8 Preppers Share How They Pack Their Bug Out Bags

Prepping and packing your bug out bag isn’t as easy as you might think.

You need to make a lot of difficult choices, so you can make sure you have everything you need to survive. At the same, you also don’t risk making your bags too heavy and impossible to carry when the SHTF!

To improve how we pack and prepare, we have talked with 8 experienced preppers and asked them to share their best advice.

Read on and learn from their best tips and tricks (all 8 have years of experience, so they know what they are talking about!).

The 8 Preppers

When you travel, what top 3 survival items do you bring besides the common stuff everybody brings?

I am addressing this from the point that there is no commercial airline travel involved. They make it nearly impossible to “carry” on-board anything, even bottled water, though you would be surprised what you can pack in checked baggage. Check the regulations as opposed to the rumors.

I never travel without at least a tactical knife, fire starter and a compact Mylar blanket. If I have a weapon, which I do almost always, then an extra 100 rounds of ammo, always. For the obvious reasons and for barter.

Most useless: cell phone without a solar charger – you can’t always find a working plug. additional electronic devices and, believe it or not, the “wrong” shoes.

How do you bring things with you?

I have a dedicated backpack – compartments. Duffel bags require too much time rummaging around for things. My current backpack is Swiss Army. I organize the compartments by #1 – self defense, #2 – survival, #3 – extras – since normally #3 has a laptop and a tablet and chargers, in a SHTF scenario these would be discarded for more of the basics in #’s 1 and 2.

What are your top tips for other traveling preppers?

Be situation aware. Look at people. Look at the people around you. Engage them in conversations if possible to further understand their current mindset. NEVER risk yourself by doing something stupid – do not try and sneak anything past TSA, ever. Keep your head in emergencies, people will seek out those that do.

Preppers get wrong – they do not take into consideration the Golden Horde. Every new prepper has a plan to head for the mountains, desert, etc. But if you are close to an urban area so will the thousands and millions of others. The best plan is to make preparations to hunker down in place and let events unfold – not with a tornado bearing down on you or a Cat 5 Hurricane when you live in New Orleans below sea level behind levee’s that were build 3 lifetimes ago. But it is usually the best option as a first reaction.

ALSO – more people are injured after weather events than during weather events. It is the aftermath of the situation that you also have to give equal consideration to. Downed power lines, wild animals and desperate people.

When you travel, what top 3 survival items do you bring besides the common stuff everybody brings?

3 survival items I always carry:

  • I always wear a survival watch. It will have paracord, thermometer, compass, fire starter, whistle and of course be able to tell the time.
  • I always take a survival shovel. A survival shovel is a small, foldable shovel that has many different features such as:
    • Shovel
    • Axe
    • Hoe
    • Saw
    • Hammer
    • Rescue Knife
    • Wire Cutter
    • Bottle Opener
    • Fire Starter – firesteel
    • Whistle
    • Glass Breaker
    • Paracord
  • A picture of my family. The will to live can be the biggest factor in survival.

The reason I bring the first two items is because they have multiple uses and they offer great backup options to my standard equipment. The reason I take a picture of my family is for motivation. If ever I’m in a bad situation, looking at that picture would give me all the motivation I need to keep going.

The most useless stuff that preppers bring are hollow handle knives that contain survival equipment in the handle such as matches and hooks for fishing. Matches and hooks for fishing are obviously useful items but I wouldn’t weaken my knife which is arguably your most important item for them when you can easily put matches and hooks etc in a small tin that you put in your pocket and not weaken your knife.

How do you bring things with you?

It depends on how long I’m going away for and where I am. If I’m going away for a few days, I’ll take a 5.11 Rush 72. If I’m going away for a shorter period of time, say a day trip I’ll just take a 5.11 Rush 24.

The reason I go for 5.11 is because they produce really good quality items and cheap backpacks just aren’t worth it. If you’re serious about staying safe you have to pay extra and get a good quality backpack. Cheap backpacks can have their material rip, zips break, have less compartments and are more uncomfortable.

Because I have quality backpacks they have storage compartments in them that I use so being organised is easy.

Everyone wants more room in their backpack but I force myself not to completely fill the backpack or else it can be less comfortable and harder to find stuff when you need it.

What are your top tips for other traveling preppers?

