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ScottyT

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The Official Bug Out Bag Thread!
« on: October 17, 2008, 07:21:31 pm »
We would regret not having a good BOB thread on the new site. 

Please share what you have, what you want, items you think are indispensable/ridiculous, etc...

I would prefer the content of this thread to be as practical and realistic as possible (i.e., no 80lbs packs and 5 different guns...)




I have to start this thread off with perhaps the greatest blog ever on the subject of BOBs:
http://www.theplacewithnoname.com/blogs/klessons/p/map.html

This guy learned what to bring and what not to bring the hard way, after failing to be fully prepared for Katrina.  VERY good info!
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    Re: The Official Bug Out Bag Thread!
    « Reply #1 on: October 17, 2008, 08:24:57 pm »
    The most important IMO are firstaid and water. I keep a well stocked medical kit and water filteration system in mine.

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    Re: The Official Bug Out Bag Thread!
    « Reply #2 on: October 17, 2008, 08:56:52 pm »
    What Mike said.

    Flashlight and extra batteries are important.  As well as a good handgun and extra ammo.  Probably do you well to have a solar blanket or two in there too.

    Oh, and a good quality knife and a whetstone.  Maybe even two of different sizes.  A retractable utility knife couldn't hurt either with extra blades (stored in the handle preferably).


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    Re: The Official Bug Out Bag Thread!
    « Reply #3 on: October 17, 2008, 09:11:37 pm »
    Almost forgot a good map compass and GPS. I prefer a GPS but there optional a good compass not so much.

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    Re: The Official Bug Out Bag Thread!
    « Reply #4 on: October 17, 2008, 09:30:23 pm »
    ScottyT ,

    I second your recommendation for  Listening to Katrina
    http://www.theplacewithnoname.com/blogs/klessons/p/map.html

    Laptop, USB storage drives, cash and gun on one's hip are just a few things that jumps out  at one reading this work.

    Not to mention  preparation , mindset, skillsets "then" one is better able to use the 'toolsets' as Boyd says.

    Shane shares how having one's resume' is very important, along with other important information on storage drives.

    I "had" a LLBean Backpack with a laptop and all set up, in a off site location I was working on.
    Tornado ripped through and hit that site, and not only was my set up taken, also other equipment, guns, knives, lanterns, cash, ...of mine, also others.

    So I am in the camp of having back ups to back ups, and multiple off site locations.
    I also agree with Shane in having storage drives with information in other parts of the country, with trusted folks.
    In like turn, one keeps these for others trusted folks.

    It might be having the need for resume's and vitae's in getting a job after having to evacuate that one really finds the most useful tool to fend off the threat of being broke and hungry and...









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    Re: The Official Bug Out Bag Thread!
    « Reply #5 on: October 18, 2008, 01:17:21 am »
    I always keep a full medical kit in my truck, emergency supplies (such as matches, blanket, basic auto kit), as well as enough food, and water for three days.  The exception to this is when the temperature drops below freezing, where upon the food and water goes in a backpack in my closet.

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    « Reply #6 on: October 18, 2008, 02:53:20 am »
    Having been a Boy Scout, and having worked in Scouting as an adult leader, I just keep a backpack ready to go.  "72-hour kit," with backpacker tent, winter sleeping bag, hiker stove, water purifier, etc.  The same stuff I usually take on a 3-day hike.  My Taurus PT-145 fits in the pocket holster in my hiking pants perfectly.  Under fitty pounds.

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    Re: The Official Bug Out Bag Thread!
    « Reply #7 on: October 18, 2008, 02:59:11 am »
    Somewhere I remember reading a line to the effect of:  My survival kit consists of a gun and a list of everyone in my area who has a survival kit.  :o  ;D

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    Re: The Official Bug Out Bag Thread!
    « Reply #8 on: October 18, 2008, 03:00:52 am »
    Quote
    Somewhere I remember reading a line to the effect of:  My survival kit consists of a gun and a list of everyone in my area who has a survival kit.   
    ROFL hey whatever works.

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    Re: The Official Bug Out Bag Thread!
    « Reply #9 on: October 18, 2008, 08:54:04 pm »
    I have known know people for whom this is the bug out plan.
    Perpetuate the cycle of ignorance and entitlement-vote Democrat!

