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Re: What do you keep in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) & Why?
« Reply #270 on: May 01, 2011, 03:46:56 PM »
Yeah she ended up talking about it most the day...  "What else do we need in our bag...OH!  Tools in case we need to fix something!"  I guess she has picked up something from all my rambling on about prepping.

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Re: What do you keep in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) & Why?
« Reply #271 on: May 07, 2011, 04:27:14 AM »
Started work on a new kit for myself to take to work each day.  Need it to be at least a Get Home Bag, but I will stretch it as much as possible towards a Bug Out Bag.  Not complete yet but here is what I have so far...

Bag:
SO Tech Go Bag Extended

Components:
Ripstop poncho, with grommets in each corner.
survival blanket
3 chemical light sticks
gerber folding knife
flashlight
toothbrush/toothpaste
floss
toilet paper
baby wipes
20' of duct tape re-rolled

BCB International Ultimate Surival Kit (pre pack kit that comes in a water proof tin. This was a quick/cheap/compact way to get a lot of pieces into my kit. )
Tin contains:
Water bag
Nylon cord
Button compass
Candle
Flint & Striker
Hack saw blade
Tinder
Fishing kit
Mini multi-tool
Matches
Sewing kit
Purification tablets
Safety pins
Single edge razor
Salt sachets
Signal mirror
Whistle
Snare wire
Wire saw
Grip lock bag
Pencil
Survival instructions
Extra water bag
Vinyl tape
A4 waterproof paper
Micro light

BCB Crusader Cook System (This is my new favorite item!  Although it fits on the Go Bag, it takes away the narrow profile of the bag, and might not be something I leave on here in the long run.)
Contained in MOLLE Pouch:
Cooker
Cup Canteen
Water Bottle and Cup
12 "Green Heat" Ethanol Gel Fuel Packets
Fireball Flint Fire Starter
Cup Lid
Has a pocket for, but does not come with eating utensils, I will be adding these shortly.

2 MH Pouches
3 Cliff bars

ammo:
20 rounds of 7.62
20 rounds of 5.56
5 12ga slugs

Next item to tackle is First Aid......




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Re: What do you keep in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) & Why?
« Reply #272 on: May 09, 2011, 02:44:44 PM »
Brilliant idea goes to the guy with the mousetrap in his.  (on my iPod at the moment, so it's hard to go back to look and see who it was)   I'm going to assume it's for catching small game and not some wacky booby-trap like the Asian kid in The Goonies would have.

Well, boys and girls, we're about to find out how well a rat trap will do at catching (hopefully killing) small game.  More specifically the freaking squirrel that dug up my garden sometime today!!

Before you all ask, I'm in NYC.  So no, I can't shoot the little bastard!

Using peanut butter as bait, which i've seen on a few ppl's BOB list, so it will be a practical experiment as well as a revenge-kill.

*cursing repeatedly under breath*

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Re: What do you keep in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) & Why?
« Reply #273 on: May 14, 2011, 03:28:40 PM »
I plan on "Bugging In" unless there is some reason I have to leave my home or I am not at home. All my food is here, all my equipment for making more food is here. My current home is not as ideal of a BOL as I would have liked over my previous homes, but it is what I have.

My largest threat here is an earthquake and a dam failing. I figure I have 5 minutes at the minimum to get out of my house and up a huge hill that theoretically is taller than the wave of water which WILL come if the dam breaks. There is no option of taking a vehicle in this earthquake situation.. until the 'all clear' is called, I feel it is not safe to stay in my home if the dam is compromised at all. So I will leave if an earthquake happens and return when the "All Clear" has sounded.

My BOB, hiking boots (socks with) , Ergo pack (baby pack) and such are at my front door at all times other than when I am actually wearing them. At least once a week I climb my ‘escape’ hill with my gear and my baby. I leave the arm straps looser on my pack so I don’t have to fight to get into it and can tighten it up after I have it on. The baby pack has to go on first and for this instance it is easier to have her ride backwards, not forward facing. Without the BOB, she rides on my back forward facing. I would not have known this had I not been doing the hill with all the gear.

I take it in my truck with me when I leave the property, until I get my SAR pack re-packed and the SAR pack will stay in the truck where the tent/hatchet and some other things already are.