The biggest mistake that most preppers make is watching too much reality television and think that’s reality. For example, on reality television you’ll see primitive skills experts who can use a bow drill to start fire easily. If you’ve never practiced this skill in the wild and think you’ll be able to do it the first time you try it you could be putting your life in danger if you don’t bring a back up fire starting method such as matches or a firelighter.

If you want to practice primitive skills that’s great but make sure you have the right equipment on you like a fire starter, water purifier, some tinder, compass etc because if you’re primitive skills aren’t what you think they are you can get into a very dangerous situation.

If you’re new to survival skills and prepping, the number one thing to do is to let people know where you’re going and when they should expect you back. Other than that, start off small and build your experience.

When you travel, what top 3 survival items do you bring besides the common stuff everybody brings?

In my Everyday Carry / Get Home bag (which is what I carry on a daily basis no matter where I am in the world) I keep a couple of unique items.

  • Detailed Topo Map Of The Area I’m In

    This one may not sound too exciting, and that’s why it’s often overlooked.

    The main reason we all carry survival gear around when we travel is in case of an emergency. If such an emergency leaves you stranded and forced to walk on foot across unfamiliar terrain, you’ll want a map.

    But standard gas station road maps are not good enough – at least for those who are trying to stay prepared.

    You need to have a Topographical map that shows you all the terrain and natural obstacles in your area. You want to avoid swamps or sheer cliffs; you want to be able to find natural waters sources.

    This is what a Topographical map provides you.

    Oh, and of course, never rely on battery operated GPS devices. A good ol’ map and compass are foolproof if you take the time to learn how to use them.

  • I’m not sure how common this one is, but I carry a small pocket-sized radio with me.

    A radio is a must carry but I believe gets overlooked too often. It’s an incredibly underestimated piece of survival gear.

    Intelligence is key to surviving any severe weather situation or a widespread disaster. In an emergency, the more intelligence you can get your hands on the better.

    For example –

    Is it helpful to know if that surprise blizzard is going to let up soon or keep blasting the area for the next 48 hours? Or would it be beneficial to know where the fallout from a nuclear blast is headed due to the prevailing winds?

    Information for either emergency event is critical to making wise decisions.

    The reason I like the pocket-sized radio vs. a standard emergency radio is due to weight reduction. A good pocket-sized radio and large emergency radios perform the same function. But the weight difference can be significant.

    This allows you to either reduce your pack weight (always a plus). Or carry more survival gear for the same weight (also an advantage).

  • This won’t apply to those blessed with perfect vision, but for those who wear corrective lenses, listen up.

    You need to pack a spare set of contact lenses or eyeglasses.

    If you’re like me, you’d be at a severe disadvantage if you’re contacts or glasses became compromised – broken, lost, etc.

    I cringe at the thought of surviving an emergency with my blurry vision – talk about a disadvantage!

    So if you wear corrective lenses of any sort, make sure you always take a spare with you.

The most useless item other preppers tend to make a big deal about when traveling is food. Now, don’t get me wrong, food is critical for long-term survival planning.

We all die without replenishing our calories at some point. But that’s not likely to be the cause of your downfall in a travel/escape /get home emergency.

Even if you do end up in a long-term travel situation, any food you bring will become quickly consumed. And once it’s gone; then what?

Well, you’d better figure out how to get your hands on some calories via scavenging, foraging and wild game.

Plus, if you take a lot of food in your pack, you’re taking up precious space and adding weight. I’d rather take survival tools that help me acquire calories (fishing gear, snares) before I add cans of food to my pack.

Of course, this all depends on your specific situation. If you’re bugging out from point A to point B and want to pack a few calories for the trip, go for it. But hauling around a bunch of food regularly in your pack will do little to save you in a real emergency.

Or as the adage goes; give a man a fish vs. teach a man to fish.

Instead, focusing on food acquisition is better than stashing a handful of energy bars.

How do you bring things with you?

I have two different pack setups:

  • First is my Get Home Bag / Every Day Carry Pack

    For my everyday carry pack, I keep it simple. It’s a black Amazon Basics backpack.

    Why this and not an expensive camo bug out bag with lots of MOLLE? Because for everyday use I want to blend in and be able to carry just a few essentials and it was cheap with high reviews.

    I need my laptop for work, but I also have strategic survival gear in case I have to walk home through a disaster area.

    I keep this pack lightweight, so I don’t cringe at the thought of taking it with me where ever I go. I feel comfortable taking it just about anywhere.

    It’s held up well for over a year of everyday use and even if it falls apart next week, a new one doesn’t cost much.

