Bug Out Bag BOB Survival Kits Version III

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Bug Out Bag BOB Survival Kit As of February 2014, this will be the third edition of our Bug Out Bag recommended items. Our BOB Survival Kits are refined by usCrow.org writers and active/retired service members who have tested the gear we recommend in an effort to keep our users informed with the best information. Your gear is important, and what you decide to invest your money in should be able to take a beating over time. Ideally a BOB is intended for 72 hour use, long enough to get you from point A to point B. Even if point B is available, you’ll still use the items in your kit throughout the duration. These items are recommended based on durability, combat readiness, battle testing, pricing, and overall usefulness. As always, comment below if you have a suggestion.

SpecOps Bug Out Bag

SpecOps Bug Out Bag BOBThe SpecOps T.H.E. Pack has maintained it’s position as the highest rated bug out bag. The SpecOps bag is continuously used and reviewed by deployed service members and security contractors. This BOB is made from;  1000D cordura, the most durable nylon fabric on the market. Industrial strength zippers, large outer pockets, dual compression straps, load loops on pocket faces, waist belt with endless adjustment, carry/drag handle, with a double layer pack top. The only setback for the SpecOps Bug Out Bag is price, which fluctuates around $160. It’s worth it though, you can read the reviews here.

Bug Out Firearms

There are three firearms we recommend as ‘must haves’ for concealment, firepower, and durability. Your concealed handgun backup should be a Glock G21 .45 Caliber, recommended by several within our network. Some in the community will grumble to use more common calibers like .22 cal/9 mm for survival scenarios. At usCrow we adamantly believe it’ll be more of a battleground than you can imagine, which means you need stopping power. The primary sidearm should be a 1911 .45 Caliber, recommended for durability, stopping power and part interchangeability. You’ll also need a semi-automatic rifle (such as a SCAR 17s chambered in 7.62x51mm) with scope (Vortex Viper PST 6-24×50 FFP Scope) and collapsible stock.

Bug Out Bag Items

As a rule of thumb, bug out bags should cater to you (and your family’s) needs. Family ailments such as diabetes, asthma, and etc should be accommodated for within their individual survival kit. Remember this, just because it’s ‘tacticool’ doesn’t make it practical, and worse – a complete rip off. For example, a leg rig might look cool – but its impractical because it’s uncomfortable and will chafe on a long hump. So be smart. Know your limits. Know how much you can carry, and for how long. I know plenty of guys who’ve keeled over after a 10+ mile hump with fifty pounds on their back. So be mindful of that and talk to David Black about those blisters. To get you started we listed items that should be considered in your BOB, so check them out and let us know what you think. If you’ve used one of these products feel free to leave a comment below;

Enhanced Level 1 IFAK for your BOB

The kit itself will attach via MOLLE to your SpecOps BOB and includes; bloodstopper kit, bandages, abdomen pad, tweezers, EMT shears, gloves, ibuprofen, ammonia inhalents, benzalkonium chloride wipes, closure strips and tape. Please note this is a basic and lightweight IFAK. Click here to see more details about this IFAK. This kit does not include a tourniquet so be sure to add a Combat Application Tourniquet for wounds that are bleeding out and can’t be stopped by other methods.

HAM Radio Beofeng UV-5R

This compact and powerful handheld HAM radio is affordable while a necessity for extrapolating intelligence, and establishing communication. Don’t let it fool you, the UV-5R has a range of 136-174 MHz and 400-480 MHz with a VHF receive band from 65 – 108. It comes with a rechargeable Li-ion battery.

Ammo for you bug out bag?

You need ammo in your bug out bag. How much should be factored in with your total load out. Tactical Tailor has a lightweight harness that’s pretty rugged. Ideally you want three magazines for your rifle and sidearm. Mobility and firepower should be balanced, and based on situational awareness – what kind of shit are you going to be in when you bug out? Some situations just might call for ammo to take priority. Be smart. Use magazine attachments for your rifle and pistol mag pouches for your primary (with secondary mags attached to your BOB)

Three Days Food Supply

You can freeze dry it yourself on the cheap or you can buy it. Life+Gear’s 3 day survival kit has more bang for your buck. It includes a 3 day lightweight food supply and a thermal blanket.  You can check the supply out here.

