Introduction: The Ultimate Bug Out Bag

Picture of The Ultimate Bug Out Bag

Wikipedia defines a Bug Out Bag as:

"A bug-out bag is a portable kit that normally contains the items one would require to survive for seventy-two hours, when evacuating from a disaster, however some kits are designed to last longer periods of time than just 72 hours. The focus is on evacuation, rather than long-term survival, distinguishing the bug-out bag from a survival kit, a boating or aviation emergency kit, or a fixed-site disaster supplies kit. The kits are also popular in the survivalism subculture.

The term "bug-out bag" is related to, and possibly derived from, the "bail-out bag" emergency kit many military aviators carry. In the United States, the term refers to the Korean War practice of the U.S. Army designating alternate defensive positions, in the event that the units had to displace. They were directed to "bug out" when being overrun was imminent. The concept passed into wide usage among other military and law enforcement personnel, though the "bail-out bag" is as likely to include emergency gear for going into an emergency situation as for escaping an emergency.

Other names for such a bag are a BOB, 72-hour kit, a grab bag, a battle box, a Personal Emergency Relocation Kits (PERK), a go bag, a GOOD bag (Get Out Of Dodge) or INCHbag (I'm Never Coming Home)."

Well, if all I have to take a bag, or there is two of us and we get two bags, I am going to need more than to survive for 72 hours. If the Zombie Apocalypse, the Zompocalypse, the you know, occurs, I'm betting Rick et al. would be much appreciative of something with a little more than a water bottle and a med kit.

My parameters:

(1) Must be light enough to carry;

(2) Must be compact enough to not getting in the way when in an all-out run;

(3) Must have any and everything I, or a small group, could need to survive.


(1) I will not be alone, at the least, my fiancee will likely be with me, and her bag will contain almost entirely clothes. The bag will thus be lighter in weight and allow her more freedom to move. I do not mean this in anyway saying that men are more fit than women, or anything like that. I am a former Div. I track runner, in the balance, I can take more of the weight. If your companion (assuming 2-person deal here) is the more fit for moving fast person, regardless of gender or age, they should carry this bag, and then you should carry the clothes.

(2) Along the way we would be able to pick up food supplies. Food and water are the first to run out, but with enough water treatment, ways of catching food, and ways of cooking it, the strength comes in the versatility of your supplies and how they move.

NB: Some items are doubled-up on (fire starters, etc.), for those items, in a larger group, would be distributed so that only one is held per person so if there are any issues, at least one of those items survives.

With that, I give you ... The Ultimate Bug Out Bag.

Step 1: What's Inside

Picture of What's Inside

See pictures, here is The List (in no particular order...circular around the main picture):

