In spite of the ton of articles and videos about the topic floating around people still get it wrong pretty often. Let’s take a look at some of the most common mistakes people make when planning for Bug Out scenarios.
1)Being too fat and out of shape
Too many people are fat or morbidly obese. Its not about being big, abut being large or big boned, its fat. If you are in poor physical shape, forget about backpacks, sleeping bags and losing sleep over which knife is best: None of that matters if you don’t take care of your basic, elemental tool: your body.
2)Poor Planning and Execution
Bugging Out means moving from point A to point B, point B being a place where there’s safety and shelter, maybe a friends house or a family member. Chances are, there’s already a road that can take you there, so there’s no need to walk across a national park when bugging out. Many survival experts show themselves or hold classes on bugging out which are basically glorified hiking trips. When you bug out for real, chances are you’ll walk along a road, and there’s a good chance there will be other refugees along with you.
3)Too much emphasis on combat or bushcraft
We tend to favor the things we enjoy doing. For former military guys, they tend to go gun-ho very easily, although at times its better to carry concealed. For outdoorsy types, its buschcraft that they focus on, sometimes overlooking more practical solutions or completely loosing perspective of the real objective just because of nostalgia.
4)Bug Out Bag is too heavy
In general the bags tend to be too heavy for the person carrying it. 10-15% of the body weight should be the maximum weight so as to stay somewhat light and be able to keep up a reasonable speed and not tire that much.
5)Essential items missing
In spite of most bags being too heavy and having plenty of necessary items, they often miss the crucial ones. Actual water for one is missing in many kits. People have bottles they expect to refill or filters or pills they think they can use, but no actual water. You need to actually carry water. Same goes for clothes, you need a spare set of clothes in case yours get torn, wet, bloody or otherwise destroyed. A new set of clean clothes will be invaluable and there’s a good chance you’ll need them during disasters and daily, more average emergencies.