Introduction: Bug Out Bag MK1

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I've read a lot about bug out bags. Here are some of my thoughts.

1) Bugging out is what you take when you leave everything else behind.

2) Go Light or Go Large, either way you're going, what you take is all you'll ever have.

3) Start by putting things in a bag, then take them all out again, then put them all back in again. Add stuff over time and repeat steps one through three.

4) Once you have a bag of stuff, walk with it through your neighbourhood. If no one pays much attention to you, you're on the right track. If people look at you and pay you unnecessary attention, go back to the drawing board.

Here is my Bug Out Bag (BOB) I was bored one evening and threw some stuff in a bag. It's basic, it's not complete, but it's a start.

I've used a 30cm/12 inch ruler in some of the pictures for a scale reference.

Step 1: BOB MK1 Ready to Go

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BOB is an old army patrol sack, it was laying in a cupboard doing nothing. There is one main compartment and two small zipped compartments in the lid. BOB was 30 Ltrs with the side compartments, but they were removed years ago. BOB currently weighs 7.7 kg, 17 lbs. Notice BOB does not have a lot of Carefully placed, Ready to use, At a moments reach, Perfectly placed stuff, on the outside.

Step 2: Everything Inside

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This is everything that I managed to fit into BOB. There is a lot missing, food, water, shelter, warm clothing, waterproof clothing, and other stuff. But as I said, it's a start. BOB is in its infancy. I don't expect to have to bug out any time soon, if I did, BOB MK 1 is better than Fanny Adams (F#@k All)

Step 3: The Top Zipped Compartment

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I've kept things simple, only four items.

1) A small waterproof bag containing a pair of gloves and a warm hat.
2) A carabiner, useful in many ways.
3) A long sharp pointy thing.
4) A small head torch.

The gloves are working gloves, for protection of my hands not warmth. The hat is for warmth. Both are in a waterproof bag cos wet stuff is not fun.

The carabiner and the long sharp pointy thing are for protection. The carabiner will act as a knuckle duster, adding some hardness to an otherwise weak punch and will save my knuckles from inevitably breaking should I have to hit anything harder than a wet paper bag. The sharp pointy thing is small enough to conceal, less obvious than a knife but sufficiently effective to afford me opportunity to run away.

The torch has a hard case for its protection and is easy to locate.

Step 4: The Bottom Zipped Compartment

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Once again nice and simple.

Two waterproof bags and a small torch.

Waterproof bag one contains:

1) Four small bungees
2) A roll of electrical tape
3) Two glow sticks
4) A pair of spare shoelaces

Waterproof bag two contains:

1) Two packets of travel tissues
2) Four wet wipes

The bungees, shoelaces, and electrical tape are incase I find stuff, and wish to contain and attach the stuff to my bag. I can attach stuff quickly, then at a more convenient time, organise and incorporate my new stuff. The glow sticks are easy to locate in the dark.

The tissues and wet wipes are for defecation purposes. Initially it would be nice to have a clean wipe, but it'll not last forever. The initial disorientation, confusion, acceptance and adaptation period of bugging out is going to be difficult enough. So a couple of luxury post poo moments will make life slightly more bearable. The location is easily accessible incase of the requirement for a rapid deployment of bum wiping implements.

The small torch is a secondary means of light, it is small enough to be tucked into the back of the compartment, so if someone unscrupulous decides to take the waterproof bags out, I may still have a torch to see in the dark. (Small victories make a big difference.)

Step 5: The Main Compartment

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Notice the waterproof liner, it keeps everything inside BOB dry. Do not delude yourself that when you bug out it'll be a pleasant 25°C / 77°F and will remain that way forever. It will rain, it will get cold and wet at some point. If it does so at the beginning of your intrepid adventure, and you have not prepared for it. You, your stuff and your chance of surviving are screwed. Stuff is no fun when wet. Put it in a waterproof bag, then put that bag in a waterproof bag.

