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Please review my BOB / Get Home Bag

Discussion in 'EDC Bags' started by frogger, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. frogger

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    Once again, I have re-done my BOB and I'm looking for some feedback. First, let me explain my logic behind how I did this so it makes sense. My kit is divided into 2 main parts. The first is the main backpack that lives in the trunk of my car. The second, is a smaller pack that lives in the glove box. The idea is that the smaller pack is also an EDC pack and contains stuff I want to have at hand throughout my day, but could also serve as a backup to what is in the kit. The idea is that in an emergency, where I had to leave the vehicle on foot, the smaller bag would be clipped to the larger bag with a caribiner. If I became injured and could not carry the heavier bag, I could take the smaller one back off and carry it for the bare basics. Also, the main backpack has been divided into smaller pouches which are numbered in order of importance in my inventory below. If I needed to lighten the load for some reason, they would be abandoned in reverse order of importance. This could also happen if I came up equipment I value more and need to make room in the pack for the new found items.

    MAIN BOB/GET HOME BAG

    All packed in a SwissGear backpack weighing a total of 21.6 pounds.

    Main Compartment

    2 3M Dusk Masks
    1 Small Pry Bar
    1 Printed Copy of "Survival, Evasion and Recovery Manual"
    2 Bandanas
    1 Pull over Fleece, sealed in a FoodSaver bag
    2 FoodSaver bags, each contained 1 pair of socks and 1 pair of underwear
    1 Full Brim Hat
    1 Pair of Work Gloves
    --Pouch 1 - First Aid Kit
    --Pouch 2 containing...
    4 Bic Mini Lighters
    1 Zip Loc bag of dryer lint
    1 Survival tool with compass, whistle, cord, matches and striker pad
    1 Mini Maglite LED in sheath
    4 AA Batteries
    1 Ziploc bag with coffee filters and a rubber band for water filtration
    1 bottle of Water Purification tablets
    1 Emergency Blanket
    2 Emergency Ponchos
    6 pack of Foot Warmers
    100 feet of paracord
    1 350# caribiner
    1 pair of reuseable ear plugs
    --Pouch 3 containing...
    1 small bottle of RemOil
    1 tube of coins
    1 roll of Gorilla tape
    1 compass
    Assorted Zip ties
    3 Oral B BrushUps
    12 Zeiss Lens Cloths
    1 Travel size pack of Plackers
    1 Travel size pack of Wet Ones
    1 Travel size bottle of Gold Bond
    1 Tube of Burt's Bees Lip Balm
    1 Small bottle of 100% Deet insect repellant
    1 Travel size tube of SPF30 waterproof Sunscreen
    1 Camp Towel
    1 Waterproof bag
    2 Emergency Water bags

    Middle Compartment

    2 32oz. Nalgene bottles filled with filtered water and sealed in FoodSaver bags
    6 servings of protein powder, sealed in a FoodSaver bag
    7 Gatorade Prime01 pouches
    9 Clif Bars, assorted flavors
    5 Atkins Protein Bars, assorted flavors

    Outer Pocket

    1 Gerber Fixed Griptilian Knife
    1/2 Roll of Toilet Paper
    1 Black Sharpie
    1 Silver Sharpie
    1 Ink Pen
    1 Mechanical Pencil
    1 Carpenter's Pencil
    1 Small Notebook
    1 crank powered radio/flashlight
    1 spare pair of eye glasses
    Maps... County, State and National

    Outside the Pack

    1 Pair of broken in Sneakers (attached with 3 short sections of paracord, 2 caribiners and an S-clip)

    ******
    MINI-BOB / EDC PACK

    All packed in a Maxpedition Fatty E.D.C. Pocket Organizer weighing approx. 1 pound

    Auto Registration Card
    Auto Insurance Card
    Copy of DL, CHL, Medical Insurance and Auto Insurance cards
    1 Caribiner
    1 Gerber Multi-Tool
    2 Ink Pens
    1 Eyeglass Repair Kit
    1 12' section of black paracord
    1 Streamlight Stylus Pro flashlight
    2 Spare AAA Batteries
    1 16GB Flash Drive with critical documents and pictures
    1 Kershaw Syline folding knife
    1 Fox 40 Emergency Whistle
    1 Key ring on caribiner with spare keys
    1 Pack of 3x5 Index cards
    1 Nail File
    1 Nail Clippers
    1 Pair of Tweezers
    1 Leatherman Micra
    1 Blackhawk Hawkhook Rescue Tool
    1 Mini Bic Lighter
    1 Small binder with cash
    1 $10 pre-paid AT&T calling card
    2 Colgate Wisp mini brushes
    3 Oral B Brush Ups
    2 Shout Wipes
    4 Zeiss Lens Cloths
    1 Pack of Antibiotic Ointment
    Assorted Band-Aids

    Plan to add in the near future...

