While many an article is devoted to the notion of having a bug-out-bag, not all bug-out-bags are created equal. In fact, a great deal of bug-out-bags would likely fail, as a result of miscalculations and misinformation.
It’s said that the key to learning is being able to fail forward, meaning to learn from one’s mishaps and mistakes. So we decided to take a look at the most common bug-out-bag failures around. Here’s a solid crash course in bag failure that you can learn from, and avoid.
Too Much Weight
This is perhaps the most common bug-out-bag fail out there. While it is tempting to think about taking as many innovative tools or as much ammunition as you can carry, often times this ends in a serious weight disportion that can mean the end of you. If you haven’t seriously taken the time to weigh out all the items in your bag and legitimately assess how capable you are of carrying it for long distances, you are preparing to fail.
Not Enough Waist Support
If you have to bug out, you’re going to be traversing unfamiliar and perhaps unforgiving terrain, quickly. Backpacks inherently weigh down on the shoulders and upper body, and this can be remedied by ensuring that you have waist support on your pack. This permits the pack to be strapped to your core, allowing for more fluid range of motion and less stress on the shoulders.
Failure to Update
The notion of having a bag ready to go at any moment is pretty great until you realize that you haven’t looked at any of the things in that bag for a while. Items that are essential to your health in life-threatening scenarios, such as medicine, anticoagulants or perishable food should be updated. Failure to do so could lead to drastic circumstances in dire times.