The High-Tech Prepper BOSS. (Basic Outdoor Survival System).




Introduction: The High-Tech Prepper BOSS. (Basic Outdoor Survival System).

OK, So I'm not the average prepper.. For one, I refuse to leave behind some of the stuff, that I consider, basic comforts of life. There are many excellent   BoB bag Instructables so I won't go into detail about those things that are common to the majority of the survival bags, rather,  I will focus on the things that  I consider "essential" , and have been left out of most "comprehensive"BOB systems,  and share some of the gadgets I have that you might want to include in your  bag.

The one "essential" trait that a prepper should have is to be a bargain hunter, 99% of the stuff in my BOSS, were acquired in the clearance racks,  on sale, or highly discounted from the major superstores.( ie. Target, Wall Mart ,K mart.. Marshalls, etc)

I really don't differentiate between Prepping and going out camping as the two of them require me to survive ant thrive out of my comfort zone, so you can also use this guide as an essential camping equipment check list.

Let's start the "show & tell"

Step 1: Contents

To be more organized, I  divided the contents into categories:

Food / water
Hunting gathering.
First aid/ Medical
Energy / Lighting
Communications / networking
Security /surveillance  
Personal defense
Tools / utility
Personal hygiene / toiletries
Entertainment / Comfort

Step 2: FOOD / WATER

This is a very basic kit that is in one of the carry on / back packs. It does not include the protein bars , dehydrated food, and MRE's that every family member has and is responsible for.


Shelter consists of three tents for 4 persons. I tried the 1 tent for four and didn't work..Kids don't let you get a good nights sleep, and the rest that you will need to deal with whatever awaits you. they're better off with their own tents.


My  Clothing, Every member has their own similar supply.


For food provisioning, I have  a kit that consists of:
  • A .22 caliber US survival rifle that is water proof when in storage very light weight, and it all collapses into the gun butt. takes less than a minute to put together.
  • Two fishing rods plus tackle boxes.
  • Sling shot
  • Pellet gun
  • And various  knifes


The First aid / Medical Kit consists of a household first aid kit , an automotive first aid kit, a surgical kit and various supplementary medical devices to monitor health conditions. They all collapse into four small  cases.


Besides having several color copies of important documents (passport, drivers license, birth certificates, car and house titles, diplomas, degrees,resumes, etc..) I also keep scanned files of the documents in password protected, encrypted, flash drives. Each member of the family has one.


The Various Lighting and energy components in my kit.  mouse over the picture for an explanation /description.  I have some larger solar battery chargers and a portable gas powered generator that are not shown, but you get the picture.

Step 9: Communications / Networking

OK , So here's where I really "Deviate from the norm" . Besides the standard two way communications, I also include a Small wifi Router  (TP-Link Portable 3G /3.7G Wireless N Router) , a  Sony tablet S, Plus some laptops(tablet PC's) and a 1 Terabyte USB Hard Drive (not shown) that has all my pictures, Home Videos, and a bunch of Movies, ebooks, and music (MP3) that I have compiled throughout the years. I use the Router to stream the files / movies/ music to any wifi enabled phone or PC we take along! I also use it to monitor the IP Cameras that are part of my security system.


Several of the video audio  surveillance equipment that can be deployed around the campground to monitor from a central location
They all can be powered by 12v battery packs (not shown).

Step 11: Personal Defense

Step 12: Tools / Utility

The Tool set was purchased at Target on Clearance as most of the other stuff.

Step 13: Personal Hygiene / Toiletries

Just Personal stuff I can't live without.

Step 14: Entertainment / Comfort and Storage

These are optional items, as they are heavy and occupy space, But if time and space permit I'll take them with me!!

Well I hope you enjoyed my show and tell, and  I hope I have helped you think about some other stuff you might want to include in your BOSS!

I haven't gone into allot of detail on all the stuff, but if you have any questions, leave your comments and I'll try to respond. I gave enough info about most of the stuff that you can "google" it and get more info, if not -just ask

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    It's an excellent and well thought out set of kit. I'm surprised that this hasn't received more views. You should enter it in the Apocalypse contest. I would like to see it set up in your yard, especially the security and battery systems. Can you shoot a video?


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    One thing that I didn't see, but would definitely add, is a tarp and plenty of light rope to hold it. Whether camping or bugging out, especially in central FL, a heavy downpour can be a major downer if you don't have a halfway dry place to sit and keep your stuff. I would use a 10'x10' sheet of painter's plastic with some packing tape loops for tie-outs in the shelter kit in Step 3, and add the biggest camo tarp you can find to Step 14. I also didn't see contractor trash bags and gallon zip-lock bags, which are perfect for waterproofing your stuff that isn't being used. The best quality ones are still cheap insurance.