Three Day Water Supply

You need to consume at least 8 ounces of water a day, which means your bug out bag should include at least a liter of water for a three day hump (which is pushing it if you’re under intense emotional and physical stress). A 3.0 liter Camelbak Omega Reservoir will fit into the T.H.E. bladder compartment. I’d rather have enough water than not enough water.

Lightweight Essentials Kit

Often overlooked essentials that need minimal pack space include; 10′ Emergency Cord, Map Compass, Emergency Whistle, Survival Blanket, 3 Safety Pins, 36″ Roll Duct Tape, 18″x12″ Sheet Aluminum Foil, 8′ Snare Wire, Box Waterproof Matches, 4 Fishing Hooks, 4 Fishing Sinker Weights, 50′ 10lb Fishing Line, Surgical Blade, Reusable Zipper-Lock Bag, 5 Wound Closure Strips. Check out the kit here.

Protective Measures

While I consider body armor a practical element to my bug out plan, you may not. At the very least your vital organs and spine should be protected by ballistic plates in a decent carrier. Are biohazards present? If so this calls for an elevated MOPP (Mission Oriented Protective Posture). The MSA respirator is an afforable solution, but I’d suggest tinting the lenses and painting the outside to match your camouflage (if any).

Don’t Forget the Simple Stuff

Be mindful of the basics that everyone forgets. Socks (more than 3 pair) you’ll burn through them on a heavy hump, two changes of clothes, and basic single use hygiene items (deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, mouthwash). You’d be surprised how many BOB’s out there there don’t even have toilet paper (or butt-wipes). Mud butt on a hump? Better not go near any ant-holes. Knives and tools are more user/situation specific but my EDC knife is the Spyderco G10, and my BOB has a Leatherman Multitool.

Most survivalists can remember their bug out route to their final destination by heart. This maintains personal security, so train yourself to remember how to get to your shelter. If you bring a map with directions, what happens if someone drops that map and someone else finds it? Not a good way to start your post-apocalypse life.

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21 thoughts on “Bug Out Bag BOB Survival Kits Version III

  1. .45 ACP, really? This is the 21st century and bullet design, as well as our understanding of terminal ballistics has advanced. 9mm and .40 caliber/10mm cartridges are more than sufficient for a sidearm, particularly if Federal HST or one of the cartridges listed (or equivalent) are chosen.

    Unmentioned in the post is magazine capacity. If we conservatively estimate 2-3 *hits* to incapacitate an attacker and 50% (daylight) or 25% (low light) accuracy, you need at least 4 – 6 rounds (daylight) or 8 – 12 rounds (low light) *per attacker*. That’s assuming training at the level of the average law enforcement officer in a large city. If the shooter’s skill level is less than that, an addition 2 – 3 rounds *per attacker* might be required. This is why the average officer carries a semi-automatic pistol with a 15 – 17 round magazine, and a minimum of two spare magazines on his or her duty belt.

    Ultimately, a pistol is just a sidearm that is suitable for personal defense when you do not have a center-fire rifle or 12-gauge shotgun deployed. If someone is in a situation where being attacked is likely, a rifle or shotgun should be his or her primary weapon.

    Recommended 9mm cartridges as recommended by DocGKR (Dr. Gary Roberts):
    9x19mm NATO/9mm Luger:
    Barnes XPB 115gr HP (35515) such as loaded by Cor-Bon (DPX09115)
    Winchester Partition Gold 124gr JHP (RA91P)
    Winchester Ranger-T 124 gr +P JHP (RA9124TP)
    Winchester Ranger Bonded 124 gr +P JHP (RA9BA)
    Winchester Ranger-T 127gr JHP +P+ (RA9TA)
    Winchester Ranger-T 147gr JHP (RA9T)
    Winchester Bonded 147gr JHP (RA9B/Q4364)
    Speer Gold Dor 124gr JHP (53618)
    Speer Gold Dot 124gr JHP +P (53617)
    Speer Gold Dot 147gr JHP (53619)
    Remington Golden Saber 124 gr +P JHP bonded (GSB9MMD)
    Remington Golden Saber 147gr JHP (GS9MMC)
    Federal Tactical 124gr JHP (LE9T1)
    Federal Tactical 135gr JHP +P (LE9T5)
    Federal HST 147gr JHP (P9HST2)
    Federal HST 124gr JHP +P (P9HST3)

