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    2011 Bug Out Bag (BOB) Competition

    BUG OUT BAG CONTEST INITIAL ENTRY My Outlook on Bug Out Bag Survival Equipment If you have ever searched on EBAY, or even looked at survival and camping equipment in your local stores, whether that be Wal Mart or Scheels, Campmor or anybody else, you know that the greater portion of equipment being sold today is low quality, overpriced, and would never stand up to rigorous use. Having a $500 tent that rips apart in the first stint of poor weather does you no good and seriously depletes your finances. Therefor, I have assembled my bags with a little different goal in mind compared to “normal”. There are just a few maxims I adhere to regarding this; 1. If I am to bug out- my family must come with me. Why would I even try if I had to leave my family? 2. The grand kids will not be able to hump an 80 pound load. I will not be able to hump an 80 pound load very long. Therefor we take what we absolutely need and very little else. And first I must get to them or they must get to me. It’s the survival of the herd that’s important, no matter how Rambo you may feel. 3. The average shed, garage, or basement is a far superior shelter compared to anything I might be able to take with me or construct on site. I will not abandon my strongest shelter unless absolutely necessary. If I do, my first choice of destination is within walking distance. We will regroup there and decide if further movement is a good idea. 4. Equipment and supplies must be spread out. Losing one bag should never be allowed to deplete 100% of anything.(Your 1st Aid supplies for instance) 5. If it’s CRAP – don’t bother packing it. 6. Cheap is not the same thing as CRAP. If I can’t afford something, I won’t have it when it’s needed. Will it do its intended job? Will it break? Could I fix it? 7. Keep it simple. Keep it flexible. Keep it real. The bug out bag will never support a small colony for two years in the wilderness, with no support. It will keep your family alive and sane in a very scary change of situation. I plan mine for the 72 hour scenario. It can stretch to about a week depending on the situation. 8. The actual situation when you bug out can not be forecast. Is there a brand new baby? Is one of the kids severely ill? I keep a totally empty bug out bag along side the rest for those last minute things we will need to deal with, like medicines, diapers or whatever we neglected to prepare for. Just grab things and stuff them in- quick. 9. My bug out bags are actually a system designed to either stand alone or augment each other, depending on how many people are involved. (Just me and my wife? Also the grandkids? Maybe the daughters and their husbands? Or maybe I can just throw all the bags in the car if we are lucky enough to drive to our next destination. Its also a great idea to have extra storage if you have an opportunity to be supplied by the red cross or whomever with water and supplies. 10. We have 5 backpack style bags, numbered from 1 to 5. Bag 1 and 2 are primary bags for me and my wife. Bag 5 is the empty standby bag and is stored in the closet at home along with Bag 1 and 2. Bag 3 and 4 are support bags and are stored in my wife’s car and my pickup, where they double as work bug out bags and winter survival should we go in the ditch and have to spend a long time waiting for help. The vehicles also have a sleeping bag in each and a set of tools, extra clothing etc. I made bags for our kid’s families to get them started and allow them to mesh in with my system if and when we are reunited. What’s in my bags and where is it? A copy of the inventory is in each bag. It also tells you which bags have any of the items in them, which allows you to find items much easier. Small items are “grouped”. For instance the first aid pouch has all the first aid items (in that particular bag). So if you need first aid that’s the only place you need to look. The inventory will tell you if there if an item you want is in a different bag. Nomenclature Bag # QTY Exp Date Advil, Pain 1 3 Advil, Pain 2 3 Ammonia, Crush Tube 1 10 Ammonia, Crush Tube 2 1 Bag, Emg Slp 