posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 09:21 AM
Since there is some confusion over what should go into a BOB bag… I thought it might help if you see what is the standard US Marines Survival gear
list… the following is right out of the Student handouts we give out right before hell week begins!
COMPONENTS FOR A SURVIVAL KIT
a. The environment is the key to the types of items you will need in your survival kit.
How much equipment you put in your kit depends on how you will carry the kit. A kit
on your body will have to be much smaller than one carried in a vehicle.
b. Always layer your survival kit, keeping the most important items on your body.
c. In preparing your survival kit, select items that can be used for more than one
d. Your survival kit does not need to be elaborate. You only need functional items that
will meet your needs and a case to hold them. The case might be a first aid case, an
ammunition pouch, or another suitable case. This case should be-
(1) Water repellent or waterproof.
(2) Easy to carry or attach to your body.
(3) Suitable to accept various sized items.
e. When constructing a survival kit, you should have the following components:
(1) Fire starting items.
(2) Water procurement items.
(3) Food procurement items.
(4) Signaling items.
(5) First aid items.
(6) Shelter items.
2. ITEMS CONTAINED WITHIN EACH COMPONTENT
a. Fire Starting Equipment
(2) Magnifying glass.
(3) Flint and Steel.
(5) Potassium Permanganate, with container of sugar or anti-freeze.
(6) Prepackaged Tinder.
-Cotton Balls and Petroleum Jelly
b. Water Procurement Item.
(1) Water Disinfecting Chemicals.
(2) Metal Container. (Serves for boiling water)
-Survival Kit Container
-Any Suitable can that contained no petroleum products.
(3) Water Carrying Items.
-Plastic/Metal/Glass Container which contained no petroleum products.
c. Food Procurement Items.
-Various sized hooks
-Various sized sinkers/weights
-Metal leaders and swivels
-Small weighted jigs
-Think about the size of fish for that environment when selecting weights and sizes.
*Tie Wire/ Comm Wire
*MRE Cheese Spread, Jelly, or Peanut Butter Package
-550 Cord for Gill Net and Trap Construction
-Sling shot rubber and pouch
-Large treble hooks
d. Signaling Items
-Pyrotechnics (Smoke, Pen Flares)
-Air Panels/ Brightly colored material
-Pyrotechnics (Pen Flares, Star Clusters)
-Lights (Flashlight, Strobe, Chemlight)
e. Shelter Items
- 550 Cord.
(2) Finger Saw.
(3) Sewing Kit with Needles for construction/repair of clothing.
f . First Aid Items
-Non-stick pads, 4x4’s, Gauze, Battle Dressings
-Butter flies w/ Super glue
-Alcohol prep pads
-Vile of Yarrow
g. Miscellaneous items.
(1) Fingernail clippers.
(3) Notebook with pen or pencil.
(4) Wood eye screws and nails.
(5) Surgical tubing.
Note: It is assumed that the Marine is always carrying a high quality fixed bladed knife, multi-tool knife, and a sharpening stone.