CONTENTS:
Food - 5 pounds 6 oz

2 pouches of tuna fish (MRE) 6 servings
1 pouch of salmon (MRE) 3 servings
2 pouches homedried dehydrated Jerky (MRE)
1 pouch homedried dehydrated apples (MRE)
1 pouch homedried dehydrated bananas (MRE)
1 pouch salted nuts homepacked (MRE)
67 servings of food (Dehydrated, water only needed)
     10 servings Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal (carb)
       8 servings Creamy Wild Rice (higher fat & carb = 1/2 gallon)
       8 servings Cheddar Broccoli (higher fat & carb = 1/2 gallon
       8 servings Chicken Noodle Soup (higher fat & carb = 1/2 gallon)
       8 servings Gumbo (higher fat & carb = 1/2 gallon)
       25 cubes Chicken Boullion
Baby formula for 6 full meals (she is on solid foods too)
Stainless steel cooking pot (medium small size)
Cooking stand for pot

Water - 3 pounds
Water purification tablets (50)
1 quart water container with water - (Working on buying a filter)

Shelter - 4 1/2 pounds
6'x8' insulated tarp for shelter/groundcloth or signaling  (red one side/silver the other)
2 space blankets
2 Large black heavy duty garbage bags (emergency poncho or water collection)
Sleeping bag (mine is to 45F, in a garbage bag in a stuff sack)
Sleeping bag for baby (the baby's is to 32F, in a garbage bag in a stuff sack)

Clothing - 4 1/2
100% Wool hat
Bandana
100% Wool sweater
Wool Army Pants (I know they go to -45F)
Wool socks
T-shirt
Hoodie
1 sarrong (1,001 uses for it -from towel to sunscreen to privacy to ?)

Fire Starting/Cooking - 0.5 pounds
Matches in waterproof containers
Flint & steel
Bic lighter
Candle Stub
99% alcohol (HEET)
Stainless steel pot
Popcan stove (tried and proven – in case found fire materials are wet)

Baby Needs - 2 1/2 pounds
2 sets Baby clothes for my 18 month old (change out every 3 months)
Hat (that covers her ears)
Tights –warmer than just socks and dry faster
Snowsuit – keeps her super toasty and it kinda waterproof
10 diapers in her current size and 20 wet wipes (almost potty trained)

Communication/Navigation - 2 pounds
AM/FM/SW1/SW2 radio with flashlight (windup & battery)
ID
Sharpie Pen
Flagging – I used this a lot as a dog handler.
Notebook
Pencil
Mirror – multiple uses
Metal whistle taped on the edges
2 compasses (always have a backup)
Topo maps of my 2 BOLs, and the general area near home for 30 mile radius
(Working on replacing my 2-way radios- recently found out they corroded from the batteries)

First Aid - 2 1/2 pounds
First Aid Kit (from trach tubes to suture to vet wrap to band aides)
12 - Benedril due to bee sting allergies
Buzz Away insect repellent
Sun lotion (for baby)
Small bar of soap

Tools - 3 pounds
Leatherman with needlenose, pliers, screwdrivers, knives, etc
Finnish knife
My knife I can beat up a bit
Felco #2 - would rather have it than all of my knives
Leather Gloves
Insulated gloves
Magnetic flashlight
Headlamp
1 - 12 hour Glow Stick
Parachute cord
3 battery candles (these last a long time, longer than glow sticks)
Dental floss with needles in it
5 Carbiners (4 heavy duty)
Snare wire (giggli)
Small fishing kit
Bear mace (not just for 4-legged animals)
Carabiners (5)
1 - 4' nylon dog leash in case my guardian dog goes with us/also has other uses.

NOTE: Everything which is feasible to be, has been packed in quart and gallon sized Ziplock baggies to keep them dry and/or for water collection. They are then packed in black garbage bags inside the pack.

Total Weight: 28 pounds not including the pack that I forgot to weigh when it was empty. With baby in her pack + BOB = 52 pounds total weight I am carrying (guessing backpack is 2 pounds)

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Re: What do you keep in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) & Why?
« Reply #274 on: May 16, 2011, 08:58:40 AM »
Well, boys and girls, we're about to find out how well a rat trap will do at catching (hopefully killing) small game.  More specifically the freaking squirrel that dug up my garden sometime today!!

Update:   Squirrels like peanut butter.  Trap sprung but did not catch the little sonofagun BUT it apparently scared the shit out of him...   literally!!    There was a bunch of little squirrel turds right where I set the trap that wasn't there before.   I'm going to look into a cage-type trap next.


Unrelated overlooked BOB item:  Shoelaces!!    I haven't read every BOB thread on here but I haven't seen shoelaces in any of the ones I have read.   

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Re: What do you keep in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) & Why?
« Reply #275 on: May 16, 2011, 10:38:42 AM »
Unrelated overlooked BOB item:  Shoelaces!!    I haven't read every BOB thread on here but I haven't seen shoelaces in any of the ones I have read.

For me, that's one of the 101 uses for para cord.

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Re: What do you keep in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) & Why?
« Reply #276 on: May 16, 2011, 05:39:04 PM »
For me, that's one of the 101 uses for para cord.

I replace all my bootlaces with paracord.

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Re: What do you keep in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) & Why?
« Reply #277 on: May 16, 2011, 07:13:12 PM »
For me, that's one of the 101 uses for para cord.
Yep me too.