  • Bug Out Bag

    For an emergency where I need to get the heck out of dodge fast and want access to more survival supplies – I have my EVATAC Combat Bag.

    This bag is 40 Liters in size (which might seem small for some), but it’s covered with MOLLE. That way, you can add as much gear to the outside of the pack as your heart desires.

    I like having 40 Liters of space for most of my gear with the option to expand that space with MOLLE.

    This bag has ten compartments (some large, some small).

    The high usage items (lighter, knife, etc.) I keep in the compartments that are easiest to access. The lower use items (bio stoves, medical supplies, etc.) I keep in the main compartments.

    After that, the size of the compartment determines where items ultimately go.

Here’s my video review of The Combat Bag by EVATAC:

What are your top tips for other traveling preppers?

I recommend figuring out several plan Bs for lots of different emergency scenarios.

We all hear a lot about bugging out, but what happens if you can’t get home to your survival gear in the first place?

What’s your plan if you get separated from your loved ones? Are you going to leave without them? Wait for them? Meet them someplace else later?

After the nuclear bombs dropped on Japan, many families become separated for decades (example). Many assumed family members were forever lost or dead, but they were not. They just didn’t have a plan to meet up should the unthinkable happen.

Don’t make the same mistake.

You need a get home plan. You need a meetup plan. You need to think about all these scenarios. You need a plan on how to communicate with loved ones should you get separated.

Assume cellphones are worthless.

Worst case, have a special meet up point, and a preconceived date figured out. Maybe it’s your family’s favorite campsite that you’ll all meet at precisely a month after the disaster date.

That’s for you to decide and figure out but do it. Because chaos will happen when you least expect it, and you can’t assume you’ll all be at home together when it does.

When you travel, what top 3 survival items do you bring besides the common stuff everybody brings?

When I travel, the three ‘odd’ survival items I always have with me include a skivvy roll, a TSA compliant multi-tool, and wet wipes. People often pack their favorite folding knife, food and water solutions, and even a quick shelter like a bivy or emergency blanket. I travel mostly through the airport when I am away from home for longer periods, so TSA compliance is nice for tools you want to keep close. The TSA instagram has some pretty funny posts of the things people try to get through the checkpoints.

The most useless thing I’ve witnessed being suggested for bug out bags is a toilet paper tube full of dryer lint. It wastes a good amount of space for just being a fire starter and can even off gas fumes since lint is full of polyester, polypropylene, and plastics these days. I understand saving some money, but a pack of WetFire tinder only sets you back a day’s worth of lunch money.

How do you bring things with you?

I use an Air Force OD Green roller duffel for long excursions. It rarely gets used but it still handles the abuse that I dish out. For my daily carry (EDC) and get home bag (GHB), I use the 5.11 Tactical COVRT 18 Backpack. I prefer it over the RUSH due to the gray man concept of blending in to your surroundings. It packs in some great functionality and is really tough all without looking too militaristic. My clothing and my bag do not scream ‘I’m a prepper’ or ‘I’m a military vet’ and that’s exactly what I want.

Organization is the key to packing any bag. You could have the greatest bag in the world but if you pack it inefficiently it won’t serve you well. Look to the backpacking community for tips on packing a bag correctly- they have it figured out. The only extra consideration preppers consider while packing is the need for rapid access. This can be addressed with exterior pouches and/or attachments. I have a little too much room in both of my bags, and do not have a problem with easy access.

What are your top tips for other traveling preppers?

A lot of preppers overestimate what they are capable of lugging around in a bag. Many pack their bags well into 75+ pounds of gear. Going any distance with that weight would be tough for even the best conditioned. Managing a balance between gear functionality and weight is much more important that many preppers realize.

A new prepper that travels often should start off incrementally to get prepared. Knowledge is the first, easiest, and cheapest thing to acquire. Learn what tools and strategies could help you in a dire situation and practice them once you get them.

When you travel, what top 3 survival items do you bring besides the common stuff everybody brings?

Easily one of my favorite pieces of gear that not everybody prefers is a solid survival hatchet. While it is true that the right survival knife can accomplish many of the same tasks that a hatchet can–not to mention a hatchet will add a good chunk of weight you could otherwise avoid–I appreciate how quick work it can make chopping. On top of that, I will look for a survival hatchet that can function as a hammer and generally has a few other features–a Ferro rod is especially nice.