I have simply put things in so as to have them fit. I don't expect to have to be going in and out of the main compartment very often during the day. The bag will be on my back and I will be moving.

So in no particular order,

Some para cord, three pairs of different glow sticks, three sizes of cable ties, a bar towel, a large cloth bag, a scrim net, a small cloth bag, two knives, two small container pouches, a spray oil bottle, a wind up torch, (this feels like an episode of the price is right) a bottle of foot powder, two small survival tins, three six inch nails, two waterproof bags, four pegs, a mess tin with stuff inside, a larger waterproof bag and a roll of string.

Step 6: Waterproof Bags

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Green waterproof bag one containing:

1) Thick cycling short underpants
2) Two thin cycling short underpants
3) A pair of thick warm socks
4) A pair of waterproof socks

Green waterproof bag two containing:

1) Thick waterproof warm gloves
2) Thin waterproof warm gloves
3) Thick 'buff' like neck warmer
4) Skiing face mask
5) Thick warm hat

Larger waterproof bag containing

01) A bag of various tablets
02) A bag of latex gloves
03) 2 bandages
04) 2 smaller bandages
05) A vent aid (for mouth to mouth resuscitation)
06) A paper bag
07) A short roll of cling film
08) 2 sterile bandages
09) 2 rolls of tape
10) 2 dressing pads
11) 2 military issued first field dressings
12) A bag of condoms
13) A bag of water purification tablets
14) A tube of eye cream
15) Tick removal tweezers
16) Small syringe
17) Bottle of iodine
18) Various sizes of plasters

A change of underpants is a luxury I'll not do without. Waterproof socks will reduce the risk of trench foot. Waterproof warm gloves, great if you got em, not so if you don't.

The large first aid kit is contained within two doubled up ziplock bags, then the waterproof bag. It covers as many basic scenarios as possible. Having gone through it, I'll be adding to it over the next few months. (I also have a small personal first aid kit)

Personally I find it better to wonder the shelves of a pharmacy and construct my own first aid kit, applicable to my needs and environmental requirements. Then find something suitable to contain it all.

Step 7: Cloth Bags

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Large cloth bag containing:

1) A helmet

Green cloth bag containing:

1) Sharp medic scissors
2) A vent aid
3) Military issue first field dressing
4) Silver foil insulation blanket

Extra med stuff that I may require, without having to get the big waterproof bag out.

I included the helmet for a couple of reasons. Firstly, being able to protect my head is important to me. Secondly, I like the helmet, I bought it ages ago, have used it and if I'm going to leave and possibly never see any of my stuff again, I can't quite bring myself to leave it behind.

Step 8: Small Container Pouches

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Small container pouch one containing:

1) A pair of sun glasses and cloth bag.

Small container pouch two containing:

1) 2 packets of small glow sticks
2) Tube of super glue
3) Some latex gloves
4) A sharpie pen
5) Some duck tape
6) A torch
7) Half a scouring pad

Sun glasses, to protect my eyes from dust, UV rays and to add to the intimidation factor should it be required.

The other stuff is just handy stuff, I'll add more to the pouch and probably get another one.

Step 9: Mess Tin

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Mess tin containing:

1) Small tin
2) Small plastic container
3) Small towel

The small tin contains:

1) A large sharpening stone
2) A small sharpening stone
3) A magnesium block
4) A lighter
5) A small candle
6) 2 packets of wind proof matches with strikers

The small plastic container contains:

1) A packet of wind proof matches
2) A lighter
3) A small two part gas stove

All fairly self explanatory and neatly contained.

Step 10: Survival Tins

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Two tins that were used for other things before I got hold of em.

