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    Bugout bag

    Alright fellas/gals. I figured a good starting point for being prepared is the bag in which i will carry all of my survival gear in. I a looking for the best (not necessarily biggest) but the best all around rugged bag. I see that the mol military type bags are good because they can have water pouches and have all sorts of things easily attatched to them.

    So for those of you with experience with these types of packs, any suggestions as to which ones are the better variety, remember im looking for something that is going to be rugged and stand up to a beating, and hold my essentials. Thanks.
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    First question you need to ask: what's the goal/purpose for the bag? Obviously evacuation, but...

    -storms?
    -civil unrest?
    -hard hiking?
    -grab-and-go for the car?
    -always in vehicle emergency kit?
    -budget?

    Makes a big difference. If you plan on hiking with it you want minimal weight so the heavy canvas of surplus-style bags is a drawback, but in a vehicle that's not an issue. If you fear civil unrest, something more like a bookbag will draw less attention than either military or full-blown hiking bags will. Bags intended for use in heavy storms will require more waterproofing than those in, say, CA where storms are usually not a problem (a single-man pancho will easily protect everything here).

    My BOB looks like a school bookbag, but is from REI so it's made a little sturdier, has more pockets, and a gortex-style coating. Some of my buddies are less concerned with weight and/or looks so they have either full-blown 70+ liter hiking backpacks or military surplus bags stuffed to the brim.

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    I have a number of bags. One has essentials like food, water, clothes. One has sleeping/camping gear. My "bugout bag" has some food like power bars, beef jerky, water, headlamp and flashlights, knife, batteries, spare socks, para cord, extra ammo and mags and a pistol in it.
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    I use a military assault pack because it's big enough, small enough, rugged as hell, water resistant and comfortable to wear. Here are a few pics of my wife's assault pack.



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    I should add this.

    Price does not matter.

    This is for sh**i need to leave, i grab my bad, throw it in my car and bam im out. Also for when the car craps out (for whatever reasons) i can pick it up and hike to wherever i need to go

    It need to be big enough to hold soem first aid materials, fire starter, knives, water (i like the integrated bladder for this part) hold some food, paracord, etc

    I already have a 2 week supply of food bag that gets thrown in the hummer, but i cant hike with that as well.
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    Bugout bag

    I have turned my Oakley kitchen sink backpack into my buyout bag. Has a hard padded upper shell for valuables and crushables, multiple separate areas, a separate case for wet items, 3 metal mounting attachments, water bottle straps, etc. love this thing!

    http://www.oakley.com/products/kitch...pack/92060-001

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    Yep, looks like a bug-out bag is probably a good thing to have handy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IndyHummers View Post
    I have turned my Oakley kitchen sink backpack into my buyout bag. Has a hard padded upper shell for valuables and crushables, multiple separate areas, a separate case for wet items, 3 metal mounting attachments, water bottle straps, etc. love this thing!

    http://www.oakley.com/products/kitch...pack/92060-001

    I actually kinda like it. It is definitely going into my consideration, but it doesn't have the integrate water bladder, which is something that i am looking for, other wise good choice
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    Quote Originally Posted by cgalpha08 View Post
    I actually kinda like it. It is definitely going into my consideration, but it doesn't have the integrate water bladder, which is something that i am looking for, other wise good choice
    Integrated water bladder? First, I don't know of any that have it integrated completely (mostly just a pocket for it and/or hole to run the tube). Second, you can add a bladder for fairly cheap.

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    Re: Bugout bag

    Quote Originally Posted by abearden View Post
    Integrated water bladder? First, I don't know of any that have it integrated completely (mostly just a pocket for it and/or hole to run the tube). Second, you can add a bladder for fairly cheap.
    Yea maybe not fully integrated but i definitely would like a sleeve to seclude the bladder from the rest of the bags contents. I do already have a camelback and i guess i could just stick it in the main compartment, but i just think to keep it secluded is a good thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by cgalpha08 View Post
    I already have a 2 week supply of food bag that gets thrown in the hummer, but i cant hike with that as well.
    Why not, what kind of food is it. if it's the typical MRE deal just break it down, you can save alot of space & lbs on that alone
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    Bugout bag

    Camelbak has some of the best made backpacks out there. You can get them in all different colors, sizes and styles. I would suggest you get one with MOLLE on it so you can attach and expand it any way you need. They are incredibly tough and can be overloaded without them failing on you. I know because I've done it many times. I use them for everything. One is my travel bag. One is my range bag. My BOB is the largest one I have, and it has a level IV ballistic plate along side the water bladder.



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    Te main compartment has a divider for laptops that could be used for it. Can camelbacks be held upside down without leaking? If so the bottom compartment has a drainage hole that you could poke the straw through and hold it there. If you have an Oakley store near you go and play with one. They're great.

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    I use a Wolf Pack system for my K9 SAR endeavors. It is totally customizable starting with a load bearing harness then you add items such as hydration, storage pack(s), tool pouches, etc. etc. Because of the load bearing design, its extremely comfortable in the event you have to haul long distances for any period of time. Most important its prolly one of the strongest packs out on the market and believe (don't quote me) its the only UL tested pack out there. Did I mention it also comes with a lifetime guarantee. I loved it so much I config'd a smaller version as my bugout bag. Good luck!

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    You guys sound like you're packing way too heavy.

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