I will be doing a Warrior Dash 5k on October 10th. We will be doing the St. Jude heat, because it’s not worth doing unless we raise some money for charity. If you would like to donate to St. Jude, please go to http://theprepperpodcast.com/warrior2015
Episode 100 is coming up, and I would like to do something for you. Give me ideas of what you would like.
You will notice that this is a replay of a previous podcast, but as I have been going through the beginning stages of starting your journey into preparedness, I thought it best to cover choosing bug out bags before I discuss what goes in it.
Choose the Correct Bug Out Bag and How to Pack it for Stability and Proper Fit
Which comes first, the bag or the gear?
Gather supplies, then choose bag
Get bag, then choose supplies
I recommend getting bag first
So you don’t pack your house in it
When choosing your bag, keep this in mind for a great fit
You will be visible if you look different than everyone else
Do not want to draw attention
Be prepared without “looking prepared”
Choose neutral or mute colors
If you use camo, OD green, or black you scream, “I am prepared and tactical” or “I have lifesaving equipment in my bag… Just take it.”
If you use bright colors, you draw attention. People can’t help but notice you
If you are going on a night trip, don’t pack for a month’s trip.
Choose the correct bag.
2.5 to 5 lbs
2.5 to 5+ lbs
Choose a Pack based on Torso Size, not overall height.
Base of your neck to your hipbone
Women and children sizing is available from most manufacturers
Their torsos are shorter
Up to 15.5 in
M / Regular
L / Tall
Determine the Load Support or Frame of the Pack
Types of frames
Better Weight Dispersal
Further from body
Close to body
Poor weight dispersal
Better weight dispersal than internal
Closer to body than external
Get to Your Gear Easily when it Matters by choosing the right pack.
Unloading your pack stinks
You want a pack designed to organize and compartmentalize
Typical Pack Pockets
Where you will place the bulk of your items.
Pack items that you don’t need constant access to
Heavy items need to be center of pack, near your back
Medium weight items get packed around the heavy core.
Keep all the weight possible at your spine
If weight is too high, you will be off balanced
If weight is too low, you will lean forward to balance and overwork your back
Sleeping Bag Compartment
I prefer lashing on bags and tents
This would be a good spot for a hammock pack and mosquito netting
Keep the weight a little lower here
Water Bottle Pocket
I don’t like these, but I will place bottles in these as long as I can tie the bottle.
If I can’t tie the bottle, it doesn’t belong to me
Great for ID, a little cash, maybe a food bar
Top Lid Pocket
Keep low weight here
This may be used to fine-tune the balance of the pack
Keep light items that you will be needing a lot in in all outside pockets
Lots of utility features are available, so use what you need.
You can’t buy what you didn’t know was there.
I use these for tightening my pack down to keep weight on my spine
I also lash things down with them
Hydration bladder with drink tube
This is almost perfectly designed to keep your heaviest item on your back
You can drink on the fly
Perfect for items on carbiners
Great for lifting bag
I don’t use these much
Tucked away in a Velcro compartment to pull over bag
Modular Lightweight Load-Carrying Equipment
Lots of compatable options
I typically lash these to the front straps for ease of access