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Re: What do you keep in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) & Why?
« Reply #278 on: May 19, 2011, 09:10:41 AM »
With regards to BOB food:

I was planning on keeping a hard plastic, 6-egg holder on top of/and or in a highly visible 'reminder' location near my BOB to carry some hard boiled eggs in.  I usually have some on hand in the fridge, so it would only be a matter of a moment or two to get them into the bag.   

But after checking online, I see that the general consensus is that hardboiled eggs should not be eaten more than TWO HOURS after being removed from refrigeration??  That can't be right, can it??  I seem to remember hard boiled easter eggs being on my grandmothers's dining room table for what seemed like days and eating them with no I'll effects.   

So am I remembering this wrong, or is this another case of the powers-that-be covering themselves against the "duh, nobody told me not to eat the week-old eggs" type lawsuits??

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Re: What do you keep in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) & Why?
« Reply #279 on: May 19, 2011, 10:09:41 AM »
But after checking online, I see that the general consensus is that hardboiled eggs should not be eaten more than TWO HOURS after being removed from refrigeration??  That can't be right, can it??  I seem to remember hard boiled easter eggs being on my grandmothers's dining room table for what seemed like days and eating them with no I'll effects.  So am I remembering this wrong, or is this another case of the powers-that-be covering themselves against the "duh, nobody told me not to eat the week-old eggs" type lawsuits??

You do not remember wrong necessarily. Salmonella is what the 'powers-that-be' are worried about. Back in grandma's day, chickens did not have the Salmonella issues that they do today. Sure chickens had Salmonella, but not to the extent they have now.

Eggs are naturally germ-free, due to bacteria-fighting proteins found within the egg white. BUT.. many years ago, starting about the 1970's, Salmonella infected birds who died.. were ground up and fed back to hot-house (commercial) chickens as a cheap protein source, much like the 'downer' sheep and cattle were being ground up and fed back to cattle as a cheap protein source. In the cattle, it became "Mad Cow" and in the chickens, the chickens often became carriers of Salmonella, but show no symptoms and are often immune. BUT.. the eggs contain Salmonella, as does the chicken meat, which is why cross contamination in the kitchen is spoken more about these days and why you need to cook chicken until it is fully done. To make it more confusing, there is more than one type of Salmonella.

It used to be that eggs got contaminated with salmonella on the outside, from contact with fecal bacteria. But in recent years (probably starting in the 1970's and compounding since), the Salmonella Enteritidis strain has been found inside intact, disinfected, grade A eggs. This type of germ contaminates eggs inside a hen's ovaries, before shells are even formed. The hens are in short... a "Typhoid Mary" (a healthy carrier of a disease pathogen).

So refrigeration slows Salmonella and rapidly multiplies in the egg (or meat) when it becomes room temperature or more.

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Re: What do you keep in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) & Why?
« Reply #280 on: July 13, 2011, 07:45:01 PM »
Tag until I can get a list together.

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Re: What do you keep in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) & Why?
« Reply #281 on: July 14, 2011, 09:27:20 AM »
Here's my complete checklist, comments and suggestions welcome and apprecated;   :)

