Introduction: How to Make a Bug Out Bag

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Every day we have an increasing need to learn how to survive should the worst happen. Whether it be a natural disaster or an invading country, having resources available to you is one of the most important assets you could have. Preparation is key, whether or not there is immediate danger. In this instructable, I will show you how to put together a lightweight bug out bag that gives you a good opportunity to survive on the move. Please check out my YouTube channel Alpha & Omega Survival School for survival videos and much more!

Step 1: The Pack

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The pack I used for my BOB is a SOG Hydration pack. It includes a water bladder that stores in a pocket against the back of the pack. It is lightweight and has plenty of storage pockets and storage area for a lightweight BOB. By lightweight I mean from 0 to 25 pounds. There are compression straps on the side and underneath the pack. These can be used to keep the contents of the pack secured or to attach a small backpackers tent. The major con of this pack is it has a tactical look...maybe not the best in encounters with unfriendlies. If you can find an urban looking pack that has plenty of space I would recommend that too. But this pack works well...wouldn't you agree?

Step 2: Outer Attachments

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On the outside of my pack, I have:

1) a lightweight but heavy duty carabiner
2) a 5000 mah solar power bank
3) 2 high lumen torches with military sheaths
4) 2 solar powered G-Shock time pieces
5) Gerber Gator folding knife
6) Leatherman Supertool 300 Multitool
7) Small pouch containing a small sharpening stone
8) 4 ALICE clips (attaches multitool and Gerber to the pack)

It is very important to have some items on the exterior of your pack for easy access. Having a blade and a Multitool on the outside of the pack in an emergency will keep you from needing to stop or slow down and fish through you bag if you need it quickly. The same goes for the small stone. My primary stone is inside the bag. The watches are solar powered and water resistant as is the power bank. These are on the exterior for obvious reasons... The sun. The torches are also a frequently needed item and they attach very nice to the Molly on the pack. The ALICE clips currently hold the Leatherman and the Gerber, however, I commonly carry the Multitool as part of my EDC so I could potentially use the extra clips to attach any added gear or supplies. The carabiner conveniently fits on the outside and can be send for anything from an extra handle on the pack to attaching heavier items.

Step 3: Outer Small Pocket

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If your bag has an outer small pocket, you might include items such as I have in mine. They are small (obviously), and would need to be easily accessed. My outer small pocket contains:

1) Gerber BG watertight Ferro Rod and striker with a small whistle attached with some shock cord
2) 2 water resistant containers that hold my primary 18650 torch batteries.
3) An Multitool including a fork, spoon and can opener
4) an Engineer lensatic compass
5) 2 small pocket mirrors with blaze orange cases
6) a small bit/driver set
7) a small bottle of hand sanitizer
8) a small bottle of gorilla glue
9) an extra mouthpiece for the water bladder
10) Chapstick

The torch batteries are not kept in the torches in order to avoid possible corroding and the subsequent ruining of the internal workings of the torches. The orange containers are simply Coleman match containers! 1$ each at Walmart!

Step 4: Outer Mid Sized Pocket

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The outer mid sized pocket contents are:

1) a 5x7 foot tarp with drawstring pouch
2) a roll of black electrical tape
3) a roll of cloth athletic tape
4) 3 spare 18650 batteries in water resistant cases
5) a Doan magnesium bar
6) a fair amount of 550 paracord (not walmarts cord)
7) small bag of assorted sized ranger bands
8) 2 pens and 2 pencils
9) a small weatherproof notebook
10) a water resistant tin containing fire starting materials
11) 2 gallon sized ziploc bags

Step 5: Secondary Large Pocket

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In the second largest pocket, I include:

1) a small packet of credit card sized fresnel lenses
2) a pack of playing cards
3) an altoids tin containing matches and a striker
4) my altoids tin survival kit (check out my 'ables on it!!!)
5) a leather knife strop for fine tuning my blade
6) my primary sharpening stone (double sided fine cut with diamond inlay etc etc)
7) Mora Light my fire Knife with Ferro Rod in the handle with sheath
8) S&W tanto fixed blade with sheath
9) Schrade extreme survival knife with fire kit inside the handle
10) American flag patch on Schrade sheath can be used as a notifier to others that you are friendly

The playing cards are to help pass the time and lighten the mood. This is key to survival. There is no need to worry yourself to death. Columbus' men made cards from leaves to pass the time when they came to America. Why not have a deck with you when you're surviving? The Schrade is not a cheapo knife that will break like the ones from harbor freight. It is drop forged from a single piece of steel and the handle is waterproof.

