posted on Apr, 21 2009 @ 01:06 PM
My BoB has become something of an obsession for me over the past few months. I'm kind of a gearhead in general, and a knife junky to boot, so my kit
reflects that somewhat. But here's my list (which changes almost every day)
Bag- Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack- very nice. It holds a lot and carries comfortably, is durable, and doesn't look like a purse. The whole idea of a
BoB is to have it with you all the time- it doesn't do you any good if it's not on you. So choose a bag you will be comfortable carrying all the
time- as a "man purse" if you will.
The Jumbo has a pocket for a 32oz Nalgene bottle, so that's in there, filled with water. A stainless-steel bottle is better on paper, but I haven't
warmed to them yet. It's good to always have water.
Knife- the most important part of a BoB kit. Choose yours wisely. The ideal survival knife has a 4-5", drop point blade, a full tang, and micarta
slab handles. The spine should be flat, with thumb notches for sparking a firesteel. My favorite "BoB" knives right now are the RAT Cutlery RC-4,
and the Bark River Bravo-1. (the Bravo-1 is the current issue survival knife for USMC Force Recon) In general, you want high-quality carbon steel. If
you're in a very wet or salty environment, the Spyderco Aqua Salt is a good choice- 100% rust proof.
I'm a knife guy, so I carry a Busse Game Warden in my actual kit as my back up knife, and a Leatherman Wave as my multi-tool, with a Victorinox
Champion as my backup. I usually have an extra knife I'm playing with in there, and my Chris Reeve Sebenza never leaves my pocket, even when I sleep.
The Maxpedition Versipacks have concealed carry pockets built into them as their primary raison d'etre. I don't carry a gun everyday, but the
pocket's there if I need to. I keep my main knife in there usually, but it fits my Glock 19 and a pair of spare magazines nicely.
Now for the kit itself, which goes into the main compartment of the bag. The bag itself is a "Set to Summit" stuff sack, made of thin, light,
waterproof cordura. Those little stuff sacks are amazing kit. Contents:
small diamond sharpening stone
small medical kit (band aids, antacids, painkillers)
2 Bic lighters with O rings to prevent gas leakage
Misch Metal firesteel (backup for the one on my main knife's sheath)
pencil sharpener- makes sticks into great tinder!
small ziplock bag full of fatwood (tinder)
10 feet of jute cord (cordage, spare tinder)
"Heatsheets" survival blanket/ tarp
P-38 can opener
Fox-40 rescue whistle
CMG Infiniti single AA, LED flashlight (100+ hour burn time)
Princeton Tec Attitude LED flashlight
several hanks of different types of cordage
Ben's Max 100% Deet insect repellent
bandanna (for straining water)
water purification tablets
SAS Survival guide (pocket version)
REI titanium spork
extra webbing belt (to carry my knife on so it won't pull my pants down)
It sounds like a lot, but it really doesn't weigh much, or take up much space. The whole shebang is about the size of an average woman's purse.
There's enough room left over, I can stick a couple of diapers, some wipes and a bottle inside for my son.