How to build your own bug out bag
WHAT'S BUG OUT BAG?
"Building a bug out bag (sometimes a “go bag”, INCH bag, 72-hour kit, emergency kit, etc.) is one of the most important steps you should take to get prepared. These packed and ready bags serve as your “I need to leave home right now!” kit, and as useful supplies ready for any emergency."
- Article by Ben Logan, Survival Specialist (Logan Lore) Written for LEGEAR AU & NZ
LET'S LOOK AT THE PACK FIRST
When it comes to packs, the piece of gear that is responsible for housing and looking after all ofmy essential kit items on missions or adventures,
I search for the absolute best. When it comes to choosing a pack, I look for 3 main features.
1. The size, it needs to be the appropriate size to house all of my baseline kit and have additional room for extra gear.
2. The quality, its needs to be of the highest quality and durability so I have the confidence and peace of mind that it is not going to fail whilst out on a mission.
3. The functionality, I like my gear to be highly organised so I can access it at a moment’s notice and know exactly where it is. Having a pack that provides functional organisation and storage is key.
WHAT ARE THE ESSENTIALS AND HOW DO YOU PACK THEM?
WHAT THE VIDEO
WHY THE RUSH 72
With these parameters in mind and without a doubt, my mid-size pack of choice is the 5.11 Rush 72, a pack that I have spent weeks wearing, a pack that has helped optimise many of my adventures, and a pack that I have come to love. After using the Rush 72 on countless missions, I feel that for a mid-size operational pack it is damn near flawless with its overall design.
WHAT ARE THE KEY FEATURES?
The Rush 72 is built from high strength, water-repellent 1050D nylon and has rugged, self-healing YKK zipper hardware and is dual-zippered front and main compartments with moulded grip pulls. It is also compatible with the 5.11 Tier System and has full Molle for additional storage and pack customisation and has a helmet/shove it compartments for quick access to gear. After having countless hours of experience with this pack, I have also found the Rush 72 to be extremely comfortable for extended use from its adjustable dual density
closed-cell foam shoulder straps and cinching waist strap.
BUG OUT BAG CHECK LIST
- • Medical
- • Food water cutting tools equipment
- • Cutting tools
- • Clothing
- • Shelter
- • Lighting
- • Communication
- • Back up survival gear
RECOMMENDED GEAR AND SUPPLIES
- High calorie snack food
- 5 .11 UCR IFAK for medical essentials and blow-out kits
- Garmin inreach mini for communication
- Leatherman multi-tool
- 5 .11 fix blade and fold blades
- Olight M2R warrior pro
- High-quality hardshell rain jacket
- Gloves – Mechanix heavy-duty gloves for hard use in camp
- Maxpedition large medkit Shelter, space blankets, covering gear
- and your Rush 72 2.0