Large tin contains:

01) Snare wire
02) Spark making rod
03) Block of solid fuel
04) Plastic bag
05) Light weight saw
06) Knife
07) Scissors
08) Matches
09) Foil
10) Worlds biggest whistle
11) Torch
12) Pencil with tape
13) Sharpening stone
14) Water resistant paper
15) Not actually sure, perhaps handcuffs for mice, or fishing weights

Small tin contains:

01) Signal mirror
02) Snare wire
03) Light weight saw
04) Block of solid fuel
05) Spark making rod, why have one when you can have to many
06) Fishing set
07) Half a tampon
08) Button compass
09) Razor blade
10) Water purification tablets
11) The other half of the tampon in a plastic bag, still waiting to be soaked in Vaseline

Both tins have electrical tape around the lids, mainly to stop moisture getting in, and things falling out.

Step 11: Everything Else

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The rest of the stuff,

01) Two knives, small functional.
02) Three sizes of cable ties. Versatile bits of plastic.
03) Scrim net, useful for many things.
04) Para cord, every one has it, it's uses are multiple.
05) Roll of string, handy.
06) Four pegs, for the shelter I haven't got yet.
07) Three 6 inch nails, cooker stand and other things.
08) Bottle of foot powder, dry feet are happy feet.
09) Wind up torch, batteries eventually run out.
10) Bottle of oil, cleans, lubricates, stops rust.
11) Bar towel, it might come in handy.
12) Three types of glow stick, two of each. I'll probably add more cos they're so cool.

Step 12: Conclusion

Well that's BOB MK1, it'll do for now and I'll continue adding until I get BOB MK2.

I've learned that stuff in one bag is better than the same stuff all over the place.

That to have to bug out, means expecting never to see things left behind ever again.

That Planning is invaluable. I have the beginning of a plan, make BOB MK1, continue until I have BOB MK2.
Clearly much more planning is needed.

If I get to BOB MK2, who will I be? Having a Bug Out Bag is all well and good. But if my body is not up to the challenges, isn't robust enough, I'm still screwed. Perhaps I'll not drink as much alcohol, maybe eat more fruit and veg. I may even join a gym. OK, perhaps I'll take it one step at a time. As long as my steps are small and are continually moving forward, I'll be in a better place than I was when I opened the cupboard and took hold of an empty BOB.

Finally, I think that prepping is not just a hobby, it's a lifestyle choice.

Thanks for reading =¢)


prashantk82 (author)2016-07-03

You may consider to add dry fuits to your survival kit.

AussieKymbo (author)2016-02-28

Just a word of warning about using Diesel as insect repelant.

Scenario #1 - You wipe diesel over yourself, then a while later you feel the need to cook, Bang, you're toast!

Scenario #2 - Someone who see's you as a target has watched you long enough to know all he/she needs to do is throw a flame at you, Bank, you're toast.

Scenario #3 - Not well known this 1, but happened to someone I knew. Diesel IF inhaled, even a droplet WILL kill you.
It happened as I said to someone I knew, he was syphoning diesel into his vehicle from a container and he inhaled a droplet so Dr's said.
There is NO medical treatment for this, You WILL DIE. That small droplet creates a film over the inside of the lung/s and prevents the lung/s functioning as they are supposed to.
result is You Will Die, over a couple days and painfully, you will suffocate.

AussieKymbo (author)AussieKymbo2016-02-29

You fella's go right on believing that, you can however look deeper into it and research what I have said, especially #3, I know this as fact, and when it happened here the media covered it and SO many didn't know.
I've also worked around diesel and engines all my life, ya cant change fact my friends.

Tronclay (author)AussieKymbo2016-06-17

I work around regular gas and diesel at least 40 hours a week and sorry if this sounds offensive but 90% of what youre saying is myth and the rest is just far beyond the scope of reality that I just question why youd give any weight to such incorrect information.

As far as "inhaling a droplet" goes... That simply isn't how lungs or the human body works. If you breath in a single droplet of diesel its not going to just travel down your wind pipe and into yourlungs without touching the walls of your throat on the way down and sticking there. Youd have to take a quick, deep breath of diesel as a bunch is splashed into your mouth in order to accomplish that. Likewise, living your life as if you have some sort of predatory evil nemesis whos going to track your daily habits and decide to light you on fire is just... I don't know, not even sure if "crazy paranoid" describes it well enough.