  1. Dehydrated towelettes
  2. Padded aluminum splint
  3. Seam Seal (repair tents/jackets)
  4. Lumora LED lantern/flashlight
  5. 1-person hammock
  6. Pocket snare trap
  7. Glow sticks
  8. Tarp poncho (nylon)
  9. Mini-bungees
  10. Helpful reading*
  11. Book on identifying edible wildlife of my particular area (color pictures are key)
  12. Microfiber towel (a couple of these)
  13. Pocket SAS Survival Guide
  14. Folding survival stove & fuel pellets
  15. Solar-powered LED flashlight
  16. Hand-crank powered LED flashlight
  17. Camping toilet paper
  18. Waterproof tube vaults
  19. Water
  20. Role of athletic tape
  21. Powerbar (for dire need)
  22. Silk sleeping bag
  23. Chlorine-based water treatment
  24. Mini-crowbar
  25. "Special Forces"-style folding knife
  26. Zipper-pull that hides secret handcuff key
  27. Handcuff shim
  28. Small Bic lighter
  29. Boot knife
  30. Glow-in-the-dark compass
  31. Brass flint wheel sparker
  32. Quickdraws and sling
  33. Collapsible water bottles
  34. Headlamp
  35. LifeStraw (emergency water treatment)
  36. Electrolyte tablets
  37. Additional fuel pellets
  38. Machete (because, you know)
  39. Hand-held slingshot (with additional sling)
  40. Darts for the crossbow
  41. Quik Clot (for blood clotting)
  42. The Emergency Bandage (for stopping serious wounds)
  43. Israeli tourniquet (bandage and tourniquet in one)
  44. Hand-crank radio/flashlight
  45. UST Sparkie fire starter (with magnesium, can start with one hand)
  46. Old school can openers
  47. 200-lbs strength kevlar cord
  48. Adventure Medical UltraLight & Waterproof medical kit
  49. Multi purpose EDC 20 Dram containers
  50. Compact ponchos
  51. Orange gaffers tape rolled up on itself
  52. Bow string wax
  53. Dual threaded lids for dram containers (can interlock 2 containers, as pictured)
  54. BodahPak folding cups
  55. Xtreme tape (silicone stretch wrap)
  56. Fake blood (hey, you never know. for the humor alone it has value)
  57. Self-cocking 80-lbs crossbow
  58. NATO camouflage face paint
  59. Decoy blow-up brain (mainly for humor...the biggest threat we have in an apocalypse is each other...humor diffuses situations)
  60. Survival kit in a sardine can (some fun additionals...can give to that person in your group who is completely unprepared)
  61. Reusable hand warmer (put in boiling water to reset)
  62. Aviation cable key ring (insanely strong)
  63. Pocket knife sharpening tool (a couple of kinds)
  64. Waterproof magnesium/flint fire starter (useful if you are in saltwater areas to prevent damage to use)
  65. Pico grappling hook
  66. Screwz-All 4-in-1 tool ... various screw drivers in compact form
  67. Survival wire saw
  68. Hand chainsaw
  69. Goal Zero Nomad solar charger and accompanying 4 rechargeable AA battery pack. [USB plug included]
  70. **Black molle tactical one-shoulder pack
  71. Grimloc locking molle carabiners
  72. Waterproof sleep bag sack (to store anything that needs to be kept dry)
  73. Homemade beef tallow candles
  74. 2-piece, springless tarp clamps
  75. Another magnesium fire starter
  76. Tea lights wrapped in tinfoil
  77. Eat'N tool (spork & multi tool combined)
  78. Titanium spork
  79. Camping compact cooking pot and bowl [detachable handle]
  80. Mylar sleeping bags
  81. Length of paracord
  82. Fire Fixins fire starter aid
  83. Mosquito head covers
  84. Breacher bar
  85. Deet bug spray
  86. & a NiteCore P12 flashlight

Step 2: The Pack

Picture of The Pack

Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING listed fits inside or onto the pack. It is snug, but not overly bulky.

Plan-B Evac Sling Pack (

Click the link for product specifications, but roomy, can carry a hydration bladder, and numerous details that makes this both lightweight and great for adding small extras and includes molle coverage, 2 small exterior pouches on the back, and different zipper access points for ease of access to items. The bag also has side straps and pockets that fit the machete and crowbar snuggling so an all-out run is possible.

One shoulder strap, but a second connector that comes across from the other side to secure the pack in place. You can change the shoulder side, if desired as well. Very secure clips and connection points.

Weighed fully packed (no water added in hydration bladder): 25 lbs even, without mini-crowbar. Just over 25 lbs with crowbar.

Step 3: Always Improving

There is never a moment where you can no longer improve on what you have.

My goal is for this Instructable to lead to intense discussion on what is deemed extra weight or items to be added.

There are a number of small "survival kits in Altoid tins" or the like that I have seen posted that would be great additions -- though my survival kit in a sardine tin likely has a lot of those (though is a one-time open and was a gift).

Please (1) Vote for my Instructable, but more importantly, (2) Drop a comment, I would love to hear your thoughts. This is the evolved version of the first bug out bag I had, in which I recorded a teardown of it with another enthusiast friend that I will one day post as a podcast, if I can make the time to figure out how to do that.



optimalcolt (author)2017-02-17

This is a great B.O.B but i´ll stick with my simple B.O.B Mk1

hammer9876 (author)2016-11-01

Unnecessary and sexist comment. "... my fiancee will likely be with me, and her bag will contain almost entirely clothes."

ezeisel (author)hammer98762016-11-02

I am a former Div 1 athlete and still train and lift. My wife, now, is amazing, but cannot carry the same weight that I can carry. We hike and camp, we have tested it. Given that the Instructable is for a Bug Out Bag, and one key feature of a Bug Out Bag should be additional clothes, the note was specifically made to make the point that we will have 2 bags, one lighter weight and taking care of the additional clothes need. As one of the aspects of keeping the bag small was speed of travel, as described, the note also is a quick nod that my wife and I would be able to travel quickly with our relative packs.

