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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15 suggestions on “BOB Bug Out Bag Second Edition

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.?

  7. 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).

  8. 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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