a comprehensive bug out bag, is to first determine when, where, and how you are going to use it then.

Next, figure out what gear you need to accomplish this. Once you have the gear you want, only then should pick out a bag that will best suit your needs.


We all know that water is essential for survival and that we can only live for 3 days without it. But in the case of bugging out, we often get fixated on gear and can overlook our most vital resource.
So how much should you bring and what is the best way to transport it?

Well that all depends on the environment and conditions you are bugging out in. One of our favorite methods for carrying water is using multiple 16 oz. plastic water bottles. They are cheap, easy to come by, and when empty, take up very little space. If you combine this with a portable filtration/purifying device, you can ensure you’ll have water in all most any scenario.


Would you carry a firearm and never once test it out at the range? Of course not. But when it comes to bug out gear, we often buy something and stuff it into a bag to save for a rainy day, sometimes without ever taking it out of the packaging.

This is a common mistake that can be easily remedied by pulling out your gear and putting it through its paces. Not only will this make sure your equipment is up to the task, it will also give you the opportunity to practice some of your survival skills.


This maxim holds true for suitcases, car trunks, and especially bug out bags. If you purchase a bag that is too large for your needs, the urge to fill it is virtually irresistible.(SEE MISTAKE #10)

Another way to lighten your load, is to carefully weigh out each item and search for lighter versions when possible. For example, a great lightweight option for a first aid kit is the ReadyMan Bug Out Med Kit.


One of the most overlooked aspects of bugging out is taking care of your feet. If they start to blister and fall apart, you’re not going to make it very far. So proper footwear and care is going to be a big factor if you’re bugging out on foot.

We recommend breaking in your boots before you bug out in them. We also suggest wearing comfortable, wool socks, like the ones made byDarn Tough . Lastly, go barefoot from time to time to help toughen and condition your feet. You may jeopardize your foot modeling carrier, but you’ll thank us if you ever have to hike across long distances.


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  • Rowcar Gellert: June 01, 2018

    I’m a very active 46-year-old man born with Spina-bifida. I put together a survival kit attached to my wheelchair for long distance pushes after watching videos and read blogs on survival & “Bugging Out” for years. I never thought I’d have to do that. But October 8, 2017, I was awakened about 4 o’clock in the morning. I and my family were caught up in the Northern California wildfires. We bugged out in our family van dog and all. It wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been, but I wished I’d been better prepared. I learned the flaws in my kit.

  • John Kimbrough: May 31, 2018

    when choosing a bag you should choose one that gives you some extra space to pick up things along the way that you may need.

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