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So I've been working on this as a kind of side-project over the past six months or so, and I've got a fairly functional bugout bag that sits in my truck. I'm relatively proud of it, too.

 

It's a trapper's rucksack with three exterior zippered/flap pockets and one main compartment. It's small but functional, and holds everything I might need over the first few days of any crisis, be it zombies, terrorists, or an oil crash. Here's what I've got loaded into it:

 

2x plain brown t-shirts

3x pairs of plain white socks

1x pair of spare cargo pants

1x field bible (I'm not religious at all, but this is good reading when one's bored)

4x canned foods

1x pair ID tags (dogtags with my real pertinent info on them; army leftover. good for ID'ing my corpse if I get ripped to pieces by a zombie horde.)

1x pair BCG's (birth-control-glasses; combat-rated specifications)

 

All of that is stuffed in the main compartment, with the tags wrapped around the BCG's right on top for easy access. In the pockets, I have the following:

 

1x pack AA batteries

1x pack D batteries

1x hand-held Maglite

2x chemical lights

1x emergency space blanket

4x 50-round .22LR ammunition boxes

2x spare 10-round magazines

4x spare pouches, velcro'ed, for belts and straps

1x sewing kit

2x bottles of h2o purification tablets

$25 in emergency cash

1x Passport

1x Gameboy SP w/charger and Metroid Zero Mission (you never know, right?)

1x roll toilet paper (this is IMPORTANT, dammit.)

1x bugspray

1x sunscreen w/burn lotion

1x field surgeon's kit, which includes:

--scalpel

--scissors

--hemostats (x2)

--suture kit

--gauze pads

--sterilization pads

1x first aid kit, which includes:

--adhesive bandages

--burn cream

--gauze rolls

--eye drops

--surgical tape

--flip-book of common ailments

 

Of course, this is a work in progress, but it's got most of what I want so far.

 

PS - You will ONLY be able to fit all that shit I just mentioned into the three exterior pockets if you have been in the military and have been forced to shove all your gear, repeatedly, into a bag designed to hold 1/3 of what you're putting into it. It is an ART.

 


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Did not see any matches or lighters in kit. Suggest wooden strike on anything matches in waterproof container like prescription bottle. I like the good old zippo lighter myself with extra flints stored in bottom of it. Will light with a few drops of plain old gasoline if you run out of lighter fluid.

 

Also suggest compass and leatherman multitool.

 

And finally the biggest crowbar you can comfortably carry. For prying doors or bashing the odd head.


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You got me--I forgot to mention my compass, military surplus. Perfect for use with a topo map.

 

I didn't mention lighters and matches because I plan on getting a flint and tinderbox for it in the near future. Also, I smoke like a chimney, and there are always at least two Bics in my various pockets. I'm never without the ability to make fire.

 

A crowbar is not something I would carry with me; it adds too much weight for a limited amount of utility.

 

Knives are also something I have as pieces of my BOB, but they aren't in the actual bag, so I didn't list them. I keep one in my pocket--nice little flip-blade--and one in the visor of my truck--fixed-blade buck knife.

 

I also forgot to mention the fishing line and hooks I have in there. The line is wound around the little plastic bags that hold the hooks.


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Nice setup, dude.  Hair any pictures?
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some other things i would suggest is a small road atlas and poncho you can stuff in a stuff sac. 

i'm putting mine back together right now (slowly disassembled as i needed one piece from it, then another and another, and now it's scattered everywhere.)  will post the final product in a few hours.

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I'd post pictures, but this computer isn't set up to interface with my camera. I can get some up once I re-establish my machine and get it hooked up to the net.

 

I considered a poncho, but I decided I'm just going to get a two-piece pup tent. I can set it up if a sprinkle looks like it's going to become a downpour. I wear a boonie hat with my clothing gear, and that's pretty good for keeping rain off my head. I don't really mind if my body gets soaked, and the rucksack is waxed fiber so moisture beads off of it pretty well.


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Thinking my bugout bag is a blackjack. Pertty much get what you need from someone who took the time to put a nice one together.

 

 


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Ummm just kidding ...yeah thats it I was just kidding.


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Should I post it here or start a new thread?  I'll do it here and edit if Z says 'Leave!'