1,2 2 Bag, Water Carrying 1,2 2 Bandage, Compress 1 2 Bandage, Compress 1 1 Band Aid 1 6 Band Aid 2 6 Battery AA 1,2 2 Battery D Cell 1,2 2 Box, Plastic 1,2,3,4 4 Burn Gel 1 2 Burn Gel 2 2 Candle, 120 Hr 2 1 Candle, Utility 1,2,3,4 17 Canteen 1,2,3,4 4 Chap Stick 1,2 2 Chem Lite 1,2,3,4 16 Clips, Hair 2 1 Cord, Braided, Green 2 1 Cord, Braided, Pink 1 1 Deodorant, Stick 1,2 2 Diarrhea Medicine 1 1 Dressing 2 1 Dressing,1st Aid 1 2 Eye Drops 1 1 Flashlight, Angle 1,2 2 Flashlight, LED 1,2 2 Floss, Dental 2 1 Gauze, 4x4 1,2 12 Gauze, Roll 1 1 Glasses, Bon 2 1 Glasses, Jeff 1 1 Gloves, Latex Exam 2 3 Gloves, Leather,work 1 1 Gloves, Work 2 1 Hat, Knit, Orange 1,2,3,4 4 Ice Pack, Chemical 1,2 4 Kit, Eyeglass Repair 1 1 Kit, Sewing 1 1 Kleenex 1,2,3,4 4 Knife, Lock Back 2 1 Knife, Marlin 1 1 Knife, Raft 1 1 Knife, Small, Red 3 1 Knife, Small,Blue 4 1 Knife, Swiss 2 1 Laxative 2 1 Lense, Magnifying 2 1 Line, Fishing 1 1 Mask, Dust 1 3 Mask, Dust 2 2 Matches, Waterproof 1,2,3,4 4 Meal,TOTM 1,2 12 Meals, MRE 3,4 12 Meds, Jeff 1 7 Mirror, Signal 1 1 Moisturizer 1,2,3,4 4 Needles, Repair 1 1 Ointment, 1st Aid 1 1 Opener, Can 1,2 2 OraJel 2 1 Pads, Kotex 2 1 Phone card 1,2,3,4 4 Pin, Safety 1,2,3,4 4 Poncho, Emg 1,2,34 4 Pouch, Document 1,2,3,4 4 Q-Tips 1 1 Radio, FR300 1 1 Radio, Transistor 2 1 Repellant, Insect 2 1 Scalpel, Blade Only 1 1 Scissors 1 1 Shampoo 1,2 4 Sinus Medicine 2 1 Siphon, Gasoline 1,2,3,4 4 Soap, Bar 1,2,3,4 4 Starter, Fire 1 1 Swab, Iodine 1 1 Swabs, Iodine 2 1 Tape, Adhesive 1 2 Tape, Adhesive 2 1 Tape, Duct 1,2 2 Thermometer 1 3 Thermometer 2 2 Tool, Multi Plers 1,2 2 Toothbrush 1,2 8 Tweezer 1 1 Tweezer 2 1 Warmer,Chemical 1,2,3,4 4 Water,Aqua Blox 1,2,3,4 48 Whistle, Black 2 1 Whistle, Orange 1 1 Wire, .032 1 1 Wrap, Stretch 1 1 Wrap, Stretch 2 1 Remember I said to keep it simple. Yes, I have guns, and ammo, and this and that, but while there is much survival value in the other equipment / supplies I have prepared, they are not part of my bug out bags. ************************************************* A few specifics for you to think about: 1. Anything you need from these bags, you are likely to need quickly. A big MRE is not hard to see, but where is that safety pin? Try to pack components in a transparent container. I used several zippered clear plastic bags from the draperies my wife bought-they were almost perfect for this use- soft,water resistant, clear, and very sturdy. 2. Be sure and vary your gear as much as possible. All my bags (except empty Bag 5) have a knife, but each knife is different, to give us the very best selection of options. For example a raft knife with multiple fold out tools, a drop point hunting knife, large folding knife with a marlon spike on it, swiss army knife, and or leatherman style tools. 3. Notice the bright orange stocking hat. There is one (or more) in every bag in my family group. Not for warmth, although they help with that too, but to help the old man (me) keep tabs on where my people are. Also could help find little ones if they wander off in a crowd. Crowds are all too likely at first, until you can distance yourself from population groups. 4. Part of my gear is relatively old technology. In reviewing this inventory you can probably see some ways to improve. Right off I see that the D cell battery stuff needs to go away. LED stuff will let me drop quite a bit of weight from the total. 5. Two of my bags have manual siphon hoses for obtaining gasoline. Invaluable in my opinion, even if you are on foot now…that may change. 6. Probably the most important feature of my bags is water. I use AquaBlox brand, as they are portable and freezable, and have a 5 year shelf life. As with any water it’s too heavy to carry as much as you would like to. Be sure and include some way to obtain and carry replacement water after your carried water is used up. ****************************************************** I truly hope that you consider some of the ideas I have listed here, and if you find them valid, that you incorporate them into your own bug out bag. I certainly will be reading all the submissions and looking for some better ideas for mine. Semper Fi! Devildog