One of the 3 is actually an absence: water. I do not have much water in my bug out bag for a fairly particular reason. Basically, I live in a region with plenty of freshwater sources. While I will still need to filter and purify the water, I am reasonably comfortable that I can find water while bugging out within a few hours’ time at the worst. As such, I’ll bring a canteen full and refill as necessary. Granted, this means that I do bring more water filtering and purification methods than is generally suggested, but the difference in bulk and weight makes it a no-brainer–not to mention it helps account for the extra weight from the survival hatchet.

The last item I could consider–though I do not actually have it in my primary bug out bag–is a solar panel charger. I have not yet taken the plunge to include more tech devices as part of my bug out bag, but I am seeing some progress in this realm that gives me hope I may one day be swayed. Should that day ever occur, then a solar panel charger will likely become a must have in my pack. Granted, a fair amount of my reasoning is that solar panel chargers are generally designed to strap onto the outside of the bag, rather than being stowed within, but it is definitely a concept I have been mulling for some time–even if I am reticent to fully commit.

When it comes to gear that I wish every prepper would forget existed, I would have to rank a tent at or near the top of my list. It is just such a heavy and bulky piece of equipment that can be substituted with a little bit of knowledge and a far more versatile piece of gear that it makes me sigh and roll my eyes every time I hear an inexperienced prepper talk about everything their fancy tent can do.

The alternative is to get a humble tarp and take some time to learn how to use it. While many preppers know that tarps are incredibly versatile, I see a fair amount of indifference towards them–especially compared to survival knives or paracord. However, I view the tarp as one of the most important pieces of gear, and a tent is simply a specialized tarp that is not as useful.

How do you bring things with you?

Assuming everyone in the party can carry their own pack, I prefer a one bag-one person system. Moreover, I do not find that the largest bags are the best bags for bugging out because they simply inspire you to keep adding gear to your pack. While I do not necessarily favor the extreme minimalism that many advanced survivalists espouse, I definitely think that there is a balance to be struck.

Keep in mind, the avoidance of minimalist advice is generally due to speaking to the majority. While I may carry a few pieces of gear that could be seen as extraneous, I do prefer to identify items that can serve 3 or more purposes–even if a more specialized piece of equipment could conceivably perform the same task better. In terms of brands, 5.11 Tactical and Condor are my preferred, though Eberlestock and Molle also produce fine bags–if a bit more specialized in terms of the user.

In terms of organization, I do not do much different than everyone else. The heaviest and bulkiest gear goes at the bottom–which just so happens to be the gear you use the least–while the gear I use the most goes at the top. One thing that I prefer which is not always suggested is wearable gear. If I can find a way to attach a piece of gear to me without having to pack it, that may well sway me in choosing that brand over another–though they will, of course, have to be comparable in terms of performance.

I will say, I am not a huge fan of packing a tent–even if you strap it on top of or below your pack. With the aforementioned tarp and a healthy dose of bush skill training, a tent becomes a less versatile tarp. As such, despite my preference for wearable gear or gear that can be fastened outside of the bag, there are still items I do not think have much of a place for serious preppers.

I do not think there is such thing as too much or too little room in a prepper’s bag. If either of those assessments could apply to your bug out bag then you have made one of two mistakes. First, there is a good chance that you simply chose the wrong bag for your bug out plan. Whether you wanted to go the minimalist approach or the weekend prepper approach, you should always have just enough room.

The second problem involves your selected gear or how you pack the gear. If you have triple redundancies for every piece of gear, you will either need an oversized bag or you will constantly run up against the constraints of physics. Likewise, if you eschew as much gear as you possibly can, you better be a verified bushmaster, or you will likely have to waste valuable time and energy.

What are your top tips for other traveling preppers?

One of the best tips I can give for traveling is to stay close to a marked route, like a trail or road, but do not actually use the marked route. These routes are liable to be more heavily trafficked, and this will only increase if the need to legitimately bug out ever arises. However, you do not really want to be too terribly far from a marked route either.

If something happens or goes wrong, a marked route is liable to be the quickest and easiest route available. In this case, you will greatly appreciate the ability to carry a party member who broke an ankle on a paved or packed path as opposed to trying to have to navigate through rough terrain.

Probably the biggest mistake that I see new preppers make is assuming that they can handle the travel without putting in any physical training ahead of time. People have a tendency to overestimate their natural abilities and forget that accomplishing any difficult task generally requires a fair amount of preparation–especially when it comes to physical activity.