MY (gunless) BOB:
1x empty water bottle
1x Pur water purifier with extra filter
1x headlamp (2AA batts.)
1x Gerber multitool
1x Simmons mini-binoculars
2x inhalers
2x lighters
2x bandannas
1x thin notebook
1x road atlas
2x topo maps of Cheaha and Smokey Mountains
spare batteries: 2x D-cell and 4x AA
1x ball duct tape
1x tiny needle and thread kit
1x long john bottoms
1x long john top
2x pair brown (military?) socks
1x glove liners
1x orange rain poncho in a stuff sac
1x pair blue rain pants
1x Beastie Boys hat

POSSIBLE WEAPONS:
1x Marksman slingshot (yea laugh it up)
1x pouch w/ ~50 hunting balls and 4 massive marbles
1x skinning knife with 4.5" blade
1x ice pick
1x Mag light/beatstick (2D-cells)
(to grab:  hammer
              Louisville slugger
              hiking staff)

MINI BOB POUCH (not sure if this should go in the BOB):
1x small am/fm radio w/ antenna (1 C batt)
1x compass
1x pin light (surprisingly bright)
matches in film canister
1x emergency blanket
folded pieces of paper
savings account info (if it needs breaking)
1x space pen, blue sharpie, pencil and spare lead.
1x cheap multitool w/ small knife, can opener, and little red light
pouch with vitamins, ibuprofen, and benadrill
spare batteries (1x C, 3x pin light batts) in film canister

BATHROOM STUFFSACK:
1x roll tp
1x toothbrush
1x small toothpaste
1x floss (light, no space, and multi-use)
2x tubes camp soap
1x small deodorant
10x hand wipes

FIRST AID KIT:
band aids
gauze, tape, and sterile gauze sponges
scissors
1x sterile ABD pad
2x those thin rubber gloves
1x tweezers
1x knee brace
1x arm sling
7x sting medicine
1x eye bandage kit (ointment expired 13 years ago)
alcohol prep pads
blistex
neosporin
burn cream
iodine tablets for water purification
1x Visine eye drops
vitamins
ibuprofen, benadrill, electrolyte tabs, antacids, and pills for cold symptoms
1x emergency blanket
1x little booklet from Backpacker magazine: "Instant Remedies for On the Trail"

all fit snugly into a black, 2-compartment Jansport bookbag.
weight: about 13 lbs.

TO GET:
gun, ammo
rope
surgical mask, goggles (gas mask is in the long-haul BOB)
fishing line
food
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Damn..... You guys put my BOB-Belt to shame.....


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Nice setup, man. I like the idea of separating groups of gear into bags within the main bag. Makes it easier to keep organized.

 

I think I forgot to mention my vest in the original list. It's empty right now, but it gives me an extra eight (8) pockets of storage space as well as a bunch of shell loops and a couple epaulettes for snapping on things like radios or for use as handy glove storage compartments. I've got to get things to fill that sucker out, too.

 

Figure what I'll have to do is this:

 

Break down the bag itself into two piles: items I might need in a big hurry and items I'll be taking my time with.

 

Things like the first aid kit, ammunition, compass, any maps I acquire, blade(s), binoculars, assorted tools and gizmos will probably end up in the vest pockets so I can grab them out if I needed them.

 

Things like the spare socks, surgeon's kit, food, space blanket and other assorted gear can stay in the backpack.


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I need to stop spending money on cards and DVDs and buy more swag for the bag


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I do havc work and I think that if it ever went down I would just grab my rifle and food(i have a lot of canned goods) I could hop in my van, wich I keep a great tent and blankets in. It has a generator, tools, battery powered power tools, a compass, a radio, and locks on the doors. I also always have my fishing and camping stuff with me in my truck at all times.


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Hey, KKid, welcome to the best forum in the universe.


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i also have a small packet of veggie seeds (in case of a safe area turns up)and beans for sprouts in case you get stuck somewhere for a while.


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Well..... Damn.....

 My BOB-camera-bag-turned-buttpack doesn't hold a candle to what you prepared folk have.

I feel for ya, RCS.


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I was thinking about BOBs and I haven't heard anyone mention money. Chances are that you would need a bob for the more mundane natural or man made disaster such as chemical spill, fire or riot. If that is the case I would think some money would come in very handy. I would suggest a minimum of 200 bucks. It will get you a room a few meals and gas for a couple of days at least.

Of course the more you can afford the better.


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I would recommend getting some two part epoxy like JB weld. Small, lightweight and hundreds of uses. Also a small tube of superglue. It's a great field expedient band-aid.


