Would you consider a full sized hiking backpack a bug out bag? Or would another term be more appropriate?
Total agreement with your perspective on bugging out...This is the way of the refugee. Having known refugees and heard the stories of my parents surviving the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during the war, bugging out is not a really appealling proposition.It's always got on my nerves how people talk about "bugging out" like it's a strategy of some sort.
"Bugging out" is specifically what you do when all your plans have gone to shit and it's time to leave, or else.
That being said, if you find yourself in such a situation, you're probably already being pursued by someone, even if they're not yet close enough to actually see you yet.
Better just use whatever is tough and will carry your minimum load. Focus on getting your gear selection to a minimum and spend the money on quality over quantity I think.
Doesn't matter what kind of pack you have on your back. Hell, it doesn't even matter if you have a pack or just a jacket with some pockets; if you're out on your own, you will be a potential target for anyone with a predatory mindset.
Absolutely. You will try to bring your entire house with you if you buy a giant pack. Don't envision a week long hiking trip at a national park,with all of the comforts you would want. What do you NEED to survive if everything goes to shit? It is a much smaller list than you think.As has been said, anything your carrying could potentially make you a target. Whatever pack you decide to use, don't get one that's too large to carry for hours on end. People have a tendency to try and fill pack to capacity, so think carefully about what you pack, and then what it weighs.
I think everyone just needs to consider their own needs and choose the options that fit them. Some will travel light, others travel heavy and other will not travel at all.