And as far as cooking while you have gas on you... Not a smart idea to begin with, obviously, just in the grand scheme of accident prevention goes. But, unless you have a thick coat of diesel on your body AND you are working around an open flame then the likelihood of setting yourself on fire is pretty low, especially if the diesel is very dry which it almost certainly will be. The real danger of gas around open flame or any flame source isn't when its dry or even when its in an open container, etc... Typically the most dangerous aspect is the vapors coming from big, open courses of gasoline.

Nothing you said there was a straight up "fact" so you may want to think twice before spreading misinformation like that, it doesn't help anyone and just risks the one saying it of looking foolish..

DonaldW19 (author)AussieKymbo2016-02-29

Diesel fuel is the same everywhere. It is less flammable than gas and does not explode. It is an oil so it would create a film over the tissues in your lungs, but any fuel is harmful to the body. I'm a diesel mechanic. I work in it everyday.

Diesel is no more dangerous than lard but I live in Canada and I don't know what they add to diesel where you live.

Fonzetta (author)2016-03-06

Using a moist towelette or wet wipe on your tush will ~sting~ due to the alcohol in them. Great 'ible to get people started, great pics too.

DanaC21 (author)Fonzetta2016-05-31

I don' think parents would use baby wipes on babies if it stung baby's butt.

Phaero (author)Fonzetta2016-05-15

In the Corps. while training and deployed we used unscented baby wipes. Clean and gentle on the nethers.

Aperition (author)Fonzetta2016-03-09

if I'm having to bug out and poo in the woods, a bit of sting, will be the least of my worries. However, a fair point, also using an alcohol wipe would be a waste of a medically useful wipe. I'll have to look into packets of toilet specific wet wipes. Thanks for your comment.

Phaero (author)2016-05-15

A lot of people don't think about it, but for carrying the larger items that don't fit in your pack, you can get a covered off-road jogging stroller and still be able to stay foot mobile. Obviously you would carry the essentials on your back and in pockets so that if you had to ditch the stroller, say going up stairs in an urban environment or up a steep cliff in the woods, you would still have all of your survival essentials on your body. But the extra 300 ft of climbing grade rope, cast iron dutch oven and skillet, larger shelter system, comprehensive med kit, spare ammo cans, tool box, large saw and axe, etc. can all be taken with you and packed in the stroller without attracting any added attention in an urban environment. You could also put your long guns in there and be able to remain discrete with just a concealed carry weapon. With a little "structural up-grading", once you get to where you get to where you are bugging out to, because without a bug out location in mind you are almost always better off sheltering in place, you would also have a handy wheeled cart for all sorts of camp tasks.

Aperition (author)Phaero2016-05-15

nice idea, in a less populated environment. However, the poor mans alternative is the shopping trolley. Hobos have, do and will continue to use it as their carry all of choice. Fit in, grey man, not be noticed by marauders. I'd opt for the shopping trolley. Plus I'd save hundreds of bucks, that I could otherwise spend on 300 ft of climbing grade rope, cast iron dutch oven and skillet, larger shelter system, comprehensive med kit, spare ammo cans, tool box, large saw and axe, etc.

Survival is just that, surviving. There is no simple golden ticket solution. It is a horrible, scary, desperate place to live. Not just for the prepared, but more so for all those that aren't. It may only last a few days/weeks. But that's not survival, it's a prolonged adventure. One that is accompanied by death, suffering and a light at the the end of the tunnel. Survival lasts for years, decades, centuries. There is no light at the end of the tunnel, only adaptation. All that you think you need, well, save for the rule of three, is just stuff. No different to wide screen TVs, coffee machines, and any other comfort we take for granted.