I know the urge to try to find sexism and other hate speech is prevalent in the online, and non-online, zeitgeist, but please do not try to add whatever issues you are bringing to what I have created. The note was both necessary, and not sexist. I would whole-heartedly support my wife if she felt the desire to train more rigorously and wanted to then carry the heavier pack or distribute the weight equally. That is not the current case. Sexism would be assuming something about someone based solely on his or her or their gender. All prejudice comes from the assumption about someone else without any actually knowledge of that person.

Battlespeed (author)2016-03-11

Thanks for sharing the weight. Just for reference, it's just about the same weight as 3 gallons of milk (8.6 lb per gallon). For any significant trekking, that would probably be close to the limit of what many people could carry if they're not in condition. Good idea to load a backpack with weight and start by taking short hikes, gradually increasing the distance to build up stamina. If your bugout bag becomes an impossible burden, it becomes part of the problem.

tim47 (author)2015-09-16

Nice setup. You've applied redundancies in the vital areas. I'd suggest a better first-aid kit, as someone mentioned already. I'd also suggest a handgun and ammo. Or perhaps a Henry survival .22 rifle, or something similar. The fake blood and decoy blowup brain are a nice touch.

DamnPigs (author)tim472015-09-16

This might come as a shock ... but there are lots of countries were weapons aren't allowed for the general public. Were i live most people have never even seen a real gun.

Battlespeed (author)DamnPigs2016-03-11

There's no hunting in Belgium? No critters that could invade a
campsite? I'd hate to have to carry every morsel of food that we'd need
for a prolonged bugout or rely on primitive methods like traps.

TechPaul (author)DamnPigs2015-10-27

you can also buy , or make an arrow holder for your slingshot. Not as good as a bow but will work in confined spaces. Depending on your crossbow bolts there may also be a problem getting enough power into them, ie can't fully stretch the "rubber" band. I seemed to have a problem uploading images , but there it is

tim47 (author)DamnPigs2015-09-17

I suspected that might be the case for you. I didn't mean anything derogatory with my initial statement. Overall, I think you have an extremely comprehensive survival kit here. Thanks for taking the time to post this!

MacTGR (author)2015-09-15

Awesome suggestions!

How about a hat, fishing line, lure/jig, toothbrush, gum, hand-sanitizer?

Also, be sure to put you old pair of prescription glasses in your BOB just in case (if you wear glasses). They may not be good for you now but they'll be better than nothing in an emergency.

Lastly, socks and sandals that can clip to you bag.

TechPaul (author)MacTGR2015-10-30

You can use the towels as a head covering but sunglasses and sunscreen are handy. One question about the beef tallow candles, the only ones I ever encountered did smell when burning. I would not be using them if stealth were required.

ezeisel (author)TechPaul2015-11-01

The tallow candle is mainly as a backup source of food and emergency candle. Tea lights are also in there, but since tallow is beef fat it allows that emergency from starvation option, and candlelight in a pinch.

4WantofaNail (author)2015-09-14

Neat list good sir. I'm interested in how you've got it all sorted out in your bag as that's a whole heap of items you've got there? Also, no communication? Though I might have missed it. Over all, interesting read. Cheers mate.

ezeisel (author)4WantofaNail2015-09-14

Very carefully. Hahahaha. I am working on optimizing the items a little more. Went on a 2 and a half day camp and tested a bunch of the items. Upgraded the water with a new camelbak and an inline (sawyer, I think) mini filter, among others. There is a hand-cranked/solar powered radio but no walkie. Any recommendations on a small enough and useful enough communication device?

I mainly organized from the inside out, placing outside priority on things that could be potentially needed more frequently, and less likely needed immediate items more inside.

TechPaul (author)ezeisel2015-10-30

Look at DPMR radios

TechPaul (author)2015-10-17

I've never had much luck with the survival wire saws, yes I know they do work but they seem to be very prone to breaking. Probably good as bone saws but I prefer the hand chainsaws for wood, as you are also carrying. Also one thing that seems to be overlooked is the actual route you intend going, if there are bridges along the way over large rivers, then the bridges can become choke points. And who can say if free passage will be allowed over these bridges, think robber bands extracting tolls for crossing or military checkpoints under marshall law(US Constitution suspended). You may not get guns past these points, ok if you have some in your cache but until you can get there? to save money maybe you can find some ones cache, look up fluxgate magnetometers and two box detectors.

ezeisel (author)TechPaul2015-10-19

Metal/magnetic detectors are a good idea. Do they come in portable? My key for this one was portability and the ability to run while wearing the pack. Updated a bunch recently, and need to repost new gear and what I slimmed down.

