Contributed post by tweell
I try to re-evaluate my preps from time to time, and my BoB is the latest casualty of this check. My car bag is designed to get me back to my home, with the minimum weight possible. My Bug out Bag for exiting the premises, never to return, is a lot heavier. Too much so, my knees explained while recently hiking with it.
I can stand to lose some weight and become more fit, and am working to do just that. However, that does not guarantee that the BoB will become bearable. I can remove weight from the BoB, but I’m throwing away options with every ounce. Truth is, I would like it to have a few more things, only that was too much weight ten years ago.
Given that, I’ve been investigating ways to put that weight on wheels instead of knees.
Here’s the ones I looked at.
1. Little Red Wagon. The grandkids aren’t using it any more, so why not put it to holding my preps?
- Good – it only requires one hand, can hold just about everything I’d like to take along, easy to load and unload.
- Bad – it is unstable when going fast, turning or on anything other than flat ground.
- Ugly – it’s noisy, even after greasing the axles.
- Conclusion – this severely limits where I can go, and doesn’t look like it would last long. Not recommended.
2. Hand truck (2 wheel dolly). With some bungie cords, it can carry the majority of my gear.
- Good – the collapsible kind fits neatly into very little space, easy to handle.
- Bad – even worse on anything other than flat ground than the wagon was.
- Conclusion – only for urban areas, and wouldn’t last long there before wearing out. Not recommended.
3. Game cart. These are either 1 or 2 wheeled. I went for the 2 wheeled cart because I could use that with one hand if needed, plus it could hold more.
- Good – will go most places I can, best load capacity.
- Bad – nothing noted.
- Ugly – assembly required if in car, unusual look draws attention (something I had not really thought of).
- Conclusion – not bad, especially in rural areas. Recommended.
4. Bicycle. With time, bungie cords and some modification, a bicycle will carry my gear, and I can even ride it.
- Good – speed, decent load capacity, best at handling terrain.
- Bad – nothing noted.
- Ugly – assembly required if in car, most time needed to load and unload.
- Conclusion – it can carry what I need, has the capability to get me places quicker and won’t draw attention like a game cart. My Choice.
Circumstances can make for different choices. Given that, even the most strong and fit would make better time if most of that BoB wasn’t wearing them down. Shouldn’t a bicycle (or game cart) be in your prepping plans?