Plan now for what you may encounter, but do not fantasise, delude or imagine something that won't be. Preppers prepare, others simply become zombies. You chose your path, you decide your fate. Learn, enrich your knowledge and do not take the path of foolish insanity. Accept one simple fact, for you to survive, billions, yes billions, will die. Allow your conscious to accept that, then decide the prepper you'll be.

IcanseetheLight (author)2016-03-12

Regarding the whole "getting your body ready for the challenge" thing...I think it's worth mentioning you should try to keep your vaccinations up to date. With medical care not immediately available, you don't want to catch any preventable diseases. You're bound to end up with some cuts and scrapes eventually and of all the bad ways to go, tetanus is right up there with the worst of them.

4WantofaNail (author)2016-03-10

Some really interesting comments/suggestions. You might get a kick out of one of my collections: "bug out bags: past & present," I'd add a link. But it's going on 2am and I'm wiped, lol. Looking forward to mk2.

Be careful, it's a slippery slope. I've been refining mine for years now. It gets addictive. Recently I've been thinking about it in the context of a refugee, "if all i had was this one bag could i make a go of it?" Just something to think about. cheers mate and thanks for sharing.

borut.kozel (author)2016-03-07

Good BoB but without basha/tarp and at least one set of dry clothes you will rue the day you have left them behind. I've had bug out training with group during last spring and it has rained 3 out of 5 days.Believe me, you will kill for dry clothes and socks/shoes.with few minor alterations mid term bug out shouldnt be a problem, but it all depends on your skills and willpower to survive.

Aperition (author)borut.kozel2016-03-09

I'm looking at including spare clothes and use a system of wet clothes for the day and dry for night/sleep. Still considering spare footwear, perhaps sandals?

BIGED147 (author)2016-02-28

nice but that pack is not make for a big man like me I had to get a large Alice pack and then make a larger frame for it to I was going to add pixs but I can't

bob.e.bray (author)BIGED1472016-03-06

I use the small alice pak. I go light.

Aperition (author)BIGED1472016-02-28

it's a small bag with limited capability. I was working on the premis that if the bag is small then stuff will be limited and the weight quite low. I've always managed to fill what ever sized bag I have.

Shame you couldn't send pics, it would have been nice to see it as an example.

BigAndRed (author)2016-02-29

1 thing I never see in peoples BOB is a toothbrush and mouthwash, its something that dosn't weigh much and will make a better quality of life. Some items you have multiple copies that are not needed, look after what you have better and dont loose anything. I would keep my first aid kit all together in 1 waterproof bag so its quicker to get when needed.

Aperition (author)BigAndRed2016-03-01

I will be including as personal hygiene kit in my BOB MK2. A tooth brush I will defiantly be included. I have some multiple copies of some things for a coup,e of reasons. Firstly if I damage or am careles and lose something, but also if required I could trade aditional copies like the fire spark maker. I've got two first aid kits, one is the large general first aid kit the other is for immediate and more significant injuries that I may come across or are suffered within the group.

BigAndRed (author)Aperition2016-03-01

I never considered trading the spares, good idea. I have a large first aid kit in my 4wd and have done advanced first aid certificate so I know what to do when needed. So many people havent got a clue what to do in an emerngency even with all the gear, knowledge is the best weapon. Keep up the good work!

cookingwithbenji (author)2016-02-25

You know I always thought about a BOB I wonder if it would be possible to have good food in these desperate situations, rather than dehydrated add hot water stuff. Of course you wouldn't be putting gourmet at the top of priorities but just a thought.

From what I can gather, when it comes to food, there are a few main considerations. Weight, energy value, a long shelf life and ease of preparation. Additions such as tobasco sauce, honey, dried herbs or salt and pepper are as exciting as it gets.

If there is time to organise before hand, than cheese, olives, dried meats, perhaps some fresh bread or fruit and veg may be an option, but they will require purchasing and then have to be stored and carried.

The closest thing to decent food are the variety of Meals Ready to Eat (MREs). Military versions tend to have a reasonable taste, whilst commercial ones can be hit and miss.

