From Kenny's thread on the subject:
About 2 weeks ago I read someplace that your Git Kit (Bug Out Bag, Go Bag whatever the fuck you want to call it) shouldn't be completely full so that you won't have the appearance of being prepared in order to avoid attacks by those who really aren't prepared. Then I read it another place and then another and another.My response, in comments:
This whole "Grey Man" approach pisses me off.
Historically, refugees in a disaster are often targeted for theft, rape and mayhem, regardless of whether their pack is full or whether the pack is a civvie hiking pack or a military ruck. It doesn't fucking matter; by the time you are bugging out, you are going to have to deal with some opportunistic savages.
The best defense isn't packing light (WTF why not just use a smaller pack) or going "grey." The best defense is never being seen. If that fails, well, kill lots of godless cocksuckers as necessary.On the whole, advising people to "pack light" or steering them towards civilian hiking packs and no long gun in the hopes of looking "unprepared" is eerily similar to "wear frumpy clothes so you don't get raped."
By being a refugee ("Bugging Out") you are by default in a category ripe for exploitation and no variation of your gear is going to make it otherwise. Start practicing your stealth. May I suggest you start here?