It was brought to my attention today that one of the new products being marketed to preppers is a sort of rolling cart that is designed to be a portable bug out bag or kit.
While it looks like a solid and well built cart, I cannot in good conscience recommend such a product for bugging out. First, it is bound to be heavy. One of the selling points they make is that it is set up to carry 28 liters of water in seven bottles of four liters each. That alone weighs over 60 pounds! Add in your gear as well as the expected weight of the cart itself and you’re going to be getting close to 100 pounds.
Ok, sure, you’re rolling it not carrying it so the weight isn’t quite as much of a factor. But, what if you do need to pick it up over just a large crack in the road? Can you essentially dead lift 100lbs and carry it even as much as six feet? Or are you expecting to unload the contents a little at a time, then repack everything?
Also, we’re assuming that we can find fairly level surfaces to wheel this beast around on. I can’t imagine this sort of cart will be all joy and sunshine to get up a hill though. Downhill could be fun, I guess. This cart does come with brakes, so we have that going for us, I suppose.
Look, I fully realize there are folks out there who are, for one reason or another, not physically capable of carrying a pack or a duffel bag. I totally get that. But if your physical condition prevents you from doing that, I would expect that same physical condition is not conducive to pushing or pulling 100lbs on wheels for any great distance.
A bicycle might be a better solution. Not necessarily for riding but as a “pack mule.” I think you’ll find a bike is easier to push than a cart. Outfitted with panniers and such, a bike can carry quite a bit of gear and still be very easy to push.
Personally, I would never suggest someone on foot even try to come up with a way to transport that much water to begin with. It just isn’t feasible. Far better to have a few water bottles and the means to collect and purify more water along the way.