posted on Sep, 28 2008 @ 11:11 PM
Alright, I figured I'll talk a little more about my B.O.B. Hopefully you'll find some useful stuff and advice and you'll be able to get rid of the
crap you don't like or feel you'll need. That's the main thing about a Bugout kit, it needs to work for you. For example, I have two hand axes and
two machetes. You may not need either or at least not two of each. My thinking behind it is that I'm not going to be alone if or when I need to get
the hell out of dodge (even though I don't actually live in dodge or drive one for that matter...lol) so my thinking was that it would be better to
have extra for two reasons. One, two people can do twice the work in the same amount of time if they have the same equipment vice having to trade off
every so often. Secondly, I also thought it would be good to have a back up in case I get careless and lose or break one I always have another.
I also bought a 5 piece mess kit. It's the basic aluminum variety with a bowl, pan, etc... It's a nifty piece of kit to have because sometimes
charbroiled meat gets old when you are cooking over an open fire. Also, it's a little more sanitary than eating off of a twig...lol
Chemlites, ( or chemwads or cuyalume sticks) are probably a decent buy too. You can get these at wal-mart but I'd suggest getting them at a military
surplus store because they are cheaper and you can buy in "bulk." These come in handy if you are in an emergency situation and not necessarily a
true bug out situation. They provide light for up to 8-12 hours, sometimes longer, that creates no heat and won't go out on you because the batteries
die. They also make battery powered ones that are good in a pinch, but then you are reliant on batteries that may only be available for a short time
if the situation you are in is a total collapse of civilization. The chemlites can be used to signal rescuers, marking your campsite or trail,
Now to the hinky stuff. Not everyone is going to agree with me on the next few points, or maybe even my entire post(s) for that matter, but like I
said, these are just my opinions.
Knives... Every man needs a pocket knife, no matter if you are bugging out or just hanging out. I'd suggest buying at least one good folder that you
feel comfortable with and is within your price range and made by a good manufacturer. I'd also suggest picking up a handful of cheap ones too. Back
to Wal-mart. They have folders for 99 cents. Better to use the cheap ones for blade dulling work than your good one, but you'll always have your good
one in a pinch. The reason to use the cheap ones for the crap work is what my dive instructor told me:"when you are 200 feet below the surface and
you drop your knife and it sinks beyond your dive range would you rather drop your $400 blade or your $10 blade?" Makes sense don't it?
Now for guns. Assuming you'd like one you need to buy within your price range, comfort level, and purpose. Just like the knife, no need to buy a
Desert Eagle when a 150 dollar Taurus would work. Also, get training. Learn how to fire safely and effectively. Figure out what you need one for,
protection? from whom? people? Bears? If you buy a pistol, buy one with a common caliber, 9mm, .45 mag, etc... Rifles? Buy something small, .30 cal
carbine, AR-15, 30-30...no use in getting a .50cal barrett unless you've had sniper training...lol, shotguns are easy, 20 or 12 gauge, no problem. No
goose guns needed, you aren't a pilgrim you don't need a musket.
Well, I'm gonna stop rambling for now, this is the most I've written on ATS EVER!!! Other posters here will have differing opinions and will agree
or disagree with me, just remember that it's up to you and your location. Let me know if you want me to expound on anything or debate the use or
disuse of certain equipment. I'm gonna check my inventory and get you a full list of what I have just so you can look over and maybe see something
you may not have remembered.
P.S. feel free to U2U me if you need to.