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#1 BuckarooBanzai

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 03:32 PM

I don't know if this is even the right place to post this and I don't think I've ever started a thread in this forum. I generally talk preparedness/survival stuff on a totally different site (with a bunch of people who think I'm a God fearing, gun toting, old time conservative).

But ANYWAY - Bug Out Bags (or BOBs). How many of you have one and what is in it?

I'm lucky because I'm a tall guy in decent shape who can carry a large 80-110 pound pack for five miles without it killing me (assuming a quality pack which is properly loaded). I'm also lucky because I've got a wife who can carry another pack. Hers is much smaller than mine and only weighs about 35 pounds. For the most part, the bulky yet lightweight stuff is in her bag. I have carabiners and some extra straps that let me carry her pack on the front while mine is on the back if I have to. Carrying that five miles probably would kill me.

I also have an emergency kit in the car and she has one at the office, but that is such a different subject that it should be it's own thread if anybody is even interested in discussing specialised emergency kits.

Oh - one thing. Only two of the flash lights are kept with the batteries installed. Each is a small 9 LED model with a lanyard. They are attached to the front straps of each pack. Other than those two lights, nothing is stored with the batteries installed.

Speaking of batteries, I rotate all of them out and replace them every 3 years. Some of 'em are Duracell and some Energizer. Whichever is cheaper when I'm buying them is the brand I grab. The differences in performance between them are almost too minute to mention. But if you want to be an absolute stickler, Duracell's have a hair's breadth lead in performance over Energizers.

Another thing about batteries. I stick with stuff that uses AA and AAA for the BOB. C and D cells are freakin' heavy. I do have a 5 D Maglite in the car, but that is an entirely different situation. The weight of that flash light (while making it a fantastic improvised weapon) makes it an utterly unrealistic thing to carry hiking. There are two man tents that weigh less than that flash light and a set of replacement batteries...

Below is listed the content of both my Wife and I's BOBs. I was going to try and split the contents in the list as they are actually split up but it makes for a more difficult list to read, I think. And it's pretty obvious as you read the list what stuff is in her bag. Basically, all the lighter bulky stuff (clothes, tarp, emergency ration bar) and the "extras" go in her bag, If you see a quantity of 2 or more, chances are good it's because she has one and I have one as well. Her bag is by no means complete, but it is built with an eye towards keep us going if we somehow loose mine.

The primary idea behind our bags is to provide everything requisite to live semi-comfortably if we have to cut and run because the NOAA radio goes off in the middle of the night and tells us a tornado is on the way. I live in the South. We got the shit kicked out of us last tornado season. There are cities within a hundred miles of where I live which basically just don't exist any more. It was some scary shit.

The secondary idea behind our bags is to provide plenty of supplies to shelter in place. I have woken up MANY mornings in my state after big storm nights to find myself without power. It is unusual, but not unheard of, for us to be without power/water for 2 days. If we take a direct hit like some of the cities around me took last year, it is EASILY possible that we could be without utilities for 5-7 days.

Our tertiary reason for having BOBs is civic mindedness. During/after a major disaster event, the emergency services network is vastly overloaded. If you don't have a small stockpile of supplies, you become yet another load on that network. If you keep an excess of supplies, you can not only avoid becoming a load on the system, you can help your friends/neighbours to do the same.

I'm not preparing for the dog eat dog collapse of society apocalypse. First of all I don't think it's going to happen and second that level of preparation is freakin' crazy expensive!!! I'm preparing to either shelter in place or run quick if I'm in the path of a tornado and end up having to "rough it" for a couple of days if the shit really hits the fan and I have to walk to my parent's house. They live on a freakin' island and my Dad's level of preparation is "end of the world as we know it" level. Even under bad weather conditions, my wife and I could walk there within 5 days. So, the idea is to have at least 8 days worth of food and water which is easily portable and ready to be grabbed and run with immediately.

That is the reason that part of my BOB is a good compass and topographic maps of the area.

Jeeze. I've written four pages of BS and yet to actually post the list of stuff in the damned bags...