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    2011 Bug Out Bag (BOB) Competition

    BUG OUT BAG CONTEST INITIAL ENTRY My Outlook on Bug Out Bag Survival Equipment If you have ever searched on EBAY, or even looked at survival and camping equipment in your local stores, whether that be Wal Mart or Scheels, Campmor or anybody else, you know that the greater portion of equipment being sold today is low quality, overpriced, and would never stand up to rigorous use. Having a $500 tent that rips apart in the first stint of poor weather does you no good and seriously depletes your finances. Therefor, I have assembled my bags with a little different goal in mind compared to “normal”. There are just a few maxims I adhere to regarding this; 1. If I am to bug out- my family must come with me. Why would I even try if I had to leave my family? 2. The grand kids will not be able to hump an 80 pound load. I will not be able to hump an 80 pound load very long. Therefor we take what we absolutely need and very little else. And first I must get to them or they must get to me. It’s the survival of the herd that’s important, no matter how Rambo you may feel. 3. The average shed, garage, or basement is a far superior shelter compared to anything I might be able to take with me or construct on site. I will not abandon my strongest shelter unless absolutely necessary. If I do, my first choice of destination is within walking distance. We will regroup there and decide if further movement is a good idea. 4. Equipment and supplies must be spread out. Losing one bag should never be allowed to deplete 100% of anything.(Your 1st Aid supplies for instance) 5. If it’s CRAP – don’t bother packing it. 6. Cheap is not the same thing as CRAP. If I can’t afford something, I won’t have it when it’s needed. Will it do its intended job? Will it break? Could I fix it? 7. Keep it simple. Keep it flexible. Keep it real. The bug out bag will never support a small colony for two years in the wilderness, with no support. It will keep your family alive and sane in a very scary change of situation. I plan mine for the 72 hour scenario. It can stretch to about a week depending on the situation. 8. The actual situation when you bug out can not be forecast. Is there a brand new baby? Is one of the kids severely ill? I keep a totally empty bug out bag along side the rest for those last minute things we will need to deal with, like medicines, diapers or whatever we neglected to prepare for. Just grab things and stuff them in- quick. 9. My bug out bags are actually a system designed to either stand alone or augment each other, depending on how many people are involved. (Just me and my wife? Also the grandkids? Maybe the daughters and their husbands? Or maybe I can just throw all the bags in the car if we are lucky enough to drive to our next destination. Its also a great idea to have extra storage if you have an opportunity to be supplied by the red cross or whomever with water and supplies. 10. We have 5 backpack style bags, numbered from 1 to 5. Bag 1 and 2 are primary bags for me and my wife. Bag 5 is the empty standby bag and is stored in the closet at home along with Bag 1 and 2. Bag 3 and 4 are support bags and are stored in my wife’s car and my pickup, where they double as work bug out bags and winter survival should we go in the ditch and have to spend a long time waiting for help. The vehicles also have a sleeping bag in each and a set of tools, extra clothing etc. I made bags for our kid’s families to get them started and allow them to mesh in with my system if and when we are reunited. What’s in my bags and where is it? A copy of the inventory is in each bag. It also tells you which bags have any of the items in them, which allows you to find items much easier. Small items are “grouped”. For instance the first aid pouch has all the first aid items (in that particular bag). So if you need first aid that’s the only place you need to look. The inventory will tell you if there if an item you want is in a different bag. Nomenclature Bag # QTY Exp Date Advil, Pain 1 3 Advil, Pain 2 3 Ammonia, Crush Tube 1 10 Ammonia, Crush Tube 2 1 Bag, Emg