I did a good job getting the weight down on all of my bags but I will be at a severe disadvantage going off-road because of my disability. I just don’t have the strength or stamina to carry a 30 pound back pack 10 miles a day. I walk the local mall about 3-4 miles 5 days a week with the aide of my walker. But that is very easy “terrain” of indoors and tile floors so it isn’t the best training for a Bugout scenario! Don’t get me wrong about walking, I think it is a great exercise but walking five miles in the mall is nothing like “rucking 10-15 miles with a 60 + pound backpack most infantry Grunts do as daily/weekly training or what you may need to do in a Bugout situation!
I got the BOB down to 25 pounds without water but it has all the basics needed for about a week. I also live in a high desert area so finding water is not the easiest thing, so I figure I need to have about a gallon of water in my pack just in case I can’t make potable water and that adds a lot of weight. Well I need a solution to the weight problem and it is a vehicle, wheeled carts and/or my “trike”. Hopefully I can just toss the BOB in the mini-van add my camping box and be on my way, but that is a best case scenario. What could be the worst case scenario….
The GHB is a svelte 18 pounds and it is a rolling backpack I got a yard sale last year for about $3.00. It has about 3 days worth of the basics though no water or filtration system other than the ability to boil water for purification. Daily, my furthest trip from home is about 5 miles so my GHB is supplied with a bit more of the basics over and above what I would use normally to get home. Office Depot/Max has a great little cart for $15.00- $20.00 that holds about 50 pounds makes a great little camp table and folds flat when not in use. I don’t think being disable or handicapped in any gives you a pass on not preparing. In fact I think you must prepare because only you know your physical limitations and how best to work around them.
The GOOD or “Get Out Of Dodge” plan. I have stated my disabilities limit me but I think any could stage items in the garage or RV. In the Army we called it Combat parking, but you basically back your vehicle into a garage/carport. So if the SHTF and you need to scoot all you need to do is pull forward and hit the road. How fast can you load your BOV? How long can your Bugout supplies last? Do you have cash on hand to buy supplies? Personally I think bugging out is an act you are forced into via desperation. Bad things can happen so you must prepare to leave in less than 10 minutes. If every member of you family has a BOB and you plan/practice for evacuating you should be okay. But you must plan, prepare and practice.
Some people will not be able to handle the “new” paradigm and they will break when things get a little difficult. My generation “mid 1980’s” really got into helicopter parents and special snow flake children. But a lot of those Millennial kids are waking up and taking action on a local level. We should be a bit tolerant as these kids have discovered Sex , truth and justice once again for the first time! I think most of them are good folks, but I’m an optimist! Give me a big pile of crap, I start looking for a a pony or at least start another compost pile.
To quote Chris Duane “if you are aware, you can prepare.” That does not mean things/ prepping will be easy. It is simply doable if you will sacrifice short term gratification for long term security.