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Also something I pack is Monistat brand (laugh if you want) chaffing gel. Comes in a nice small-ish container and works absolute wonders. My friends give me hell for buying it but I've had some crippling thigh chaff and this stuff is just amazing. Also compression shorts do good if your gonna be walking or hiking for any extended period. Keep those boys and thighs cool and comfortable and the rest will work itself out, hahaha.

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Snake, I'd almost be willing to bet that next to fire and basic metal hand tools, rope (and knowing how to use it) could be the most important item in a survival situation.

 

Bob - Agree. Don't remember where I came by it but I have one of these (http://www.proknot.com/) that I carry everywhere. Click on "Knot Cards". Waterproof and the size of a business card. I highly recommend it.

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I was at Bass Pro yesterday and picked up some Corn Skewers, pkg of 8 for $3

Easy to keep clean, and would be more sanitary than eat with hands. Use for any kind of finger food. Take up No space in packs.

 

Good for gigging frogs too. ;)

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Don't remember if anyone else has mentioned this...

 

But a snake bite kit could be good too.

 

Don't think I've ever seen a snake bite kit that was worth a shit. Best idea is to learn how to avoid the snakes.

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Also something I pack is Monistat brand (laugh if you want) chaffing gel. Comes in a nice small-ish container and works absolute wonders. My friends give me hell for buying it but I've had some crippling thigh chaff and this stuff is just amazing. Also compression shorts do good if your gonna be walking or hiking for any extended period. Keep those boys and thighs cool and comfortable and the rest will work itself out, hahaha.

 

i understand your reason for Monistat. But for myself, some (elastic type) Boxers that have some leg on em work well

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Something else I picked up the other day. A mini 'SAS Survival Guide'. THe little book is 3"x4"x1"thick, 384pages.

Covers just about everything. Small enuf to drop in most BOBs

 

 

 

ive seen these too. great to have to pass time or as a reminder when the brain is working overtime and

your forgetting things.

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Hey Guys,

 

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 !!!

 

Be safe,,

 

gunpacker:cool:

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I see this alot for kids bags, but not so much for adult bags: boooks, magazines, cards, games. Lets face it, once you have a shelter set up for the night it would be great to have something to do. Especially if there is another person or more in your group. A deck of cards, or the travel versions of a game would help keep up moral.

 

I alsokeep some instant coffee in my bag, even though i dont like the taste. Why? Its hot, and gives a guy a jumpstart in the morning. Both will probably be needed and at least welcome.

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Gunpacker, Since you know you have to cross a river, I'd suggest getting a pair of "aqua socks, dive boots, etc" to protect your feet while in the water. A SHTF event isn't a good time to step on a nail or some other submerged, rusted metal object.

A small air mattress working for not only floating your gear and yourself across water obstacles but also can be used for a sleeping mat to insulate frrom the ground and offer some additional comfort.

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Was thinking about my food preps that'r IN each BoB.

1 MRE, bout 4days of Rations, 1-2 meals of Dry pasta, 6 oatmeal paks, 2 sardines/tuna

 

WHat i added was the condiments. I always keep the empty lil bottles from '5hour energy' figuring I could use em for somethin. Just little 2oz. bottles. Ive used em to add Iso.Alcohol and Hydrogen peroxide to all my med kits

 

So...as more of a 'comfort item' ive used these small bottles to add Salt, Sugar, pepper, veg.oil, and Gatorade mix to both BoBs and 2ndary supplies.

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Gunpacker, Since you know you have to cross a river, I'd suggest getting a pair of "aqua socks, dive boots, etc" to protect your feet while in the water. A SHTF event isn't a good time to step on a nail or some other submerged, rusted metal object.

A small air mattress working for not only floating your gear and yourself across water obstacles but also can be used for a sleeping mat to insulate frrom the ground and offer some additional comfort.

 

I use those cheap little air mattress floaty pool things all the time! They are great ground covers, and if you don't get greedy and over inflate them because they will pop( then they are just great ground covers) it best to just rrealize that you are going to touch the ground in a few places,they are much more comfortable and warmer than the ground, and this time of year you can stock up on clearance

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A wood heated shelter for 1 or 2 that weighs 4lbs like the Kifaru Paratarp or Supertarp with annex & wood burning Parastove. This little stove or especially one of the larger versions would also be great in a more permanant shelter one built.

 

A good axe, like a 19" handled GB or Wetterlings or a good machete like an Esee Light machete or Ontario machete if it better fits your situation

 

Aluminum foil for many uses

 

Don't think I saw Duck tape on the list yet either.

 

Pre-made snares

 

4" Rapala fillet knife. These weigh 2.3oz with the sheath, sharpen easy, and are extremely handy for boning game, cleaning fish, or food prep. It is way handier than using a big blade and gives you a very lightweight spare cutting tool.

 

Stainless water bottle and stainless bowl or cup, think this one was mentioned early maybe.

 

Vet wrap, along with the duck tape this can be used to bandage most injuries or to make splints.

 

Repair needles to fix gear with cordage from elsewhere in the kit.

 

Gaiters. These cover your boot tops and lower legs to keep snow or wet grass from soaking your pants and eventually socks. Dry clothes and feet keep you warmer, lighter, and mobile.

 

Handcuff key. If you ever need it you will be glad it's there. Hard to tell how or why one may be detained in a SHTF situation.

 

Waterproof edible plant guide that includes what part to eat and how to prepare. I got one from the Pathfinder store that is good.

 

Multivitamins

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i figured i would start a topic that is based on the "often forgotten or over looked" things for the BOB.

these are things that should be in everybodies BOB that you seldom hear anybody packing.

i'll start with saying several pairs or surgical gloves. very few people seem to think to pack these from what ive

read on other folks BOB's. 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?

 

As we approach the first anniversary of this thread, just wanted to comment just how informational it has been. Thanks to Rick and all the contributors. I have gained alot.

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no problem jumbo, glad we could help. i like seeing this post come up every so often. its a great reminder to newbies and the experienced alike.

 

empty pill bottles make great containers for fishing stuff, razor blades, matches, batteries, cottonball tinder, you name it.

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no problem jumbo, glad we could help. i like seeing this post come up every so often. its a great reminder to newbies and the experienced alike.

 

empty pill bottles make great containers for fishing stuff, razor blades, matches, batteries, cottonball tinder, you name it.

 

 

This thread is a perfect example of how the site benefits the members. Lots of good, practical information. Thanks to all.....

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