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Superglue works pretty good however if the wound is to big or deep a product made for EMT's called Durmabond works a whole lot better. Ever heard of a product called Quick Clot?  Basically it's a packet of volcanic rock particles that you pour into the wound before bandaging. It's in use by the military but I don't have sufficient data on hand right now about it. Planning on adding some to my FAK in my BOB
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Z, I'd recommend throwing a couple of battery powered lightsticks in there, as well. Walmart sells them for $2.54 or so here. Called "Fun sticks" or "Fun lights" or something stupid to that effect.

 

They're fairly durable, use LEDs, are water resistant (I held one of mine under water for a fair while and it didn't get screwed up.) and just as disposable as a glowstick. They can be turned off and on, unlike glowsticks. Which means more use out of them.

 

Just my suggestion, of course.

 

Brimdog, have you seen the tubes that contain a dual stick of unmixed epoxy similar to JB weld? Those are a bit safer to toss into a BOB than tubes of epoxy, IMHO . If you use JB weld or superglue in its little foil tube, you run the risk of the tube getting popped or punctured and gunking up your gear. 

 

 

Not to derail the topic, but RCS, what exactly is in your B-O-Belt?


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Not to derail the topic, but RCS, what exactly is in your B-O-Belt?


Ah yes, My Bug-Out-Belt

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I'll let ya'll know what's going in mine after Christmas
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Yeah, but whatcha got in it?
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Yeah, but whatcha got in it?


Lightsticks (chemical), tools, some granola bars, water, plenty of room for improvement/ammo/other needs.

Standard town-bugging BOB.

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Ok, I thought I'd share my bug-out-buttpack since we're all playing a friendly game of "I'll show you mine if you show me your's" :

 

Ze buttpack empty:

 

Ze buttpack full:

This thing goes everywhere with me. Even to work. It stays in the car most of the time, which is usually but a stone's throw away, unless the situation calls for it.

 

Contents, front pocket:

  • Small, zippo-type lighter
  • P-52 military can-opener (I have a p-38 in my wallet next to the zippo flints and my swiss card, but that's a whole different thread...)
  • Cheap, crappy pocket knife with the file blade modified so it can be used in a pinch as a saw (god bless dremel tools),
  • Cheap crappy multitool with all the conventional crap a multitool has on it
  • 2 spare AA's to power either my krill lamp or my gerber infinity ultra (Krill and the infinity ultra are not shown. the gerber rides in my pocket with my Paraframe II. And while the Krill usually takes up residence in the main pouch or in one of the side web pockets, it was in use at the time of the photo)
  • Cheap, crappy screwdriver set from intel that my cousin gave me (he works at creative, so he gets a bunch of this kinda crap)
  • A pretty damn good diamond sharpener
  • Two "Fun-Tastick" glow sticks (thats what those damn things are called... I knew it was something retarded....) that normally go in the main pocket, but accidentally got grouped in here

 

Contents, main pocket:

 

First section:

  • Assorted candles
  • Compressed roll of duct tape
  • Assorted "Zip" ties
  • Some kind of cheap "electric" tape that I seriously doubt is electrician's tape
  • Assorted "Zip-loc"-type bags of various shapes and sizes, manually resized by your's truly (I threw these in for additional individual storage should the butt-pack ever become part of a larger pack)

 

Second section:

  • Small, cheap snakebite kit
  • 12 boullion cubes
  • Wire ties
  • Mylar "space" blanket
  • Pocket-sized pack of tissues
  • 100 ft (prolly less by now, thanks to me using a bit of it to make an adjustable lanyard for the krill lamp) of 550 paracord

 

Third section:

  • One packet of No-doze of questionable expiration (I need to upgrade my meds section)
  • Dental floss (numerous uses)
  • Numerous q-tips and 2 small syringes (never know when you might need a syringe... or q-tips, so they got tossed in, too)
  • Assorted bandages, gauze and alcohol pads
  • Cotton balls
  • Partially-used tube of neosporin (need to get that in a solid container before something happens that causes it to pop and gunk up my stuff....)
  • Partially-used can of waterproof spray-on bandage
  • Partially used bottle of foam antiseptic
  • Slightly used bottle of topical analgesic

It needs a hell of alot more work, but it's served me well thus far. Any suggestion for additions to it?

 

I have other stuff in my vest that didn't make the picture (didn't see the point in adding it as it is not technically part of the BOB) and I intend to get a bottle of survival tablets, an atlas, a compass, a pocket chain-saw and a blastmatch for it, too.

 

 


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