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Originally posted by Gazrok
To me, a BOB (bug out bag) is all about getting me to my home and my loved ones, should something happen while I'm at work.
I commute about 50 miles to work, .....
My wife's BOB, on the other hand. She's rarely more than 20 minutes from the house...
Food = Mainstay 3600 Calorie Food Bar (6 600 calorie servings, they taste like lemon cookies), a folding sterno stove, couple cans of food, tuna-fish cracker packs (mine has a little more food), can opener, multi-utensil (spoon, fork, knife)
Water = 5 Gallon Jug (in truck), Metal Water Canteen (in bag) - I know I'll hear some groaning on this, but without water, you die. Pure and simple. Drag it if you have to, but needs to come with.
Communication - Wavelength Emergency Radio, Charger (for cell phone) & Flashlight combo (cranking). Also, an emergency cell battery pack, and one of those mini walkie talkies (up to 3 mile range). (we have a set plan on how to use these, as approaching the house, etc.)
5-in-1 Survival Whistle (has matches, compass, mirror, flint)
Flashlight (with batteries)
Camo Snuggie (funny, but instant cammo and warm)
Map (marked with ideal locations, loot points)
TP (flattened), Moist Wipes
Comb, Soap, Washcloth, Deodorant, Toothbrush Kit (add makeup for her, add her meds and feminine supplies)
Mini First Aid Kit
Machete (to be strapped to leg)
K-Bar Survival Knife
Firearm and spare ammo (.22 cal revolver) (small ammo, so easy to carry a lot) - I'd like to upgrade these though
Tarp (in truck, along with bungees and twine)
Garbage Bags (lots of uses for these, from ponchos, carrying things, waterproofing, shelter)
Duct Tape (lots of uses)
Your route-plan and threat scenarios should help here. Where will you walk if your travel is interrupted at any point along your route?
Are you going to walk along a highway in the open or are you gonna walk thru the woods? Will you be cutting across subdivisions or farm land? Are you facing a total traffic tie up, zombie horde, alien invasion or nuclear plant meltdown?