If you needed to escape a disaster right now, be it natural or man-made, what would you take with you? Chances are what you carry around everyday in your pockets won’t be enough to make it through an emergency.

What you need is an emergency pack full of essentials to help you and those you care about get to safety. In the EDC community, we call this a bail-out bag or bug-out bag (you might also see it as a B.O.B.). Whatever you choose to call it, it’s important to have one on hand and ready to go.

Before putting together a bail-out kit, it’s crucial to start with a good bag for the job. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of great options for bug out bag duty.

6 Bug Out Bags to Prepare You for Anything

The reality is that any bag can serve as your bail-out bag. But because this bag can mean the difference between life and death, it’s important to start with a good one.

I recommend a small-to-medium size sling or shoulder bag for this purpose. If you choose a bigger bag, it becomes easy to overpack it to the point it becomes so heavy and impractical that you might end up not wanting to haul it. The increased weight will also slow you down in an emergency situation, both on foot and while digging through it for gear. Go with lighter solutions and carry only what you need instead.

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