TechPaul (author)ezeisel2015-10-20

The fluxgate I have is abt 1.5m/5ft long. As they use the Earths magnetic field to detect metal they would need to be recalibrated to often to used while running. Cache detectors are a leisurely paced items best used when field trying other items in your bob or surveying for bug out locations. If you did find some ones cache in an area you were considering as a bug out location, then it is probably a good spot just too many people will want it. Best places to bury caches would have to be in the corner of a field/border with wire fencing. Use some bits of burnt rusty wire, dug in shallow, to provide a few false targets. It's not perfect but it will stop casual metal detectorists.

Runawayscott (author)2015-09-30

Oh and I would also suggest throwing in or replacing one of your knives with a Swiss-Army or "multi-tool" style knife. I'm personally a fan of Leatherman products. Lots of options and quality material. I've got about half a dozen of them.

Runawayscott (author)2015-09-30

Hey man. Awesome walkthrough. Just a single tip coming from a medical professional; ditch the Quick Clot. It's only really useful if you have access to a hospital level of medical care within a couple hours. Otherwise you run a serious risk of an internal blood clot forming and either cutting off circulation or moving to your heart/lung/brain and causing an embolism (embolism=death). Otherwise, I'm loving this B.O.B.

Sanderguy777 (author)2015-09-16

I would change a few things of your bag.

First, I would ditch the machete. If you think you need one, get a good quality one like a Condor or a Woodman's Pal because the worst thing in the world is a dull machete.

Second, drop the paracord knife. If you are using this for just batoning or prying, the Ka-Bar Becker BK2 is good because it has a nice thick blade. I you are doing everything with it, (food prep, butchering, wood chopping, etc) Then try the Ka-bar USMC fighting knife. It is plenty good for all knife duties and some batoning. If a small knife works, get a good 4 or 5 inch blade knife that is about 1/8" thick (4mm).

The reason I say drop the paracord knife, is that while they are light and have extra paracord, if you use the paracord they could cut your hand or give you blisters. Besides, a real knife with plastic handles won't weigh enough more to worry about. The Ka-Bars weigh more but are worth it. ( obviously you should try knives out at the store to make sure that they fit your intended limits)

Third, a good Victorinox swiss army knife is never a bad idea to keep in your pocket and your bag. Hey don't listen to this previous sentence if you go into an airport or high security compound ;)

Don't forget medicine if you have any allergies or health problems.

Other than these few things, I think the Ible is very well done and if you want some cool inspirations, look at Dave Canterbury's "10 C's of Survival" on the web.

jtpoutdoor (author)2015-09-11

not quite sure why you have the quick draws? You don't mention them in your list. Ditch all but two carabiner and swap those two out for long keys, , add a length of RATED rope and you have something handy, the quick draws are really only if you decide you wish to do some recreational climbing while bugging out and your mate is carrying a rope, and some wires and nut's and hexes - hope you get the picture, they're not much use as a stand alone.

ezeisel (author)jtpoutdoor2015-09-14

Quick draws could be helpful in securing doors or linking things together. That said, there is definitely the argument for just carabiners. I have paracord, which is 550 rated, but very small. It is extremely useful, but not the best for lifting things given its small diameter (it can hold the weight but hard to get a grip and torque). The issue with a fully rated rope is it adds weight and size quickly and one of my goals was to make this pack something that could be run in a sprint with. I have made a number of adjustments though, so need to post an update once I get a few more items in.

acoleman3 (author)2015-03-15

suggestion: ditch the water and get the sawyer mini filter kit and an empty canteen/nalgene bottle. water weighs your pack down and when you're mobile, you want to be as light as you can. also, horrible idea for your fiance to not have her own bag. what happens when she's not with you or you get separated hmm? if her pack contains that much clothing, a sevier content re-eval needs to be done. all a person needs is a change or two of the basics. something to seriously think about.

fantine (author)acoleman32015-03-19

The unequal distribution of resources was the first thing that came to my mind, especially as the "weaker" partner accompanying my husband.

