What our BOBs have evolved into, and are now becoming through NEED.
Most of us plan on bugging in or out or BOTH depending on the likely scenario, Originally (1970s) it was a luggage system to allow people to be partially self sufficient for a few days during a crisis or conflict.
These Bags / Rucksacks quickly became more comprehensive and extensive as the original “survivalists” wanted to BUG OUT for ever longer periods of time, usually to remote rural areas.
This led to BOBs quickly being supplemented with VEHICLE KITS and EDC gear, to allow survivalists / preppers to be self sustaining for ever longer periods. Originally most were 3 day kits, but as time passed and experience was gain many preppers were planning on bugging out in terms of WEEKS and some hardy souls for MONTHS.
That was the pinnacle of the BUG OUT BAG
Pretty soon things began to change as individual survivalist/prepper and families NEEDS began to change.
INCH, GOOD etc
For example some people felt very strongly that the threat/risk/hazard they feared the most meant they needed to plan for the eventuality of have to leave home permanently. This led to INCH bags (I’m Not Coming Home) and GOOD Bags / kits (Get Out Of Dodge) bags which were large and much more comprehensive (AND HEAVY) and adaptations / upgrades to their lifestyles also happened ( People got rid of family cars for large SUVs, 4x4s, Camper Vans and RVS. They stopped going on vacation to Disney land and started renting / buying or building lodges and cabins way out of town.
However as time passed, society changed and urban conurbations grew many people started to realise that Bugging out looked to be getting ever harder, more complicated, more risky and for some almost bloody impossible to achieve.
These preppers had to change both their preps and lifestyles drastically to improve their chances of surviving the threats they were most concerned with.
They began to plan on BUGGING IN.
Realising the futility of their plans to flee in the face of a disaster that saw the roads, bridges, tunnels, causeways , trails, tracks etc become impassible BEFORE they could escape. They decided to turn their HOMES into their retreats / safe places, homesteads etc .
For those who could chose to relocate their families to new homes better suited to prepping further and further away from large urban areas. Flight to the Burbs and Boonies was common.
Some courageous families up sticks and moved to other states or regions entirely to make their lives in safety..
So for those who turned their homes into their safe places their BAGS & PACKs also evolved. They basically became kits to help them GET HOME from the Office/ Factory/ School/ College.
They lean more towards aiding safe movement from work or school to getting home than sustaining the prepper survive away from home for days or weeks. Better maps, alternative routes, noted danger / high risk areas etc. GHBs are more akin to military patrol kits that aids swift safe movement through possible dangerous areas.
Now people are looking at the news coming from Ukraine much closer as families flee the war.
BUT very often the menfolk are having to remain in situ to fight the invaders, thus dividing families. People are now starting to discus EVAC Kits AND PLANS to help vulnerable women and children reach safety WITHOUT the male member of the family.
1 PERSONAL SECURITY features VERY HIGHLY training the women and kids to be equipped and ABLE to protect themselves.
2 HAVING A DESTINATION, MILLIONS of Ukrainian women and kids are now found wandering around Europe looking for a safe place to stay AND LIVE.
The media reports on PEOPLE SMUGGLERS, PIMPS, CHILD ABDUCTORS and RAPISTS preying on the Ukranian refugees.
Arrests are being made DAILY in Poland, Romania etc as police target and stop criminals abducting vulnerable women, girls and children
So preppers are now starting to look at WHERE CAN YOU SEND THE WIFE AND KIDS to safety ON THEIR OWN ? and developing suitable packs, supplies, ROUTES and DESTINATIONS.
Never say it wont happen where you live, 21 days ago Ukraine was a safe modern democratic European nation. Please at least have a conversation on ensuring the vulnerable members of your family have the best chance of survival if they have to be sent away ON THEIR OWN.
I mean no disrespect to single parent families or singles in this article. I think its vital that as a community we need to be discussing improving SAFETY and MOBILITY for women and children.