I am currently building my BOB bag for a trip to the mountains with a couple of buddies I plan on making in a couple of months (North Carolina mountains - probably where i'd end up in a SHTF situation). I have almost no formal (or informal) training on survival stategies. My plan is to take my BOB into the "wilderness" for 3 days to find out how well I'd fare. Obviously, I'm doing this to figure out my areas of greatest need and to determine what steps I should take to be more prepared should a real situation arise. This may sound crazy, but I'm curious to see how well I'd do if something were to happen this very moment, before I have had the time to prepare...
I'm sure most people probably start with selecting the actual bag first, but I'm working the other way around. I am still hesistant to purchase a bag for fear I will select the wrong one. A bag with a frame, or without a frame? How big does it have to be? It's probably the most frustrating part of the process for me!
I appreciate all the helpful material this site has to offer, it has been invaluable in building my bag.
Also, if anybody is from North Carolina or the surrounding areas, and has a suggestion on a great place to get away and do some backpacking for a few days... feel free to send me a message. Thanks guys.
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