I appreciate the wealth of Instructables as a forum of thoughtful people. IMNSHO, the best survival Instructables would categorize according to the need served (acquisition of food, water etc.) and thus educate me about (or at least, alert me to) priorities, the level of threat being prepared for, weight issues and the balance of risks I am choosing.

I feel it can never be overemphasized that one must be trained - and current - in numerous skills. Plans and networks must already be in place. These are the steps that separate the truly prepared from the wishful thinkers.

Alas, I seem to resemble the later at this time - much theory, inadequate practice. "Alas" is very apt; my first survival kit, 50 years ago, was inspired by "Alas, Babylon", that classic work of speculative dystopian fiction.

cassiemaas (author)fantine2015-08-29

"Alas, Babylon" was a great book. It became a code for our family. If anyone was in trouble all they had to do was use the word book in an unusual way to signal they needed help. It could be as simple as, "please drop off my book at the library". Since we didn't get books out of the library, it would be recognized as a clue.

Now, I'm going to need to get that book for my son to read. He's going to love this instructable!

acoleman3 (author)fantine2015-03-20

oh yes, preventing your skill set from atrophying is VERY important. i can empathize with you in the fact that i don't go out and practice as much as i'd like. i'm no slouch when it comes to bushcraft, but i'm not like mike from mcq bushcraft or dave canterbury from the pathfinder school.

speaking of those two, you should look up mcqbushcraft and wildernessoutfitters on youtube. they have a lot of good to say about choosing equipment and have a lot of skills to pass on. especially with dave since he shows you how to make the roycraft pack frame with on-board shelter components and how to use them. two other great channels are wandering the wild and native survival.

i will admit, "bugging out" is a bit different than survival or camping, even though it does contain elements of both. it's more of a 24 to 73 hour hike to your b.o.l. (bug out location) which shouldn't be any further than 40 miles, since the average person can only walk 10-15 miles a day. i can walk at least 20 and that's with a 15 kg ruck no less. right now mine only weighs 11 so i'm doing better than i was.

Skwurlito (author)2015-03-14

While this is an impressive bag-o-gear, i have to disagree with the "ultimate" part. It does not contain all of the "ten essentials". You may also consider a better water filter. The life straw does not filter out micro bacteria or chemical contaminants (as listed in their disclaimer). While it filters well enough that there is little concern of getting sick, if there is a rotting corpse of an animal upstream, you may encounter issues. The sawyer water system is only $10 more, filters up to 1mil gal and down to 1 micron and is guaranteed to filter out all the nasties.

Skwurlito (author)Skwurlito2015-03-14

*Correction* the sawyer filters to .1 microns and costs between $16 and $35 depending on the model. can be used like life straw or connected to collapseable bag, 2 litre or other bottles with common lids.

ezeisel (author)Skwurlito2015-08-21

filter acquired.

kidharris (author)Skwurlito2015-03-16

the 1 micron is an excellent filter, but doesn't do much for viruses, need the .02 micron

Skwurlito (author)kidharris2015-03-16

Its actually .1 micron I posted the correction as a response to my original comment.

clazman (author)2015-03-16

Nice article and helpful comments to boot.

Please do not take my questions as sarcastic, or worse, ridicule. I am not well versed in this topic if at all.

But why 4
flashlights? Redundancy? Seems as thought the hand crank would be enough. But, if you are unable to operate the hand
crank, and there is sun light available or last scenario it is night and the batteries or OK.

Why 2 ponchos, nylon tarp and compact?

Why both silk and mylar sleeping bags?

Why a one person hammock? Seems like a luxury to me. What if it cannot be used?

Oh, I wish your list was "organized" (related items together, like items associated with fire). It makes it hard to create a check off list.

ezeisel (author)clazman2015-08-21

Extra items as I am assuming I will not be alone and others will not be as well prepared. If i have a few extras, once I meet up with others, I could give them out for a stronger group overall.

HomesteadnPrep (author)2015-08-19

Something to keep in mind, if you are like me and have a family, distribute everything among everyone, don't double up with the same stuff. Seems logical but Ive gotten asked this question before. Otherwise awesome Instructible

travcoman45 (author)2015-03-15

I have a few suggestions here, looking at this someone involved in Emergency Management and Search/Rescue. First thing to go is the pack. To many things tied on the outside that are going to get snagged, damaged or lost. Your books would be destroyed by the first unexpected rain or even a damp day. That pack only puts the weight on one shoulder, pulling you off balance. Get a pack with well padded shoulder straps and large enough to hold your current gear and a few things you may pick up along the way.

