105: BOB Measuring,
Compartments and Options
By Ken Jensen
Are you a minimalist who keeps little more than a
granola bar in your bag, or do you feel that you need
to fit a Skyscraper, 300 bandaids, an AK-47, and a
puppy in it?
If you follow my tips,
it doesn’t matter
what size Bug Out Bag
(BOB) you want. You
will be able to find it.
Get a Lightweight Pack that will Hold Everything You Need
If you go hiking much, you know one simple mantra: “When
feet become miles, ounces become pounds.”
Nights Capacity Bag Weight (Gear Not Included)
1-2 20-50 Liters 1.5 – 4.5 Lbs
2-3 50-60 Liters 2.5 – 5 Lbs
3-5 60-80 Liters 2.5 – 5+ Lbs
5+ 80+ Liters 4 – 6+ Lbs
Determine what you need in capacity based on this
Bigger isn’t always better.
Bug Outs are stressful and are
not the time for added weight.
My recommendation: Learn
skills, reducing gear, reducing
size and weight.
The typical person would do well to grab a 50-60
liter pack for most situations.
To obtain the
proper fitting pack,
measure your torso,
HEIGHT. This is
the only real way to
measure for one.
Your body design is
You don’t want to unload every bit
of the contents in your bag just
to get to your gear.
When it matters most, you can get to your gear by
choosing the right pack and understanding its
parts. Choose one that organizes and
compartmentalizes everything so it is easy to get to