As such, when people get out on the trails, they will not always be ready for the rigors of the wilds. Some people might even assume that they can rely on vehicles and other technology to make up for the fact that they are not in great physical shape–of course, that is a cardinal sin in the prepping community as you can never take anything for granted.

New preppers would do well to survey their region. While it is vital for all preppers to make dry runs along their designated bug out routes, there is always the possibility that all of the routes will be blocked off. Of course, if you know the general area, you can quickly make adjustments and identify natural detours in case one or more primary routes are blocked off.

This will also go a long way in providing options in case you get lost or turned around. This is especially important at night when your ability to identify landmarks and other markers may be compromised. If you are intimately familiar with your general region, you should be able to find your way within 5 to 10 minutes of walking in any given direction.

When you travel, what top 3 survival items do you bring besides the common stuff everybody brings?

It depends! Well, I suppose it partially depends on what’s considered common stuff that everybody brings. And it also depends on where I’m going and how long I will be away. Additionally, if I could “only” bring 3 items my answer would be different.

That said, I always bring the following 3 items regardless of where or how long.

  • Knife
  • Firestarter kit
  • Flashlight

Why these things?
A cutting tool, in this case a knife, has countless uses in countless situations. From cutting tinder/kindling to scraping sparks off a FireSteel rod to cutting paracord, a knife is an essential item for any kit or every day carry.

The means to make fire is important! I build my own mini ‘firestarter kit’ for my various bags. In an ordinary Ziploc bag I keep at least a BIC lighter, a FireSteel, waterproof ‘strike anywhere’ matches, a tea light candle, and several Vaseline soaked cotton balls stuffed in a little container. The fire kit in my major bug out bag also contains a magnifying glass, magnesium firestarter, and some additional dry kindling.

I always have a flashlight. I might trade this item for another if I were only allowed 3 things, however that was not the question. To see at night has it’s obvious advantages!

What are the most useless things you have seen other preppers bring?
I can only hypothetically speculate on this one. I’m not the type to criticize because often times just having ‘something’ is better than ‘nothing’, even if it may appear useless. You might be able to MacGyver it.

However I will say this… When deciding which survival items to bring it’s a good idea to consider the following categories:

  • Cutting (knife)
  • Combustion (fire)
  • Cover (shelter)
  • Cordage (paracord)
  • Container (water/filter)

Not every situation will require the use of these items, however if someone doesn’t have at least a few of these basics covered, then I would question their decision making process.

How do you bring things with you?

All of my kits are contained within some sort of bag, pack, or backpack. I have different bags that are set up for a few various purposes, each with their own size and attributes.

I will add that I keep more complimentary items in my vehicle to compliment the bug out bag itself (72 hour kit) which also is kept there.

What type of bags do you carry? What are their brand names and models?
I primarily use three different bag types/sizes.

I’m not necessarily endorsing these specific bags as better than any others, rather it just so happens to be what I purchased at the time. I own the following:

  • Small bag: One fairly small size for relatively short outings. Large enough to hold the basics without being too cumbersome.

    Maxpedition Versipack (Several models of this bag, each with subtle differences.)

  • Medium bag: A medium/large bag for longer trips or simply those times when I want to carry more gear.

    5.11 RUSH 72 (also love the MOLLE web platform for extended versatility.)

  • Larger bag: Kelty Redwing 50 (Backpack with even better back support design – for longer travel, carrying even more gear, etc.)

How do you organize things in your bags?
Organization depends on the bag’s design, pockets, etc.. However, I do attempt to sort items into categories and the need for frequent (or not so frequent) accessibility.

Logically things that I might access fairly often or items that I may need to get quickly will be placed where that can happen.

Otherwise, I generally organize in terms of category. Navigation, First Aid, Fire-kit, Clothing, Cooking, Tools, Food, Water, Shelter, Rain gear, Firearm/ammo (if applicable), etc..

Part of the fun is packing one’s bag. There’s a bit of a trick to efficiently taking advantage of available space (which is always a premium). It’s also a challenge to keep the weight down while also carrying what you need or might need!

Do you feel you have enough/too little room in your bags?
Hahaha! Most would say there’s never enough room! However I suspect that would be the case regardless of bag size. Most of us would like to take more ‘stuff’ if we could. However it is a learned process to tailor a bag (kit) to the need at hand.

I have found that having various size bags is a convenient way to go.

