BOB Bug Out Bag Second Edition

BOB Bug Out Bag for Preppers and SurvivalistsThis is the second edition of BOB Bug Out Bags, with a few additional upgrades from the previous edition. A common misunderstanding about Bug Out Bags is that they are ‘one size fits all’. Unfortunately, they are not. Specifically due to environmental conditions and situational contingencies. For example, this Bug Out Bag is intended to be used in a desert and arid environment. So for good measure, take into account what exactly you are preparing for, and what environment you are in. This Bug Out Bag weighs 50 lbs. and can be mounted to a tactical vest. Be sure you have read our basic bug out bag guide.

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Survival Bug Out Bag

So why do you need a Bug Out Bag?

Bug Out Bags B.O.B.’s are the introduction into prepping and survival basics. Having a BOB in your home or car, and basically anywhere you will be going to from one location to another location and travel is required. As a means for survival these bags need to be adequately packed with your most basic of needs that will last you an average of 72 hours.

That wraps it up for this upgrade to our Bug Out Bag, we update this post with new additions and upgrades as much as possible. Feel free to comment and tell us what’s in your bag! Most of these items can be purchased via Survival Gear


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19 suggestions on “BOB Bug Out Bag Second Edition

  1. I keep trying to make a BOB. But i am military redundant, 2 is 1 and 1 is none. So i keep getting an INCH bag instead of a BOB.

    But, i am new to my area, and have no BOL. So if i bug out, i will likely be wandering as anywhere familiar is several hundred miles away. I will also likely be alone…..

    Sooo, after years of trial and error, i settled on Maxpedition gear. It aint cheap by any standard, but its worth the money in functionality and sheer brute ruggedness. Yeah, i will look kinda tactical. But no matter how you look, you will be seen by someone as prey.

    I decided to go by the rules of 3. You can only survive:
    *3 minutes with out air
    *3 hours with out shelter
    *3 days with out water
    *3 weeks with out food

    Its not a perfict system, and the times are truely depedant on circumstances and personal fortutude. But it makes these important things easy to remember and helps prioritize things.

    *AIR* i have 3 CBR masks. Each one has 1 new filter. However, these are heavy, bulky, only good for the few hours of each filter, and in reality prolonged exposure to CBR is gonna outlast my filters and i will die anyways. So, short of a damp bandana, i have cut the AIR portion out of my BOB. it just isent practical for me.

    *SHELTER* Unfortunately, with my limited training and exp. I am currently toting a +15 sleeping bag and a quality 1 person 3 season ultralight backpakers tent. Its a pretty simple system, but its bulky. I am looking into a few other options that require less carrying and more building on the fly. The use of tarps and space blankets and such.

    I tend to add FIRE in with shelter because it doesent fit its own seperate RO3 catagory and timeframe wise fits with the cant go more than 3 hours with out.

    I have multiple fire kits. Some in pill bottles, some in Altoids tins, some in waterproof plastic boxes designed for cell phones and wallets and such.

    They tend to have a ciggy lighter, dryer lint, q-tips, vaseline lip balm, a ferro rod, and a small folding knife.

    I am a HUGE fan of ferro rods, and easily have half a dozen or more scattered throughout my bag. I am especially liking my Sparky ferro rod. It can be used one handed, which is a life saver if one of your hands or arm gets injured.

    Fire is so incredibly important for so many things that i want to be sure i have it no matter what.

    A change of clothes, military BDU’s. Extra socks&underwear, hat. Emergency blanket, dozen+ bandanas tied everywhere. Military jump boots.

    *WATER* for my EDC, i have a simple Lifestraw. If i were to bug out, that is coming with me. I also have a Katydine hiker pro water filter. I am looking into getting a Sawyer filter.

    As you can tell, i am a filter girl rather than a chemical one. Dont wanna make any mistakes with chemicals where i might accidentally poison myself or have some other mishap.

    I am also not a fan of the camelback. They promote constant absentminded sipping and can be emptied pretty quickly with out realizing it. Sure, you stay hydrated in the short term, but what if that 1 bladder is all the water you find for that day. You are gonna be pretty thirsty by noon. Not to mention the difficulty in ensuring cleanliness in the deep recesses of that bladder.

    I personally prefer the good old WW2 GI canteen. I have 2. Each holds 1 liter, and of course they come with the metal cup they sit inside of and the canvas’y pouch. One canteen goes on my hip. The other goes on my pack.

