Thursday, April 10, 2008

My Bug Out Bag (BOB)

I put together a new and improved BOB for the upcoming Mock Bug Out Weekend, based on looking at some of the other BOBs I've looked at on ZS, and on my experience in the outdoors.

The bag is a Mountainsmith Approach 3.0, a relatively small bag for a BOB. My thinking is that this will be the base bag, and I can add various modules via a bunch of Kifaru Pods that I bought a while ago. This will allow for greater flexibility...a module for my son, one for trauma, one with a tent, one for cold weather, one with more food, one with more tools, one with a firearms loadout, etc...


This is a picture of the packed BOB, ready to go...it feels as though it weighs about 25-30 pounds...the following pictures show the contents by pockets, not by gear type, so (for example) the food is not all in none picture...


The tyvek shelter components, bivy and tarp, are attached to the bottom of the bag..

I'm trying this shelter system out this weekend...along with an inner bivy of heat reflective material and my fleece/polypro clothes, I'm betting that it will provide for an adequate night's sleep...I'm going to have a tent module to add to the BOB, but am interested in keeping this base bag as light and simple as possible...

NOTE: after thinking about it a bit, I added a fleece bag to the BOB




The outermost center pocket is tiny, and contains 20 nails with pointy ends held in tape, GPS with caches and BOLs and such entered (I have 3, and this is my backup's backup, so it now lives in the BOB), compass, whistle, extendable cable lock...


The next pocket is bigger and holds poop-shovel and viva towels (for TP), headlamp, mora knife, 2 colors of para-cord, vaseline-soaked cottonballs, $200 bucks in paper and quarters, maps and survival info, water purification tablets, primary fire kit (lighters, matches, trioxane), sporks, rite-in-the-rain pad, USB-drive, 2-head sharpie, leatherman, gorilla-tape...

The pad and usb-drive have the following info on them:
Bank/Credit Card/Mortgage
Birth Certificates/Drivers License/Permit/Social Security Cards/Passports
Medical Insurance
Cars & House Deed/Insurance
In Case of Emergency Contacts
WWW info/passwords

The sensitive info on the pad is protected by half-assed encryption (reverses and numbers +/-), the pictures of everything are stored in multiple formats on the usb-drive in an encrypted folder...



The stuff-pocket and ski-sleeves are filled with: a pair of waldies, gerber ax, saw, Ontario SP-8 machete, a pair of wonder-bars, and (not shown because I'm a fucktard) a Quiller book to read while the world is falling apart...

I haven't seen spare shoes in other BOBs, but the waldies weigh nothing, smoosh down pretty small, and will allow my feet and primary shoes to dry out while I'm in camp or on the road...



The side pockets contain 1-liter containers of Powerade, GORP, and Clif Bars...


The central pocket contains a bunch of stuff: coffee-can stove, big cup-bowl, pot/lid, anti-bacterial soap and scrubbie, backwoods cigars, wind-up radio/flashlight, 2 mainstay bars, backup para-cord, glowsticks, 2 backup fire kits (lighters, matches, trioxane), gatorade, hot cocoa, oatmeal, tomato soup and parmesan cheese, pep-sticks, backup leatherman and gorilla-tape, backup flashlights and headband for light, backup compass, bivy...

I planned my BOB for 1 day of real food (with only hot-water needed) and 2 days of ration bars. The thinking behind this is that many emergencies wouldn't require more than 1 day of travel, and for those I would prefer to enjoy warm food that I'm familiar with, and will keep up my morale...for longer Bug-Outs, I should just deal with the ration bars...





These clothes are also in the main pocket, and provide cushioning for some of the other gear in the pocket: waterproof pants and jacket, polypro underwear tops and bottoms, underarmor t-shirt, spare pair of underwear, wool/polypro socks, bandana, balaclava, fleece gloves, work gloves, boonie hat...all of the clothes are packed in ziplocks to keep them dry in a dunk...


My BOB-FAK also lives in the main compartment of the bag...




The FAK contents include: wound dressings and kerlix, a book on outdoor medicine, band-aids and wound closure, scissors, tweezers, forceps, dental floss, tylenol, advil, pepto, immodium, benadryl, cough drops, saline irrigation fluid, tape (3 rolls), SAM splint, sting-eze, sun-bug-wipe, providone wipes, triple antibiotic ointment, wet ones, nice 'n' clean wipes, benzalkonium chloride wipes, blistex, hand sanitizer, bug repellent, suntan goop...

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have the same sort of gear ready. Just to add, I have found a good drybox wall mount, and do it yourself kits at jamaluma.com. Their stuff is smart and helps you to be garb & go ready.

Anonymous said...

No water purification essentials? 2-part drops system can't take up too much room or add too much weight. Consider an emerg. purification straw?

Todd said...

Bug out bag. Try to take foods that do not take water to prepare, I see so many bug out bags with things like, instant oatmeal, hot chocolate & soups. The water should be for
drinking & take vitamins & protein bars. I also take a bottle of fiber, not only is
fiber needed but it also swells for a full feeling. I came across what is called
Lifecaps. They are a capsule that has everything needed to survive without food with
the exception of water. It is full of vitamins & minerals plus Iodine. Anyway, you take
three of them a day & drink water. I can actually take enough food in one backpack to
las 6 months because of these little Lifecaps, protein bars, fiber & water. I will run
out of water in a week so I do carry a small filter & a couple of those straw water
filters that filter the water as you suck.
You do not always have the ability or time to heat water to make soup or oatmeal. Anyway,
after I bought 25 bottles I found a coupon code & bought 75 bottles more. The coupon code
is... healthcap It will get you 33% off. There are also sites that have those filter straws
that are cheaper than any of the stores around here. (SLC) I think they are a really good
idea along with some purification pills. I cannot remember the sites off the top of my head
but you can Google for aquamira filter straw. Aquamira is the manufacture but do not buy
off there site because I have found them for almost 1/2 what they want on their own site
on other sites. Good luck, Gods speed & get serious about your bug out bag!

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