10 Deadly Bug Out Bag Mistakes

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If you’re the type of person that knows the meaning of the term “SHTF”, you probably have some idea of what belongs in a Bug Out Bag. Most of us have spent hours researching and acquiring the best items we can find to help us survive an emergency scenario.

Despite all the time spent crafting our perfect kit for bugging out, there are bound to be few things that are overlooked. Here is a list of 10 Deadly Bug Out Bag Mistakes that you’ll want to avoid.

This doesn’t seem like a huge deal, but purchasing your bag before you consider what goes in it is like putting the proverbial cart before the horse. The first step in building a comprehensive bug out bag, is to first determine when, where, and how you are going to use it then.

Next, figure out what gear you need to accomplish this. Once you have the gear you want, only then should pick out a bag that will best suit your needs.

(For an ultra light, ultra subtle bag option, check out the ReadyMan Gray Man Bag)

We all know that water is essential for survival and that we can only live for 3 days without it. But in the case of bugging out, we often get fixated on gear and can overlook our most vital resource.
So how much should you bring and what is the best way to transport it?

Well that all depends on the environment and conditions you are bugging out in. One of our favorite methods for carrying water is using multiple 16 oz. plastic water bottles. They are cheap, easy to come by, and when empty, take up very little space. If you combine this with a portable filtration/purifying device, you can ensure you’ll have water in all most any scenario.


Would you carry a firearm and never once test it out at the range? Of course not. But when it comes to bug out gear, we often buy something and stuff it into a bag to save for a rainy day, sometimes without ever taking it out of the packaging.

This is a common mistake that can be easily remedied by pulling out your gear and putting it through its paces. Not only will this make sure your equipment is up to the task, it will also give you the opportunity to practice some of your survival skills.

Murphy’s Law of Packing: If there is empty space, you will find a way to fill it.

This maxim holds true for suitcases, car trunks, and especially bug out bags. If you purchase a bag that is too large for your needs, the urge to fill it is virtually irresistible.(SEE MISTAKE #10)

Another way to lighten your load, is to carefully weigh out each item and search for lighter versions when possible. For example, a great lightweight option for a first aid kit is the ReadyMan Bug Out Med Kit.


One of the most overlooked aspects of bugging out is taking care of your feet. If they start to blister and fall apart, you’re not going to make it very far. So proper footwear and care is going to be a big factor if you’re bugging out on foot.

We recommend breaking in your boots before you bug out in them. We also suggest wearing comfortable, wool socks, like the ones made by Darn Tough . Lastly, go barefoot from time to time to help toughen and condition your feet. You may jeopardize your foot modeling carrier, but you’ll thank us if you ever have to hike across long distances.

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