    .40 S&W:
    Barnes XPB 140 & 155 gr JHP (copper bullets)
    Speer Gold Dot 155 gr JHP (53961)
    Federal Tactical 165 gr JHP (LE40T3)
    Speer Gold Dot 165 gr JHP (53970)
    Winchester Ranger-T 165 gr JHP (RA40TA)
    Federal HST 180 gr JHP (P40HST1)
    Federal Tactical 180 gr JHP (LE40T1)
    Remington Golden Saber 180 gr JHP (GS40SWB)
    Speer Gold Dot 180 gr JHP (53962)
    Winchester Ranger-T 180 gr JHP (RA40T)
    Winchester 180 gr bonded JHP (RA40B/Q4355/S40SWPDB1)

    In Greg Ellifritz’s study of shootings, .45 ACP (# of people shot – 209, # of hits – 436, % of hits that were fatal – 29%, Average number of rounds until incapacitation – 2.08, % of people who were not incapacitated – 14%, One-shot-stop % – 39%, Accuracy (head and torso hits) – 85%, % actually incapacitated by one shot (torso or head hit) – 51%) was not significantly more effective than 9x19mm/9mm Luger (# of people shot – 456, # of hits – 1121, % of hits that were fatal – 24%, Average number of rounds until incapacitation – 2.45, % of people who were not incapacitated – 13%, One-shot-stop % – 34%, Accuracy (head and torso hits) – 74%, % actually incapacitated by one shot (torso or head hit) – 47%), and possibly less effective than .40 S&W (# of people shot – 188, # of hits – 443, % of hits that were fatal – 25%, Average number of rounds until incapacitation – 2.36, % of people who were not incapacitated – 13%, One-shot-stop % – 45%, Accuracy (head and torso hits) – 76%, % actually incapacitated by one shot (torso or head hit) – 52%). All side-arm cartridges were significantly inferior to center-fire rifle (# of people shot – 126, # of hits – 176, % of hits that were fatal – 68%, Average number of rounds until incapacitation – 1.4, % of people who were not incapacitated – 9%, One-shot-stop % – 58%, Accuracy (head and torso hits) – 81%, % actually incapacitated by one shot (torso or head hit) – 80%) and 12-gauge shotgun (# of people shot – 146, # of hits – 178, % of hits that were fatal – 65%, Average number of rounds until incapacitation – 1.22, % of people who were not incapacitated – 12%, One-shot-stop % – 58%, Accuracy (head and torso hits) – 84%, % actually incapacitated by one shot (torso or head hit) – 86%) long-arm cartridges.

