I just thought of a couple good items to carry, I have not read all 17 pages here yet but, I was reading a blog the other day about mapping routes to your home or safe spot after the SHTF and started mapping routes home and found that I have to cross a major river. So, not wanting to cross any bridges. I'd have to swim or float across. So some type of inflatable design & a good waterproof bag big enough to put your BOB in to keep it dry & shoes, clothes, etc..
Just a thought,, great site, I wish I had found this site years ago !!!