You can’t bug out if you can’t carry your bug out bag

Thursday, October 15, 2015 by

( Okay, so you’ve taken the time to research and assemble your bug out bag and the gear you’ll want to take with you when the time comes. You’ve figured out your escape route, complete with two-three alternate routes. You’ve got enough food and water for 72 hours, the length of time you’ve estimated it will take to reach your bug out destination.

But less than two hours into your journey, you’re feeling wiped out. The heat (or cold) is sapping your strength. You’re pausing more than you’re walking. You’re drinking more water than you planned on drinking. The weight of your bag seems too much. You ache; your feet are already hurting.

You’re wondering if you can make it to your destination – before you run out of food, water, and energy. You can’t go back because by now, your neighborhood is likely consumed by riots, chaos, panic.

Far too late, you realize that this is the first time you’ve ever actually carried your bug out bag and gear any length of time. In short, you’re in trouble.

But this doesn’t have to be you – and it won’t be, if you make getting in shape a critical part of your preparedness.

Now, we’re not talking about lifting huge weights for hours on end, or running miles and miles and miles. Rather, you need to be in the right kind of shape for the task at hand: Bugging out, which means tailoring a workout regime to that particular task.

Endurance will obviously be important, so walking/jogging is not a waste of time, of course, but you shouldn’t confine these activities to a track or a treadmill at a gym. Rather, you should find hiking trails or walk/jog in your neighborhood because this is the environment/terrain you’ll have to traverse when you’re bugging out.

When you can – and you should make time to do this often – wear your bug out bag when you’re walking trails or your neighborhood. Over time your body will get used to the carrying the load; your back, shoulders and legs, especially, will need to be conditioned for this, as well as your core, in order to tote your bag long distances, and for many hours at a time.

Physical training with your bug out bag will also help you discover whether or not you’ve got a bag that is a fit for you. There are many different kinds of bug out bags, but if you just buy a bag, stock it and leave it in your car or closet at home, you’ll never know whether or not it is a comfortable bag to wear.

Other exercises you can do to physically prepare yourself for bugging out:

— Some weight training – focus on legs, shoulders, back and core

— Hill sprints – find a hill that has a 30-45 degree grade and sprint up it 40-50 yards for 3-4 repetitions

— Hiking – find a state or federal park near you and hike its trails. Start off slowly – perhaps a mile or two, then work into hiking farther. When you’ve put some miles in, start bringing your bug out bag with you.

— Jogging – this will help you with endurance. So will using a stair step machine at a gym.

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