Slp 1,2 2 Bag, Water Carrying 1,2 2 Bandage, Compress 1 2 Bandage, Compress 1 1 Band Aid 1 6 Band Aid 2 6 Battery AA 1,2 2 Battery D Cell 1,2 2 Box, Plastic 1,2,3,4 4 Burn Gel 1 2 Burn Gel 2 2 Candle, 120 Hr 2 1 Candle, Utility 1,2,3,4 17 Canteen 1,2,3,4 4 Chap Stick 1,2 2 Chem Lite 1,2,3,4 16 Clips, Hair 2 1 Cord, Braided, Green 2 1 Cord, Braided, Pink 1 1 Deodorant, Stick 1,2 2 Diarrhea Medicine 1 1 Dressing 2 1 Dressing,1st Aid 1 2 Eye Drops 1 1 Flashlight, Angle 1,2 2 Flashlight, LED 1,2 2 Floss, Dental 2 1 Gauze, 4x4 1,2 12 Gauze, Roll 1 1 Glasses, Bon 2 1 Glasses, Jeff 1 1 Gloves, Latex Exam 2 3 Gloves, Leather,work 1 1 Gloves, Work 2 1 Hat, Knit, Orange 1,2,3,4 4 Ice Pack, Chemical 1,2 4 Kit, Eyeglass Repair 1 1 Kit, Sewing 1 1 Kleenex 1,2,3,4 4 Knife, Lock Back 2 1 Knife, Marlin 1 1 Knife, Raft 1 1 Knife, Small, Red 3 1 Knife, Small,Blue 4 1 Knife, Swiss 2 1 Laxative 2 1 Lense, Magnifying 2 1 Line, Fishing 1 1 Mask, Dust 1 3 Mask, Dust 2 2 Matches, Waterproof 1,2,3,4 4 Meal,TOTM 1,2 12 Meals, MRE 3,4 12 Meds, Jeff 1 7 Mirror, Signal 1 1 Moisturizer 1,2,3,4 4 Needles, Repair 1 1 Ointment, 1st Aid 1 1 Opener, Can 1,2 2 OraJel 2 1 Pads, Kotex 2 1 Phone card 1,2,3,4 4 Pin, Safety 1,2,3,4 4 Poncho, Emg 1,2,34 4 Pouch, Document 1,2,3,4 4 Q-Tips 1 1 Radio, FR300 1 1 Radio, Transistor 2 1 Repellant, Insect 2 1 Scalpel, Blade Only 1 1 Scissors 1 1 Shampoo 1,2 4 Sinus Medicine 2 1 Siphon, Gasoline 1,2,3,4 4 Soap, Bar 1,2,3,4 4 Starter, Fire 1 1 Swab, Iodine 1 1 Swabs, Iodine 2 1 Tape, Adhesive 1 2 Tape, Adhesive 2 1 Tape, Duct 1,2 2 Thermometer 1 3 Thermometer 2 2 Tool, Multi Plers 1,2 2 Toothbrush 1,2 8 Tweezer 1 1 Tweezer 2 1 Warmer,Chemical 1,2,3,4 4 Water,Aqua Blox 1,2,3,4 48 Whistle, Black 2 1 Whistle, Orange 1 1 Wire, .032 1 1 Wrap, Stretch 1 1 Wrap, Stretch 2 1 Remember I said to keep it simple. Yes, I have guns, and ammo, and this and that, but while there is much survival value in the other equipment / supplies I have prepared, they are not part of my bug out bags. ************************************************* A few specifics for you to think about: 1. Anything you need from these bags, you are likely to need quickly. A big MRE is not hard to see, but where is that safety pin? Try to pack components in a transparent container. I used several zippered clear plastic bags from the draperies my wife bought-they were almost perfect for this use- soft,water resistant, clear, and very sturdy. 2. Be sure and vary your gear as much as possible. All my bags (except empty Bag 5) have a knife, but each knife is different, to give us the very best selection of options. For example a raft knife with multiple fold out tools, a drop point hunting knife, large folding knife with a marlon spike on it, swiss army knife, and or leatherman style tools. 3. Notice the bright orange stocking hat. There is one (or more) in every bag in my family group. Not for warmth, although they help with that too, but to help the old man (me) keep tabs on where my people are. Also could help find little ones if they wander off in a crowd. Crowds are all too likely at first, until you can distance yourself from population groups. 4. Part of my gear is relatively old technology. In reviewing this inventory you can probably see some ways to improve. Right off I see that the D cell battery stuff needs to go away. LED stuff will let me drop quite a bit of weight from the total. 5. Two of my bags have manual siphon hoses for obtaining gasoline. Invaluable in my opinion, even if you are on foot now…that may change. 6. Probably the most important feature of my bags is water. I use AquaBlox brand, as they are portable and freezable, and have a 5 year shelf life. As with any water it’s too heavy to carry as much as you would like to. Be sure and include some way to obtain and carry replacement water after your carried water is used up. ****************************************************** I truly hope that you consider some of the ideas I have listed here, and if you find them valid, that you incorporate them into your own bug out bag. I certainly will be reading all the submissions and looking for some better ideas for mine. Semper Fi! Devildog