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Quick Prepper Tip: Making a Personal Bug-Out Bag

Quick Prepper Tip: Making a Personal Bug OUt Bag or BOB

Cheaper Than Dirt Quick Prepper TipBuilding a BOB (Bug-Out Bag) may seem overwhelming at first; however, it is not difficult. The key is to start by gathering a few must-have basic items you need to survive during an emergency and then put them in a self-contained carrying case so if you have to evacuate or “bug out” of a location in a hurry, you are ready.Bug Out Bag Checklist

There are several types of BOBs you may want to consider, such as an EDC (everyday carry bag), office bag, a 24-hour or 72-hour bag and a 5-, 10- or even 30-day bag.

The goal is to keep your BOB current (seasonal), lightweight (portable) and sensible (include only the essentials you need to survive for the period for which you are planning). For example, an EDC bag, when compared to a 30-day BOB, may not need some items such as water purification tablets or a hatchet.

In addition to some of the items below, you will need a bag large enough to hold your gear yet portable and lightweight.

What do you keep in your BOB? Tell us in the comment section.

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Comments (42)

    1. @ Ted Eng.

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    2. @ Ted Eng.

      I “E-mailed” them two days ago, NO response Yet, IF EVER. I’m starting to think there a “Front Company” for something Else…

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    1. The Ashpoopie doesn’t appear to available yet. So it is puzzling how some hikers have already been using it?

    2. @ Ted Eng.

      AshPooPie, is Manufactured in Israel and at this time can only be Ordered through the Manufacturer. It went on Sale in Israel in 2013, and World Sale around March 2015. MSRP is about $30.00 USD…

  2. FYI: X-Packs

    If you’re a “Lone Trekker”, a Potable Water may be a Issue in Weight of Water you can Carry. Consider the X-Pack, a Forward Osmosis Water Filtration System. That will Filter ~54-ounce’s of Water per Day, for up to 20-days or ~8.5-US Gallons no matter how “Brackish” the Water Source Is. It “Beats” burying your face in the water and Worrying Potential Threats in the Area at the Same Time.

    Or, if your a Large Group a “Lifesaver Can” about the size of a 5-gallon Jerrycan that can filter ~5,283-gallons of water using the same method. I keep two handy for Redundancy Purposes, More expensive, but well worth the price…

  3. My EDC is a small pack that fits in my wheel well and is what Ill need if I need to hoof it home or have a roadside breakdown. Rain gear, gloves, bandana, SOG multi-tool, knife, kleins pliers, 10 in cresent, heavy duty screwdrivers, water carrier, food bars, matches, lighter, flint, sheath knife, trauma kit, 2 heavy duty garbage bags and 2 flashlights. all of this is held in a lightweight pack and is grab and go. It would take me 12-15 hours to walk home from work along freeways and urban roads.

    Most reading this will find this sacrilegious but I prefer not to carry a firearm in my kit. My opinion is that you will get into more trouble with one than without. I leave my arsenal at home.

  4. I believe that the biggest thing that people neglect is the weight of their bag.If it’s too heavy you won’t be doing many hard miles. In most senerios your going to be humping that pack for miles. I believe (i’m not an expert) that keeping the bag as lightweight as possible is key. Also,you need to have the bag accessable. How is your BOB going to help you if it’s 15+miles away,or even 5 miles away. you may not be able to get to it by vehicle. Also,I believe that if you have a lighterweight bag you’ll be more apt to keep it with you more often. You can have a few key items and survive most circumstances. I perfer a small fanny pack ./ butt pack style bag that can be put on in seconds and allow the full range of motion and use of my arms.It also allows me torun/sprint if need be. Alot of “Gadget Getters” and “Peppers” are gonna die because they are trying to hump 100lbs of gear when they need to be humping alot less. I think a BOB should be setup similar to people hiking the Appilachian trail. Just a suggestion… If you can’t out run,it you better out gun it hehe .
    We all won’t know till the fan gets the shat!