Banzai & Wife's BOBs:
Oversized frame less backpack (mine)
Decent sized day pack (her)
Basic sewing kit
Basic first aid kit
Basic first aid manual
Small quick clot bandage (2)
Large quick clot bandage (2)
Large ACE bandage (2)
6oz sterilising alcohol
6oz bleach
Nail clippers
25 Benadryl
15 ibuprofen
15 aspirin
30 days worth of all my wife and I's meds (too much crap to list)
Epi-pen emergency epinephrine (4)
Dehydrated food, 2100 calories per day for 14 days (7 days for each of us)
Dehydrated ice cream bars (8)
Flameless heating bags (20)
MREs (4)
Frank's hot sauce
Cavender's Greek seasoning
Gerber multi-tool
Gerber gator machete
KA-BAR 7” fixed blade USMC combat knife (she carries the KA-BAR and knows how to use it)
Hard sheath for KA-BAR
Kershaw Volt II assisted folder (mine)
Gerber Presto 3 assisted folder (hers)
Gerber guardian boot knife
Collapsible pack stove with 12 fuel pellets
MRE toilet paper packets (50)
Black Sharpies (4)
Bic ball point pens (4)
Small spiral paper notebook (2)
Beeswax votive candles (10)
Water proof matches (1 box)
Windproof/waterproof matches in waterproof container (2 packs of 25)
Waterproof tinder (10)
Bic lighters in waterproof tubes (4)
BlastMatch magnesium fire starter
AA batteries (9)
Rayovac “tough built” LED flash light (AA)
Black electrical tape (1 roll)
Black “gaffer's” duct tape (1 roll, 2 inch width)
Insect repellent
Sun block
Moisturizer
Steel cup with collapsible handles
Basic aluminum mess kit
Dynamo/solar powered combo AM/FM/NOAA radio and flash light
AAA batteries (21)
9 LED AAA flash lights (4)
Respirator/dust masks (2)
Sterile catheter kit
Sterile nitrile gloves (10 pair)
Fork/knife/spoon combo (hobo knife)
Military style can opener (2)
12 hr green light sticks (6)
mini butane torch
Nalgene water bottle with 200 gallon built in filter (2)
4oz water pouches (28)
3,600 calorie food bar
Oversized ponchos which also cover packs (2)
Small bag of dog food & extra web leash w/ collar
8 carabiners (various sizes for external gear attachment)
1 gallon Ziploc bags (4)
Heavy duty black trash bag (4)
Birth certificates, marriage license, color copies of drivers licenses, passports
Waterproof container for important documents
$300 in $10s, $5s and $1s
Roll of quarters (2)
Deodorant
Tooth brushes
Tooth paste
Disposable razor (3)
Burt's Beeswax lip balm
leather work gloves
Fleece blanket (large enough to cover us both)
Mylar sleeping bags (6)
Tube tent (2)
Ground/sleeping pads (2)
12 x 24 heavy duty tarp with metal grommets every 2 feet
200ft black paracord (and a comprehensive knowledge of knots)
Water purification tablets – iodine based (20)
Pair of wool socks (2 for each of us)
Pair of moisture wicking inner liner socks (2 for each of us)
Pair long underwear (1 for each of us)
Pair of military style BDU “urban camouflage” pants (2 for each of us)
Short sleeve T-Shirt (2 for each of us)
Long sleeve T-Shirt (1 for each of us)
Fleece hoodie (1 for each of us)
Wide brimmed hat with chin cord (1 for each of us)
Pair of glasses in ugly/thick/durable frames (one pair for each of us in hard cases)
Hand held flares – Orion 20min burn (2)
Aerial Flares – Orion SkyBlazer II (2)
Orange smoke sticks – Orion (2)
Signaling laser – 100mW green/focusable (laser pointers legally max out at 5mW)
Unbreakable signalling mirror
Signalling whistle (2)
Good quality compass (and the ability to use it – if you can't use a compass to navigate they are dead weight)
Topographic maps of my city and much of my state – waterproof case
Midland 75-785 portable CB radio (one for each of us)
8x25 waterproof/fog proof monocular (Vortex Solo)
Eyeglass repair kit (tiny screwdriver with some extra tiny screws)

So - what do ya'll have in your BOBs?

Edited by BuckarooBanzai, 19 April 2012 - 05:11 PM.


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Posted 19 April 2012 - 04:49 PM

"Frank's hot sauce" for sure!:lol:
Seriously you have a very well thought out list there! :thumbup:

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 05:00 PM

I started making a bag. I have not finished it. I would prefer to bug-in if at all possible. I do keep a bag with food for apx. 1 week for my family of three. I could get everything needed together for us in under an hour if we were needing to bug-out. I do keep "kits" in the garage of most needed things. I would prefer to not be mobile if possible. Just sort of homestead.

