Why Premade Bug Out Bags Drive Me Crazy!
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You don't have to stumble around on the internet looking for bug out bags for very long before you come across the futile premade bug out bags.
As the title implies I'm not a fan of these and for good reason too!
Most of us preppers aren't made of money so every dollar we earn we need to spend wisely. Not only that but some of us enjoy creating our own preps.
Sure they may save you some time piecing out all the gear you'll need to build your bug out bag, but is it really worth it? I attend Gun & Knife Shows and I see some Pre-made Bug Out Bags from time to time and I always want to look at them and see what they have in them. I will say 99% of the time I am disappointed and most do not include the true basics of what you will need for your own personal situation. Everyone is different and what you feel you need is not always what other think they need. Are you building a Day Pack, Three Day Pack, Pack for Two or Pack for your Family. Most recently I checked out a Bug Out Bag by a vendor of Gun Show who was based out of Memphis, Tenn. The pack it self was cheap with a super high sticker price so I had to wonder is they built the pack our of a cheap bag what could the contents contain? I was not surprised. If you want to build a budget bag out is Wal-Mart I/ Dollar Tree Items that is on you. (Disclaimer: There is nothing wrong with this). However, dont market it as you have the best high end items and dont ask $300-$400 for the pack.
Premade Bug Out Bags Are NOT Budget Friendly!
Like I mentioned before you can find these premade bug out bags pretty easily, you'll see them advertised as a cheaper alternative to building your own most times.
This would be true except... it's not.
Yes you might be able to get the pack and gear up front cheaper than piecing out, but if you do your research you'll soon see that these bags are cheaply made and the gear inside them is JUNK like I mentioned ealeir in this article!
I've seen some of these bags like the Echo Sigma Bug Out Bag selling for over $600! Yes you get a SOG S62 multi-tool, a sleeping bag and a free lifestraw, but beyond that the most valuable item in the pack is a few batteries.
In my mind these are marketing techniques to make you feel like you're getting a better deal.
The SOG multi-tool and lifestraw water filter combined are less than $100, you can still get a great pack and fill it out with high quality items for under $600 for sure.
Premade Bug Out Bags Are Full of Junk Gear!
If you've taken a look at these bags you'll see that they actually offer quite an array of items.
The problem is that they are almost all cheaply made.
If you're in a bug out scenario are you willing to trust those items with your life? That's what you'll have to do if you buy one.
I don't think I can trust the bags themselves let alone the items inside them. I just feel better knowing that I personally chose the items for my bag, because I know they work (I've tested them) and I do not have to depend on someone else that I dont even know to do their home work. On top of that, what is the reputation behind their name and other products they sell? That says a lot about a person and what they stand behind.
This brings me to my next point. You'll often times spend more money replacing gear that's broke or doesn't work than if you just bought something of descent value to start with.
Not to mention these bags are in no way tailored to you specifically. They are mass produced to cover a wide range of needs for different people. This may not work for you.
You might end up using half the gear (then replacing it when it breaks) and not using the other half because you don't need it.
Ditch the Premade Bug Out Bag and Build Your Own Bug Out Bag!
If you're wanting to buy a premade bug out bag I appreciate the fact that you want to be prepared and understand the times that we live in.
I can't stress to you enough though that you should build your own bug out bag. If you're a beginner and a little lost, that's ok so were we at one point. We've put together a free starter guide just for you!
The bottom line is that you need to put the time, effort, and money into something that you can stake your life on and trust the items inside. So do your research and look at some high quality bug out bags and invest in gear you know works.
I hope you enjoyed reading this article I think it is something pretty important that needs to be addressed more so people know that there are better alternatives to these premade bug out bags. Be sure to check out our other articles covering all types of subjects Thank you again for checking out our age, web site and social media outlets. We greatly appreciate your patronage. God Bless. Disclaimer: Exerts taken from another articles from Prepper Unlimited. I wanted to share this article but I also wanted to expand on certain aspects I believe in too as wella s personal experience in looking at remade BOBs. .