Basic Bug Out Bag - Backpack large enough for supplies Rev. 3-24-11
Shelter                   Water
______ Poncho                ______ Water Purifier/Paper Filter
______ Poncho Liner             ______ Purify Tablets/Clorox
______ Space Blanket-HD          ______ 2 Small Nalgene Water Bottles
______ 2 Space Blankets-Light          ______ 1 Liter Platypus Water Bag
______ Plastic Leaf Bags-HD          ______ Coffee Packets, Sugar, Salt
______ Plastic Tube Tent              ______ Gatorade, Cocoa, Iced Tea Mix
Clothing                   Heat/Cooking/Light
______ 4pr Socks (cotton/wool)         ______ Waterproof Matches, BIC Lighter
______ Leather Work Gloves         ______ Cotton Balls, Steel Wool
______ Warm Gloves(Winter)         ______ LED Head Light
______ Wool Sweater            ______ Small Birthday Candles
______ Windbreaker             ______ Stainless Steel Cup
______ Boots (Spare Laces)         ______ Trioxane Folding Stove
______ Wool Hat/Baseball Cap         ______ Trioxane Fuel Bars
______ Underwear (1 set)          ______ Eating/Cooking Utensils
______ Underwear- Thermal          ______ Wire-Saw
______ Coveralls (jumpsuit style)         ______ Aluminum Foil
______ T-Shirt & Shorts (Summer)         ______ Survival candle
______ Jeans & Shirt
Utility                   Communications
______ Swiss Army knife             ______ AM-FM-SW Radio
______ Sheath Knife             ______ Mini-Mag Flashlight w/Holster
______ Knife Sharpener Kit         ______ LED Flashlight
______ Leatherman Multi-Tool          ______ Bulbs & Batteries extra
______ Army Can Opener            ______ Post-it Pad of Paper
______ 50’ Parachute Cord          ______ Pen & Pencil
______ 20’ Nylon Rope             ______ Assorted Light Sticks
______ 100’ Yellow Mason Line         ______ Walkie-Talkies (Batteries)
______ German E-Shovel             ______ Mirror
______ Spyderline Fishing Line         ______ Whistle
______ Hammock             ______ Flares (aerial)
______ Cash (roll quarters)         ______ Electrical Tape
______ 6” Hacksaw Blade            ______ Emergency Contacts List
______ Plastic Zip-Ties            ______ Survival Cards
______ Sling-Shot            ______ Binoculars
Directions                   Hygiene
______ NY City, LI Maps             ______ Toothbrush, Paste
______ Compass             ______ Soap
______ Maps                    ______ Toilet Paper
______ First Aid Manual             ______ Zip-Lock Plastic Bags-Gal/Qt
______ Survival Skills Manual          ______ Disposable Razor
Food
______ 3 to 7 MRE Meals            ______ Small Can Peanuts
______ Slim Jim Sticks            ______ Power Bars
______ Instant Oatmeal            ______ Ramen Noodle Soup, Bullion
______ Fruit & Grain Snack Bars         ______ Hard Candy & Life Savers
Sewing Kit                First Aid Kit
______ Needles variety             ______ Triangular Bandage
______ Thread                ______ Band-Aids, Steri-Strips
______ Extra Buttons             ______ Towelettes, Alcohol Pads
______ Small Scissors             ______ Gauze Pads
______ Sewing Awl             ______ Sting-Ez
______ Nylon Thread             ______ Tweezers
______ Safety Pins             ______ Tylenol, Benedryl
______ Duct Tape            ______ Antacid Tabs      
______ Toilet Paper            ______ Pepto-Bismol, Immodium AD (diarrhea)
______ Soap               ______ Medical Tape
______ Insect Repellant-Deet         ______ Prescription Medicines
______ Tube Vaseline            ______ Ace Bandage
______                  ______ Antibiotic Cream
Ditty Bag
______ Magnifying Glass             ______ Sunglasses
______ Carrier/bag             ______ Multi-Vitamins
______ Bungee Cord, Surgical Tube      ______ Dental Floss      
______ Latex Gloves            ______ Push Pins, Nails   
______ Thermometer              ______ Spare Glasses   
______ Moleskin               ______ Small Towel, Washcloth       
______ Bandana               ______ Super Glue Gel
______ Mace Spray            ______ Toilet Paper       
______ Hand Warmers            ______ Dust Mask & Ear Plugs      
______ Carabineers            ______ B.O.B. Inventory Card

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Re: What do you keep in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) & Why?
« Reply #282 on: July 14, 2011, 09:31:25 AM »
geoffreys7: I love the checklist format with the little lines next to items.  Very handy.  Thanks.

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Re: What do you keep in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) & Why?
« Reply #283 on: July 14, 2011, 12:51:39 PM »
OOhhhh- Slimjims :D the never starve food, a month later a burb out of the blue and it's like you just ate it :o

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Re: What do you keep in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) & Why?
« Reply #284 on: July 14, 2011, 08:20:03 PM »
OOhhhh- Slimjims :D the never starve food, a month later a burb out of the blue and it's like you just ate it :o

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Re: What do you keep in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) & Why?
« Reply #285 on: July 20, 2011, 05:04:34 AM »
mine is more of a get home bag than a bug out bag and its mostly aimed at urban rather than wilderness, I have a wilderness bag packed with my tent and sleeping bag, cook stove and other camping equipment and MRE's that lives in my closet ready to go if needed. I also have a large foot locker packed and ready to go into the truck if need be that has a lot of my other gear, LBV, plate carrier and other things I acquired in the Corps
Here is whats in the bag that I carry with me daily

Humidor w/ cigars
cigar cutter
flask w/ bourbon
spare t shirt (from a local fire department)
550 cord 100'
more 550 cord
hygiene kit - toothbrush, tooth paste, deodorant, soap, razor
sewing kit
Springfield XD .45
spare mag
mag light
emergency radio
pry bar
spanner wrench
multi tool (2)
swiss army knife
dykes
crescent wrench
chem lights (2) wrapped w 550 cord
chem light
pen
note pad
can opener
zippo
flint and steel
bic lighter
tea light
water purification tabs
poncho (2)
space blanket (2)
FEMA incident response pocket guide
carabeners (2)
demo hammer
K-BAR
collapsible asp
bandanna
schmag
matches waterproof
lensatic compass
small compass on the match case
whistle
signal mirror
duct tape
electric tape
nylon webbing
hunting knife w bone saw and gut hook
condoms
hydration bladder w inline filter
First Aid kit
tactical light
stainless water bottle