Keep the breacher bar and loose the crowbar. Crowbar is way to heavy to carry. Leave the brains and blood to home. Uneeded weight and of little use. You will have more then enough to do in a disaster type situation to keep you busy.

Forget the little crossbow, it isn't practical. If you need to hunt your better off learning to build traps and use snares. On the subject of food, your kit is far short of what you should be carrying. You need no less then 3 days of food at a calorie count of 2000 per adult. Canned foods are heavy, dehydrated foods require more water. A balance of both is good. Also, add in some protein bars, trail mix, beef jerky and a packet or two of Datrex bars. Your not going to just "pick up" food as you go.

Leave the screwdriver at home, replace that with a good multi tool. It will have the straight and Phillips blade, pliers, cutter and other items and allows you to leave the pocket knife out.

The mirror is very handy as a signaling device and to be able to address a wound to your face. You can't rely on there being something laying around during a disaster nor can you rely on others at that time.

Paper and pencil allows you to take notes, leave notes and can be used as tinder for starting a fire. If you are bringing the books for information you don't want to be destroying them. For paper, the write in the rain notebooks are excellent.

The lighter you can keep the pack, the better. You will be able to travel faster and burn fewer calories in doing so.

I'm not trying to pick your system apart, these are just things I feel need to be changed from an Emergency Management person's point of view.

Hey, just wanted to poke in and thank you for recommending our books!

ezeisel (author)travcoman452015-03-15

Please, do pick apart the pack. The more recommendations I get to make it better, the better it will then be!

chabias (author)travcoman452015-03-15

Excellent recommendations. I think the author did a pretty good job with necessities, but I agree with you on the changes you suggest...especially the pack, but it would still be better than nothing.

Apature (author)2015-03-18

I would also like to add try learning some songs to uplift your spirit, I have been on 6 month hike and if I did not have something to do while hiking, I would have just gone crazy. Have some up beat song to sing, the national anthem for Russia is a awesome one to sing.

acoleman3 (author)Apature2015-03-20

the wisdom in that depends on where you are and how likely there are to be other people around. in a bug out situation, noise discipline can mean your supplies or even your life. because you never know who is hostile and who isn't, it's best to blend in as much as possible. after all, this isn't a day hike or pleasure cruse, you're doing this because of a disaster at best or social breakdown at worst. in those cases, it's every man for himself, everyone else is looking out for #1 and if they see you and even ASSUME you have something they want or need, well.....things can get ugly quickly. you want something to do while you're walking? pay attention, focus on what's happening around you and take note of places you can duck into if it sounds like someone is approaching. you never know when you'll have to get out of sight.

pwigzell (author)2015-03-18

Great BOB, I love seeing what people consider vital in a disaster situation and yours has some good items. I'd agree with some of the other comments though and change the bag, single shoulder strap bags aren't great if you are booting it over lots of miles. Hand gun for crossbow as well, although I live in a country where hand guns aren't easy to own, so I'd end up carrying my rifle instead. Torches are good but I think a cheap LED head torch is all you need for general night time round camp situations and you have the ability to make fire, so that should be all the light you need. Combine this with solar charger and batteries you should be set for a long time. I guess it's always going to be hard to have everything in one bag for every type of survival situation. I'd hope that for me I could still use my truck, which is kitted out with all the gear I need for hunting/camping trips, so finding fuel would be my focus to get me where I need to go to survive in the wild.

kidharris (author)2015-03-18

Sawyer also makes a .02 micron filter.

Apature (author)2015-03-17

I would replace the toys with a Reubux cube and possibly more tools for fixing a car or a bike you may come across and need to use, also add a basic mechanic guide, as for weapons try a sling shot. As a hiker I would recommend getting a pilots map of the local area, it contains radio stations for airports where you can get weather info using eafis, it also shows millitary zones and a lot more info you would not find in a normal civilian map, it's a cross between millitary and civilian maps. Also it's handy to have photoes of the place you are going, and leave behind something as you go, so you can trace your steps, and think about investing in a thermal imaging scope, this will alow you to see bands form far away at both day and night, also useful for spotting animals to hunt and snipers and traps, overall better then a night vision scope and plus you can hold it or mount it.

mid_life_crisis (author)2015-03-17

Are you talking complete anarchy or short term interruption of services here? Your weaponry choice is significantly different, depending.

