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Lady's BOB
« on: September 22, 2009, 10:49:37 AM »
I haven't gotten into bobs yet.  I would be interested to hear what most ladies put in their bob.  I have back problems and have to watch the weight but want to make the most of the space.  We have evacuated due to hurricanes but we have a few days warning for that.  I need to think about a quick departure. 

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Re: Lady's BOB
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2009, 03:09:14 PM »
I haven't got a grab n go type BOB yet.  Still working on that.  Mine is more in the category of a "Get home bag", but it makes me feel a bit more prepared for situations out and about, or particularly if I'm stuck somewhere (i.e. work) and can't get home.  I carry it everyday, everywhere I go in place of a purse (including 1 hour walk to work). 

So, it's a good sturdy backpack (not a big hiking pack - but quite a bit bigger than a kids school backpack) with:

First aid kit (which, although surprisingly light, includes...
      * A medicine syringe for high pressure irrigation
      * Assorted bandages, gauze, medical tape
      * 1 disposable pad (of the feminine variety)
      * Instant cold compress
      * Individual benzalkonium chloride wipes
      * a Tensor bandage
      * Gonzoon (a salve for cuts, scrapes, stings, rash, dry skin)
      * A couple pairs of gloves and a spare bag for biohazard
      * A lighter
      * a small pair of tweezers and scissors
      * Single use eye-wash
      * single use thermometer
      * individual After Bite wipes
      * Small container (perhaps 15-20 tabs) 400mg ibuprofen
      * A card with phone numbers for local hospitals, poison control and the police non-emergency #

A ziploc bag containing
     * A thin pair of bamboo socks
     * A thick pair of wool socks
     * A medium weight tshirt
     * A washable pad
     * neon pink trail tape (what is this stuff actually called? it's good for marking trails and writing stuff on and tying it to things)
     * A very small pocketknife and magnesium fire starter
     * A pair of panties
     * A wool tuque
     * Spare AAA batteries

A Lock n Lock containing:
     * A bag with 8 Werthers
     * A granola bar and a protein bar
     * 5 Emergen-C packs

A zippered cosmetics pouch containing (okay, this is mostly girlie stuff, not BOB stuff):
     * Pressed powder
     * Hand cream
     * Tide to Go
     * Bobby pins
     * Burt's Bees Cuticle creme
     * Chap-stick type stuff
     * Lip-gloss-y type stuff (y'know, with some colour in it)
     * A few more bandaids
     * A couple Lens Cleaning wipes
     * A 2 in 1 french manicure pencil/ cuticle stick

Glasses case containing either sunglasses or regular glasses, whichever I'm not wearing at the time

A stainless steel water bottle

Mp3 player

A small flashlight (AAA, same as my mp3)

A foldable cloth shopping bag

Change purse (with some cash, kept separate from wallet)

Wallet (with some cash)



Whatever knitting I'm working on at the moment

Total weight:

Things I'd like to add:

A spare Diva cup

Some p-cord

A lighter water bottle

Some baby wipes (er, although I call them something less appropriate for a public forum)

Some means of defense (I *think* I can carry bear spray up here)

Photocopies of important docs (I have an agenda type book that they are in, as well as addresses, photos, etc. but it's pretty heavy - I'm working up to carrying that much weight!)

A better knife/multitool

More food :) I have to replenish my stock very frequently 'cause I get hungry

Iodine or other water-purifying method

Some antihistimines

Some aspirin

Some anti-nauseant

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Re: Lady's BOB
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2009, 03:11:18 PM »
I meant to add that the total weight is around 10lbs.


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Re: Lady's BOB
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2009, 03:23:32 PM »
Wow thats alot of  stuff and only 10lbs.  I admit I am new to this idea and I dont know what some of the things on your list are but as I read the items made sense.  I'll have to adapt it to my personal needs of course but you have given me the blueprint to follow.  Thanks.

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Re: Lady's BOB
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2009, 04:34:54 PM »
In my BOB I am carrying the majority of the stuff needed while my wife's bag has only her clothes, meals, meds, toiletries and small items. My BOB weighs alot more than hers.


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Re: Lady's BOB
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2009, 10:59:03 AM »
I have a BOB. I made BOB's for my hubby and me using bags I got at during one of their bag sales. Baby's BOB is the diaper bag.  ;D

Mine has the usual stuff, identical to my husband's BOB:
-5 water blocks, (8oz servings of water)
- food
   .a ziplock with oatmeal/cinnamon/raisins that only needs a cup and a half of boiling water to make breakfast for all of us.
   . 2 granola bars
   . beef jerky
   . a ziplock with dried veggies that can be reconstituted into a soup.
   . a ramen noodle package
   . half pound of dried beans
- change of clothes (socks, underwear and t-shirt)
- flashlight
- ducktape
- waterproof matches
- tinder (in a tin)
- 100 hour candle
- roll of quarters
- compass/whistle/thermometer
- emergency blanket, one of those space-silver things
- rain poncho
- tp roll in a garbage bag
- small bar of chocolate
- memo pad
- small sf paperback
- hand sanitizer
- hand warmer
- travel pack of Kleenex

Lady stuff particular to mine (with hubby's alternate)
- 4 cloth pads (hubby's bob has a second pair of socks)
- tea mixes I like  (hubby's bob has coffee)
- Midol and Tylenol  (hubby has Ibuprofin and asprin)
- copy of important docs and pictures. (hubby has map)
- small ziplock with mj and rolling papers (hubby has bit of loose tobacco) ;D
- cloths line/2 cloths pins for drying cloth diapers/cloth pads (hubby has length of nylon rope)
- small bottle of biodegradable laundry soap (hubby has shampoo and bodywash)
- sports bra

That's it! Not 100% yet, but pretty close. They are designed to get us out of Des Moines and to my friend's concrete bermed house out in the country, even if we have to walk there. They're designed to work equally well for waiting out tornadoes, and for a few days at a shelter.
Eventually I'd like MRE's instead of the home-made dried food in ziplocks, but I'm working with what I have.

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Re: Lady's BOB
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2009, 10:29:31 PM »
"Baby's BOB is the diaper bag."

LOL! That just reminds me that mothers know ALL ABOUT the BOB. If a diaper bag isn't a BOB for everyday use, I don't know what is!! Frankly, I think a purse is a BOB. That's why we have so much stuff in it. Cause you never know when you're going to need a nail file/hand sanitizer/granola bar. And lipstick. Always need lipstick!  :D

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Re: Lady's BOB
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2009, 05:04:51 AM »
Yeah.  Jack says lipstick doesn't go in a BOB but I disagree.

Lipstick is a morale booster, and don't we all agree morale is important? ;D


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Re: Lady's BOB
« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2009, 06:29:18 AM »
I really hadn't thought about my purse in that manner, but wow it does take care of about half of what I would bring along.  Mine is the size of a good overnight bag already.

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Re: Lady's BOB
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2009, 11:19:04 AM »
I"m not a mommy but I am an auntie - and I always have something for the little nephews - couple of packs of kool-aid singles, some fruit rollups, a few crayons, tiny tot plastic fork & spoon, etc.

I think of my purse as my MacGuyver bag!

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Re: Lady's BOB
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2010, 05:05:56 PM »
Lipstick is a morale booster, and don't we all agree morale is important? ;D
Lipstick, in a tin or other metal container, with the right pigment can double as a small candle with signal mirror and with a bit of thymol or other food-safe antibacterial can double as an abrasion or small cut unguent. I personally wouldn't bother with standard lipstick but some tinted natural wax with a wick coiled on the lid with a shiny piece for signaling and some Dermatape wrapped around it and I'm up for it!