Some things I'd add... (speaking from someone who has built BOBs (Bug Out Bags) on a budget, and constantly revamped them over the years)
LIGHTERS - Cheap, easy fire source
CANNED FOOD - Cheap, easy to carry, can heat up right in the can, or eat cold. (and lasts a long time). Forget MREs (expensive, not so palatable if
you haven't used them before, etc.) A military style can opener is great also, and small, and cheap. But, you can open a can by grinding the top on a
stone too, fairly easily, if no opener.
FLASHLIGHT - Even a cheap one will do, but get a rubberized, LED one. In most SHTF events, power will go out, and night gets DARK.....
WHISTLE - Great way to signal someone from a distance.
TOILET PAPER - You'll be glad you did
SMALL RADIO - To find out what's going on. Ideally, will take the same batteries as your flashlight, and carry extra batteries. A hand crank one is
good too. They even make ones that can use the crank to charge your cell phone (for as long as it may work).
INFO - Store survival info on your SIM card of your cell phone. If you have a crank charger (mentioned above) you can access a LOT of stored info
here, like carrying a library with you.
CASH - In a SHTF event, cash is king (at least early in a crisis). Good idea to have at least $20 with you, if not $100 or more (but in different
places throughout your person).
SOCKS - A spare pair of thick socks. If you need to ask why, you're not thinking it through. So many uses.
BANDANA - So many uses you won't believe.
DUCT TAPE - So many things to do with duct tape (bandages, securing parts to a shelter, closing an opening, temporary fixes to things, etc.)
CIGARETTES - Even if you don't smoke, these can be great currency in a SHTF event.
KNIFE - A cheap Swiss Army style knife is going to break pretty quickly. The rule you get what you pay for really applies here. Instead of this, I'd
recommend getting a Gerber type multi-tool that has a pliers function (even if a cheaper one). Then, augment with a fixed blade, decent military style
EMERGENCY BLANKET - Fine in a pinch, but if expecting heavy rains, a fairly cheap poncho will work much better. (and is much more flexible, options
BB/PELLET GUN - Unless you are somewhere you can't get an actual firearm, getting a used REAL pistol is a much better option. Those CO2 cartridges
don't last so long, and getting a kill shot even on small game isn't easy with a pellet gun. A .22 will fare much better, and isn't much louder. It is
more expensive, but used off a private owner probably isn't much more than a high end pellet gun. .22 ammo is small, light, and cheap, relatively
speaking. You could easily outlast someone with a bigger gun, in a firefight, because they can only carry so much ammo. (and a .22 is perfectly
FIRST AID KIT - You'd be better off buying a $5 one from WalMart (by the time you include shipping), then adding some more ($1 store) bandages in
there, and a tube of Micitracin (antibiotic).
My basic rules for great additional items to include in my BOB....low price, multiple uses, small size and weight, a lot of bang for the
edit on 21-6-2013 by Gazrok because: (no reason given)