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    Re: The Official Bug Out Bag Thread!
    « Reply #10 on: October 20, 2008, 01:39:27 am »
    I actually keep three BOBs around-

    There's the gotta go somewhere for the day right now bag.(gym bag size)

    Then there's the standard type 72 hour kit(backpack size)

    After that is the "load the truck, and I'm not coming back anytime soon" stack in the corner.

    Different circumstances, different responses.  Around here, the most realistic thing that would cause bugging out would be an earthquake.  Depending on severity, the appropriate(hopefully) BOB would be chosen by yours truly.

    ScottyT-  Good subject.  I'll expand on my choices for exact contents later, for any that are curious(if any)  Right now it's late, and I'm callin' it a night.  But just one question for 'ya-  Shouldn't your acronym for this preparedness item be BOK, not BOB? ??? :P ;D
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    Re: The Official Bug Out Bag Thread!
    « Reply #11 on: October 21, 2008, 06:20:06 pm »
    Good timing on this thread. I'm in the process of making new car kits for both my wife and I right now. The listening to Katrina site is really good. I delegated the 60 second bag to the wife............not much progress so far. :(  I'll probably end up doing it myself.

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    Re: The Official Bug Out Bag Thread!
    « Reply #12 on: October 23, 2008, 10:21:07 am »
    This site has a ton of information & equipment reviews.


    http://neardeathexperiments.com/

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    Re: The Official Bug Out Bag Thread!
    « Reply #13 on: October 23, 2008, 10:46:10 pm »
    This site has a ton of information & equipment reviews.


    http://neardeathexperiments.com/

    That's a good resource site. Thanks for the link!

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    Re: The Official Bug Out Bag Thread!
    « Reply #14 on: October 24, 2008, 07:27:01 pm »
    I don't really consider this a BOB but it has quite a bit of stuff in it that I would want in case I got stranded.

    I picked the bag up at an army surplus store in Idaho for $14.  I liked the way it was made with lots of pockets to put stuff including a large pocket in the middle and it had the MOLLE system for additions.  My thoughts were that it would make a nice little range bag that could carry a handgun, a couple magazines, and a 50 round box of ammo.

    I travel in the car a lot for business and it always goes with me.  At first I used it for it's original purpose as a small range bag but then I started adding things to it, a leatherman, flashlight, my GPS, a low cost compass, and a phone card.  Thats when it really started filling up.  One day I was browsing Cheaper Than Dirt's website and I found a similar bag so I purchased one for Mrs. Dodge along with a small MOLLE pouch for myself.  I added it to the MOLLE webbing of the bag.

    On my next trip I added a small solid fuel stove, a lighter, a small signal mirror, extra batteries, a pen, earplugs, and one of those little LED button lights in case my regular flashlight croaked.

    Here it is empty:


    With my handgun.


    The gun fit loosely so Mrs. Dodge made "blankets" for our guns to keep them warm and snug ;)


    The add-on:


    Here is all the big stuff I put in it:


    My bag has a belt system similar to what is on a fanny pack.  I have not used it and keep it folded up under the MOLLE webbing.  Mrs. Dodge's is like this one Black Bag and has a shoulder strap for carrying as well as a carry handle like mine.  So far I have been pleased by the durability of the product, the performance for the price has been exceptional.

    I have been thinking about shelter and I have a very small packaged space/survivor blanket and poncho that I want to add.

    When I travel I bring a soft-sided cooler with an assortment of granola/protein bars, beef jerky, water, and some of my favorite snack foods like almonds, ginger snaps, and Sam's Cajun mix.
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    Re: The Official Bug Out Bag Thread!
    « Reply #15 on: November 19, 2008, 12:39:59 am »
    Here's another way to think about contents of a BOB.

    What's going to kill you?

    In the woods, the biggest danger is hypothermia.  So you have a way to stay warm. And dry.

    The second biggest danger is dehydration.  So you have a way to get water.

    The third is hunger, so you have food or a way to get food.

    And, if the SHTF, humans could kill you.  And we all love to discuss personal defense.

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