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Discussion in 'The Breakroom' started by Chester, May 23, 2014.
Alright, thanks guys for your input. Would you put one in your bug out bag?
here are the main things I feel I NEED to add to my bag:
Water Proof Tarp - 1 or 2
A canteen and metal cup
A small stove for item above ( suggestions would be good of course)
A short food kit with:
3 Clif Bars
2 Packets of Oat Meal
3 Black Tea Bags
1 Pack of Hot chocolate mix
Things I want to add to my bag:
Larger Fixed Blade
Gerber One-Handed MT
Micro Fiber towel
I have one in my bag, along with a couple of Cliff bars, some beef jerky and a pack of "lifeboat rations".
Alright, so similar to my list.
Do you have any pics of your bob bag CSM?
Chester, they do vary in weight somewhat based on the menu, but like Mud said, you can make them lighter by getting rid of what's not necessary. It's called "field stripping" and here is a short vid on the the basics.
Now, everyone does their's a little different. For instance, you may have kept the strawberry shake. You probably also noticed he ditched the spoon and the heater. Again, not everyone has the mindset required to choke down a cold/air temp MRE, but when you need to move, you can just knead up the entrée, nip the corner off, and eat it like you're squeezing tooth paste out.
Like everything else, your BOB food should be all about expediency. It's fuel, not fun.
What? I know for sure some of y'all have eaten MREs this way too.
True, thanks for your input and video. I kinda like the esbit stove, but im not sure who long the fuel would last me for 72 hours.
I don’t have a BOB as such, what I have right now I refer to as a HIP bag (hold in place). As TH mentioned in this thread, you have to have someplace to “bug out” to, my concern is with getting from work to home in the event of whatever emergency/catastrophe happens... and, in the current shape I’m in, I have no illusions of walking the 25 miles from work to home anytime soon. So, until I can get myself into better shape, I’m focusing on being able to “hold in place” for a couple of days hoping for the situation to improve.
But, if you are interested in what I have packed you can find it here...
Pics are a couple of months out of date, I’ve switched from a Rush 12 to a 24 and added a few small items such as a fleece jacket, water filter straw and some other small odds and ends... but this is still pretty close.
No MRE's in my BOB. There are too many more desirable options and, as I said, food is a relatively low priority for a 72 hour kit.
True, Just a small supply is good though in my opinion.
LOL, like taste and palatability are that important.
If you have time to boil water or even do actual cooking, of course there are tastier and lighter options. For long shelf life food ready to eat right now, few things beat an MRE.
Would I backpack, car camp, or RV with them? No.
Some people like MRE's...
Mostly people who haven't had to eat many of them.
T.H. Cone, for a 72 hour bag, a few Clif bars would beat a MRE any day, IMO.
They still beat the heck out of C rations!
Ok it is in French but you can easily easily recognized items, Believe me, I know whereof I speak and this is the best I know on the net.
This is a light weight 4 person bug out bag.
Forget live permanently in nature with just your BOB, it is just able to help you evacuate and survive for a few days (sorry for my english)
Do not make the mistake of making your own with just a few "cool" stuff that does not help you if you need it!
You'll just need to evacuate quickly:
-coverage and sheltered
-As much water as you can wear while remaining fast (and stuff for treatment and purification)
-rich food and ready to eat
-A radio battery or dynamo
-And some more stuff ...
Sadly, I've eaten, and because I don't like waste, continue to eat, more than my fair share of MREs. I personally don't mind them, but I've been very hungry before, and true hunger allows your mind to convince your stomach that lots of things are quite tasty. YMMV.
NICE bar verses an MRE vegetable cracker. The Nice bar wins every time. But the truth is an MRE will last unattended far longer in a bag than any sort of Cliff/Power/Luna/Nice bar.
Plus, while this isn't a concern for Chester ATM, an MRE in the wife"s or kids' bags is not likely to get eaten "just for fun" like a White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cliff bar will. Nothing better than taking a trail side break and one of them saying they have nothing to eat.
"What happened to those Cliff bars?'
Answered by silence and shoulder shrugs.
MRE's have a few advantages, two are no need to add water and can be eaten without heat from a stove. I have a few in my trunk but don't hike with them. Would I consider putting one in a BOB? Absolutely, but not my first choice if weight is an issue.
That's for sure!