Choosing a suitable bag for your bug-out-kit, the bug-out-bag is a crucial task. And in the end, we all have our own requirements on the bags so a lot of the choice process ends up on you and your special needs.
Lets go through some of the options that we have to decide upon.
SizeThis depends on the number of days you need to be out, as well as what you are comfortable on carrying over distances. In a crisis situation, you may need to stay out a longer period of time and thus resupply
Straps 1 or 2There are a number of variety of backpacks out there. From bike messenger style bags, to hiking backpacks.
Something that seems to be in fashion at the moment is the single-strap bags, seen in games like Tom Clancy's Division
The pros of a single strap or messenger style bag is that you can swing it in-front of you for easy access without the need of taking it off. Could be useful if that is one of your requirements.
A long time ago I used bike messenger bags, but carrying them for long days tended to get my back hurt as the load was not balanced. So my choice is on an ordinary two strap bag.
Urban/SportsThe every day bag that you use to get to school, work or the gym is probably in this category. A lot of variety and quality in this sector. If you find something that suites you then go for it. I tend to find that bigger bags in this category are not that well planned in layout and design. It is hard to find what you are looking for.
A outdoor/hiking bag is built for covering distances on an adventure. Usually sits good on your back and can carry weight.
These bags are usually specified quite high, and have a lot of features and stuff for the outdoors person that needs it. And with all of these extra things, comes a price tag that is usually a bit higher. Be sure to check that your bag has the possibility for a water bladder (camelbak etc.)
(MOdular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment). Nice thing is that all MOLLE backpacks are prepared for water bladders.
Usually just practical and durable, not that many extras.
ColorColor choice should be based on your own requirements. Should you be seen or stay hidden?
Neutral colors that blend with your environment? Camouflage? Or warning colors like red, or yellow that shout out your location.
Your choice should reflect your requirements and the planned crisis you want to evade.
If your most probable scenario is a natural catastrophe, go for loud colors so that rescue can find you. If your scenario includes hostile forces occupying your home town, then perhaps a more stealthy option should be used.
My choice was on 2 tactical bags, 40 liters in size and a black color so that they don't pop out if you need to hide. Choice was on quite low price (around $40) range as hopefully they will just sit there in the basement.
2 large compartments and some smaller ones, and a lot of MOLLE webbing on the back and sides including velcro on the top part of the uppermost external pocket.
I think these will be great for my requirements.
Hope this helps someone out there : )
Until next time: Work to Live, Don’t Live to Work