I think the knowledge of knots is one thing people overlook. A square knot will only do you so much. I used to rock climb so I know quite a few knots as well as very useful hitches.... If you cant untie it after loading it... it is a useless knot.

I did not see ammo on your list. Personally if I had to only take one of my guns (I hate the thought of only taking one), I would take a .22 Ammo is light and despite what anyone says.... It will take down a deer with proper shot placement. Honestly I would have to have the wife shoot dinner..... she is a much better shot than i am with my .22 pistol. I really need to get a Ruger 10/22.

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 05:39 PM

I do not have a bug out bag assembled though I've been aware of the concept for many years. I got a rough idea of what I'd throw in there should shit hit the fan : knife, axe, sharpening stone, flashlights, batteries, water, pills/medicine/first aid kit, spore prints, pots, tent, rope, clothing/shoes, w/e cans are laying around and random food items and a stash of greens. I have no water purification filter.. should really get one as well as mylar blankets.
Only thing I'd add to your list there is a book of wild edibles. Pretty essential. I've been learning what I can eat around here (and actively eating it). I also have strategies on how to find out if something is edible or not. Foraging is pretty important if society takes a total dump and the country turns into mad hungry roving mobs...
Bug out bags and surviving it out there is a fairly fun topic. I have watched many hours of instructional video on how to survive in dire situations that require bug out bags and many more hours of how to hack it out in the wilderness if the emergency lasts longer than the bug out bag supplies.
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Posted 19 April 2012 - 06:17 PM

"Frank's hot sauce" for sure!:lol:
Seriously you have a very well thought out list there! :thumbup:


Dude, between Frank's and Cavender's, you can make just about ANYTHING palatable! Little things like condiments and hot meals make a HUGE difference in people's morale during a disaster scenario.

ggod - I'm with you. Given my 'druthers, I would vastly prefer to shelter in place. But I also live in a highly tornado prone state, so mobility (very quickly) is a key portion of my preparedness. Being able to quickly "bug out" is critical here. Kind of like having a gas shut of wrench is utterly critical for your Earth quake kit in California...but a gas shut off wrench would be useless dead weight for me.

One good reason to put it all together in one big box or a couple of back packs is that you don't "borrow" anything from your supplies and then realise when you need it, "fuck - I forgot to replace those batteries..."

I couldn't agree more on knots. If you know your knots, you can turn basic paracord into a sling, a hammock, a replacement strap or about a million other things. It amazes me how many people don't even know how to tie a proper square knot, let alone a slip knot. Lots of that stuff I learned in Boy Scouts is actually really valuable information.

Another one that blows me away is the number of people who don't know basic first aid, let alone CPR. "Bad burn? Here, put some butter on it..."

Guns/ammo seemed like the kind of thing that should have it's own thread. Also - I have, shall we say, a pretty serious gun problem. I also smoke dope all the time so I have to keep them at my Dad's house just for safety. Fortunately he is also a total gun nut and has two full sized steel gun safes. Those big honkin' waterproof Winchester beasts that cost about $8K a piece. The two guns I have within easy reaching distance are at my buddy's house, just over half a mile away. There are a lot of things that make him a great friend. Having known him over 10 years is one of them. Him being a Sheriff's deputy is another...

But the two I could easily/quickly put my hands on are a Smith & Wesson Governor and a Marlin 336C.

If you aren't familiar with the Governor, it is one bad ass little revolver. 6 shots, just over 8 inches long, comfort grip and it shoots .45 colt, .45 ACP and 2.5 inch .410 shotgun shells! I've got a boatload of ultra cool specialised .410 ammo for it. I even have some .410 shells that shoot aerial flares! I upgraded it with Crimson Trace grip so it has an integrated laser site. The Crimson Trace isn't quite as comfortable as the stock grip (especially if you are shooting a large number of rounds).

The Marlin was a Christmas gift from my father a little while back. Just to let you know how cool my Dad is, he put a Bushnell Elite 3200 scope on it and gave it to me in a waterproof foam lined case. I could give a fuck about spending 3 days in the woods hunting with him but we have a freakin' good time target shooting.