    1. I am by no means a trained survivalist or ex military but I have hunted nearly all my life and have at times found myself in situations that just the basic items in my Fanny pack helped me easily get through a couple of days in the woods. I do believe you can easily become overwhelmed with what you should and shouldn’t keep on hand in your BOB to get you through a day or two of “out of the ordinary” circumstances. Should this type of situation present itself I think my number one goal would be to get to my family and the items I keep in my BOB are geared towards that purpose even if it means hiking through a couple of states to do so. Of course I have the obvious such as my mdl 19, knife, multi tool, water bladder, energy bars, and extra meds /first aid but just because it’s easy to carry I have fishing supplies and a pistol crossbow in case I do have to take that long hike home. There will always be something you wish you had but just follow the K.I.S.S. rule and with God’s blessings you should be OK. Just like you said, we’ll never know till it hits the fan (:

  5. Everybody has different ideas about what a BOB is/what is should be for.
    We set ours up to allow us to survive unaided and out of contact for 10 days.
    This pretty much covers storms,civil unrest or acts of war.
    Other people will see the BOB as something entirely different.

    1. I was reading all the replies I received,preping start at home, teach you children to go camping,carry what they need to survive for a few day, teach them how to use and shoot A GUN, I taugh my kid and grands to this,a natural disaster at time when their is no food and water can be as bad or worse then combat. In combat you know whom you are fighting,but a disaster you don’t

    2. Flick,
      I agree and have done the same except I had planned on 7 days. I walk 1-3 miles every morning depending on what day it is. I take my pack with me so it is not a surprise to me if / when I will need it.

  6. Is bugging out just living in the woods or E&E?
    A shelter and a flashlight gives your position away if you need to see get a night optic device. Emergency blankets make noise. If you have a poncho get a poncho liner.
    Individual first aid kit
    Blowout kit
    Short K-Bar w/sharpener
    Locking blade folding knife
    550 cord with hooks
    Garmin E-Trex 30
    Lensatic compass
    Signal Mirror
    Signal panel
    PRC-112G
    Duct tape
    1 MRE
    6 bottles of water
    Shemagh
    Sock Cap
    Jacket
    Gloves
    Rain suit in season
    Potty paper
    2 multi tools
    Chapstick
    1 M-4 w/3 mags
    1 M-9 w/2 mags
    I fly in Afghanistan, if I land off site it’s hide and seek, get caught and you die.

    1. Griffin93C,
      first off these people are not military,they probably don’t have any idea what you are talking about, they want to make it thru an emergency, not landing in some foreign country to get killed. The items you listed are great,but were not at war,just trying to survive a disaster,for my self I have these things and know how to use them,most people don’t.I’m out of the military now

    2. Depending on the situation it could be life or death. The people reading this know what a BOB is at least, even if it isn’t sufficient. But the problem would be everyone else, the one’s that think “don’t worry, they’d never let us…” (fill in the blank)
      I’ve heard comments like “as long as I have a gun I’ll get the rest of it”.
      My point is, it could potentially be worst then landing in Afghanistan, at least there you’d know who your enemies are, here it just may be your neighbor.

    3. I am home now, I no longer carry the mirror or the panel or the PRC 112. I do carry more mags. If martial law occurs I will not get through a road block, it’s E&E all the way, do not break cover. The only disaster I see coming is the government because of the debt. If anyone doesn’t know what I am talking about they need to learn for self preservation.

    4. @ Griffin 93C.

      I might be reading your Comment’s Wrong or Reading Something IN the Comment that isn’t there. But if your interested in Acquiring and AN/PRC-112 or AN/GPS-112. You can get them at (www. pmulcahy. com) for ~$1,300.00 USD for the AN/PRC-112 and ~$3,300.00 USD for the AN/GPS-112. If I’m wrong in my Interpretation, I Apologize to you Sir…

  7. pretty decent kit but you need at least 3 different fire making components.Lighter,sparker,WP Matches,Quik-Fire,fatwood or vaseline/cotton balls and commercial fire sticks(.Coghlans)….also throw in a couple of small road flares for the “gotta have fire now”times

  8. I have in my BOB:
    Emergency space blankets
    Rain ponchos
    Partical filter masks
    Duct tape
    Paracord
    Glo Sticks
    Lighters
    Magnesium fire starter
    Water purification tablets
    Folding Camp saw
    Hatchet
    Survival knife
    Compass
    FRS radio
    Emergency crank radio and flashlight
    Maglight
    Leatherman supertool
    10×10 tarp
    Fishing line -20lb test
    First aid kit
    Aspirin
    Benadryl
    Printed copy of U.S. Army survival manual
    Emergency candles
    Binoculars
    Knife sharpener
    Waterproof matches
    Extra batteries
    Bible
    9mm with 3 extra 15round clips

    1. > Jon

      Don’t you just love it when someone “Rains On Your Parade”. Personally, I think you have a pretty good BOB.