I will say this though… When building a true “Bug Out Bag”, it is indeed a challenge due to the rationale behind building it in the first place. We want to take as much as we can. The thing is, you need to consider survivability first, and those things that are most important. Shelter, Water, Food, Security, Cordage, Fire. Then move on to the next level of gear.

What are your top tips for other traveling preppers?

My tips would depend on whether or not they’re traveling for leisure or Bug Out.

Let’s say it’s a true bug out (implying the potential for certain dangers):

  • Safety & Security. Be the ‘gray man (or woman)’. Inconspicuously blend in, stay out of sight. Get to where you’re going while relying upon yourself and your gear.
  • Do not overlook or underestimate the need to maintain a safe body core temperature. Shelter. This includes your choice of clothing and outerwear. Bad weather happens, and so does hypothermia (even during the summer).
  • Clean drinking water! You MUST carry a good water filter and means to carry it.
  • Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome.

Something you see a lot of preppers do wrong?
Water water everywhere but not a drop to drink. I often push the notion and importance of safe drinking water. There may be water all around and it may look sparkling clear, but drinking it could lead to debilitating illness.

My feeling is that many preppers may be overlooking the importance of drinking water. You need a water filter for the bag and/or at least the means to boil it. Also water storage for the home. And secondary sources of water near your home and the means to transport it, store it, filter it.

Your travel tips for new preppers?
Focus on the basics. Shelter, Security, Water, Food.

Think about various hypothetical bug out scenarios:

  • Where might you be when ‘it’ happens? (at work, home?)
  • Where might you be heading? (home? other?)
  • Build a Bug Out Bag!
  • Keep a 72 hour kit in your vehicle!

When you travel, what top 3 survival items do you bring besides the common stuff everybody brings?

I bring:

  • Imodium – Traveller’s diarrhea is a legitimately dangerous thing to have in emergency situations (diarrhea = dehydration) and also consider the fact that you can also have pretty bad bowel problems as a consequence of adrenaline, fear, or stress.
  • Medicated foot powder with piroctone olamine (because if you’re going to be walking for hours and hours in less than ideal situations, you don’t to have issues with bacterial infections – obviously cleaning would be ideal, but when you can’t, foot powder.
  • Chewing gum – The ability to trick your mind into thinking you’re getting a calorie intake and/or distract you when trekking long distances under duress seems like a solid idea relative to its size.

How do you bring things with you?

Honestly, the brand and/or style of bag is irrelevant because people are difference and have different taste. Personally, I’d go for the Hazard 4 stuff, because it’s bombproof and light. I have 3 of them, my favourite being the Hazard 4 Grayman Patrol. Super solid and discrete. Plenty of room, but if in doubt, use packing cubes.

What are your top tips for other traveling preppers?

Be mindful of legalities if you ever stray beyond borders or even States. The knife laws in the UK, for example, are bordering insane relative to what you can expect in America. Your mindset should suit your environment with regards to gear.

When you travel, what top 3 survival items do you bring besides the common stuff everybody brings?

  • Justin Case Kit – I keep one of these in my car all the time they’re not perfect but they have a lot of the basic things you need for your car like jumper cables, tow strap reflectors etc. They come with a flashlight too but they’re pretty junky so I replaced that with a better one. Same with the first aid supplies they offer, it’s pretty bare bones so I like to add a little to that as well.
  • Small Pack – I always keep a small Maxpedition Beefy in my car as well. They’re great for storing some tools and supplies. I have a review of it and what I keep in mine here.
  • Good Mind Set – It’s always great to have a good mindset when you’re traveling and even when you’re not as well. Being aware of your surroundings and staying alert is essential to staying prepared.

How do you bring things with you?

I don’t travel outside of my own state very often so I generally travel pretty light and I seem to have ample room for what I need.

Aside from the Maxpedition Beefy, I’ll sometimes take my bug out pack with me on trips which is a Sand Piper of California pack.

My actual travel packs aren’t anything special, couldn’t tell you what brand they are even.

For organizing them I keep the items I’ll most frequently need towards the top or in pockets on the outside. This way I don’t have to completely take everything out of my packs to find something I’m going to need often.

What are your top tips for other traveling preppers?

I see a lot of preppers getting all the physical items down which is great, and this goes for both new and some veteran preppers as well.

They get all their gear together and then lose the mindset or never have the mindset of awareness.

Staying alert and aware of what’s going on around you can prevent a lot of things going from bad to worse in a lot of scenarios.

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