I totally understand your opinions about the .22. That was my first real gun and it is what my father taught me to target shoot with. If you have good aim and knowledge of an animal's soft spots, you are gonna bring down a lot more game with a .22 than a douche knob with a .306 who can't shoot.

I would, personally, choose my 30/30 over a .22...but there is no way I can argue about the weight of the ammo. A box of 30/30 shells is vastly heavier than a box of .22 shells.

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 06:59 PM

Tornado's is exactly why we have a "bag of food" set up at all times.

It is a medium ALICE pack I keep 2 GI mess kits in it too.
Char-cloth (easy to make and great stuff for fire building) Magnesium and flint.
Tactical style knife that has a paracord handle.
I am looking into a water purification system but I am able to purify water the old fashioned way.... although a gravity based system would be nice. Also looked into those Straw style purifiers
I have the ability to snare small game. Although illegal in my state, I would not worry about the law or hunting seasons in a survival situation.
Ability to build shelter and keep unwanted critters from us.

Another good thing to learn is what wild plants you can eat.... Cattails ( base and root) are nutritious and pretty damn good. Often compared to cucumbers.
If you have some extra room might I suggest a 3 foot casting net. I am sure you would find it helpful in getting food. Dehydrated food only taste so good, for so long.... at least until the hot sauce runs out :)

I have been considering making Pemmican. If you are unfamiliar with it... do a search. It is pretty interesting and you can be healthy by eating nothing but it. Cultures have been doing it for a long time and it was sold to the white man while the country was being settled.

A good knowledge of small game is very important. Knowing how to properly clean any animal could be the difference between life and death. A hot chunk of meat will also keep your moral up. A negative attitude won't kill you by itself but it can help contribute to deadly mistakes.

I really think that with a good knife and knowledge alone you can get through the first few days. By that point you will have procured some home made tools. I would prefer to be prepared though and not have to rely on such minimal supplies.

Anyhow.... It is refreshing to see someone else who has the knowledge to take the responsibility of their family into their own hands.

If you are interested in making char-cloth.... let me know. I have the most simple way to do it and make a large enough batch that will last you a very long time.

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*edit* I keep bug spray in my ALICE bag too.

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 07:07 PM

i dont bug out. i would be at a disadvantage if i did. i have the means to live w/o power for weeks, hell i could live in the woods behind my house if it was destroyed by a tornado or fire. the only thing i could really do to better prepare myself is stock up on some more ammo just in case a zombie apocalypse does occur...

Dehydrated ice cream bars (8)


:eusa_eh: and would you please enlighten me on how this is possible....

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 07:28 PM

It is freeze dried. I could be wrong but I think it was engineered for NASA.

I have looked into canning with retort bags but the set up is extremely expensive. You could make your own MRE's But a good chamber vacuum is not a low cost investment. If I had more money than sense I would get one.

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 07:59 PM

Ive got several BOBs, thankfully about 10 years ago when I was 20 I did 4 years active duty Army Infantry. Most of those years were after sep 11 2001 so it was serious.

Most of my cool expensive gear goes in / on my Blackhawk LBV (load bearing vest) aka: web gear that would be worn pretty much 24/7 during SHTF.

Its got mag pouches, water bladder w/ carbon ceramic filter, camo paint, bug off goo, fish equ, knives, pistol pouch, dummy cords (many), gps, maps, food, string, wire, first aid stuff, weed / hash / oil, fire stuff, batteries, surefire, etc.

A Blackhawk raptor pack (main grab & go bag)


2 full sets of clothes
water proof / gortex suits
D rings / hooks / rope / lots of 550 cord
E-tool (mil folding shovel)
powerbars - mres
camel back for water

Then I got 2 large duffel bags (vehicle load) one contains alot of winter cold weather items & the other contains food, extra clothers, boots.

My packs items are basic essentials & not much else, a few guns with ammo & things get major quick.

All ammo is in large ammo cans for quick GTFO.

I could have the truck loaded in about 20min max with EVERYTHING..

