As a follow-up to my last post on preparedness/survival, I have here my personal BOB plan! It’s basically just a list and description of the items I chose for my backpack BOB.
First, the backpack. The one I used was previously my old backpack which I used to transport certain unnecessarily heavy textbooks back and forth. Well, I stopped using it (implied by the past tense), and found it lying around in my closet. For me, I’ve managed to get mostly everything I wanted to store in my BOB in that old Jansport.
TIN CAN SURVIVAL
I put this handy kit in the front of my backpack. It’s kind of like a basic survival kit that could fit in any altoids can.
Swiss army knife- These are invaluable. I own a Huntsman II.
Needle and thread
Alcohol prep pads
Mini magnifying glass
Some twine (I’d reccomend paracord, which probably won’t fit in your can. Can handle 550 pounds.)
I prepared the food in this BOB to be a 3-day supply. Nothing fancy. Just 6 cans plain old sardines in water, 3 ramen noodle packages, 6 granola bars, a bag of nuts, and a few packets of sugar. Make sure to tailor the amount to your own food needs. I didn’t do any fancy planning (I didn’t count all the calories and make sure they add up to whatever number…). I just wanted to get an ample amount of food for 3 days. Perhaps I’m really off.
Maybe try a fishing kit?
As for water, this is a super important area of the BOB I haven’t personally finished. I’m personally leaning toward the LifeStraw. It seems like a compact way to access clean water. I belive it filters 264 gallons, and apparently the straw itself tells you when its effectiveness declines. Again, no personal experience.
Nothing fancy. T-shirt, shorts, socks, etc. Make sure you use layers, like sweater, hat, rain poncho.
Travel-size floss, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap bar, shampoo, deodorant (who knows? Maybe you should skip the deodorant and hike stenchfully. Quite a dillema.)
Mini LED flashlight
Box of Matches
Sleeping bag (this actually fits in my little backpack)
2 Tarps (I haven’t added these yet)
Emergency blanket (I haven’t got this either)
NOAA weather radio
A bunch of batteries
I’m no expert. You should probably research DIY first aid kits on your own.
Some extras: chapstick, cough drops
Well, that’s it. A backpack bug-out bag!
What about you? Notice anything I missed (I’m sure I did!)?