Bug Out Bag Pics and Other Stuff

I would like to thank everyone who sent photos of their bug out bag – hopefully they will give others ideas and get them motivated enough to build their own BOB.  

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Jasons bug out RV

 

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Sgt. Survival Dog Bug Out Bag Pic 1

 

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Sgt. Survival Dog Bug Out Bag Pic 2

 

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Sgt. Survival Dog Bug Out Bag Pic 3

 

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Sgt. Survival Dog Bug Out Bag Pic 4

 

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Sgt. Survival Dog Bug Out Bag Pic 5

 

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Kim's Survival_Pack

 

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Daniels family bug out bag pic 1

 

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Daniels family bug out bag pic 2

 

Bug Out Bag Contents by Veranio

I think asking others to post the contents of their bug out bag is an excellent idea. We, the readers will be able to learn from each other and help us consider what will be best and necessary contents of our bug out bag to survive.  

My bug out bag consist of a backpack, vest, and a hydra pack that doubles a day pack.  

The bug out bag and the vest are packed to compliment each other. It can serve more than one person. They can also be carried independently or can become stand alone if one or the other is stashed temporarily, left or lost. The hydra pack can be used to supplement either the bug out back pack or the bug out vest. It can also be used as a day pack for short reconnaissance or patrolling.  

Organizing a bug out bag makes a lot of common sense. It helps you look at your vulnerability and help you prioritize according to the situation that is projected to be encountered. Although bugging out remains as a last resort option, I still prefer to have a bug out bag .  

If there is an emergency I would know right away where to get the things I need immediately without exerting a lot of effort and succumbing to tension especially if I am under pressure.  

The bug out back pack consist of small bags that contains several organized kits.  

1. Feasible Bag: Fishing kit, fire kit, sewing kit, karabiner set, sharpening stone, belt knife and pocket knife, micro-flash light, magnifying glass, safety pins, rubber bands, compass, whistle, EMT shears, signaling mirror  

2. Main First Aid/Trauma Bag: self adhesive bandages, sterile bandages, after bite, insect repellant, tourniquet, Visine eye drops, Aspirin, Tylenol, Neosporin, alcohol swab and pads, iodine swabs, ache balm, different sizes of band-aid, adhesive tape, Lamisil for fungus, different sizes of dressings, forceps, twissor, nail cutter, needle and sutures, rubber gloves, face masks, anesthetic spray, sun blocker  

3. Sanitation Kit: bottle of alcohol, microbial liquid soap, bath soap, tooth-brush, tooth paste, dental floss  

4. Shelter Group: Tube tent, several heavy space blankets, trash bags  

5. Food Group: bag of raisin, bag of almonds, 2 bags of mixed dried fruit, bag of chocolate candies, assorted dehydrated soup packs, cans of sausages and tuna, bag of jerky  

6. Water Group: Katadyn water filter and 2 water bottles, 2 small stainless cups  

7. Tech Group: range finder, monocular night vision, blood tracker, binoculars, solar radio, extra batteries  

8. Others: Leatherman pocket all-purpose tool set, gun cleaning kit, 50’ rope, Bowie knife, 2 LED mini-flash lights, harmonica, copies of important documents  

9. Defense: 9 mm pistol with 2 extra magazines and 100 rounds of ammunition, .22 semi-auto pistol with 2 extra magazines and 100 rounds of ammunition  

BUG OUT VEST: para-cord, mini flashlight, pocket medic first aid kit, light space blanket, sewing kit, face mask and rubber gloves, monocular scope, mini-leatherman tool set, water purifier and neutralizer tablets, sun blocker, monocular, Neosporin, toothpaste and toothbrush, microbial soap, compass, fire starter kit, pocket knife, rubber bands, canteens, (6) 30 rds. AR 15 magazines, hunting knife, fishing kit in a film container.  

