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What do you keep in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) & Why?

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This has always been a great topic on other forums so let's do it here.  Post your BOB inventories and let's all learn from each other.

Here is my list,

Footprint for my 2-man tent
(The tent is in the truck.  If I have to hoof it, I may leave the tent behind)
Grommet kit
Tent repair kit
Folding shovel (on a belt)
Folding bow saw
Gerber folding saw (like a pruning saw)
Leatherman with pliers, screwdrivers, etc
Leatherman with needlenose, knives, etc
Little Stanley kit with ratchet that uses screwdriver tips
SAK (Swiss Army Knife)
fire starting/cooking
I know Rick has stuff, but here's what I pack:
Matches in waterproof carriers (3 different ones)
Flint & steel - couple different ones
Magnesium fire starter
Bic lighter
Refillable butane lighter
Cotton balls soaked with vaseline
Tommy stove and about 20 fuel tabs
food gathering
snare wire
backpack fishing rod/reel
small fishing kit packed in a .410 shell
Breakdown .308 rifle with 16.25" barrel
20 rounds of ammo for .308
1911 with 3 8 round mags +1 in the spout
.22 conversion kit for 1911
100 rounds .22 ammo

So what do you guys keep or as Jack would say  ;), what do ya'll keep in your BOB?

Good list but the best thing to pack is what is between your ears.  We have all talked about whats in a bag and how to use it but if you lack one of these "100 Skills Every Man Should Know" get some info and knowledge on it now before you need it. Its your own personal BOB that's always with you and always useful because its hard to lose and extremely difficult to replace.

Holly Crap!  minrlwtr, I love that list, so fricken awesome.  I feel a show or may be two or three coming out of that list.  Great post, thanks, some "karma boost" is coming your way.

Lets add this old classic for consideration
Rudyard Kipling


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!


Patriot:Ex Machina:
That is a really good list! I've got quite a bit of the same stuff in mine, with a few additions.
Something some folks might not think of is:
spare pair of socks (regular during most seasons, thick socks during winter)
Who knows how far you're going to be hoofin' it to where you're going.
Foot care is essential. Infections and sores will slow you down, and if you're are traveling with a group (be it  family or a mutual defense group)
you could be slowing them down and in turn putting your life and other's in danger.
Flashlights with extra batteries. Primarily, a head lamp style light that frees up your hands for use.

Emergency blankets (the ones that look like aluminum foil). They store small and will warm you up in no time. I've used one before when I fell in my uncle's pond in the middle of Feb. and I actually started sweating after about 20 minutes.

#550 Parachute cord. I keep a small roll of that in my bag as well.
That stuff is STRONG. You never know when something will tear, break, or need to be tied. And I can guarantee you it's useful for that.

A pair of latex exam gloves. In a total collapse situation, you don't know what you may come into phsyical contact with, and you certainly would want to minimize your contact with anything infectious. Gloves aren't a magical shield against a virus but a pair of gloves and maybe some of the little white masks won't hurt. (although the white masks are a bit much even for me. Just a thought though.)

That's all I have right now. I may think of something else.


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