Step 6: Primary Large Pocket

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In the largest pocket, I keep items such as:

1) first aid kit (also contains toothbrush/paste, water purification tablets, bug spray, etc)
2) 3 sets of everlast hand wraps
3) bandana
4) 3 smoke bombs
5) camo bible
6) large weatherproof notebook
7) 2 dry bags
8) metal canteen
9) fatwood shavings
10) metal cup
11) Bic lighter
12) perma match waterproof lighter
13) fire piston with 3 bags of char cloth
14) Pack of clove cigarettes (for trading)
15) hand saw

The hand wraps are for boxing gloves but could be used to secure a broken arm, etc.

Step 7: First Aid Kit Add Ons

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I'm going to spare you since this 'able is long enough... These are the add ons to my first aid kit, which I purchased from Walmart. The list of the included contents can be found online.

Here are the items I added to it:

1) mini roll of gorilla tape
2) pack of diamond paper matches
3) tube of 100% deet bug spray
4) bug spray towelettes
5) mini toothpaste tube
6) collapsible toothbrush
7) water purification tablets
8) Bic lighter
9) candle
10) Chapstick
11) tissues
12) Anti diarrheal pills

Step 8: Hope You Enjoyed!

Before I get bombarded in the comments, I'd like to say that I will be adding food items such as clif bars or jerky to my bag in the near future. Food is important but knowledge is even more important. I am a hunter and a gatherer. I know enough about edible and medicinal plants to sustain myself for a little while. I study my field guides and I know my local area. I highly recommend building your own bag rather than copying mine or anyone else's. Make your bag your own. The essentials will be the same, but you may choose some different items than I have.

Thanks so much for reading and please comment and check out my YouTube channel Alpha & Omega Survival School!!




Mastros (author)2016-05-13

Me thinks...
"Unfriendlies"?!! "Be prepared"?!! For what? in case of an invasion? Well, which country do you live? Invasions dont happen suddenly, like rainstorms happen in some countries.

A proposal: If you are worrying for a foreign invasion, the correct thing to do is to tell other people, discuss it with them and... But you can't worry for an invasion without a specific reason. It is silly, and naive. It is more telling for you rather than the political conditions.

A proposal: If you are worrying for an invasion, act politically, tell other people and suggest that the country should prepare. **The country should prepare**, with all the many, or few, resources available to the state. Not one person completely separated from the others and in a selfish way. Again, this is more telling about the width and the depth of your political perceptions, rather than informative about the real world.

A proposal: Act politically: this means:
-- speak publicly: articles in newspapers, the internet, speak to a radio, etc
-- act publicly: call for a public meeting and present your case. If you find many people, organize a demonstration. Propose to organize a group, an organization.

In the US, more than elsewhere, "be prepared" its just a silly playground, a replacement and a first naive step in the absence of any other political thought.

lalunette (author)2015-10-05

"camo bible" ???

How about a book on first aid or field craft instead ??

I have a great book from my scouting days that shows all kinds of great things you can make with items found in nature, like shelters, ways to filter water, traps, etc...

Why bother with something like a bible... and in camo to boot ??

4WantofaNail (author)lalunette2015-10-11

Faith, like anger or love, can be a powerful motivator. Sometimes carrying a totem can give you the courage you need to go and do something dumb. Just ask all those fly-boys, jar heads and grunts with pictures of their sweethearts adorning their lockers.

This is very true.

zoran popovici (author)2015-10-09

I would be careful about the advice I give when it comes to situations where someone`s life could depend on it.

In your BOB I see a lot of redundancies and a lot of missing item are necessary for an urban or wilderness bug out scenario.

I can n`t figure out why you have 3 fixed blade, one pocket knife, a multi tool, a second multi tool, two watches, two torches, countless ways to make a fire, cammo bible, as if weight is not an issue but you don`t have a sleeping bag or at least a blanket, spare clothing, a map because your compass is worthless without it, an ax or wood saw, and the list can go on.

I see somebody without experience, pretending to be some sort of Survival School, giving poor advice which can be taken for good by someone with even less experience.

No reason to berate the guy... Everyone has the capability to use good judgment. If nothing more, this might be a good spring board for someone else's journey toward preparedness. Everyone's got to start somewhere. Cheers and welcome to the community.