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Re: What do you keep in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) & Why?
« Reply #286 on: July 21, 2011, 05:27:35 AM »
Here is whats in the bag that I carry with me

Sounds heavy. My two cents is that you can trim down some.
I suggest,

Get rid of some knives, you have 5 listed if you count the multitools. Thats over kill. I day ditch the swiss army the kabar, if the hunting knife is fixed blade else ditch it, and one of the multitools, if they are good quality like leatherman else keep the swiss army and ditch one anyhow.
Add some powerbars and spare cash
Ditch the flint and steel, the lighters have enough to make a spark after they are out of juice
Add chem water tabs so you dont have to start a fire if necessary
Add binoculars
Lose a poncho and add contractor trashbags, a million uses.
Add a small first aid kit
Add a paperback or playing cards

Thats what comes to mind. Like I said just my two cents to take or leave. I still think youll be tool heavy, do you need a prybar a kabar and a demo hammer?, but its your carry.

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Re: What do you keep in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) & Why?
« Reply #287 on: July 23, 2011, 11:22:24 PM »
Sounds heavy. My two cents is that you can trim down some.
..... do you need a prybar a kabar and a demo hammer?, but its your carry.

I do need to trim it down, I am with you 100% on the knives, I inventoried it as I was posting. Mostly it has just been collecting small pieces here and there as time has gone by.  As for the K-BAR  and the demo hammer, as it is a bag that I carry and use daily, have gotten more use than most of the other stuff, either way there are a few things I can purge to save weight. The K-BAR is going to stay as it is the only fixed blade, the multi tools can probably go away as they are cheepos and I have a good gerber as part of my EDC. The pry bar can probably also go away as it hasnt ever seen use.
Thanks for the thought on ditching the poncho for some contractor bags, great idea. I do have a first aid kit that I carry as well. It was my original bag that I outgrew and I turned it into a trauma bag. I have a ton of different wound closure stuff (including tampons and quick clot) as well as airway management equipment (OPA's, NPA's, BVM) and OC meds
I also have iodine tabs for water purification in there, I may have missed them as I was posting. I do need the binos.
the original thought on the demo hammer was that I could dig it in as an anchor point and double up 550 cord to get down from something if I needed to, I really dont like heights.
thanks for the input,
Dan

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Re: What do you keep in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) & Why?
« Reply #288 on: July 29, 2011, 12:02:39 PM »
Everyone has different needs and different styles as to what they carry in their BOB, however, I would suggest to anyone that once their bag is packed and loaded, that they go out for a good length of time (a few hours at minimum) and see how it feels.

I tend to believe that our society (Western) conditions us to believe that we need a lot of stuff (call it commercial advertising), but in truth, we actually need a lot less. Yet we always seem to want to pack more than we ever can possibly use. I can think of two good examples of when this principle has applied to me:

1- Packing for an overseas trip. I packed the usual clothing, hygiene and necessary items (passpart, money, maps), but then I thought to myself, "I should take a book to read on the plane, and my iPod, and maybe my camera stand and GPSr." So, in went all of my gadgets, along with all of the required cords, but other than listening to some music on the plane, I never opened the book, I got directions by talking to people, and if I needed a picture of myself, I asked someone or set it on a table. I didn't even wear all of the clothing that I brought because the weather wasn't what I had anticipated and had to buy new clothes upon arrival.

2- Packing for camping trips and military field exercises. Again, I packed many items that I thought would be useful in a "what if" situation, but as it turned out, if I needed a specific item I was able to borrow it or make do without it.

In both of these scenarios, I could have and should have, packed much less than I did. As it turns out, it didn't matter much because I only had to carry my bags short distances, but if I had to carry them a long distance or for an extended period of time, I'm sure all those "extras" would have formed a nice breadcrumb trail behind me.

In short, what I believe is that "less is more." Carry the majority of your survival "tools" in your head - learn how to adapt, improvise and overcome (military training - I must have paid attention once during basic training). Carry what you NEED to survive - water, food, shelter, fire and security - and learn how to live without all the rest. Remember that a BOB is intended only to get you from Point A to Point B; keep it simple.

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Re: What do you keep in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) & Why?
« Reply #289 on: July 29, 2011, 07:38:05 PM »
I've refined my BOB - based on taking it out on several trips and actually using the items within.  I found that for a 48-72 hour scenario (time frame needed to travel from my BIL to my BOL on foot), I was simply carrying too much stuff. So I ended-up taking several items out of my bag, to include extra collapsible water canteen, canister stove, pocket saw, toothbrush, and binoculars. I replaced the backpacking canister stove with a Sterno stove (lighter in weight and fail-proof), reduced my food by almost half (I just don't eat as much as I thought while moving), replaced my Mylar blanket with a military surplus poncho (less cumbersome), and replaced my binoculars with a monocular (for simplicity and space). With these improvements, I was able to remove 7-8 pounds of weight and now feel much more comfortable with what I have.