I'm no expert, but if a person has to bug out, food is low on priorities. Those being, protection. Shelter, warmth, defence. Hydration. Carried, water source, filtration/purification. Then food. Equipment in the bag will accommodate the first two, if there's space for food, it has to be small light and easy to eat.

Which is why, if I see something that looks tasty I eat it, will try exotic fruit, or simply delight in a decent bag of potato chips. Cos if things turn bad and I end up hunting and gathering food, at least I'll do so in the knowledge that I enjoyed that which was, whilst appreciating that it might not always be.

I completely agree, that food in these cases is a source of energy and anything fresh is unrealistic unless you can find it out in the wilderness. I suppose even hard cheeses are only good for a few months so you would be continuously replenishing them. In terms of hydration I suppose a handful of tea bags and maybe a pot of coffee would keep my moral up, albeit they are dehydrating, so water is better. Maybe herbal teas just for some variety as apposed to just water. Jams could work well. They last and the sugar would give energy.
I wonder if there is a way of making your own MRE and bumping up on the taste factor since you have control over what you make. I like to think a happy mind and stomach could get you through even the worst situations. Food for thought.

kbrownridge1 (author)Aperition2016-02-28

Certain herbs and spices can also have medicinal properties, GSI has some nice small but really tough containers. Things like ginger, thyme, cayenne, and even simple salt can be use to clean wounds, settle stomachs, help lower heart rate in an anxiety attack... and you can also spice up a bit of fowl tasting protein like certain slugs, though earthworms aren't bad on their own. Multiple use of any item is always a key consideration.

Of course you could use the space for carrying more medicines instead. Personal choice really.

Aperition (author)kbrownridge12016-02-28

herbs and spices are a great idea to flavour food. I'll have to look into the various types and their medicinal uses.

b1g0af (author)2016-02-29

Cash. Consider adding a few hundred dollars (or equivalent cash for your area) to your BOB. Sure, this may be completely useless in an end-of-the-world scenario, but that's probably the least likely reason you'll need to bug out. If you're bugging out due to a reason where recovery is inevitable, e.g. a natural disaster, cash would be very handy.

Josehf Murchison (author)2016-02-26


I like the rule of three for my bag.

You might like this one a jar of diesel fuel.

Best bug repellent I know works on black flies horse flies dear flies mosquitoes even ants.

Great fire starter and lamp fuel.

Folding shovel mine is 6 x 8 folded, has 5 edges and does 6 things.

Sharpened with one edge a saw blade.





Frying pan

And If you can find a WW1 vet best hand to hand combat weapon, cut a mans head off in a single swipe, good for zombies to.

SusanI8 (author)Josehf Murchison2016-02-28

Josehf, let me know if my interpretation is right here. You're saying that the right folding shovel can serve the following multiple purposes: shovel, saw, knife, machete, and frying pan. If so, and if this is something you purchased, do you have a link?

Josehf Murchison (author)SusanI82016-02-28

I forgot to mention mine is all steel you don't want one with wood or plastic it burns.

Josehf Murchison (author)SusanI82016-02-28

I got mine at a gun show in Orangeville Ontario and sharpened its edges this looks like the same one.

I've never heard of diesel fuel being used as bug repellant. I'm going to have to put that to the test this summer.

There are so many different tools on the market its mind boggling. I've used only what I've already got, have looked into buying other things. But I have a rule, if I want to buy something, I wait a few months, if I still want to buy it after that, it goes on my wish list. If some cash becomes available, I decide if I need it, if I've managed happily without it for all that time do I really need it. If the answer is yes, I see about getting it.

As for head chopping capabilities, I'm not really the violent type, I have neither the temperament nor stature for such things. Should a zombie apocalypse decent upon civilisation, I have no doubt I'd be one of the many who become either food for the zombies or a zombie looking for my next meal.

pmartin7 (author)2016-02-28


I would standardize the lights based on one size battery-AAor AAA-and replace all the glowsricks with a small photocell recharging mat that would work for AA and AAA.