Makeatize (author)2015-10-11

Great pack design, content,etc.
However I may suggest keeping fewer items on the outside of your bag as having visible gear makes you a target to unfriendlies

actionjksn (author)2015-10-04

There is something that you can do to alleviate the tactical look somewhat. The desert tan is probably the biggest indicator that is has a tactical look. What a lot of people don't know is that you can spray paint fabric. If you get a flat black paint that is designed for both metal and plastic then you can paint that bag and it will look good and it will last.

I have some flat black camouflage non reflective Krylon paint that has Fusion technology so that it will stick to plastic. Because the synthetic fibers in most backpack bags are essentially a type of plastic. By using flat it will not peel or look weird. You could test it on an inconspicuous area, but I know it will work because I've spray painted a lot of fabric over the years.

You should first wipe the bag down with a rag dampened with acetone or MEK and then immediately wipe it with a dry one, to clean it and promote good adhesion. Just make sure you do it in a lot of thin coats instead of one or two thick coats. And don't hold the can too far back or it will go on too dry and won't adhere well.

Shake the can for a little more than a minute, I usually go a good two minutes and hold it about 12 inches from the bag, and always keep the nozzle perpendicular to the bag, don't do arc like strokes. If you spray paint while moving your hand like an arc like most people do then that is incorrect. It will have you shooting most of the paint where it hits at an angle, which is wrong.

Also to prevent runs, have the can moving before you press the button and let off the button while the can is still moving. I'm a professional paint sprayer so I know what I'm talking about.

You could do other colors to make it look extra non tactical, but black is a good choice because it is still stealthy but at the same time there are a lot of book bags and camping bags that are black so it doesn't scream tactical. I have my sons old Swiss Gear book bag, which is black and I've been thinking about making it into a bug out bag. It's not huge but it still has good capacity and it won't get too heavy and it's not too bulky.

bp_968 (author)actionjksn2015-10-11

I hear the "no tactical look!" line a lot (and I bought a normal non-molle, bright red pack partially for that reason, though its not really a BOB as it is a big "man purse"). That said, I don't think the tactical look is really a bad thing much anymore simply because its become so *common*. I see them *all* the time now, especially in Coyote, Desert Tan, and OD green (with the occasional multicam). Woodland or any of the issue digitals (marine or ACU) do tend to stand out and scream "military" but I very rarely see those. I think the hipsters have gravitated to the MOLLE style gear recently, especially in the colors I listed and that accounts for the great increase in MOLLE style bags I'm seeing (you can also find MOLLE style bags for sale through non-tactical websites and stores now, again, hipsters. lol).

TechPaul (author)actionjksn2015-10-05

you can also buy rain covers for packs, spray them any color you want , add a loop or two so foliage can be added and the any pack regardless of the original color can be used. And without the cover not so menacing. He seems a bit light on with his solar charged battery pack, if you do the math it take about 3 days of GOOD sunlight to charge them, I'm working on an additional wind powered generator ie motor with blades to go with my solar. Also one thing people seem to overlook is intelligence gathering. A lot of groups will be running around with CBs, there will be 1st responder chatter sometimes un-encoded, amateur radio and maybe even broadcast radio. A small radio scanner with a list of commonly used frequencies will some times give a bigger picture, use head/ear phones to increase the battery life.

jberry15 (author)2015-10-06

Yes tbh you guys, I don't give a crap about the concealed part. In an emergency situation or when you have the need to bug out, no one is going to care if you have a permit or not.

david.probasco (author)jberry152015-10-09

Police might care. It is always wise to have your paperwork in order since you do not know the circumstances of the situation. Sitting in a jail cell is no way to survive a disaster.

R Jordan (author)2015-10-05

I would suggest getting a concealed carry permit and getting yourself a sidearm. Someone suggested a .22 but that isn't going to be enough unless you plan on waisting a lot of bullets. I would suggest a .40 or a 9 mil. Shop around and see what you like. A long range weapon wouldn't hurt either.

evacox (author)R Jordan2015-10-06

I would think that if it is an extreme case, you wouldn't need a concealed weapon; the more visable the better.

david.probasco (author)evacox2015-10-09

This is a common misconception. You want it concealed until you are personally threatened. Then you pull it out. Otherwise you risk someone shooting you as a threat, or to get your gun.

Rusznic (author)R Jordan2015-10-08

Wasting what bullets? You mean shooting someone until they drop dead? 0.22 is perfectly enough to deter anyone in bug out situation. It is the lightest and most common across the world.