So here is my new layout for my BOB, listed by the primary needs they provide for:

Backpack

Water:
- 1L Water bottle and purification tablets
- Metal cup (slides over bottom of water bottle)

Food:
- Food (2 tuna packets, 6oz deer jerky, 4 energy bars, 1c mixed nuts, 2c dried fruits, 4 bags herbal tea, 1c Bisquick, handful of hard candy - all in small Ziploc bags)
- Heavy plastic "unbreakable" spoon
- Knife with sharpener
- (2) 1-Quart freezer Ziploc bags (to collect extra water, food or dry tinder)
- Sterno

Shelter:
- Military poncho
- 550 cord
- Camp axe
- Recon 3 patrol sleeping bag (SUPER small when compressed)
- Leather gloves, fleece glove liners, microfleece touque, smartwool socks
- Stormproof jacket (to be worn)

Fire:
- Lighters (2)
- Fire rod
- Fresnel lens

Security:
- Basic First-Aid Kit
- Headlamp with extra batteries
- TP and hand sanitizer
- Multipurpose biodegradable soap (Dr. Brommer's)
- Bandana
- Weapon repair and cleaning kit
- 2 extra loaded ammunition magazines
- Monocular
- Topo maps of local area
- Lensatic compass
- Rite-in-Rain notebook and pen

...And of course my weapon (pistol).

All packed, it weights about 18 pounds, and I still have 1/2 of the room available in my pack for add-ins.

This is my no-kidding, only-the-necessities, serious, hard working BOB. If I don't use one of the items every single day, it gets removed. This bag, its contents and my skills and knowledge will get me through any situation in which I have to leave the security of my BIL -- whether that is due to an earthquake, fire, severe weather, social collapse, war, or an alien/zombie attack -- at which point I will need to resort to my caches of supplies that I have placed in the area of my BOL.

I think I've finally reached the point where I am happy with my BOB (!) There isn't anything that I want to adjust or modify. I do, however, plan on continuing to "test" this set-up throughout the year, if for nothing else than to become more experienced with the items, and perhaps to ensure the items are not redudant or lacking.

This set-up has achieved the goals I had set for my BOB: it has proven successful, it is simple, and it allows me to travel from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible without compromising any of the primary human needs.

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Re: What do you keep in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) & Why?
« Reply #290 on: September 04, 2011, 09:06:51 AM »
Road Flare the old kind  Good for fast fire start, also good for crowd control, keep people away from you that you don't want to come near you. Nobody want to run into that. One in each hand is good. good for signaling.

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Re: What do you keep in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) & Why?
« Reply #291 on: September 12, 2011, 10:39:45 PM »
Every kit I have and have made for others has a gallon size zip lock baggy on top labeled INK for Instant Needs Kit. I conceived these after watching footage of 9/11 several years ago - you know the images of the people running away in all of the ash and dust. The INK contains: Dust Mask, Dust/Chemical Goggles, Tissues, Water, Energy Bar, Ear Plugs, gloves, and a few Alcohol Wipes with Band Aids - just the Instant Needs that will get you out of the crap that is falling down around you in an earthquake, fire, etc. These cost very little to put together and are probably the most practical addition you can make to any of your kits.

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Re: What do you keep in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) & Why?
« Reply #292 on: September 13, 2011, 07:52:29 AM »
one thing I've found that works great, binder twine the kind farmers use for baling hay and straw, alot less expensive than 550 cord, although I do carry 550 cord as well, the binder twine is very sturdy I bought two big spools of binder twine and still have alot of it left after several years.

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Re: What do you keep in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) & Why?
« Reply #293 on: September 19, 2011, 06:44:33 PM »
Used an extra medical pouch that had some internal pockets and filled it with two 20 round AR mags, four 10 round clips of 7.62, and 10 rounds for the 12 gauge.

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Re: What do you keep in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) & Why?
« Reply #294 on: September 29, 2011, 06:24:17 AM »
i like everyones kits and i have really seen a lot of ideas that would be really useful. but i want to cover the basics in my bug out bag

1. water purification
2. folding knife (part of my EDC) and bowie knife
3. firestarter and matches with vaseline soaked cotton balls
4. calories calories calories (trail mixes, protein bars, etc)
5. sig sauer with plenty of additional rounds

am i missing any of the basics?