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Pic of Veranio's bug out bag

 

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Kevin's Bug out bag

 

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Shotzeedog wife's B.O.B. It weighs about 14 lbs

 

Hope you enjoyed the pics – let us know what you think in the comments below…

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Comments

  1. I’m guilty of not taking my bags and unpacking & photographing their contents.

    Summary:
    “EDC” bag – I don’t always carry it on my person, but it’s always handy – if at the office, i’ll leave it inthe parking lot in my car, for instance – it’s a Maxpedition Versipack Jumbo.
    BoBox – an ammo can full of gear, food, etc. to toss into a car or whatever – it lives in the garage.
    I have several PSKs squirreled away in bags, gloveboxes, knife sheathes, etc.
    72 hour bag in the bedroom
    I also have a grab-n-go first aid/trauma kit in a fanny pack I keep handy
    There are 2 ALICE Packs that are semi-packed and ready to be filled and loaded in about 5-10 minutes.

    Bottom line, you need a few lines of defense, you need redundancy (2 is 1, 1 is none) in supplies and gear, you also need to have the ability to cross-load or purpose-load your gear.

    Sorry no pics or contents lists – there are so many packing lists and “pocket dump” threads – each load is tailored to purpose and user. You can’t prepare for every possible contingency, but you can prepare for some things that are either likely or really catastrophic. Examples: very likely to get cut out & about, so I have several packs of triple-antibiotic. Not likely, but VERY important in the event of a trauma event causing significant volume of blood loss, so I also have celox and plastic to cover a sucking chest wound.

  2. Interesting……IT is funny to look at other peoples gear and try to figure out thier thought processes. On the other side of that coin, very often when I show mine to tohers, they have the same confused looks on thier faces. This is a key indicator of how people thing, weather they are “ready made”people that hv to hv things half don e for them or if they are like me”improv”kinda people who carry more rudamentory things that can be used for lots of other stuff. For instance, I carry a couple of rolls of mil spec trip wire. Yes it can be used for booby traps, it can also be used to make things, build things, trap animals for food and could be used to make a garrott to use as an emergancy weapon. That is just one item. Space comes with a price and it is weight. What you carry matters because you have to ask, how long it carry me. (1) MRE takes up a lot of space with minimal weight, but when you look at what all you can do with ONE MRE its a lot of bang for the buck. You have not only food value, but matches and morall items and even the plastic bag it comes in that can be used for lots of things(like a one way valve type bandage for a tension neumothorax/sucking chest wound) or to carry water in from a stream to a container at the fire site etc. It is a good investment of “space” for the weight if you use it to its full potential. Just food for thought about what you chosse to carry and how you choose it.

    • Agreed – an MRE (don’t field strip it – all that cardboard is SOO useful!), a sewing kit, and a leatherman = MacGuyver’s playground.

      • YEa, I didnt do any photos either, but something I never see people talk about is updates and rotations. As a matter of routine, I go through my bag(s) every quarter and update or change contents by season and threat changes or concerns. I dont typicly carry NBC/MOPP gear but in the event of a change of threat or other reasoning I can add it in a matter of minutes and uppdate my gear to the specific threat. In my part of the country, the weather changes almost constantly and the seasons are calender reguler, so each qtr I change contents to reflect the change of season. Warmer or cooler clothes, more water in summer, more comprohemsive firestarters etc. I rarely see anyone talk about updates and rotations. Could make a huge difference in comfort and mobility if this is not observed.

        • Good point, for now I’ve re-checked our bags regarding the change of seasons. I think by spring I will look at where we are and make changes as needed.

    • Since I keep my preparedness plans discreet it is not often I get to see the BOB’s created by others. I appreciate this topic!!

      The odd looks comment was interesting and this could be a standalone topic: “What is the oddest thing you have packed in your BOB?” LOL

      I don’t have photos, but my BOB package consists of a tactical vest with pistol belt to contain defensive items as well as a primary back pack for other gear. Additionally, a small med kit as well as tool bag can be hand-carried, worn over the shoulder, or attached to the back pack. Each family member has their own BOB package which are identical.

