How to build YOUR Ultimate Bug out Bag aka “The BOB”
Most of us are aware of what the BOB or Bug out Bag is and some of us are aware of what we need to put into this bag but most of us follow any one or combination of lists out there to help us decide on what to put in a bug out bag.
BUT….The bug out bag is personal, this will carry all the things YOU need to survive should you be forced to leave the security of your homestead. Because it is personal I wish to talk about how to determine what is best for YOU and YOUR needs in this bag.
All of the different recommendations for bags and gear should be personal for you or your family’s needs. These can range from medical conditions to the ages of children or simply personal preferences.
Water (Some way to carry or make it pure
Means to distil or boil
Since there are literally hundreds of books and lists out there for determining what you need in this bag, all the must haves and can’t live without. I thought I would just go over the things you want to think about when making your very own list.
Below are a few resources for finding lists others have compiled and hopefully these will give you some place to start when choosing your items.
Here are my thoughts on the needed items in your bug out bag. Questions you need to answer before you create your bag
All of these questions are things to think about when thinking about your BOB… think on this scenario…you are planning a new car purchase! You do your homework and check the ratings on some of your favorites. You decided on what you can afford and how you plan to make this decision. Should you not spend some time looking at all the options when it comes to something that could save your life?
Take the time to research which water filter will give you the best results for your area and your needs, don’t just take my word for it that life straw, for example, will do it for you. Have you ever tried drinking the water that is purified with the tablets or eaten the freeze dried meals? I highly recommend you give it a try. Have you ever trapped a squirrel, butchered and skinned it for dinner? No? Maybe before you decide this is your options you should see if it is TRULY an option. I do believe anyone given the time and motivation can do such things but why wait until you’re starving to decide to figure this out? In this case, it is probably a good idea to have a means to trap that squirrel but also maybe a few MREs or freeze dried meals to tide you over.
My thoughts are that there are enough lists out there and I will send you to some of the best so I won’t bother to give you just one more list but more like the ideas and motivation to create one of your own. In the situation of the squirrel having a little of both the means to hunt and a meal while learning this skill could help you bridge the gap between our comfy lives now and the harsh reality of what may be if we need this bag!
A few comfort items might be a good idea as well, I have friends who hike… Like for months sort of living off the land but me??? Well, I like my chocolate and such so my bag might have a few candy bars in it just to stave off the shock of things. And improvise!!! I have a few large contractor bags in my pack and let me give you only a few of the reasons why…
This list could go on and on but this is but a simple item I carry that could prove useful and not one most list will have on it. By using the heavy contractor bags the plastic is thick enough to withstand some serious usage and the weight in my bag is negligible.
As long as you keep in mind the basic needs for survival, water, shelter, security, and food all other things like sleep and energy come naturally…building your bag will not only give you a useful survival tool but you will be uniquely familiar with its contents and know how to use them.
These things here are but a few considerations when deciding on what you choose to do but also the EDC (Ladies you won’t want to miss this part! coming soon), 72 hours, Get Home bag, Auto kit, Med kit and others so tune into SurvivingDystopia on Prepper Podcast for great info each week!
And now for your lists!
One of my favorite sites for information is often found at Graywolfsurvival.com they have a great BOB list in the ultimate 25lb bug out bag
I thought Survivalsullivan.com/154-bug-out-bag-essentials-open-list was fairly comprehensive and in list form
Check out the Bugoutchannel.com for some great videos on the bug out bag.ParagraphStart with the building block of all narrative.