    2. What are you planning as far as what you’re going to put your water into to purify it? You should have a multi-liter nylon water container as well as smaller vessels to put your purified water into. Remember that Ultra-violet rays (as in direct sunlight) purifies water so hang it in direct sunlight and use your tablets or a few drops (depending on how large your water container is…) of bleach. It’s much cheaper to carry a small container of bleach than to use the high-dollar purifying tablets they sell. You might want to carry a container of DEET with you to ward off the insets that want to drain your blood. Depending on the time of year (or preparing for what the future will bring…) a change of clothes, a pair of silk long underwear. Some pure wool clothing. Two pair of pure wool socks. Sewing needles and thread. A sponge to get the water out of your tent…if you have a tent. At least a hundred feet of nylon para0corde. Fishing hooks to go with your line. Possibly a back pack fishing pole with reel and some leaders. A spork (combination fork and spoon) to eat with and a light weight cooking kit to cook your food in. If you wear glasses or contacts, pick up some of those really ugly military frames and put your prescription lenses into them. Extra batteries (rechargeable) to go with your flashlight and radio(s). A solar panel charger (these might seem non-affordable at the time, but when your ass is in the dark and you can’t make your radio work the cost won’t be remembered as a “bad” thing. GoalZero makes both chargers and battery chargers that work very well). A survival knife. This isn’t necessarily a “Rambo” knife, but something that you know is solid and can take a beating without losing it’s edge too quickly…similar to a Gurkha Kukri (NOT the machete style!) which you can use to split wood with as well as protection and hunting. You should also have another knife similar to a buck knife that you can use for lighter weight work like using it as a spear for fishing or to dress anything you kill to eat. You should also include the Army’s First Aide Instruction Manual which will come in handy if someone develops appendicitis or something a small “emergency” first aide kit contains. You should also pack some packaged sterile suture kits with several different sizes for the needles. a few containers of dental floss which comes in handy for dental hygiene and makes a great substitute for the suture material. At the minimum 100 hollow point rounds for your 9mm. Glow sticks instead of the “emergency candles”. Topical ointment for application to wounds. At least 2 50 foot spools of gauze, at least 20 4×4 gauze pads and some loose band-aides. A military surgical kit like those found on the internet and at least 2 to 4 extra hemostats (2 small and 2 large). Minimum of 2 Israeli combat wound bandages (stops bleeding in open wounds. Can be found on internet). A manual on edible plant life in your area or the area you will be “bugging out”. Usually these manuals will also give the medicinal uses for the indigenous plant life A back pack stove that uses any kind of petroleum fuel and at least 2 large metallic containers filled with fuel. Non-aspirin pain killers (1 large). .One or two bandanas (large). One survival straw (per person) for drinking water. Boonie Hat (internet) or one of those light-weight hats with the Velcro attached neck-protection pieces of nylon. One pair of light-weight nylon gaiters for leg protection when walking through brush and also to keep tics away from your legs if wearing shorts. If you are going to be “bugging out” to a wilderness area, try to collect as many of the topographical maps of the area in which you will be hiding out. Make sure you have a good compass with the same scale as your topo maps use and familiarize yourself on how to use these prior to having to use them. You should have a good hunting rifle that is a hunting caliber and at least one to two hundred rounds of ammunition. If your doctor will agree on it have him prescribe at least 2 months of all medication you are taking. There are lots of additional things that I consider “essential” for a bug out bag, but what you listed is a good basic pack. Remember that the best bug-out bag (rucksack) is the lightest you can make it. If you can find one on the internet or elsewhere, the military survival rifle can’t be beat as an extra with the aide of a can (silencer) and some subsonic rounds which will keep anyone from knowing your location while at the same time acquiring your dinner, even the size of deer or elk if you know how to place the round! If you have to make a choice, go with the larger caliber rifle which will always produce larger kills which will produce larger meals…even better if you can apply and purchase a silencer for the particular size of silencer/rifle.

