Seasoned Preppers Bug Out Bag

Seasoned Preppers

“”Bug Out Bag


The Coach

I am not ashamed to say that I am 63 years old. I have been a prepping since I have been 17 years old. This is a long time before “Prepping” was fashionable.  I was in the U.S. Military, Law Enforcement and worked for a number of years as an E.M.T. I have many stories and have written articles about many of those experiences.

Until two (2) years ago, my bug out bag was a large back pack loaded with everything I thought would be useful in case I needed to bug out in an emergency. My bug out back pack weighed a little more than 74 pounds. Then I had a series of medical emergencies that changed everything.

I had a heart attack and now have a heart condition called “A. Fib.” About six (6) months after that I fell and blew out my entire left shoulder. I now have more screws, pins and plates in my left shoulder than I have in my tool box. The strength and range of motion, in my left shoulder, is greatly reduced.

I tried to put on my Bug Out Back Pack and learned quickly that it was NOT going to happen. Also I doubt that I could carry it very far.

I then tried a large black duffle bag. When I placed all of the gear that I had in my Bug Out back pack in the black duffel bag, I could not lift it and carry it for very long. I had to find another solution.Bug Out Bag Piv

One day, I went to pick up a friend of mine at the airport. While waiting for him to arrive I observed the solution to my dilemma, a large, wheeled, soft sided piece of luggage. I could put whatever I wanted in the piece of luggage, no matter what the weight. I could then wheel it to my truck and put it in the bed of my truck for transport. If I had to evacuate by foot, for whatever reason, or abandon my truck, I could pull it on its wheels wherever I needed to go. Yes, I know, pulling it off of a sidewalk or street would be a challenge.

I have purposely not hung anything on the outside of the roller bug out bag so it looks just like a piece of luggage and not a bug out bag. This is very important so you do not make yourself more of target than you have to. What is nice is that I have even placed my M-4 rifle, disassembled in two (2) pieces, upper and lower halves and the ammo and magazines for it, in this wheeled bag. I can walk down the street pulling it and I look like a tourist.

So now I have everything that I would normally have in a bug out back pack plus extra firepower.


“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.”            

       Martin Luther King, Jr.

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