Doc Torr wrote:UL=/=hiking/bugging out. If you train to hike the weight, and have a decent head about it, you'll be okay.
This is almost off-topic, because we're talking about the very rare bug-out scenario, but a huge percentage of you guys are coming back with lumbar spines that have aged many decades past you. Y'all carry too much weight, for too long, and too often.
Thaat's because we usually wear 40lb of PPE and ammo, then throw on a large, ill-fitted pack loaded beyond that 70lb. My point was that the 5lb UL packs, or even the 10-15lb UL hiker packs are NOT BOBs. The purpose of a BOB, at its core is to have a bag packed, ready to go and on hand at all times to bail your ass out in any number of disasters. UL bags are for pre-planned routes calculated to make sure you carry no more food or water than necessary. I prefer "Bail out Bag" to Bug out bag because it better (to me) captures the purpose.
I like to use the movie Salt as an example. She has to pick up and move right-the-fuck-now. Jolie's character has a bag packed with her gun, and extra mag, spare clothes, cash, and some basic food and water, and copies of important documents (passports, driver's license, credit cards). She's also in great physical shape. Granted, she's a secret agent woman, but the basics remain the same. Food, water, shelter (cash for a hotel) documents, and spare clothes.
I dare you to tell me her bag was incomplete for her most likely scenario (evil black helicopters). Similarly, while I don't think everyone needs to pack a 70lb bag full of camping equipment, I don't think a UL bag is the answer either.
MBOs and shooting are hobbies of mine, stuff I did before I was prepping, but they happen to transition very well. My 45lb pack is just as "grab and go" ready as hers was. More importantly though, my car throws the transmission out mid-bug out, I'm ready to get out and walk as far as I need to.
OP: I think you missed all the other places (the stickies, the wiki, the PSAs) where it's been said over a hundred times what the basics of a BOB are and why we pack what we do, or why some of us prep the way we do. Preps go in steps, and I'd love to bug-in, but there are plenty of scenarios in which I need to be ready to roll right now and support myself for two weeks living out of my car. BTDT. Same reason I rock a small EDC GTFO bag on my flak when I'm deployed. I've seen too much weird shit to believe that a walmart backpack with a pair of granola bars and bottle of water are going to be any help when a Cat IV hurrcane levels my house.
YMMV on the above. In summary:
Hiking is not bugging out. Camping is not bugging out. Bugging in is not always an option. If you can't hike your bag where you need to, there's a good chance that you may or may not die.
I recommend both of Cody Lundin's books. Read them. Know them. Laugh at the illustrations. Then realize that disaster prep is not something you do and then leave in the closet until you need it. Your mileage will not vary on that list bit.