An efficient B.O.B. (‘Bug Out Bag’) is a mobile cache of various items required for surviving short periods of time when Shit Hits The Fan. The BOB should be prepared in advance since you won’t have the luxury of time to purchase or gather the supplies you need. Having an adequate and versatile Bug out Bag stocked and ready will increase your chances of survival during emergency evacuations.
Included below are notes to help you get started and an example of one individual’s BOB All members of your family or group should have a BOB, tailored to their individual needs.
The survival kit in this example is adequate for this particular individual; make sure your individual needs are satisfied.
Survival Kit Key Notes
- Make sure your BOB is located in a convenient and secure location.
- Alert family members (if applicable) to the location of their BOB’s.
- Rotate stored food in your Bug out Bag
- Store medication and prescriptions in your BOB and rotate as needed.
- Survival requires First Aid/CPR Certification for you and your family.
- Continuously improve your Bug out Bag as your needs change.
Recommended Bug Out Bag
Spec-Ops T.H.E. Pack – This product has been tested in the field by operators across the world, attesting to its quality. With features like these its easy to understand why:
- Cordura 1000D Nylon Fabric Durability
- #10 Zippers on Main Compartments and Outer Pockets
- Double Layer Pack Top Eliminating Stress Failures
- Dual Compression Straps with Load Loops
- Removable Waist Belt and Endless Adjustments
- MTX Harness Compatible
Bug Out Bag – Water
Store water for your BOB’s in sealed plastic containers to prevent contamination. Include a minimum of a three-day water supply or 2 quarts a day for each member of your family. Intense physical activities such as running or extreme stress will double the amount of water your body requires. If a Bug Out Vehicle is available and you must choose between water and food, choose water. For best results include the following items with your survival kit’s water supplies:
- Water bladder for convenience
- Flavoring pouches for variety
- Water filtration straws for backup water intake
- water purification tablets for backup water intake
Bug Out Bag – Food
Include at least a three-day food supply of non-perishable food in your Survival Kit. Dehydrated foods are absolutely essential for you BOB. Unlike canned foods, dehydrated food is freeze-dried, making it compact and light weight. It requires little water to make and takes up minimal space in your kit. Be sure to compensate for special dietary needs as required. In addition to dehydrated meals consider including:
- High protein energy bars for physical activity
- C-Rations for emergency use [See Item]
- Multivitamins to prevent malnutrition
- M.R.E.’s (Meals Ready to Eat)
Bug Out Bag – First Aid and Medications
First aid kits and medical supplies should be fully stocked in all BOB’s. Under-stocked First Aid Kits will cost lives in an emergency. However, medical first aid kits are practically useless if you don’t have the training to properly use the supplies. Search locally to find affordable or free courses and certification classes.
- Field use First Aid Kit
- Bug Out Bag First Aid Kit [See Item]
Medication should be well thought out in your survival kit based on your needs. For example; if you have a diabetic in your group or family you will want to include insulin pens, test strips, electric portable camping cooler, and adequate rotation procedures.
Bug Out Bag – Additional Supplies
- Solar or crank powered flashlight
- Fire source
- Additional clothing
- Sanitation wipes
- Extra cash or bartering items
- Waterproof gear
- Personal identification
- Multifunctional tool set
- USB Jump Drive for essential information
- Local maps
- Emergency blanket
- Sunscreen repellent
- Single person tent
- Lighter fluid, oil
- Entertainment for children (if applicable)
Again design your Bug out Bag to fit each individual’s needs based on their size and circumstances. Paying attention to the fine details makes a successful kit.
Bug Out Bag – Weapons
In any emergency situation personal protection is an absolute requirement; we don’t have prisons in America because society is full of angels. Rioting, looting, physical/sexual assault are common. Firearms, knives, hatchets, crossbows, non-lethal defense items such as a taser or baton, and even certain household objects will be vital to protecting you and your family members should the need arise. These tools should be properly maintained and readily available in your BOB. Most importantly, you and your family should be properly trained to use these weapons. Maintaining proficiency will help eliminate panic and greatly improve your chances of survival. Firearms safety and personal defense classes and training are readily available for minimum fees – See Example BOB