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
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)
Frank's hot sauce
Cavender's Greek seasoning
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)
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)
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.