      I won’t go into every single detail, but the major components include a 2-pound bivy tent, a small and lightweight sleeping bag, a full change of BDU’s with extra socks, MRE’s, and a small selection of multipurpose tools. Much of this is packed in vacuum-sealed bags to maximize space, maintain dryness/freshness.

      The comment about “confused looks” made me smile as I’m sure my BOB would spark a few interesting conversations.

      For one, I’d like to say I’m not really all that picky when it comes to cooking and meal time, but I absolutely detest cheap eating utensils. The forks break, knives won’t cut, and sporks…ugh!! Each of my BOB’s has an expensive set of stainless steel cutlery contained in a neoprene (pencil caddy) pouch which attaches to the pack via carabiner. It is perhaps the one luxury I am allowing myself despite the additional weight added to my pack.

      Secondly, each of my BOB’s has a small life vest. I hadn’t planned on packing this item, but couldn’t resist after finding them brand-new at a rummage sale for only $4 each (they usually cost about $75). They are self-contained in their own case and can be worn like a fanny pack After the first “pull string for instant inflation” expends the CO2 container subsequent inflation is possible via a straw-like tube. We might never need this item, but it is so small, lightweight, and expensive that we’re packing it anyway.

  3. VEST: I also use the vest concept. I revolve the vest around a weapon which is what it is designed for, but I pack it as a survival vest. I use four pouches for mags and ammo and then use all of the other pouches for survival gear and a big sharp knife! My concept is that if the only thing I get is the vest, I have enough basic gear and ammo(vest is with a weap) to make it from where ever I am to home or at least a better place than on the X! The vest concept is very sound and comfortable if you pack it right! Great idea and very comfortable, and also adds a sort of a layer of insulation. I also have the green milspec bladder in the back so I can fill it on the run and have plenty of water. I dont use the vest holster due to space conflict(I craig sling / front sling my rifle and it will get tangled in the sidearm if it is on the front of the vest) so I attached a dropleg to the belt on the vest and Hv a shoulder holster in the BOB so if i get all of my gear on the evac, I have more to work with and options to use.

  4. Lint Picker says:

    Kudos to everybody who sent photos of their BOBs. Thank goodness (or rather, thanks to MD) we can click on the photos and see an enlargement of the contents. Every BOB photo I see gives me a new idea or a better idea for my own. Thanks for sharing your BOBs with us.

    Now, as to my excuse for not contributing photos of my own BOB and GOOD bag…I was too lazy. There, that’s the truth – plain and simple.
    I had a lot going on, the election was approaching quickly, and I just didn’t have time to dig out my gear and photograph it.

    MD, please call for BOB photos again after the new year, I promise I’ll send you more photos than you can handle. lol

    While JWR uses articles from his readers to fill his blog, you could hold the niche of posting readers’ photos – a picture IS worth a thousand words.

    • My BOB is the motorhome. I have plenty of H2O, propane, heat & A/C, sleeping arrangements, keep it fueled and supplied. I figure if the SHTF, I’ve got options. Plus my GPS is up to date and I know at least a dozen escape routs and even more places to stay if necessary.

  5. I also use a Versipack for my every day. Very easy to carry and holds just what I have been carrying for years in other packs.
    Sgt. Survival Dog is awesome! I dont think we could get our cats to carry their own packs.
    Obviously we each have different things in our packs. I based mine on what I’ve carried over the years, what I’ve read online and in books and then try to temper that by what makes sense to me. Most everything I’ve tried to duplicate between the wifes and my packs plus extra in a box to go in the vehicle(s) if needed. Not having ‘extensive’ back country experience, common sense may be all I have to add when TSHTF.

  6. The contents of mine are listed under the original article of Oct. 29, Bug out bag pictures care to share yours.
    Sorry, havn’t been well, too tired to take apart and photograph.