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 09:23 PM

mine is very simple..
1 home made back pack of black abs mesh with plenty of climbers latch catches
basic fishing gear for bait,pan and big fish with a small hand reel all my hooks are "self setting" matzou's
2 flashlights el'cheapo led type that run on a single AAA batt.
1 4 led head lamp hunter style
10 magnesium fire starters
1 bear gryll's machete...this is a wicked looking bastard for sure
1 set of bolt making tools for my cross bow ...native american tools to clean and straiten wood shafts and fletching gear
500ft of home plaited 350lb max cap. rope/string
1 zippo light with wind shield
small bottle of starter fluid for the light
10 diamond honing "stones"
1 pair wool base socks
4 pairs of light summer socks
2 pairs of pants..1 set heavy denim jeans the other heavy denim cargo shorts
1 light weight water/cut proof over alls with hoodie
5 mylar emergency blankets
1 german make sleeping bag rated for artic conditions
1 single man tent..very small just enough to cover and keep bugs and the elements out and can be put up anywhere
200 12g slug rounds
50 heavy bird shot rounds
gun kit consists of cleaning/break down tools
over shoulder harness/holster for the shotty made of woven cut/tear proof abs mesh with water proof liner
and a assortment of 300 arrow heads...50 small game bullet tips 50 bear broadheads 100 fishing harpoon tips and 100 scissoring heads for deer.....
gerber buck skinner..style with the finger hole...also have a fillet knife ive rigged to the same sheath
as far as radio goes i dont need one for this B.O.B...odds are nothing of use to us will be said over it and id rather keep propaganda to a minimum in that situation

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 12:25 AM

ggod - An ALICE pack (especially with a frame) is damned good pack. If you know how to load it and carry one, a proper military issue full size ALICE will let you carry a ridiculous amount of weight comfortably. And though straps may be slower to open than clips - strap binders don't break. Clips do. Ounce for ounce though, a full size ALICE with a frame is one of the heaviest packs on the market.

In terms of emergency meat acquisition, I think it is a lot more realistic to snare vermin than it is to hunt deer. But knowing how to clean game is more important than knowing how to get it. Jeeze, this thread just explodes with other shit I want to say....

ggod - ANY links you wanna share I would appreciate. If it relates to a semi-illegal process (like making gun cotton) it is best to share it with me via PM.

MaH - you live where my Mom/Dad live. Out in the middle of fucking nowhere. If such a shit bag hits the fan that you need to bug out then I'm already fucked...

But as to the freeze dried ice cream sandwiches:
http://www.rei.com/p...-single-serving

And that's a camping equipment vendor. Lotsa folx sell cases of 12 way cheaper...and I should have said freeze dried ice cream bars. They are technically dehydrated but it is a freeze drying process which produces them (as ggod has previously mentioned).

It's cool and kinda surprising that I'm not the only freak on the block who thinks about preparing for nasty shit to happen.

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 08:45 AM

you see the ingredients in these things! :puke: ice cream should only have the first 3 ingredients in it. but its the gums and the carrageenan that make it possible to freeze dry them.

Ingredients: ice cream: milkfat, sugar, nonfat milk, corn syrup, whey, mono and diglycerides, guar gum, cellulose gum, carrageenan, artificial flavor, and annatto color. chocolate wafers: bleached wheat flour, sugar, carmel color, dextrose, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, corn flour, and contains 2% or less of cocoa, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, modified corn starch, baking soda, salt, mono and diglycerides, soy lecithin. Allergens: milk,soy, wheat.


MaH - you live where my Mom/Dad live. Out in the middle of fucking nowhere. If such a shit bag hits the fan that you need to bug out then I'm already fucked...


oh yeah even if its the end of the world i still aint buggin out. i will sit right here and watch it end. not much else you could do.
my mom asked me one time where i would go if a tornado hit? i laughed and said outside to watch it! not much else i could do other than maybe get some good pics.

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 08:49 AM

dental floss is very good for sewing and trip/trap lines.
nice package too. :)

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 09:56 AM

But ANYWAY - Bug Out Bags (or BOBs). How many of you have one and what is in it?


It's a fanny pack, and it has the two items pictured below plus some spectracord, plastic sheeting, space blanket, couple 'biners, one of those scrape-and-spark fire starter thingys, and a first aid kit (a nice one I put together myself back when I was a wilderness first responder guiding trips in the woods and includes super glue for closing wounds, activated charcoal, morphine, Cipro, hash oil, and the more common basic first aid items).

MSR Miniworks (ceramic element, filters 2000+ liters, spec'd for 2000 liters but people get more from them):
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The U.S. Marine Corps Amphibious Raids & Reconnaissance Division picked the MSR as their water filter for recon missions, and that's a pretty good endorsement. Just don't let it freeze with water in it. Some polar pure water purification pills are a good idea also (keep them -and your knife- on you at all times rather than in your pack in case you get separated from your BOB).