In my neck of the woods here in the States, for a quiet weapon, I'd ditch that crossbow and spend the extra money to buy a suppressed 22 pistol. Of course, in the ultimate nightmare situation, you should also have something with real stopping power (and a willingness to use it) for when stealth goes out the window and you just need to drop the bad guy whose preparation is solely to be willing to do whatever it takes to gain possession of somebody else's stuff. Face it, you might be reduced to the same behavior at some point.

scott.t.wetter (author)2015-03-16

Good write up and good constructive criticism. I'd be interested to get a group of people together and put these bug out bags to the ultimate real world test over the course of a weekend or longer. Great project. Thanks for sharing

madmungo (author)2015-03-16

A really good instructable, simple and effective. A very good list and a nicely designed BOB. I would like to add a couple of things that you might consider.
On your pens and pencils, wrap half a meter of duct-tape around them. It takes very little space, they are still useable and will come in so very useful.
Also, one more thing. I read that most disasters are not global, but localised. State, or county etc. Or even just your own street/house. A lot of the problems caused by these localised disasters can be getting yourself and your family back to normal as quickly as possible. Proving your type of drivers license, or that you have a passport etc can be difficult. Or just having a copy of your birth certificate after your house has been washed away.

I scanned in all my family documents and encrypted the files on a USB stick. I used truecrypt (free download) and also included the installation of the encryption (the .exe file) on the stick too, just incase the download is not available post-disaster. My BOB is kept very handy and the amount of times I have used it for emergency medication for my kids, or printed out the scan of my passport for something, even just grabbing the hat and gloves from it when my wife was freezing cold. It can be the little things that make your BOB very useful, not always an apocalypse. :-D

Remember to keep going back to it and revising it. Also check the weight a lot. You have a lot of redundancy in there which as others have said, may not be useful if you cannot carry it for more than 3 hours.
I also agree with the pack choice comments. When walking with hundreds of people in an emergency situation, useful things will be targeted. A girly pink sports backpack will look like you have it full of wet towels and sweaty pants. A military style bag will be taken from you, or at least you will be confronted about it's contents by those looking for some comforts/food. And there is always someone bigger, with more friends, or better armed than you. :-)

BigAndRed (author)2015-03-15

I would use a better pack, one with 2 shoulder straps. It will be more comfortable and secure. The single shoulder strap will cause a sore back because of the imbalance of load, swapping from 1 shoulder to the other just prolongs the inevitable.

Some of the things you have included are useless in a survival situation and the extra weight could be discarded. Everything weighs more the longer you have to carry it. Have you used this bag as is for surviving 3 days without outside support? Give it a go and see what you use and discard what is not.

A spare pair of dry socks is worth more than most of whats in your pack, if you walk in wet socks for long and cripple yourself then the rest wont help much.

dropkick (author)2015-03-15

You have a ton of things, but I would add a couple more butane lighters as fire can be a necessity and a Bic lighter is much easier and more dependable to use in starting one than almost any other method. Spare socks as keeping your feet healthy is key to survival. Also I would add a un-lubricated condom to use with a sock for carrying water. You might also consider basic fishing equipment and wire to use for small animal snares.

moosejaw23 (author)2015-03-15

I think you've put together a well-thought-out kit, overall! One major point I would make is that you're advertising the nature of what you're carrying, with the Goal Zero strapped to the outside, caribiners, etc. strapped to the outside. I would find a pack that allows you to keep as low a profile as possible.

As has already been mentioned, I would _highly_ recommend trading the crossbow in for a .22LR handgun or survival rifle. You can carry hundreds of rounds for it, use it for defense and hunting, and it will be much more effective. The crossbow is more quiet, but it's not silent. It's also more bulky, by design.

Last, as has also been mentioned, food and water on-hand is a necessity. If you're able to hunt or gather along the way, great! But that should be a bonus, not part of your plan. As anyone who hunts or fishes much will tell you, it's far from a sure thing -- especially in an urban environment. Most disasters will be a few days or less. Have enough food and water to carry you through at least part of that, and you'll have a lot less stress.

Great job being proactive and prepared!

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