  9. Remember that a Short term BOB is only meant to get you to your “Safe Haven Site” which should be stocked for longer term survival. Wear and take location appropriate clothing, you don’t want to draw attention to yourself or your family in an emergency situation. Your Safe Haven should be at least 2 to 3 hours from your home and centrally located to provide easy access for other Family and (pre-selected ) group members. It should be stocked and equipped for up to 90 days of occupancy for all expected to be there. A 3 to 5 acre plot of land in a rural area with timber, a stream or small lake and preferably a fresh water spring( that can be fenced to keep out wild animals) and a run off exit to attract them, are good to consider in selecting a location to purchase and equip. A surplus Conex (Shipping) Container, buried in the ground with a locking hatch in the roof and built in ladder, is excellent for a Safe Haven cache. Stock this with long storage life foods, extra, tentage, sleeping materials, cooking gear, empty water storage and purification equipment, and of course, ammunition for your weapons, fishing, and archery equipment. Don’t how to shoot a bow! Get crossbows and extra bolts! They shoot like a rifle but without the noise to attract unwanted company! And you can always ask your Dr for extra medications to have on hand for emergency situations, most will gladly authorize an extra fill on your prescriptions, your insurance may not pay for them however.

  10. @ Secundius
    Oh I agree xcept I wasnt meaning me…I just said M 60 cause Im old school…Before Law Enforcement I was a Merchant Marine Officer…I wouldnt bug on a boat on a bet xcept as a very last resort…They hole your hull u got no place to go but with them or down and there is nothing to hide behind and too easy to track…Pirates aint gonna fill out any paperwork when they outfit their vessel….be no telling what you are going to be taking fire from….There is an old Miami Vice episode showing modern day pirates with a 60 on a bow mount hitting a yacht….took about 15 seconds to convince me to stick to my Army/jungle roots….
    If I stick to the bush I dont have to worry about who is going to take me in when my fuel runs out…A sail can extend that,sure,but Im still gonna pass on the water option….

  11. Sorry….quote from an old Tom Selleck movie….pretty much means “you forgot this too”….
    Kinda obscure but since you know Heinlein I figured you might catch it…
    Regards

    1. @ Flick.

      If your going to go through all the trouble of doing all that BATF paper work. I’d opted for either the M3 War Thunder (Aviation varient of M2 BMG), or M134C Minigun.

    1. @ Secundius.

      24 hr/day x 7 days/week x 365 days/year equals 61,320 (hour*days) per (week*year), or…in other words, nonsense.

      24/7/365 makes no sense. Either go with 24/7 or go with 24/365…either way you’re covered.

  12. My wife and I assembled everything on the list and eventually you get to the point where the weight of you bag or pack becomes and issue. One thing we made room for was a tent and air mattresses. If you’ve slept on hard ground covered only by a shelter half you know the value of a decent nights sleep. You’ve got to get some decent rest, especially in stressful situations, and there are ways to improvise but a light weight air mattress is much more comfortable than the hard ground. The air mattress weigh just over two pounds each.

    the tent is a 7′ by 7′ by 42″ back packing tent that weighs in at less than five pounds and under the right conditions it would be worth its weight in gold. We opted for the lighter versions of a lot of other things to make up for it.

  13. One thing we seized on was our sleep system.
    Instead of a standard”sleeping bag w/pad” we improvised.
    We took a flannel “slumber bag”,placed it inside a gore-tex bivy sack,and then added a backpackers 3/4 lngth foam pad.
    This gave us waterproof sleeping without need for a hvy bag or tent.
    For overhead cover we add an already-included-in-the-kit green sided Space Blanket that has grommets.
    As is,we get comfort to about 40 deg.For the unexpected fridgid temps or another person needing help we added a re-useable emergency bivy bag made by the Sol company.
    Now we are sleeping waterproof and warm down to the high 20’s,with a weight penalty savings(including the tent we dont need) of over 5 lbs.
    Space saving is hard to determine,but it is considerable.
    It alslo allows a smaller footprint when snugged down,for better concealibility.
    Watch Out Fot Stobor.

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