The filter is just a convenience item to save time purifying water through boiling/distillation. The real backbone of my BOB is the knife, designed by the guy who runs a wilderness survival school in New Jersey (if you can survive in Jersey...):
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It's a multi-tool designed to be the only thing you grab on the way out the door if you only have time to grab one thing. Once shown how to use it properly, it allows you to chop down trees, saw off branches, do fine carving, skin game, be used as a draw knife, there is an option to get one with a hold in it that's used as an arrow-straightener (with the straightener -and a bit of knowledge- this knife allows you to make your own bow and arrows) and the saw tooth closest to the tip is extra-deep for use as a fence-wire breaker.

If I could grab two tools and a water filter, I'd get this too (the "Woodsman's Pal" machete/whatever it is):
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That thing cuts 1.5" dia. saplings in one chop as easy as most machetes cut vines. The tip is blunt so can be used as a shovel and the curved blade is for cutting brambles/briars (and if you live where those grow then something like this is required to get around if you want to avoid open spaces).

Still, all survival tools should be seen as luxury items or backups to the knowledge you ought to be cultivating about how to live without all the gear because you never know when you're going to lose your stuff, but if you lose your head everything else is moot. IMO the very best Bug-out pack is a brain stocked with knowledge and a little bit of experience, but pre-packed kits and caches hidden in a nearby forest (an under-utilized survival tactic IMO) are real nice to have if you happen to need them. For example, from what I was taught at the Tracker school, I'm confident I can acquire whatever caliber firearm I need from other survivalists who only stockpiled weapons and cool gadgets but didn't learn how to de-scent and camo up to where neither people nor their dogs could detect them or build smokeless fires so people like me couldn't find their camp, etc...

Nature is to be harmonized with, not seen as an adversary. To fight her is to die, so if we have to avoid people due to violent unrest or pandemic concerns or whatever then we will have to go far away from population centers, so a bug-out situation will in most cases be a wilderness survival situation and the further away we go the safer we'll be but only if we know how to live in the wilderness and no amount of gear can substitute for that kind of knowledge (though it can prolong our lives a few days or weeks I suppose, but if the reason for the bug-out ends and we can go back home then I guess only being stocked for a few weeks is fine).

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 10:22 AM

when I was a kid I went to the "air &space museum" in Washington D.C. and had a "space men " ice cream bar, neopolitan :) Imagine eating the green styrofoam that you stick your fake flowers in, and you are real close to the taste and texture

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 10:48 AM

Ohhhh I love this!!

I have in my car a GHB (Get Home Bag). Not quite as involved as a BOB (which I have 2 of at home).

I work 35 miles from home in a not so fun area. 10 miles gets me out of the city, 20 through mostly suburbs, and If need be, I can add an aditional 5-10 miles through swamp. I have 6 different routes I'd take home depending on situations.

Whenever I see a discussion about BOB's, people always mention using Alice Packs and the like. Not me. To me an Alice pack screams "hey that guy has stuff".

I like to play grey man. Blend into the crowd. T-shirt, cargo shorts (khaki), sneakers, a hat, sunglasses, and a backpack. I look like 90% of the people here.

My GHB is a hiking backpack. Nothing special.

In it:
2 pair Socks
2 pair Underwear
Cotton shirt (hot as hell where I am)
Poncho
Sunscreen
Snacks (not gonna list everything, but jerky and the like)
Tylenol
pepto tablets
sunglasses
2 flashlights
AA Batteries
$200 in small bills
bandanna
6 lighters (I know, a bit much)
Small crobar
Kabar knife
pocket tool
2 books (they switch a lot, I forget whats in there now)
pack of cards
tampons (very useful)
emergency tent
solar blanket
camping towel
4 rolls camping toilet paper
baby powder
travel toothbrush
travel toothpaste
small bottle body wash
wash rag
mole skin
tweezers
garbags
ziplock bags
copy of drivers license
razor blades
100 ft paracord (not even sure why)
about 100 ft duct tape rolled on an old credit card
a decent first aid kit
2 bottles of water
1 survival straw for water purification
1 bottle water pure tabs
small metal cup
ziplock bag of cotton balls soaked in vasoline
nalgene bottle
earplugs
A map of my area

I'm not sure what it weight, but it's not a lot at all. If I need to hoof it all the way home, I'm not carrying a 75 lb bag 35 miles. No need.