    Benchmade Field Sharpener
    More Cash
    Quick Clot
    Upgrade MT to Leatherman Wave
    Hand Sanitizer
    Water Filter Straw (http://www.amazon.com/Frontier-Emergency-Disaster-Preparedness-Survival/dp/B0014EAYUM)
     
  2. Doric

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    How about some pics?
     
  3. Blades

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    Seems like a good idea. I like the idea of numbering, then you can toss what is not important to save weight. Good thinking.
    I'm in Fayetteville, NC, where do you live?
     
  4. Mecha04

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    Interesting idea, so instead of a trail of bread crumbs you're leaving a trail of packs. ;D
     
  5. frogger

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    WAAAAY on the other side of the state, near Hickory.
     
  6. Blades

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    If I have to head to the mountains I'll call. :)
     
  7. enine

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    What are the pouches, do they go inside or connect to the outside? Pictures please.
     
  8. frogger

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    Made some additions to the bag, so I updated the original post. I added more Clif Bars, another Atkins bar, more Gatorade, 2 Dust Masks and a Small Pry Bar.
     
  9. SilenzZzz

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    the list looks similar to what i am building up right now ... about the only difference is i have about 2 extra emergency blankets in my list ... and a small tarp and twice the rope ... and instead of dryer lint i have a zip lock bag filled with some 0000 fine steel wool and cotton balls that have been lightly coated in petro jelly ... i have had better luck with that combo for fire starting then the lint ... the steel wool only takes one spark and it will flare up and get hot which will ignite the cotton ball and the petro jelly will delay the burn of it enough to allow other items to be lit... and it will still burn when damp or wet.

    only other thing is i have placed an old spare pair of my prescrip glasses into the pack as well ... because without em i can not see for **** in case a pair gets broken beyond repair i still have one to fall back on.
     
  10. frogger

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    Here you go...

    Here is my EDC (slightly out of date, but pretty close)...

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    Here is what is in the Mini-BOB in the glovebox...

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    Here is what is in the BOB...

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    ...and here it is all packed up...

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  11. Blades

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    Thanks for the pictures, looks good.

    Do you refresh the water on a regular schedule? Or is it treated for storage? Just wondering.
     
  12. frogger

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    I refresh it every 4 - 6 months. Also, they are filled with filtered water which should help. I have the date written on the plastic bags that they are in. BTW, the only reason I put them in foodsaver bags was for an extra level of protection against a leak in my bag.
     
  13. kye4some

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    Very nice well thought out system.

    I recommend that you look into these three items:
    1. Petzl e+LITE headlamp
    2. HTI X-Pack water bladder and water filtered system http://www.htiwater.com/assets/flash/video/hti_video-hydropack.html
    3. Crovel shovel (Heavy at 5.5lbs) but could provide very useful in real world needs. I own one and have used it camping and this thing is very well build.

    I would dump the mini mag light and the AA batteries and get the e+LITE headlamp (hands free), it is only 1oz with a watertight carrying case that can easily be stored with its batteries in a backpack, jacket,
    or emergency kit for up to 10 years. It provides white or red lighting in continuous
    or blinking mode and can easily be attached with its elastic band and clip.
    For emergencies, the e+LITE is equipped with a long-range whistle that can signal one’s position for rescue (the SOS Morse code illustration on the whistle). The batteries are very light weight and last a very long time you can throw 5-10 in your pack and not know the difference. I have had my for 1.5yrs and use it every now and then and it still has the same battery.
     
  14. Blades

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    Cool. Good idea writing the date on the bag. I thought you might have put a drop of bleach in each one, but the filtered water works.

    I need to get one of those e+Lite's.
     
  15. Manatakui

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    You have a nice set-up; as an aside, I'm near Hickory, myself. Small world, heh.
     
  16. b0wz3r

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    Nice set-up indeed.

    I'm working on this same project myself, though I'm considering longer term situations, so I'm including a small axe/big hatchet, a folding saw, and a wood rasp in mine. Most people scoff when I tell them I have a wood rasp in my BOB, but from practical experience, I've found it to be an invaluable little helper to have with bushcraft tasks, especially for making shelter. Nothing works better for shaping poles out of branches, and notching them for lashings and the like.