  2. OK, so… Long-time ‘waking up’per, but – Ffinally – made the time to Get all this sht in-gear, so.. I compared dozens of ‘off the shelf BOBs’, and.. Learned a lot. #1 thing I took away: Yep, to all those who say MOAR WATER, Amen. Sawyer makes a .1µm ‘sport bottle’, that IMHO, is an Absolute Must, since you hame have to scavenge ‘left over’ water bottles, and there may not always be ‘chemical / oil-free’ standing water to use a ‘lifestraw’ with. Also, in an urban situ, I’ve thought to get a ‘hydrant wrench’ – you can get a ‘giant’ pipe wrench that will work just fine, and are lighter than the ‘classic’ brass / iron wrenches for under $20. This – Assuming the hydrants have not gone dry / been shut off – should allow you to supply yourself / others with ‘reasonably clean’ water to – then – filter for drinking. (Always remember to ‘bleed’ the line, till it runs clear, First.. 🙂 I’d also recommend the following: 1) Pair of good anti-fog ‘swim goggles’, that will Totally Seal off your eye-sockets, for protection against wide-area tear gas / pepper-spray, or other such. You can’t ‘shoot well’ if you can’t See for sht. Swim goggles are Far less bulky / cumbersome on the face than most ‘combat goggles’, and are Far more affordable for ‘Everyman’. Choose a model (and BUY it / TEST it!) that fits you well / Prove that it will not Fog on you, under ‘heated’ conditions, etc. 2) yes, Gas mask, also, if you can spare the space. IF not, a wet-bandana (Something..) is better than Nothing. 3) ‘Sudecon’ wipes, for ‘just-in-case’. I’d also carry some ‘Sabre’ Pepper GEL to slow-down / deter Dogs that you – will – encounter (and better to save your ammo for when you – Really – need it..) 4) Ear plugs – you know, the ‘contractor style’ foam ones – for protection against militarized ‘Polizei’ – whether they are using some ‘sonic deterrents’ or, from loud stun-grenades, etc. If-you’ve a radio (another Must..) then one protect the Other ear from noise. I’ve been surprized, too, how well filtering out much ‘white noise’ – which there will be a TON of, during SHTF – screams, sirens, horns, arms being fired, heli’s overhead, etc, etc, etc – helps You to Stay Focused / calm. There’s something about ‘hearing your own breathing’ that seems to help you concentrate better and even with these in place, you Can still ‘hear critical stuff’, once you train yourself to ‘selectively listen’. This is – soley – my opinion / limited-experience. 4) Almonds and Raisins. If you’re Not allergic to nuts, they are Easy to pack a Lot-of, and give a Lot of protein / needed Salts, and Raisins provide a lot of ‘good’ sugar, quickly. Oh yeah – and More Water to wash them down. 5) One invaluable ‘adapted’ item; Those little ‘compressed towels’ – Take up Very little space, and are Excellent for last-resort large-wound blood-sopping / stopping (when combined with a ‘Celox’ or other-sudh) if you’ve no ‘proper’ compresses, left, etc, and Also make Great, ‘reusable’ (if Absolutely necessary – they Are ‘washable’ / reusable, since they’re more like fabric than paper) butt-wipes. Why bother with ‘bulky’ toilet-paper? You’ll just slow yourself down with bulk. Sure, you can also bring ‘wet-wipes’, but.. You can carry Far more of the compressed-towels, in less-space, and just ‘wet them yourself’. You can also soak with vaseline (like you do cotton balls..) for firestarter-wad, and/or other fuels for incendary-weapon purposes. etc. These are just a Few ‘non-traditional’ items I’ve gleaned / tested / found to be very helpful. Oh yeah, and did I mention Water? 🙂 Fwiw..

  3. I watched a you tube vid of a man beating the tar of hos uv 5r radio and the dang thing kept working…finally he doused it with gas and lit it up..left it until it melted on his driveway…poured water on it to put out the flames and IT STILL WORKED!!…so yeah they are durable..

  4. yep…more water. I drink more than 8 oz. a day as it is. I get the point…making do with less…but as the U.S. military trains…the best place to store your water is in your belly…drink up what you have and find more…

  5. Seems like a good list but I’d definitely say way more water than that, especially if you plan on being active during this time

