How many bug-out bags do I really need?
How many bug-out bags you need is a good question, but the answer is not the same for everyone. Are you actually planning to bug out or defend in place? That will depend on your location and the resources available to you. Do you have a rural home that has plenty of space for supplies and a good defensible position? You would probably want to stay and defend, unless you are next to a high-value target, in which case you need to leave quickly.
If you are in an apartment or condominium, you will want to bug out. The same applies to anyone in the city or suburbs. Unless you have a pre-existing collective, you will not want to be around people you do not know well, especially people who did not prepare. Those people will want what you have, so it is best to be far from them.
The reason why there is a difference in how many bug-out bags you need is based partially on your end goals, if it is to defend, then you are not leaving, but you may not have been home to begin with, so you need to get there. If your goal is to head out to a better location, you need that bag at home plus the bag to get home.
Different goals, different bags
We will get into detailed lists of each item in each different bag in later articles, this time we will deal in generalities based on missions and goals. Avoid completed emergency kits/bug-out bags because although they