For medicinal herbs, look first for Willow trees (genus: Salix) as the twigs have salicylic acid (aspirin) that can be steeped out into tea.

In my bag, I have a waterproof anorak and a 55 gallon trash bag, for overnighting in the rain.

I MP (author)2016-02-28

With apologies to the various posters I will not labour to name each individually but rather make my comments random.

First to be inconspicuous do not use any obvious military i.e. camouflage pattern backpack such as the DPM one in the photographs. My one exception to this advice is that the Alice (LC-1) series packs are so common on the surplus market they attract little attention. For a better frame on the Alice Large or Medium see if you can find a Coleman Ram X plastic frame.

Chem Lights are easy to use but are a one trick pony so should be minimal in number. Dynamo, squeeze or shake flashlights are good items for a Go Bag as are solar rechargeable options or a small solar charger with NiMH rechargeable batteries. I would add some form of fixed blade knife such as a Mora or a larger sturdy lock back such as the folding Bushman from Cold Steel. Some form of water filtration and sterilization should be added to ensure potable water. Coffee filters from Dollar Tree make excellent filters and weigh nothing. Dollar Tree carries undersized rolls of toilet paper, smaller in width than the standard roll, take out the cardboard tube and smash then place in a Ziplock bag. If you carry a ferrocenium rod fire started make sure you have a carbon steel knife to use with it, stainless steel will not elict the sparks.

Rather than carrying a solid fuel or mini gas stove carry a the flat biomass stoves such as the Bushbox from Bushcraft Essentials. For fire starters mothballs wrapped in a cotton ball dtored in a tape sealed Altoids tin or snap top M&M candy tube (thank you Steve Harris of

While the cost of food dehydrators may seem out of reach you can frequently find them in thrift stores and at garage sales, I have yet to pay retail for any of the three I have.

Some random thoughts from my experience of 26 years in the military and years of backpacking. Fell free to contact me if you have questions or comments.

thegrendel (author)2016-02-28

Nice, well-documented Instructable. Only one change I'd suggest. Instead of a pencil, I'd consider a one-piece steel ballpoint pen, such as the Zebra F-701. It could even be used as a weapon in a pinch. And, yes, if you have room for a small pocket notebook ...

Aperition (author)thegrendel2016-02-28

Thanks, the reason for the pencil is that it fits into the tin, can write in the rain, and be sharpened if the lead breaks. I'd probably carry a small notebook and pen. I would probably opt for a few bic pens. They are cheap, light, can be used as a straw and the lids can be used as whistles.

R Jordan (author)2016-02-28

I think it's been said before but you might want to pack seasonings and spices so that if you have to eat anything in the wild you can make it taste good enough that you will actually want to eat it. I think it would really help. Also educate yourself on what wild plants are okay to eat. Great BOB.

Aperition (author)R Jordan2016-02-28

yep herbs and spices, looking into those. Wild plants, grubs and insects, I have no clue about that. Food for me is bought not gathered, short of obvious berries, which I know about cos I've bought them, I would starve surrounded by food, I'll add that to my ever growing list. Thanks.

jwesleylayton (author)2016-02-28

hi im not sure if this comment is appropiate but i was reading about how u had a helmet it kind of reminded me of fallout3 there are (npcs) nonplayer characters with bike helmets and if you dont know what that is its basically a video game about what

happens after the apocalypse just a lighthearted observation lol

Happens after an apocalypse. happens

cbengs (author)2016-02-28


CBRogers (author)2016-02-28

You need to think more like a long distance hiker. I learned a lot on the Appalachian Trail. There are many more things that you can do without. Chemical sticks are heavy and weight slows you down. Any medicines that you need should be in the pack, also include antibiotics and pain killers. It will help in areas where there is no resupply. Wool socks are not waterproof but work wet or dry and are easy to stream clean. For your paper products, use a roll of TP wrapped around a pencil so no core to deal with and it will be much smaller. Also put that in Zip Lock Bag. The freezer variety is best. Clothes that can become a rag or vise versa is great.