I 100% always have my Gerber pocket knife on me. And I keep my Kel-Tec P11 in my lock box in the car.

At home I keep mine and my wifes BOB's.

They are stocked with just about everything in the GHB with
more food,
a few more pairs of socks,
an extra glucose meter for my wife (type 1 diabetic) with test strips,
I neat little hatchet/hammer/prybar/nail remover
A better first aid kit with compression bandages and shit like that
9mm ammo with a 9mm pistol in each one
flares
extra flashlights
wind up radio
a small 2 man tent
A kickass Gerber multitool

I know there is more in there but not too much. Each pack weighs about 45 lbs. For the most part, the equipment is spread so that if we got seperated, we would both be ok.

I also keep a decent amount of food preps at home, a small generator, small minifridge for the wifes insulin, a shit ton of diabetic supplies in general, a small camping stove with around 15 or 10 of those green propane things, etc....

Oh and ammo. Lots and lots of ammo.

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:01 AM

We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a saltshaker half-full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, laughers, screamers... Also, a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls. Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get into locked a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can. The only thing that really worried me was the ether. There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge, and I knew we'd get into that rotten stuff pretty soon.
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Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:43 AM

you see the ingredients in these things! :puke: ice cream should only have the first 3 ingredients in it. but its the gums and the carrageenan that make it possible to freeze dry them.


Ya gotta make some sacrifices for food with a long shelf life...there is a boatload of stuff in Mountain House's freeze dried beef stew that shouldn't be there but it has a 20 year shelf life and doesn't need refrigeration. And when you are sitting in the dark around candles wondering when the power is gonna come back on, a little sugary treat goes a long way and that dehydrated shit suddenly starts looking a lot better.

Those high calorie ration bars taste like ASS - unless you are really hungry. Iodine treated water tastes nasty - unless you are really thirsty. Sleeping on a ground pad in a mylar bag inside a crappy tube tent sucks - but it is high living compared to sleeping on the ground without one.

MREs are a lot better. Far more nutritionally complete and far fewer chemicals. But MREs are also a LOT heavier. 14 days worth of freeze dried meals weighs less than a single case of 12 MREs.

As to tornados, ya might consider having a reinforced room built. But from the pics, it would almost have to be underground.

Erkee - good suggestion on the dental floss. I don't have any small cordage besides regular thread.

I think I will make a nice little spool of 25lb spider wire to supplement the sewing kit.

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 12:03 PM

In all seriousness though Hemp twine is easy to find, cheap, strong as hell, and I use it for EVERYTHING. Comes in a ton of different gauges.

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 12:49 PM

TV - totally forgot about the "super glue suture" technique. DUH! I'll be adding some and a small bottle of it and a speed drying catalyst.

But yah, the whole point of the BOB is that I'll be coming back home (or headed to somebody else's home). The primary purpose is the same reason we have the NOAA alert radio - get out of the path of a tornado *quickly* with enough stuff and critical documents to start over if our apartments is completely demolished.

The secondary purpose is to give us enough supplies to get to my parent's house on foot in the case of a total societal collapse/apocalypse situation. Did ya ever see the movie Tremors? The batshit survivalist who Michael Gross played could have been based on my Dad (except he's shorter and curses a lot more).

A lot of time in the military does strange things to a man.

So yeah, if the whole thing goes to shit and the zombies attack - I'm headed to Dad's house. I only really need to make certain I have enough gear easily accessible to get there on foot if I have to. He has spent, over the years, literally millions on survival/hunting/camping supplies and guns. God he has so many guns. He's got a freakin' fifty cal sniper rifle. He's got a .45 and a 9mm that have both been converted to full auto. He has one of those "Dirty Harry" long barrel .44 magnums with a scope and a laser pointer. Firing the thing feels like you have broken your friggin' hand. It is basically a useless weapon - but it looks cool as fuck.

He has a custom Mossberg double barrel that is made of Damascus steel and every inch of it is engraved with the most amazing intricate pattern work. He has never fired it and doesn't plan to.

I guarantee you there is more than one gun store in this country that doesn't have as much ammunition or as many firearms as him. And of course he knows how to load shells and store them in nitrogen purged containers so every year he has more ammo than the year before...

Shocking collection of knives too. Even a couple real swords. He's a weird guy.




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