    Sooo, i can filter my water, boil it, store it, and carry it. And its not as convenient as that shoulder mounted sippy straw. Which means i drink when i need to, rather than simply because its there.

    *FOOD* to start off, this is a survival scenario bag. It isent a gormet meal bag. I dont eat for fun, or stress, i eat to live…

    the bulk of my food stuffs are Mainstay 3600 E-rations, and Survival Tabs. Calories and neutrition…

    It is my HOPE that i can hunt, fish, and scavenge enough so that the E-rats and ST’s will only have to be used as a suppliment or short term on the run.

    Scavenging is self explanitory.

    I have a fishing kit with a few weighted hooks, bobbers, Mr. Twister lures, heavy test line, a stringer, a tiny rod&reel (meant for ice fishing), and a couple of Cat-O-Matics (yo-yo’s) for automatic fishing while i an off doing other stuff.

    Hunting right now is reserved to what i might shoot. I am looking into learning traps&snares, but with my schedule and lack of instuctors its very difficult.

    My mess kit is also standard WW2 GI kit, but with a modern German utinsel set. I keep a fixed blade fishing knife for food prep. I carry a canister of anti-bacterial wipes for cleaning and sanitizing.

    *WEAPONS* though not part of the rule of 3, they obviously need to be included.

    My primary rifle is a Colt AR-15 chambered in 5.56. I chose this due to established and verifiable quality, i like the AR platform, spare parts and trinkets are plentiful and readily available, and it can also fire .223 giving me more ease of ammo scavenging.

    My secondary firearm is a S&W Governor. Yeah, notice its a REVOLVER and not a semi-auto… more accureate. Quality workmanship and parts. Easy to clean and maintain. Reloads quickly with speedloaders. .410/45 long colt/.45ACP.

    This weapon is great for anything from snakes to bear. Its incredibly accureate given its barrel length (125 feet and counting). Its scary to look at. Would be even scarier to look down the barrel. It fires sooo many different rounds its crazy. And you can play Mix-N-Match with the ammo in the cylinders. Right now mine is loaded with 2 winchester PDX1 Defense, followed by 2 .45 ACP jacketed hollowpoint, followed by a pair of 45 long colt jacketed star hollowpoints.

    My back up is a S&W model 686, .357 snubby. It holds 7 shots, i have multiple speedloaders for it, and fires .357/.38 which again ups my ability to scavenge ammo.

    For non firearms i have a tactical tomahawk, camillus fixed blade survival knife, a few lesser knives here and there, a hatchet, a spearhead, and i will likely carry a short sword as it is my preferred weapon and i am scary good with them.

    *MED KIT* eerything from asprin, saline ampules, betadine, iodine, peroxide, and alcohol, to many types of band-aids, bandages, and tape, to scissors, forcepts, clamps, scalples, epi pens, and syringes&needles.

    *MISC ITEMS* flashlights-tactical, minimags, headbands, wind up. FM/AM/NOAA wind up/solar/battery emergency radio w/light. Blade sharpener.

    I have probably forgotten a few things…

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  3. Hi,

    My BOB bag contains a Kel-Tek Sub 2000(glock mags.40) and 2 Glock 22’s; 3 days of MRE’s, SOS survival bars, BFK(Glock model), complete black BDU’s, Boots, Tactical Vest, 17 mags (for above), ballistic plate carrier W/plates, spare socks, skivvies, Bivy bag & fleece sleeping bag, pad, poncho, poncho liner, drop leg holster, IFAK, and weapon lite. I also have cyalume sticks, matches, dryer lint, blast match, & camelback.

    I have 32 miles to get home from work(most thru Injin Territory). I have 3 different route to leave the Chicago(Urban area) to get home. Don’t look forward for a firefight, but will meet it head on with firepower. Thinking of an AR-15 pistol to replace the Kel-Tek.

    • Access to these weapons can be attained. I don’t know your personal story but there are guns shows, private sales, etc. cheaperthandirt.com is selling complete S& W M&P for under $600.00

  4. Add some planning in likely directions of flight: caching. A 3 gallon bucket with $70 worth of stuff, multiplied 8 or 10 times, at 5 mile intervals, can reduce the load/increase flexibility/increase speed.

    This list has too many weapons, too much weight. We aren’t infantry on-patrol. We need some self-defense, mostly against individuals and pairs at close range. Add PT/EE for running and hiding, weigh each item of gear (ultralight hiking style) while deciding if you can do without.

