My BOB is basically my day hiking bag,
It was originally a sat comm antenna bag
. I recognized it instantly as a bag for the antenna for a AN/PSC-5 "Spitfire". As I bloody well should, I humped enough of them around before we moved to AN/PSC-11 SCAMPs. Oh, and it was insanely cheap.
Inside the bag I have the following:
- Food. Primarily tuna packets as I'm rather fond of them. Energy bars. I swap it out regularly with different stuff.
- Super Spork. Don't leave home without one!
. Blanket, shelter, invisibility cloak, what more could you want? Lighter than a rain coat too.
- 550 cord. Combined with duct tape and epoxy, you can repair any device currently known to man.
- Tools. Nothing fancy. Screw drivers, razor, P38, small saw, etc.
- Pen, paper.
- Flashlight. Nothing fancy or tacticool. Just a flashlight I tested by throwing down four flights of steps and stomped on.
- Mini keychain LED lights. I used to pack a couple glow sticks, but LED lights are cheaper, last longer and reusable. We all want to be ecologically minded these days, naturally. I went whole hog and spent an extra $1 for the ones with clamps.
- Space blanket. Or a large sheet of mylar if you want to sound scientistic. Handy for survival, or wrapping around your water to keep it cold for a heck of a lot longer.
- Canteen cup. Stuffed with instant chai packets. Mmm, chai
- Knife. Nothing fancy, just a cheapo locking folder.
- Fire. I have a couple lighters and a magnesium striker thingie. I'm a smoker.
- Cleaning stuff. Toothbrush, toothpaste, 2x 3 oz travel squeeze bottles with dish soap, hand sanitizer gel stuff, laundry tablets, wash clothes.
- Garbage bags. Couple of them. Useful for collecting trash. Or toss in a laundry tablet with some dirty clothing, shake a bit, leave sitting overnight. Or tie it to your bag and let your walking motion shake it about for a while.
- Spare socks. I'm weird about my feet. I can wear week old clothing with no problems, but I need fresh clean socks every friggin day.
- Cash. In multiple denominations. Carrying only 50's or 100's would probably be a bad idea.
Everything is more or less in zip lock baggies.
- Book or two
- MP3 player
- Digital camera. Uses SD that I can swap with my GPS.
External MOLLE kit
- Water bottle on S clip
- First aid kit. Basically gauze, medical tape, Celox (packets and injector), tourniquet, alcohol wipes and a few other things. If you have gauze and tape, you don't need band-aides.
- Carabiner. For hanging my bag up.
- Utility pouch with my GPS with a metric ton of batteries. I bring a paper topo map if I can, but I have SD cards with detailed topo for the entire region of the country I'm in.
- Work gloves on a clip
Need To Buy
- Water filter
- Mini heater/burner thingie. Suggestions welcome?
- Infrared Strobe Light, ACR MS 2000 (M). Anyone know where I can find one that is affordable? I'm willing to entertain alternatives.
Compass. I really don't need one. I know the stars well enough to travel by night, and use the sun by day. Sure, it could be cloudy and my GPS could die. Eh. I'll probably break down and buy one.
Machete or hatchet. I've pondered it, but it's not really required for central PA. I really don't want the extra weight.
AM/FM/SW radio. Pondered it also, I'm tempted to look into it, but it's a luxury item that's not really required.
Solar charger for my batteries. Sure they're expensive and slow, but it's not that heavy and it'd eliminate carrying as many batteries.