    • there are a few thing that in my experience would make things lighter and more reliable. First off. I would switch to an M4 or AR15 or AK 74/47 style for the main weapon. the AK is a more combat reliable weapon, hands down , between the two. It is also the most produced weapon in the world. Keeping in mind the weight for an AK or any other 30 cal round is twice the weight of an .224 round. so 5.56 or 5.45 is going to be lighter or carry twice as much ammo. 308 cal ammo is expensive and will not be in great supply like the 5.56 will be. In my opinion. The AR15 is mass produced and interchangeable as far as parts are concerned. On to the side arm. Why carry a back up that is not interchangeable with the main side arm? if you carry a glock or a springfield XD as a side arm you can get subcompacts that interchange with the mags so you cut down on the number of mags you need to carry. Furthermore, 9mm is the widest used handgun round worldwide. Its accuracy and stopping power is just as effective as any other. If you keep in mind the ONLY way to stop an attacker is to BLEED THEM OUT. If you don’t hit someone with a round properly, in the vitals, most likely no matter what your using will not stop them if they are determined or drugged. 45 cal isn’t the NATO or US standard round so it will not be in great supply either, and it is expensive. 9mm will suffice, keeping in mind that your side arm is just that, a side arm. It is a secondary emergency go to and not your primary weapon. On to the water thing, if you water is not contaminated with radiological contaminants, boiling should suffice. Water is heavy and carrying too much will only keep you from being able to make room for other battle essentials. 2 canteens and a liter camelback will be enough for carry and then I would start thinking about replenishment in streams, ponds and water heaters, swimming pools ect. depending on your urban or rural settings. The Sawyer water filter is a .01 micron filter that filters out 99.9 of its contaminants. It comes in a bottle or a mini size and can be used as an inline for a camelback type outfit. They are tested and guaranteed to last up to 1million gallons. They are affordable and so you can carry two. one on your camelback and one in your pack for your canteens. The UV5R is an affordable radio and I concur with it but I question it’s durability.
      As far as a gasmask is concerned, I would recommend something that takes a NATO screw on filter that can be changed with the mask on. You can get them cheap form an army surplus store. Being very familiar with NBC standards I know from experience that you will want something that you can change and keep the mask on if needed. a unit can be hit with contaminants that will last for hours and can cover miles of terrain depending on the weather conditions. No telling how long you might have to stay in MOP gear . I have stayed in it for over 16 hours in training. Filters can get saturated in about 6-8 hours or less, depending on the circumstances. I would also carry a sling rope, 10-12 foot static line designed to be used as a seat or for climbing and used to tow gear ect.

      These are just some of my personal opinions and since everyone has their own ideas about survival, I am not suggesting that this article is wrong in any way. The items listed here good and many are top of the line items for their price range.

  6. For fire it would be better to invest in ferro rods, waterproof matches will eventually run out. and they are light weight with little addition to space.. and remember to make youe BoB blend in.. tactical camo bags are cute but youll stick out like a sore thumb among a crowd of starving and desperate people

  7. For a pack I recommend eberlestock packs like the g1 littler brother. Pricey but worth it

  8. FYI…On the IFAK, If you CC you should have one with you AMAP. Please keep in mind Ibuprofen in your IFAK is ok for strains or a headache, but if your seriously wounded do not take meds that will thin your blood until the wound is taken care of.

    • i get what you mean and agree, but he did say “at least a liter of water for a three day hump (which is pushing it if you’re under intense emotional and physical stress)” so he does recommend being safe and getting more. Much love soldier

  9. I would like to see someone survive in a bug out situation with only 8ozs of water a day. I’ll be sure to follow close behind to pick up your gear when you pass out dead.

  10. As a backpacker I recommend LOKSAK OPSaks for your reusable zip lock bags. To save weight take things that have more than one function. Example is that the inner strands of 550 paracord can be used for fishing line.

  11. 5.11 tactical makes some tough gear with plenty of pouches and most are molle compatible. I chose the MOAB 10 for my B.O.B. it can easily contain my emergency items, has a fleeced lined pouch that easily accommodates my 1911 or my Beretta storm. Also has a compartment for water bladder, another smaller fleece lined pocket for hand held gps or cell phone. They are a bit pricey at a little over a hundred bucks, but I’ve pout mine thru hell and all zippers, Velcro and the actual bag integrity is still 100%. Stay frosty my friends and always watch your 6. One item that I found to be a integral part of my bag…binoc’s!

  12. From what I have read, the BaoFeng UV-82 is a better radio. Do you list the UV-5r for a specific reason, or was this post prior to the UV-82?

  13. It’s a shame but most people can’t afford these wonderful BOB. Remember if your caught without a tourniquet pitch or quality cayenne can stop bleeding. Question ? How does one keep from being exposed by the body heat procedures ? Sorry don’t know the correct name. This is something I have never seen covered.

  14. My BOB that is quite frankly the shit is the Trizip from Camelbak. It costs more but it is worth every penny. It has the Mystery Ranch Futura Harness along with the wide design/shallow makes it so you don’t feel the load. I have loaded it up with as much as 90lbs for training. The typical load out I have weighs about 30 pounds and I hardly feel it. The weight gets distributed perfectly.

    Mystery Ranch’s 3Day Assault is about 60 dollars more and comparable. The guys who have that one love it.

    There is two things you don’t want to go cheap on. Back packs and boots! If you can afford to upgrade I would. Love the article.

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