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Re: What do you keep in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) & Why?
« Reply #295 on: September 29, 2011, 06:52:09 AM »
i like everyones kits and i have really seen a lot of ideas that would be really useful. but i want to cover the basics in my bug out bag

1. water purification
2. folding knife (part of my EDC) and bowie knife
3. firestarter and matches with vaseline soaked cotton balls
4. calories calories calories (trail mixes, protein bars, etc)
5. sig sauer with plenty of additional rounds

am i missing any of the basics?


Here's the survival priorities in order of importance...it's good to include items from each category, so your bases are covered.

1.)Protect/Defend yourself (safety/security/self defense/situational awareness)
2.)Treat Injury or Illness (first aid, also includes hygeine for long-term health/illness prevention)
3.)Element Protection (includes seasonally-specific clothing and shelter)
4.)Firemaking
5.)Find, Treat and Carry Water
6.)Signalling/Communication
7.)Navigation
8.)Food
9.)Repair/Construct Items (tools/"force multipliers")


Obviously, proper training is the most important thing. "Stuff" won't do you a bit of good if you don't know how to use it properly.



So, here's your list in order of priority, so you can see what you lack...Just fill in the blanks.

1.)sig sauer with plenty of additional rounds
2.)
3.)
4.)firestarter and matches with vaseline soaked cotton balls
5.)water purification
6.)
7.)
8.)calories calories calories (trail mixes, protein bars, etc)
9.)folding knife (part of my EDC) and bowie knife


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Re: What do you keep in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) & Why?
« Reply #296 on: October 01, 2011, 08:19:29 AM »
DISASTER LIST FOR VEHICLE

RECOVERY KIT( optional)/ONE
FLAT TIRE KIT /ONE
TIE DOWN KIT(optional)/ONE
SMALL TOOL KIT/ONE


FIRST AID KIT/ONE
(put in 1gal zip lock,then in small Cary bag)
(2 gauze rolls(1 1inch,1 3inch),1medi wrap,EMT shears,tweezers,one pack splint outs,4 pair of none latex glove
(in small zip lock bag,1 burn aid pack,25 triple antibiotic packets,4 Tylenol pills, 25 elastic strip,
10 knuckle,10 large patch,2 triangular bandage,2 emergency compress,4 eye patches,2lateral
shield,gauze pads(2 4x4,2 3x3,2 2x2)5 antiseptic wipes,2 emergency blankets,

DRIVER SIDE GO BAG
PASSENGER GO BAG/ONE

ALL CON TENSE FOR GO BAGS
PUT IN ZIPLOC BAGS,USE SMALL BAG PACK/OR WAIST BAG FOR ITEMS/ONE
(prescriptions,headlamp(extra batteries),rain
gear(or)poncho,socks,lighter,small knife,Benni,small first aid kit,Com's optional,
electrical tape,550 cord,pen paper,deck of cards,lights sticks(4),gloves,
two i gal zip lock back(extra),glasses case,list of contact phone numbers,
(out of state,red cross,Fema,cert,me(get laminated)ALL Contents ABOVE
PUT IN ZIPLOC BAGS,USE SMALL BAG PACK/OR WAIST BAG FOR ITEMS/

EVAC FOOD KIT/WATER/ONE
(use small waist bag to hold items)
(snack food,two disaster food bars,two bottles of water(16to24oz size)/ONE

ANIMAL KIT (IF HAVE ONE)

TOOLS

4 IN ONE TOOL RESCUE TOOL/ONE
DIVE KNIFE/ONE
GERBER MULTI TOOL/ONE
ET TOOL(SHOVEL)/ONE
GLASS BREAKER TOOL/TWO
HAMMER/ROCK PICK/ONE
ROAD MARKERS/FOUR

SIGNAL KIT

HIGH VIZ VEST(paper,pen,lighter, in a small Ziploc bag)/one
HIGH VIZ SIGNAL PANEL(vs-17)one( or i am working one my own)
SMALL FLASH LIGHT/LAZIER


