While watching a western last week it hit me how often they used wagons and pack mules to move their families. Homesteaders and settlers used mules and wagons and Mormons used handcarts. These were people who lived off the land without electricity and still felt the need to travel with that much food and gear. Granted, they were usually going a lot further than most of us would in an emergency, but it still has me thinking since my family would have to walk 100+ miles to our closest relatives. I wonder if those of us with families are too often trying to cut down on weight and gear instead of following their example or if technology has reached a point where the need for carts or other similar means are negated? I'm not saying don't have a BOB with you as well, but it's making me think about things based on how they traveled historically.