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 Post subject: A not so obvious bug out bag
PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 7:30 pm 
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I was thinking as I was looking at some pictures of others bug out bags. All of them were well equipped but looked more like something a person would wear to storm a beach during war. Nothing wrong with that but if an urban survivalist got on a bus packing that stuff the police will likely be waiting at the next stop to take him off.

With a major urban setting as a likely target of terrorists it makes sense to be ready. A briefcase would make a good get back home kit and would draw no attention in a city. Packed and locked it could even be left at work without notice.

Another answer would be a student backpack. Sew on a peace sign or save the whales patch on the back but fill it with serious tools of survival that will save your hide. You will look like a brain washed liberal tree hugger. Who cares what they don't know.


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 Post subject: Re: A not so obvious bug out bag
PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 7:16 am 
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well, sounds a nice idea to me,but give me an idea what would that get back home kit contain,how can i use them? thanks:)


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 Post subject: Re: A not so obvious bug out bag
PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 2:03 pm 
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Yeah, I agree with you. People need regarding bug out bag is diverse and the ones which are produced on standard procedures of use in a conventional survival fight. I think that the small , highly mobile backpacks can be highly useful in a urban survival situations.


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 Post subject: Re: A not so obvious bug out bag
PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 7:42 pm 
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I can understand about some people not wanting to be obvious, but I am more worried about reliability than what someone else thinks.

I use military surplus packs because they have proven themselves to me under some of the most rugged situations I have ever faced, and always performed.

I have my Bugout Bag packed for 72 hours of survival. This is to get me home if I was away when things went bad, or to get me away if things are bad where I live. My ALICE pack can hold way more than what I have in it. If I am in a survival situation, I can let the hunter gatherer in me do its job and have a way to transport what I may find that I could use. This will allow me to go beyond 72 hours if it becomes necessary.

For me a hand carried bag like a briefcase would not work. I like to use my hands for other things when I am on foot, and besides that, if you had to travel far, this would be very impractical.

If you don't like the military surplus and styled packs there are others out there that would probably suit your or my purpose. I believe in the old if it's not broke, don't fix it theory, so I use what I know works for me. I just can't see the reasoning in buying a pack that costs way more than what I have spent for mine, just to find out it will not hold up to what I happen to be putting it through.

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 Post subject: Re: A not so obvious bug out bag
PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 5:00 pm 
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I went to New Orleans to help out after the hurricane and I took my Alice Pack. We were in the outer realm of the city for one week clearing debris and helping to get the power back on. Everyday I took my Alice with me with some basic gear. And everyday someone came up to me for more help because they thought I was in the military which I am. But I was in Civilian clothes it was the damn camo pack. If SHTF the last thing you want is people clinging to you because they think your a soldier or some crap. When people panic they look to the police and soldiers for help. Do yourselves a favor and get normal looking gear BLEND IN. Otherwise your precious supplies will disappear quickly.


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 Post subject: Re: A not so obvious bug out bag
PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 8:35 pm 
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I have yet to find a BOB that isn't military designed, or surplus, that will carry what I put in it and hold up to the abuse. Some of the hiking back packs used by people that go on expeditions (such as mountain climbing) do work well, but do not hold enough supplies and gear. These same people have caches to resupply from, which most of us do not have that luxury.

I have been considering getting a black ALICE pack for the reasons you stated. It would also be nice to have a secondary pack to use for other purposes, or to let someone else in my family use if it was really needed.

I could be wrong, but I believe that you have to have full confidence in your equipment and abilities if you need to survive. I will not compromise on my equipment to blend in. Besides if things go bad in a hurry, I plan on avoiding other people as much as possible or at least until things stabilize.

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 Post subject: Re: A not so obvious bug out bag
PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 12:14 am 
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You can find some pictures of my BOB in another thread on this forum...But I confidently use the MOLLE Assault Pack made by SDS (Specialty Defense Systems). It's the same pack that is part of the MOLLE gear issued to the US troops. If it's good enough for combat...it's good enough for me...super durable pack!

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 Post subject: Re: A not so obvious bug out bag
PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 8:18 pm 
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My husband carries a backpack that's the student kind. the bottom has a special zipper area that's really meant for sports stuff. That's where he has his emergency supplies. The top section, he uses like a briefcase and for his lunch.


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 Post subject: Re: A not so obvious bug out bag
PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2009 2:56 am 
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If you are looking for something not so obvious, Check out the Maxpedition brand. But I have to agree,
anything you have to carry in your hands is bad ...very bad. How do you expect to climb over debris
with your briefcase in one hand? And what if you need to climb vertically? Keeping your hands free
also allows you to more easily defend yourself.

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 Post subject: Re: A not so obvious bug out bag
PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 10:32 am 
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We use a backpack like one the kids use
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and the ones we keep in our car and truck looks like a lunch cooler.
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