  7. Do you guys know what LRP’s carry on patrol? A BOB is only inteneded to get you from point A to point B in one piece and safely. It is NOT intended to provide all the comforts of home. I have been on twenty mile “forced” hikes and did not discard a single item. I only carried enough for three days. If your hidiehole is more then three days away start planning on Camp FEM as an alternate.

    • This is a point I constantly have to remind myself about lest I create a BOB that is too heavy to carry anywhere. Yet, packing too lightly or simply can become a later regret as well.

      My BOB is designed to be more than a single-use item which gets me from Point A to B, for I want it to also get me from Point B to C, C to D, and D to E (if necessary). I am packing in the assumption there will be no supply stations along the way.

      I pack heavy since the odds are I will be tossing my BOB in a vehicle, but I can also carry a heavy pack for a short distance of a few miles. What gear I don’t need between Point A and B might come in handy between Point B and C so I’ll try to retain as much gear as I can.

      For longer distances on foot I can always shed gear along the way. For me personally, I’d not want to make a long-term trek while having a single-use BOB that was packed for a short-term.

  8. On Shotzeedog wife’s bag, I have the same radio, and I really recognize the Folger’s coffee. :) Coffee and radio man, there’s the first 24 hours right there brother. :D

  9. SrvivlSally says:

    All of the bags differ and I really have enjoyed seeing them. I like ‘em! It would be difficult to decide which one to choose to take if they were side by side.

  10. Sgt Survival says:

    Hey, I’m just as guilty as the rest. Although I submitted my photos of my dog’s BOB, I realized that I really needed to update the contents. You see, the dog in the photo is no longer with us. His name was Nesta and I had to put him to sleep back in May due to a brain tumor. I do have a new dog, her name is Cheyenne (lab mix approx. 16 months old) and M.D.’s “call to action” regarding the BOB photos reminded me that I needed to update the contents of the bag to include Cheyenne’s info (tags, microchip #, rabies vac #, photo, etc…). So, thanks again M.D. for the “nudge”.

    • So sorry for your loss; may your new friend have a long and healthy life.
      We usually have three to four rescue dogs, plus a cat or two, and I know that when we lost one, it is painful.
      Wishing you all the best.

      • Damn! sorry to hear that. Will be looking forward to new pics. If we had a dog I think we would take pointers from your pics.

        • Sgt Survival says:

          julian & Kevin,
          Thanks for the thoughts. Yeah it was rough. Nesta was my first dog and we had 8 1/2 great years together (I brought him home a couple weeks after 9/11). My new gal, Cheyenne, was adopted from the local shelter. She was a stray and spent the first 10-11 months of her life on the street. She was pretty emaciated when I first brought her home (on Father’s Day this past June). Nothing but skin & bones, literally. Thankfully though, she’s filling out nicely and is healthy. Think she is really enjoying finally having a home. Thanks again for the nice thoughts.

          “Reagite ut Defendatis”

  11. New reader to the site and am loving all the great discussion and pictures. I will try to become more involved as I read on in the future. Thank you to all for sharing. I have BOB in place but not as complete or developed as I should. I have thought much about theses issues and my bigger issues stem with issues that stem from having a family and a low income. Although I would go head to head with anyone in scrounging and resourcing and feel if push comes to shove we would be ok although not as prepped as I prefer.

  12. I agree 100% that it is a wonderful idea for people to post pictures of their Bug Out Kits and discuss the contents of their Bug Out Bags because someone might have overlooked an important item when creating their Bug Out Bag and viewing what others have in their Bug Out Bag gives them an opportunity to discover something they might have missed. “Prepare today, survive tomorrow.”

  13. Southern survival says:

    Why am I not surprised that the only BOB that I have ever seen with a gun cleaning kit is my own. Yall might want to think about that BEFORE you spend a week or so hunting for food and your gun jams as soon as someone decides they want what you have.