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x2 on meds and fingernail clippers.

 

I like to add a spoon and fork, and a metal or durable plastic drinking cup and bowl. I always hear about lots of food and drink but nothing but yer fingers to eat with.

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In a non-life treating situation some music would be nice. Help pass the time, morale booster, motivation , keep the family calm, etc. iPods or other mp3 players are small and weigh next to nothing.

 

Another item would be one of those portable solar panels. Help recharge that iPod. Anyone have good recommendations on a small portable (can hike with it) solar panel?

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Excellent thoughts guys, theres a lot I will be adding to mine based on this thread, one thing I didnt see, and I apologize if I missed it, is zip ties, I have lots of zip ties in my BOB of all different sizes, you can use them for almost anything, and it saves your 550 cord for other uses many times.

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DC Matt:

AG Russell has a backpacking solar panel in his Men's Catalog. It'll charge multiple devices and looks like a good set up. I plan on checking it out the next time I get by their shop.

 

Edit to add: http://www.russellsformen.com/goalzero-solar-charger-and-battery-pack/p/GOAhhh19006/

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In a non-life treating situation some music would be nice. Help pass the time, morale booster, motivation , keep the family calm, etc. iPods or other mp3 players are small and weigh next to nothing.

 

Another item would be one of those portable solar panels. Help recharge that iPod. Anyone have good recommendations on a small portable (can hike with it) solar panel?

 

http://www.rei.com/product/826630/solio-bolt-solar-charger

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given that a BOB will contain high protein foods and water intake may be lower than normal along with a higher than normal activity i would recommend a laxative as well. Several magnesium pills would work.

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anti-diarrea meds are another thing. if you think you can go from eating normal foods then switch to some of these "meal replacements" w/o a problem you might be in trouble.

even if you have to do w/o food for a few days the runs can and often are a direct result.

can any of you guys think of any other items that should be add or even considered for the BOB that you seldom read of folks having?

 

Something that "average joe prepper" may completely miss is that diarrhea isn't just damned uncomfortable to live with - it's dehydrating as all get out. It's horribly hard on your system simply because you are losing liquid that your body needs for some 80% of its functions. As painful as GI distress can be, you can generally survive it. But unchecked diarrhea will seriously tax your ability to obtain, filter, purify and consume potable water.

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... and water intake may be lower than normal ...

 

I would not want to consider this as an acceptable eventuality. Dehydration begins to shut down organs and effect your cognitive abilities long before you'd realize. Along with diarrhea, constipation is a sign of a system that's malfunctioning. I'm not saying don't take relief if you can hump it in your pack, but our society overlooks the importance of being adequately hydrated. Dehydration causes all of your organs to malfunction in odd ways. As fun as it sounds, pay attention to what your body is putting out - it can tell you a LOT.

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Something that "average joe prepper" may completely miss is that diarrhea isn't just damned uncomfortable to live with - it's dehydrating as all get out. It's horribly hard on your system simply because you are losing liquid that your body needs for some 80% of its functions. As painful as GI distress can be, you can generally survive it. But unchecked diarrhea will seriously tax your ability to obtain, filter, purify and consume potable water.

 

very good indeed. i was about to write the same thing but you beat me to it.

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A couple things that I think are often overlooked are sunscreen, hand sanitizer, and a pair of sunglasses.

 

A serious sun burn can be debilitating. Who here REALLY thinks that with a sun burn that you are going to want to hoof that BOB another couple of days with one? Hand sanitizer would be great for the sheer fact that the spread of disease can cause serious problems as well. Sunglasses are good for almost any weather for a couple of reasons. The eyes can give away intentions and reveal thoughts without even saying anything. Keep them covered if conversations with others are a possibility.

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Empty med bottle,holds my fire making,steel wool, wood matches, striking board.a place to keep AA and AAA rechargeable batterys.holds salt and pepper and some sugar packets that can be picked up when out to dinner.It will hold some fishing line and hooks,guess whats a large bobber?ok now its somebodys elses turn ..lol

 

Plus a very small/light weight solar charger for the batteries.

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Another option to think about... Instead of toilet paper would be a sponge in a heavy zip-lock freezer bag. The sponge could be used over and over again after being rinsed and wrung out. A second sponge in a diffrent color could be used to pickup water from shallow puddles to refill a water bottle.

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