Pocket Dump: BOB Basics

Last week’s pocket dump was about one piece of survival gear that you would carry in your pocket. This week, we’re enlarging our pocket dump to include bug-out bags (BOB).

What would you say are the essential items to have to start a BOB?

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Food
Fire- I prefer Bic lighters
Water
Water Purification
Lights- Cap light, Hand held, extra battery’s
Rope- 550 cord, 3/8 in rope’ webbing
Knife
Shelter-can be as simple as garbage bags
Protection-Bear spray, Firearm
Large cutting tool- hatchet, Large knife, Saw
Fishing setup, Snare wire
I carry a large First aid/Trauma bag separately, I can add it to my main bag if need be

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I would have these items in a Bug Out Bag:

  1. Firearm
  2. Knife
  3. Tourniquet
  4. First Aid Kit
  5. Flashlight
  6. Flares
  7. Rations
  8. Disposable Rain Jacket
  9. Bottle of water
  10. Compass
  11. Extra Cell phone charger
  12. Assorted Batteries
  13. Firestarter
  14. Rope
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First aid kit (Bandages, gauze, tape, ipecap, alcohol, surgical gloves, scissors, tweezers, needles & thread, splints, tourniquets, snake bite kit, poison ivy-oak cream, aspirin, excedrin, liquid skin, coagulant,…) , water filtration & purification, compass, hunting knife, edc, rifle, ammo, at least a weeks dehydrated food, WATER, sweats, Jeans, tshirts, hats, rain parka, Extra cotton socks and undergarments, magnesium fire starter, jacket, gloves, Eyeglasses, meds if needed, tooth brush & paste …, camping cook set & utensils , sleeping bags, tent, camp soap…, fishing line, hooks, bobbers, a few small lures,
This is just a short list of some of our bug out items…

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In addition to @Johnnyq60
Spade
Axe
Hiking boots
MRE’s
Spare mags/loaded approx 100 rnds
Whistle
Whet stone
Multi tool
Cleaning kits, rifle/handgun
Gloves tactical/medical
Glasses tactical/sun/reading

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Very good list my brother but what’s with the hiking boots. You think they would fit in the BOB. The axe you could probably tie it down on the side.

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Always keep a spare set of boots. Ex Submariner we carry spare everything. Had bad experience long time ago in Boy Scouts! Story for a BBQ. Folding tool axe/spade.

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I to keep a spare set of desert boots w/proper socks next to my BOB. Infantrymen always worry about their feet. :wink:

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Ok. I’m going to be that guy. First, you would need a secure bugout location. One that you have a deed on.
Fleeing to the countryside in a SHTF event will just get the countryfolk riled up. If I lived in the country I wouldn’t appreciate someone homesteading my back-forty.

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:roll_eyes: Ya just had to stir up the turd in the pot. :wink: @Dawn said BOB. I call mine GHB. Nancy and I decided a while ago we are not Bugging Out any where. :+1:

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@BRUCE26 You caught me, brother :grin:. I can understand a GHB. Same for leaving our home because of a natural disaster. Surviving SHTF kind of bugout is not on my top-ten list. My BoyScout side enjoys looking at all the neat gear on the market. My soldier side says “No way in hell”. Now if BOB = Bugout Boat, I have a few ideas!

https://www.razorcats.com/

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One thing everyone should have:

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This is a good one brother @Jeff-A1 :+1:

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I’m that guy!
That’s my carry on BOB, I think they charge $25.00 extra in the overhead compartments!

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In addition to the lists below. small folding solar panel and battery, reading glasses, and a sill cock key.

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Wow that is a cool BOB. :+1: Maybe a twin .50 on top. Whoooo!

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If that,s to heavy then maybe twin 240Bs fore and aft.

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The mind goes in strange directions at 0300. :roll_eyes:

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@BRUCE26 Maybe a dehydrated gun. Bad thing about a Catamaran is weight sensitivity. My BOB would be for getting out of Dodge quietly. Haven’t won the lottery yet so the BOB is a non-starter ($1.85M).

My biggest concern if the grid goes down is getting home from work. Hence a GHB. We have a strict “no weapons” policy at work. Knife with <2-1/2" is ok. I vanpool. Roads are bad in NoVA on a good day. 60 miles to get home through a densely populated urban area. Several rivers to cross. Gang territories. I have been considering another type of GHB = Get Home Bicycle. We can store bicycles at work. Beats walking.

I do carry a GHB. It contains CLIF Bars, IFAK, flashlight, compass, local map, Leatherman, a can of Wintergreen Skoal, an extra pair of alpaca wool socks, Aleve Gel Caps, a couple of BIC lighters, a H20 Bottle and some gloves. The Skoal is for staying awake and snakebites :grin:

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“…a sill cock key.”

That’s the first time I recall seeing that listed as a BOB item, and it’s a great idea. :+1:

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@Greg1 and @Greg33 I had to look that one up:
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-4-Way-Sillcock-Key-16PL0129/304217572
Makes sense if you are trying to scrounge water.

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I’m gonna probably get one next time I’m at Lowe’s. I don’t plan on bailing-out of here anytime soon, but will be a handy item to have…just in case.:thinking:

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