Like I said look into long distance and ultra light weight hiker books, they will really help with what you need. You might also think about keeping your electronic records on an iPod or some such lightweight device. It needs to have nonvolitile memory but having health or other records may help later even if SHTF.

KeithW48 (author)2016-02-27

I love the fact you said a bag that others wouldn't notice. If I had to walk through town if have a small bag with my EDC gear thats always on me. (thats another story). Being smart and carrying less can be more beneficial in an urban environment the less thats seen on you generally the less you have. If you're headed rural take all you can. I was a senior patrol leader for a troop of 30 guys. I have over a year of "roughing it" camping and over 3000 miles hiked. PCT next year start to finish. I'm still working on my bags. Working on a close urban backpack like a jansport.. keep up the good work.

Aperition (author)KeithW482016-02-27

that's the tricky part of a bug out bag. Big enough to carry what is required, small enough to be discreet. EDC is a tricky one to. For most men, EDC is keys, phone, wallet. Other things are carried in a pouch of some kind or a back pack. Where as women always have a bag. Their EDC has so much more, and the one thing every prepper, EDC, BOB maker wants, loads of extra space. Women and their handbags defiantly have the upper hand when it comes to EDC.

Best of luck for the PCT next year, hope you have a great time.

Xenophon (author)Aperition2016-02-28

Great 'ible, and far more practically minded than many BOB bag set ups than I have previously seen.

An upgrade you might not have considered is a waterproof pack cover. Modern ones are ridiculously light (mine is something like 2 oz/57 grams), come with a stuff sack to keep them small when you aren’t using them, give you an extra layer to shed water when you are using it, and can make your pack look very nondescript when it is on.

One suggestion for your existing kit would be to replace some of your chemlights with a reusable paqlite from for basic lighting and just hold onto some non-green chemlights for immediate use/signaling purposes. As much as I love chemlights, they are one use items, which in my mind reduces their value in a bag meant to last any serious length of time.

On EDC being keys, phone, wallet - I stopped carrying a wallet. I ordered a set of ranger bands from and use one of them to hold together a few essential cards in my front pocket where they are essentially impossible to lose. Having no wallet in my back pocket also reduces potential back problems since I can now sit flat on hard surfaces rather than having a wallet in the way.

Diesel is a trick the old timer farmers where I live use.

Most biting insects are attracted to CO2 so your breath will still make them come around. Just dab a little diesel on a rag and spread it lightly on your skin.

sweet, thanks for that. Spreading lightly being the operative word, I wouldn't want dermatitis. Perhaps a system of small Velcro patches, diesel on patches patches on clothing. Something to play around with until the summer.

MuleSkinninMama (author)2016-02-26

Those who do long distance back packing (like PCT thru hikers and/or section hikers) have a great advantage and talking to them can be a wonderful inspiration for light wt. high protein energy food stuffs that last. If you have a Winco nearby their bulk bins are sometimes a good source for things like dehydrated Peanut Butter pwd (it actually tastes good), dehydrated refried beans, jerky, dehydrated soups, etc.

And having a small home dehydrator will pay for itself in a hurry. I dehydrate a lot from my garden for packing use, and even in the winter when buying veggies, anything that I don't use up I chop up and stick in the dehydrator then store in sealed jars and put into zip lock baggies while packing. They last for years and I use them at home in cooking nearly as much as I do while in the mountains, as their flavor is so intense.

some valuable advice, however powdered peanut butter has far fewer calories and fat than regular paste. I think it works out with a 2 tbsp serving powder is 45 calories and 1.5g of fat and regular paste is 200 calories and 16g of fat. Jerky and powdered soup do sound like viable options. I've thought about a dehydrator but the expense has gotten the best of me so far, perhaps Santa will be kind next xmas,

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