    If you have a vehicle to haul the weight, add capability and capacity, but always retain the ability to abandon the vehicle and slog-off on foot with a light well-planned bag. For myself, I want a 33′ RV (7.5Tons GVW)+2.5ton trailer) with 600 mile range to go to welcoming destination one-way in 1st world comfort and arrive with maximum everything and friends. But, 1-day drive may turn into a multi-week walk.

    Route familiarity, and detailed custom maps for different means of travel, will help. Rail routes are often different from rubber-tread roads.

  5. This is awesome.
    As an older, not as fit female that works 17miles from home I have an cheap stroller in my trunk, the umbrella type which will help me get home. Then at home I have a BOB stroller rigged out for my hoofing it BOB assistance. I got the one with a fixed front wheel. It is a b to turn so I might be changing it to a wiggle wheel. I will be field testing it next weekend with a full load.
    Can you ever have enough weapons………………………….better have 2 of everything than wish you did.

  6. My BOB contains twenty rounds each of six different kinds of ammo for barter.
    9mm HP
    .22 LR
    .45 ACP HP
    .30-30
    .38 Special HP
    .223 FMJ
    I figure one round per gallon of water or meal.

    • Never barter with your ammo. Once they get a round from you, they can shoot you and take back what they gave you, as well as everything else you had.

      • True for a Joe Everybody, but someone who’s invested in after-TEOTWAWKI bartering would likely implement protective measures e.g. my guns are bigger than your guns. After the shit hits the fan those who have something to trade, whether it be ammo, alcohol, or food will always be targets while being the best positioned for control and power. Free trade will never end.

  7. I got good thin cable/wire too. For things ie; make simple squirrel or rabbit traps if ones out in the woods that’s easy food without using ammo.

  8. In terms of weapon loadouts, could you make suggestions for other team members? Obviously, everyone in your survival group will have their own needs to be concerned with, but would you recommend everyone carry a carbine, shotgun and handguns or maybe have some carry a sniper rifle or a heavy machine gun, etc.?

  9. This list has some great stuff. AGAIN the emphasis should be placed on pack according to your individual needs and environment. KNOWLEDGE WEIGHS NOTHING! I am afraid the weight of this BOB will limit mobility and make risk of injury much greater. I would choose one long gun and one pistol and use the weight and monetary savings to pack extra parts. Also choose one large fixed blade. Limit anything on the thigh as it hinders mobility. If your going to have a thigh holster then make sure it is snug and firm on your thigh. Instead of metal hand cuff consider flex cuffs. Ghillie Suits are good if your a sniper but if you choose to carry a shotgun then it is pointless. You can field craft effective camouflage in the field. So perhaps a IMPS Net might be a better alternative. Facepaint can be effectively crafted in the field and is unnecessary with a balaclava so pick one or the other. Shemagh or Bandannas are infinitely useful they are not just a fashion statement.

    Also your individual fitness level will determine a lot of this. To me 50lbs of gear is nothing. But I am 6’1″. If you are 4’11” then you might want to trim this up a bit. Training is KEY! So get out there and use this stuff.

    HOW you pack your BOB and the distribution of weight is CRITICAL. You want the heaviest items as high and as close to your Torso as you can get them. You also want to pack according to your need. Your IFAK should not be buried in your BOB under tons of gear. You should pack your weight symmetrically as well. You don’t want weight shifting and throwing you off balance.

    Let me point out that your BOB should not be your fighting load. Tailor that to the risks and hazards of your area of operations and also the enemy you face. There is no reason to have a shit ton of stuff if all you intend to do is fight.

    What ever you decide to put in your BOB make sure you can hump it over the roughest terrain in your local area.

    • Definitely customize your BOB to fit your individual needs. This BOB was modeled after mine (with subtle variations). The IFAK listed is actually a leg-mounted rig. Luckily, I’m 6’4″ and have an athletic build, plus my BOL is about a day’s walk (in the event of low-altitude nuclear detonation i.e. EMP).

  10. 2 Pistols and 2 rifles. Way overkill. Id also add change of clothes, lighters and fire starting materials, and personally I have less firepower and way more food and water.

    • We covered the water and food supplies as essentials in our Build a Basic Bug Out Bag Article. The items in this BOB are preferentially chosen for the most part, in an attempt to showcase other useful items. Which explains the excerpt “Be sure you have read our basic bug out bag guide.” from Bug Out Bag Edition II. Thank you for giving it a read Rob.

      Note: We include firearms with various calibers to be better prepared for an ammo shortage, using whatever ammo you find after SHTF is a lot easier with multiple calibers of weapons. Just an opinion.

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