SoLongSidekick (author)2015-10-05

Uh you're way, way better off putting a pack of normal cigarettes in there if you really feel like the space is best used for that. My best guess is that 1-3% of smokers will touch a clove no matter how desperate they are.

Rusznic (author)SoLongSidekick2015-10-08

Better even is to bring pure tabacco or some booze.

SoLongSidekick (author)Rusznic2015-10-09

Not really, then you introduce another item (rolling papers) that has to be scrounged. And since we're talking about bartering I wouldn't even put myself in the situation to barter with someone who's desperate for alcohol, whereas someone desperate for a cigarette isn't dangerous or unpredictable.

TechPaul (author)SoLongSidekick2015-10-05

Coffee would be a far better choice, or even coffee candy. Only 25% of the general population are smokers, and preppers I hope are 100% non-smokers. (author)2015-10-06

It is a good set-up, ya heavy on some items, but the idea is there. I personally agree "make it your bag" like he said, one of the best ways to do that is take the time to look at 10-20 BOB instructables, write down the ideas you like from each one. Then you just add your own specific needs, to the items you choose from your realistic list (one must carry it after all) then odds are you WILL have every thing you need, and nothing you don't. As for the color of the bag, ya it should be a darker color for you are not sticking out like a sore thumb, camo painted in NON reflected paint would be best. Personally as far as the shape looking tactical, who cares, if you run into the wrong person, it won't matter what it looks like ( well if you have a couple UZI's strapped on the outside, ya bad idea. IF YOU KNOW HOW TO USE IT PROPERLY, AND ARE WILLING TO TAKE LIFE IF NEEDED, (some people trained or not can't pull the trigger when it comes down to it (how do you know? you never will be 100% sure until faced with it, but if you hunt, and you are OK with that, I guess that's a positive , but if you can't even kill a squirrel, forget it) then a concealed weapon is a good idea. I AM NOT CONDOLING KILLING PEOPLE!! IT JUST UNFORTUNATELY MIGHT COME UP IN A RARE CASE TO SAVE YOURSELF OR A LOVED ONE.


TechPaul (author)2015-10-05

The personal cleanliness side seems to be a bit short, I know it's only a 3 day trip to one of your caches of stored goodies but I have never found hand sanitizer to be an effective substitute for soap, soap actually gets dirt off your hands rather than simply try to kill bacteria on dirt, and soap is more effective against viruses and bacteria.

Then there seems to be no toilet tissue, with the only possible exception of the camo bible, the weather proof note paper, if it is like the calcium based one I use , are terrible for this use. Add a packet of moist wipes to handle this, and add a small shovel or trowel. Considering you included anti-diarrheal tablets, I suspect you may have some cleaning up to do. I don't know too many smokers who like clove cigarettes, you may.

tbob mann (author)2015-10-05

Wow!...these bags get more and more complicated with the redundancy of miscellaneous tools....I agree with having multiple ways of starting a fire...but these bags have no cordage,..and barely enough water for a day hike..and absolutely no food...a magnifying glass,..pantyhose...and some aluminum foil ...have far more uses than its original intent.but these tried and true methods are never included in these "modern" concepts of survival gear...the average person has very little skill in foraging and obtaining a food source in the wild..these bags are full of feel good, stuff..but in actuality you would dehydrate,..or starve before 3/4 of these tools where ever taken out of their wrappers.

david.buschhorn (author)2015-10-04

How about a hammer, a saw and some framing nails so you can rebuild parts of your destroyed home into a shed to live in? After a natural disaster, there are always plenty of roof parts to use, 2x4's are everywhere and bricks are super-useful for making a firepit/rocket stove, or what have you.

That would be for the buried cache. There you pack buckets of supplies, tools (non power), a big filter system perhaps a distiller, they run ~ 300 bucks. A couple of built/tested rocket stoves. A tent etc.

