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Bug out bags! AKA BOBs.
Alright, figured I might as well start a BOB thread, now that I have time.

I realized that I forgot to snap a picture of my BOB packed, but I'm sure you can use your imagination for that. Smile

Note that my BOB is double duty..., not only does it sit here "ready to go," but I use it as my backpacking gear as well. So, it gets used pretty frequently, and when I go backpacking, I will slim it down since I obviously don't need the same sorts of things for SHTF survival as I do when just frolicking in the woods. The core components, though, are used for both.

Also, my BOB is to be supplemented by a few things in my GHB. The idea is that if I am to deploy the BOB, I am either at home already, or I "got home" using my GHB from the other thread. Some things that would be transplanted include; the gun, mags, knives, flashlight, and any other unused supplies.

Finally, I don't have any pictures of the guns/mags/ammo that I would be carrying in a "bug out" situation. You've all seen enough pics of guns/mags/ammo and can assume that I'll be carrying some.

Here is most of the gear laid out on the table;

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This is some miscellaneous stuff. Sunglasses, a compass (maps in truck), knife sharpener, 100ft of paracord, weatherproof notebook (pen is in GHB), and a German military sewing kit. This was the most complete, and compact sewing kit I could find. It would come in handy for making repairs to clothing and gear.

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Fire starting. A big part of morale and survival is being able to make fire, so I went for triple + redundancy. In addition to the stuff in the GHB, I added more weather proof matches, a flint type fire starter, "wet fire" tinder, and a Bic lighter.

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Lighting and power. Besides my EDC flashlight, I also have a Fenix TK12 that can also be used as a weapon. Additionally, I have a Black Diamond ion headlamp that I've been using for 15+ years, and as a backup to that, a Petzl e+lite emergency headlamp that has a battery shelf life of 10 years. For all of these, I carry spare batteries, including batteries for the GPS (pictured in the GHB thread).

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New additions to the BOB, a folding saw (for firewood, cutting off limbs), and an SOG Seal Pup knife. I hope to put these into action on my next outing. I figured I needed a fixed blade, something more robust than my folders, for survival.

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This is my tent. I use the REI Quarter Dome 2+. It is plenty spacious for one person plus gear. Even during a survival situation, I don't want to begrudge myself some comforts. Smile Like I said, though, this stuff doubles as my normal trekking gear.

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My clothes ball. I didn't un-stuff it to show you what is in it. Basically, extra socks, a couple pairs of wicking underwear, extra socks, an extra wicking shirt, and extra socks. I assume you can imagine what those look like. I have the primary clothes I would wear to "bug out" staged next to the bag, including season appropriate outerwear and footwear. I use a waterproof stuff sack to crunch it all down to as small as possible.

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This is my IFAK (as shown in another thread) and a poncho that is ripstop and big enough to cover myself and my gear. In a pinch, it could be used as shelter.

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Hygiene. Another large part of morale while surviving, is cleanliness. I have your basic toothpaste, toothbrush, some single use floss packs, scent free deodorant, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, concentrated soap, etc. I also have a mini trowel for digging cat holes.

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Food. These MREs are new in, and I haven't broken them down yet, but when I repack my bag tonight, I will break them down and make them more compact. Basically, I carry the contents of 2 MREs, plus a couple three of those freeze dried mountain house meals. Along with that, and not pictured, I carry chocolate bars and beef jerky for generating body heat on cold nights.

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Water. For water while backpacking or bugging out, I carry two (1) liter bottles, and an MSR miniworks water filter. I have 5 extra filters and 2 complete parts kits in my gear closet as well. I also carry chlorine dioxide tablets (not pictured). I chose a mechanical filter simply because those UV light type purifiers are delicate and I didn't want to carry that many batteries, even though it would be a weight neutral exchange.

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This is my mess kit. It consists of a titanium pot, a Soto micro-regulator stove, 2 small fuel canisters, some weather proof matches, a pot cleaner, and a lexan spork.

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The stove;

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The stove mounted on a canister;

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Here is the pack I use. Again, it is double duty so this is not your standard tacticool 72hr BOB that is out there. This is an expedition sized internal frame pack, that serves me through all 4 seasons. It is the Mountain Smith Circuit 3.0, and it is made of recycled water bottles. I don't think they make them anymore, but I like all the pockets it has. Today, it seems pack manufacturers are doing away with pockets to save weight. Well, I'm not an ultralighter and I like organization, so I like pockets.

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Finally, my sleep system. The sleeping bag is an REI Halo (discontinued), that is good down to 25F by itself, weighs under 2 pounds, and packs down to the size of a grapefruit. Also, since I want some comfort in the woods, I have a Big Agnes insulated air core air mattress, and an air pillow. To supplement the bag in the winter, I will toss in a Sea To Summit Reactor Extreme sleeping bag liner. This adds another 25F of warmth to my system.

Since this is a down sleeping bag, I keep it uncompressed, in a cotton storage bag, next to my BOB. That is another reason I use the pack I do. I can have all the contents above packed and ready to go, with the sleeping bag outside on standby. I have practiced to where I am able to stuff, compress, and put my sleeping bag into the sleeping bag compartment of my pack in under 30 seconds.

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So, let's see yours and feel free to offer any suggestions or ideas that you have!

One thing I'd also like to note, is that all of my gear is pretty expensive when totaled up, but again, it is because it serves multiple uses. It doesn't just sit here waiting to bug out, so I spend extra on things that I use a lot, so that they last a long time. You can build a BOB pretty cheaply. Look for year end closeouts (like I did with my sleeping bag), shop,, even ebay can be a good source (just watch for counterfeits). There are deals to be had out there, just takes time and patience.

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Thanks Justin... One question. Your clothing ball...what is the yellow 'sack' the clothing ball is inside ?
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yes, it is a grey/yellow compression sack. The clothes are just loosely packed in there, then compressed down.

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InternetTroll's thread about the Army Survival guide reminding me of something else I carry in my BOB, but didn't snap a pic of..., a pocket sized version of the SAS survival guide.

There are pics there that show it is about palm sized, and about an inch thick. It is chock full of information.

Also, bumping this thread. It seemed at Poofa there was a bigger interest in this survival gear type of discussions, but I haven't seen anyone else post pics of their gear really. Yinzers being lazy? Big Grin

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Ron Swanson has a BOB! Let's see yours! Big Grin

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I'm working on it! Calm down....

My bag should arrive today. I should have some of the basics covered by this weekend, such as a fire kit, FAK, and some Food.
"What you're feeling now ain't the worst pain. The worst thing is not feeling the hurt anymore."
I'm working on it! Calm down....

My bag should arrive today. I should have some of the basics covered by this weekend, such as a fire kit, FAK, and some Food.
"What you're feeling now ain't the worst pain. The worst thing is not feeling the hurt anymore."
Haha good stuff fellas.

One of the biggest aspects of "prepping," is learning from and sharing ideas with others.

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Bump let's see some more.

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Quote:Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag book

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"By Creek Stewart

If an unexpected emergency or disaster hits, are you prepared to leave your home – fast? You will be if you follow the advice in this book. Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag shows you how to create a self-contained disaster preparedness kit to help you survive your journey from ground zero to a safer location. Survival expert Creek Stewart details from start to finish everything you need to gather for 72 hours of independent survival – water food, protection, shelter, survival tools and so much more. Paperback. 208 pages. "

NRA website - $16.95
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