A B.O.B, Just what is it?

First let me clarify what is considered to be a reasonable B.O.B. (Bug out bag), Or should I say, I took the time to have a look see as to what many consider a B.O.B. Personally I go to the whole idea of  “It depends on your personal needs and preferences”. But I wanted to see what the Guru’s had to say. Well just because.

LEFT: LL Bean Day pack                              RIGHT: Karrimore 30L back pack

After all they are the experts, I was interested and wanted to know if my 2 packs I currently use as my walkabout and overnight camp “carry all’s” ( L.L.Bean Maine Warden Day pack and the Karrimore SF, Predator 30) would make the grade as a Bug Out Bag or do I need to add or have a new separate Bag.


Here is the basic description…from Wikipedia.org  

“A bug-out bag or BOB is a portable kit that normally contains the items one would require to survive for 72 hours when evacuating from a disaster, although some kits are designed to last longer periods. Other names for such a bag are a BOB, 72-hour kit, a grab bag, battle box, personal emergency relocation kit, go bag, GOOD bag, INCH bag. or quick run bag. The focus is on evacuation, rather than long-term survival, distinguishing the bug-out bag from a survival kit, a boating or aviation emergency
See more on en.wikipedia.org

Well, that surprised me. I was under the impression that a Bug Out Bag was for Major survival and disaster’s lasting longer than 72 hours. From this description its not a long term survival bag unless specifically designed for longer period survival. Which of course I assumed. Well lets see what else the experts say.

The suggested contents of a bug-out bag vary according to each his own. Here is a list of what is suggested. I find it hard to believe this could all be fit into a reasonable sized Back pack.

I have whittled it down a bit as it tended to include Items I assumed were covered before, such as warm clothing, tents etc.

This includes

  1. Water (Washing, drinking and cooking.)
  2. Non-perishable food
  3. Water purification supplies.20180722_215615.jpg
  4. Cooking supplies.
  5. Multivitamin
  6. A first aid kit.
  7. Necessary clothing
  8. Fire-starting tool
  9. A disaster plan (emergency centers, rallying points, possible evacuation routes).
  10. Emergency literature for reference.
  11. Standard camping equipment
  12. Bedding
  13. Medicine to last an extended evacuation period.
  14. Battery or crank-operated radio
  15. Lighting
  16. Portable solar charger
  17. Cash
  18. Fixed-blade and folding knife
  19. Swiss Army Knife
  20. A Multi-tool
  21. Duct tape and rope or paracord
  22. Tarpaulins for shelter and water collection
  23. Wire for binding and animal traps
  24. Compass
  25. Hunting equipment
  26. Small Fishing tackle IMG_20180708_125632_766
  27. Signal mirror
  28. Emergency whistle
  29. Rubber tubing
  30. Trash bags
  31. Bandana
  32. Super glue
  33. Hatchet
  34. Pepper Spray
  35. Folding Saw
  36. Hand Sanitizer

Surprisingly my packs have most if not all of the above. I do not have Pepper spry and non perishable food. Some thing I need to look at. Typically I add the food stash before leaving on a trip or walkabout. I do see the need and you should have a stash of non perishable food. At least handy enough to add to the pack ASAP. Maybe stored with the bags in a prepacked stuff bag.

Although this is a VERY basic look at a BOB bag. The list is a great reference or reminder. Check your kit and see if it makes the grade. Remember that this is a general list and each item will differ according to your needs. just be sure it meets them. Being a Novice at this I am learning. Every time I look up a subject I learn. Be sure the items you add are meaningful and not a “gadget type item”. Weight is a concern. If you cannot carry it for an extended period its of no use to you. IMG_20180116_204628_854

Does your B.O.B make the grade…. time to check…Up next Ill be taking a closer look at the my 2 packs I use for Walkabouts and overnight stays. I have as I mentioned before, been on a tear to reduce weight and size of what I carry. I felt I over packed on trips and carried a lot of “Gadget things”.

Can they still make the grade as a BOB now I have “minimalized”.

Remember Knowledge is a survival skill. Always take time to add to it.

The Novice survivalist





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