And as only 1 person stated, PRACTICE. My wife never camped before me. When we were going to go back yard camping,(state parks, KOA's etc) we practiced putting up and taking down tents, a dozen times, so she could do it solo if need be. Together a non self supporting tent up and dry in 3 minutes big enough for 3-4 people. In the wind, in the rain. No I was never a "Ranger" nor Seal Team Six, heck I wasn't even a Boy Scout. Being able to put up a tent in a storm is something you should be able to do if you must. We would put up a big tarp first,

But David's concept of having stuff for the remains of the homestead is valid and excellent.

jberry15 (author)2015-10-05

lalunette we obviously do not share the same beliefs. And if you have not seen a SAS book it includes everything have said here and it is indeed in my bag. Thanks for your comment.

jberry15 (author)2015-10-04

gdavis10 yes I agree lol. I have removed all but one knife and I will of course have my EDC knife as well.

jberry15 (author)2015-10-04

dgateley the retail cost of this setup is around $500. Of course, using what I had already and getting some discounts, I have about $250-$275 invested.

jberry15 (author)2015-10-04

ChristopherB51 I agree with everything you said except about it needing to last only 2 or 3 days. We may expect to only be needing it for that length of time, however, you cannot rely on that time frame. An overnight camping trip could turn into a week long fight for your life. E prepared for the worst. And as they say, expect the unexpected.

jberry15 (author)2015-10-04

psuliin I actually did just that after I posted this 'ible. I kept the Schrade and put in my hatchet you are correct in saying that I will have a knife on my belt as well.

jberry15 (author)2015-10-04

BradSaintGeorge trust me lol if I had a couple hundred bucks I would definitely do that!

jberry15 (author)2015-10-04

adamazing it seems more and more likely that we could be invaded even if we don't know it. Wouldn't you consider 9/11 an invasion? Or the subway bombings in New York? I believe something unexpected like that is in the near future, what with Islam sending hundreds of thousands of people abroad. Call me crazy or insane if you must, but most brilliant people were once considered insane or crazy by their peers at some t point.

jberry15 (author)2015-10-04

The bladder holds 2 liters, which is efficient for 1 day in moderate conditions. And you seem to be looking to build a mansion for a a shelter. I have a tent that I can strap to the bottom. And you seem to have overlooked several things. My suggestion to you would be to research info before you go flapping your gums about everything. I do not see any inked on your page. Why don't you show all of us how it's done?

jberry15 (author)2015-10-04

dvanrenselaar please do not leave a comment if you have not thoroughly read my instructable a.

dvanrenselaar (author)jberry152015-10-04

I did read your ible. The water you have is only sufficient for a 3 hour hike. You can't get very far in 3 hours. your cordage is barely enough to make a shoddy shelter at best, leaving you with nothing to make traps and snares.

BradSaintGeorge (author)2015-10-04

Might want to add a couple of hundred bucks in small bills to your bag. I recommend having half in one container and the rest in another. If you have to take oney out in front of someone, they may demand all of it, never suspecting you have more.

Great stuff, thanks for sharing your bob Josh!

adamazing (author)2015-10-04
"Whether it be a natural disaster or an invading country..." I'm going to go out on a limb and say that invasion is something that no (sane) American should worry about. You're probably right to be worried about being abandoned by your government in the aftermath of a natural disaster though.

/off to watch Red Dawn

psuliin (author)2015-10-04

I'm assuming that one of the sheath knives will transfer to your belt when you use the pack. Still, you might get rid of one knife at least, and replace the weight with a hatchet, wire saw, or some similar chopping/teardown tool.

ChristopherB51 (author)2015-10-04

Its a good start but their is oerhaos too much redundancy. My B.O.B was made for a Zombie Appocolypse as a joke but found its actually supperior than my previous bag. I include a pair of Bic lighters and weatheroroof matches and a fire strike. I have one small L.E.D flashlight/maglight and a solar powet light which i have had for 10 years and still works. It also charges my shaking it. Its way lighter than twk or three battery lights.

I include water purificatikn tablets and a filter straw along witb the water bladder.

I do have a survival knife but also a quality made leathermab utilitool. I also have one MRE and about ten 400 calari survival food bars. Theg are light and dont require a cooking kit.

One thing thats important is stealth. You dont want a bunch of clanging stuff on your bag attracting attentiin by an enemy.

I also carry a Kel-Tec PMR-30 which holds 30rounds of .22 mag. If your on the run from enemy troops or zombies:D you need a wespon for defense and perhaps hunting. This caliber is small and powerful so the weight is minimal.

Other basic items im excluding but its important to remember that a bug out bag B.O.B is for a quick get away, not a camping trip. It needs to get you through the next two days not the next week. Allthough rationing along with the tools in your B.O.B could potentially keep you going for a week if you can get to a water source and hunt for food.

Primarily though the goal is to escape danger silently and quickly. So even 25lbs can seem like a 100 when your running for your life.

You wont have suplies to share so anyone going with you needs their own. Its hard to think this way but stoping to save everyone is not something you can do. If you need to use your B.O.B its because the danger to your life is minutes or possibly seconds away.