BAIL OUT BAG/GO BAG
FIRST AID KIT/ONE

(Put in 1gal zip lock, then in small carry bag), 2 gauze rolls (1 1inch, 1 3inch), 1 medi wrap, EMT shears, tweezers, one pack splint outs, 4 pair of none latex glove (In small zip lock bag, 1 burn aid pack, 25 triple antibiotic packets, 4 Tylenol pills, 25 elastic strips, 10 knuckle, 10 large patch, 2 triangular bandage, 2 emergency compress, 4 eye patches, 2 lateral Shield, gauze pads (2 4x4, 2 3x3, 2 2x2) 5 antiseptic wipes, 2 emergency blankets, Medications/?
EVAC FOOD /WATER/
 (Snack food, two disaster food bars, two bottles of water (16to24oz size)
PPE KIT
 Pairs of none latex gloves/TWO
 N95 fold mask, /TWO
 Hand sanitizer/ ONE
 T p(folded roll)one
EVAC TOOLS
4 IN ONE TOOL RESCUE TOOL/ONE
BECKER KNIFE BK-2 OR SOG SEAL PUP /ONE
GERBER OR SOG MULTI TOOL/ONE
E TOOL (FOLDING SHOVEL)/ONE
GERBER PACK AX/ONE
18INCH US MIL MACHETE WITH HAND GUARD/ONE
FIRE STARTING KIT
STRIKE FORCE/ONE
BIC LIGHTER/ONE
COTTON BALLS DIPPED IN Vaseline (ZIPLOC)/TEN
WATER
MSR WATER FILTER/ONE
ZIP LOCKS/FOUR
MSR BLADDER 40OZ/ONE
COMS
I COM 4FS(IN ZIP LOCKS)/TWO
CHARGER/ONE
BATTER PACK/ONE
SIGNAL
VS-17 PANEL/ONE
WHISTLE/TWO
FLASH LIGHT/ONE
HEAD LAMP/ONE
SIGNAL MIRROR/ONE
CT (COUNTER TERRORISM
KEY TWO SAFE/?
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Re: What do you keep in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) & Why?
« Reply #297 on: October 07, 2011, 04:40:20 PM »
i like everyones kits and i have really seen a lot of ideas that would be really useful. but i want to cover the basics in my bug out bag

1. water purification
2. folding knife (part of my EDC) and bowie knife
3. firestarter and matches with vaseline soaked cotton balls
4. calories calories calories (trail mixes, protein bars, etc)
5. sig sauer with plenty of additional rounds

am i missing any of the basics?
1) Water
2) Food
3) Shelter
4) Security

Not necessarily in that order as one or more may be on hand in abundance depending on where and your circumstances. Only one I see you did not mention is shelter. If you are going to "make one" that is ok; otherwise you need some kind of bivi, tent or other portable shelter.

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Re: What do you keep in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) & Why?
« Reply #298 on: October 10, 2011, 04:31:29 PM »
1) Water
2) Food
3) Shelter
4) Security

Not necessarily in that order as one or more may be on hand in abundance depending on where and your circumstances. Only one I see you did not mention is shelter. If you are going to "make one" that is ok; otherwise you need some kind of bivi, tent or other portable shelter.

5) Sanitation - missing some TP

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Re: What do you keep in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) & Why?
« Reply #299 on: October 11, 2011, 09:31:29 AM »
5) Sanitation - missing some TP

You're both missing First Aid, as well. See my post above.


The survival priorities are based on something known as the "Rule of Threes", which is a progressive "check list" of immediate life threats. It states:

A person can live approximately...

3 seconds without safety/security
3 minutes without air or first aid
3 hours without adequate environmental protection
3 days without proper hydration
3 weeks without proper nourishment

So...

Three seconds without safety/security: Security is top priority since its neglect can kill you the fastest. Even combat medics and emergency medical personel know this...they ensure the scene is safe before proceeding with medical care.

Three minutes without air and first aid: Obviously, a person can only survive roughly three minutes without air. What may not be immediately obvious is that a person can bleed to death or go into shock and die in about that same time, too. That's why air and first aid get the second-most top priority. Hygeine/sanitation is really a more long-term need rather than immediate need, but it is important for its role in first aid prevention of problems. Better to stop problems before they start, rather than having to deal with them when they come up...it's a prevention versus reaction approach.

Three hours without adequate environmental protection: This is the third-most important priority. Cold weather protection is what most folks think of, but hot weather protection is just as important. The key here is to use skills and equipment to keep the body temperature as close to the "normal" 98.6F degrees as possible. Inability to do this triggers problems that relate directly back to the first aid category (hot and cold weather injuries and illnesses). The catergory includes proper clothing and shelter choices and firemaking skills and supplies.

Three days without proper hydration: Staying properly hydrated is important to keep a person from lapsing back into the prior survival priorities. Water loss can be slowed or prevented by choosing the proper shelter site, and can prevent first aid emergencies. Skills for finding and treating water are just as important as gear needed to treat and carry water.

Three weeks without proper noursihment: This is technically a little more of a long-term need, than an immediate life threat. Most survival situations last less than 72 hours, so signalling or navigation skills and gear would be more important than food...unless the individual has diet-related medical issues...in that case, food is really more in-line with first aid in order of priority.


So here's the "checklist" again, that's a good rule to follow when packing a BOB/72 hour bag/GHB/etc...

1.)Protect/Defend yourself (safety/security/self defense/situational awareness)
2.)Treat Injury or Illness (first aid, also includes hygeine for long-term health/illness prevention)
3.)Element Protection (includes seasonally-specific clothing and shelter)
4.)Firemaking
5.)Find, Treat and Carry Water
6.)Signalling/Communication
7.)Navigation
8.)Food
9.)Repair/Construct Items (tools/"force multipliers")

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