Hi gang, I’m reposting this my, BOB/emergency kit.
Most of it is pretty basic, but it will work as a starting point for your own.
A lot depends on your location and climate, but most items will be useful for a variety of situations.
This is a city kit, so its missing much of what you’d have for a wilderness kit.
I posted this somewhere else, maybe it will give you some ideas for a BOB
Not a B.O.B. precisely, its more of a Survival/Emergency kit . Should work as a get home bag, help to survive for a while if something unexpected happens and get you out of some minor troubles as well.
It’s actually divided into two. A small Samsonite backpack and an outdoors Doite fanny pack with webbing to carry a ½ liter bottle.
I carry the fanny pack with me at all times when traveling for any period of time. It’s gone with me to many countries as well. ( I leave the gun behind, of course)
The backpack stays in the car at all times, but the fanny pack comes and goes depending on the situation. I find it easier that way. Leaving the backpack there and having the more valuable items (gun, ammo, binoculars) in the smaller fanny pack, which is much easier to drop into the car or retrieve it.
There also another bag in the car with more spare clothes, a blanket/sleeping bag, etc as well as a big 5 liter bottle of water. Those stay in the car at all times, along with the backpack.
Notice that the bags are pale green, the Samsonite back pack has some camel on the sides, but it all blends pretty well in the city and doesn’t catch the eye as bright collors or distinguishable patterns do.
OK, lets start with the samsonite back pack.
It’s really small, kind of flat. But has excellent cushioning for the back and the shoulder straps fit nicely and are wide where they meet the shoulders, cushioned and comfortable to wear.
Candy. Sugar, fast energy.
Folding knife with pocket clip. Sturdy enough. Aluminum handles. Half serrated, half straight.
Floss. Can be used for a lot of things other than actually flossing.
Small Bic lighter.
Contact cement. ( inside superglue box)
LED light. ( 5 LED kind). Used it for a few months to test durability, works ok and its’ pretty sturdy.
Small radio. Gather news and information during troubled times.
Roll of coins. Extra money, bending machines.
Compass-waterproof match box-flint-whistle thing.
Batteries. AA for the LED and a couple AAA for the radio.
Red Duct tape. Flat core.
50 feet of thin steel cable with plastic covering. Not sure how much weight it can tolerate, but it can easily handle my weight.
Isostar fast hydration tablets.
2 Peanut bars.
Missing in the pics: Roll of Toilet Paper with the cardboard removed inside a ziplock bag. TP moistures real soon, I’ve used damp TP before ands I don not want to repeat the experience! : )
3x ½ Liter bottles. Good measure. Can be used to refill if another source of water is found. I also keep a 5 liter bottle of water in the car at all times.
Map of Buenos Aires.
50 feet of 300 kg rope. Enough to climb down a 4th floor. Many uses. Always good to have rope.
The Tasco binoculars stays in the fanny pack, not in the backpack, Isostar tablets already listed.
Band aids. Different sizes.
More energy chewing tablets.
Spare clothes. One pair of socks, underwear and t shirt. There’s more clothes in another bag in the car. T shirt can be used as a towel is needed.
Metal Cup. Cooking, drinking, etc.
Candle with 4 wicks. Made it myself using wicks , paraffin and a tuna can. With the 4 wicks lit it boils a cup of water in 10 minutes. Not perfect but good enough to cook. Also good heat and light source.
1 hour Epoxy. Chose it over the 10 minute one because you can work calmly and the final result is usually better.
2 Tuna pouches. Tastes good, 3 or 4 years. The thick aluminum pouch is pretty sturdy. You can eat it without preparation and will keep you going for a while. Takes up very little space in the pack, you can combine it with some rice for a real tasty meal. Best emergency meal out there, at least from those available to me.
Can of corned Beef. Heavy, but needs no cooking and lasts forever. If weight is a concern, it would be one of the firs meals to go.
Isostar Energy chewing tablets, lemon flavor.
One orange powder envelope.
2 Rice Mix. Cheese and with dehydrated vegetables. Taste good and provide enough calories.
2 Soup cubes.
Old Gerber Multi Tool ( not here, but in the fanny pack)
1Kg of dry Pasta.
Mc Donalds salt, Ketchup, Mustard and Mayo.
Some medium gauge cord.
Pencil. ( Just ½ actually)
Hotel Sewing Kit. You know the kind. Needles, buttons, some threads, hook needle, etc. The cotton thread is too weak for serious repairs. I added one quality needle and some black nylon thread ( unbreakable) , the kind I use in my cordura gear.
Small tooth paste. Tooth paste does little to keep your teeth clean, brushing them is what really cleans them, so I’m not carrying a big tooth paste tube during an emergency. I may add a Noc10 tube, small one.
Deodorant (1/2 way through to reduce weight)
Rubber bands and tire bands, also called Ranger bands.
Soap. Thought about including a small hotel soap, but I found out that soap is a valuable commodity and the small ones don’t last that much. I’d like to take as much baths as possible.
Ear muffs. Shooting, explosions, who knows?
Nivea body cream, free sample. Precious for the ladies, and also valuable for those that have dug out a tire with their bare hands. Little space and weight, but may be extremely valuable if you do need it.
Now the fanny pack.
Browning Hi Power 9mm. Nothing fancy but it works ok and its the most popular pistol in my country. I polished the feeding ramp for added JHP reliability. No problems. Depending on the situation ( holydays, etc) it may get replaced by the Bersa 9mm or Glock. But most of the time the Hi Power stays there, even if I’m carrying another weapon. It’s part of the kit, and not readily available. Its inside the IWB holster, and inside the cotton bag as well. Sometimes when I travel I use the fanny pack to take money/documents and end up opening it in front of strangers. The small cotton bag keeps the gun hidden even if I open the fanny pack.
Contact glue (fixing shoes)
Magnesium and flint.
Small can of meat pate.
Funny looking tin. 50 rounds of +P+ 9mm. Sealed.
Inside the plastic bag:
Duct Tape (removed cardboard core and flattened)
Windproof Fireproof Matches.
Epoxy band-aids ( inside mirror envelope)
Solitaire MagLite with AAA batter. ( will replace it soon with a key chain LED light)
Box of 10 firecrackers. (signaling, diversion)
Two heaters covered in plastic foil.
That’s about it. It all fits in the fanny pack and the Samsonite backpack. 2nd and 3rd back up for many items, a lot of redundancy in lighters, but its all part of the plan.
Hope you guys liked it.