Stoping for anything, especially an unprepared person screaming for help will only doom you both.

That decision will come down to you and its yours to make but remember, a B.O.B is meant for one. How will that person you help react later when you wont or cant share your rations?


dgateley (author)2015-10-04

Your passport if you have one in case you want to bug out to somewhere far away.

Your primary credit card to pay the way.

Awesome! I'm probably not the first to ask but what was the cost of it all?

gdavis10 (author)2015-10-04

You seem to be knife heavy and shelter/cooking stuff light. Nobody needs that many knives. One good one will do the trick. Having that many makes you look like a bit of a nut job.

jberry15 (author)2015-10-04

Thanks so much for your comments! Since making this instructable, I have updated my bag. Please check out Alpha & Omega Survival School on YouTube to see my updated bag!

melindalo (author)2015-10-04

where do you stow yr gat?

ChrisF15 (author)2015-10-04

Josh in your closing statement you make the most critical point, build your bag for your location and intent.

Unfortunately there isn't a one size fits all solution. I for one have 2 types of bags and 2 packing list for each. One for the cars and another for havig to leave home for longer than 3 days without logistical support and loadouts based on the season for each

2 is 1 and 1 is none is a great premise to work from but 3, 4 or 5 of something in slight variations is added weight, ounces = pounds, pounds = pain where packs and moving on foot are concerned. I personally only keep 2 at most of any tool in my packs. While I would love to have 5 knives, 10 fire starters and so on, reality doesn't lend itself to over equiping. Offload the additional items to seconsary bags, or even add more MOLLE pouches that you can slap on or into the pack as needed based on the situation.

The comments about supporting 2 or more people from a single pack...uhg, build secondary packs if that is a known requirement. Because unless you are in uber-shape (think leg infantry, Rangers, higher end military uits) then you more than likely have over packed and will simply restrict your (and this second persons) ability to move any significant distance for any length of time.

That last idea is one I'm startng to worktowards.. base load in the, fire, water, shelter. The load up pouches that have the seasonal or situational components.

This is a great packing list, solid entry to mid quality level equipment. For the starting BoB builder, this is a solid starting point.

Above all else, if you do not train with and test out your chosen gear, you'll never know what really works or what your ability to haul it all to your destination. Practice and honest assessment matter more than the gear.

travcoman45 (author)2015-10-04

As for a bag looking "tactical", it really doesn't matter. If things get to the point you need this bag, someone will want to take it from you just because they want what you have. So, if a good military bag works for you, use it.

Some of the things I didn't see were extra clothing. Especially socks. You have to keep your feet in good condition. Another item missing was rain gear. It can be used not only in the rain, but snow and windy days as well or simply as an additional layer of clothing to hold in the warmth. You should also add in a few different sizes of cable ties and some light gauge wire.

As for food. You may be a good hunter/gatherer but the situation may not allow for that. Make sure to have at least a 3 day supply of food. The emergency food ration bars or sometimes called life raft bars are a good choice for additional nutrition because they are compact and will keep for about 5 years in varied temperature conditions. Another good choice would be Millennium bars.

FrancisL2 (author)2015-10-04

Nice job. One suggestion. Instead of cloves for trading, try silver dollar coins. Small and now pretty valuable. Good for gas and such

jberry15 (author)2015-10-02


Thank you for reading and checking out my channel! I agree that my bag does seem a bit more tactical than I would prefer. I have considered some of my urban bags but they are either too brightly colored or do not have proper waist straps etc. I do have a black rain cover that I can use to disguise it, however.

jberry15 (author)2015-10-02


I agre with what you are saying, however, a bug out bag is essentially a survival kit. And yes there should be a plan, but plans change, and things happen. It is better to be prepared for plans going wrong and being able to allow for another option.

VivianDinsmore (author)2015-10-02

Hello, Thank you for a great instructable. I like how you have put into your bag contingencies for different scenarios. Being prepared is the idea. I am going to your youtube site and glean more information. I have a suggestion for your bag appearance. Since the bag appears to be canvas why not decorate it with patches and or paint. Would help to disguise it's appearance from others as a bug out bag.

EmcySquare (author)2015-10-02

The more I see BOB's, the more I get the idea that people have a strange idea of the purpouse of those bags. Most look like survival kits on 'roids. Most forget that there must be a bug-out plan, and that the BOB should simply be the "luggage" you need to perform that Bog-out trip to your planned bug-out location.

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