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Bug Out Bag - The BOB

Bug Out Bags or BOBs are usually much bigger than the EDC and somewhat smaller than the ‘I’m Not Coming Home’ INCH Bag. Medium-to-large backpacks are often the best form a BOB should take, unless you have a pre-planned method that doesn’t involve hiking and trekking.

In a Bug-Out-Bag you will not need to be as reliant on your surroundings as an EDC yet with the portability advantage over a heavier INCH load out. Distance and a plan should be in your mind first and foremost as you bug out with a BOB on your shoulders. Inside the Bug Out Bag should be (in general):

BOB Contents

Bug Out Bag Gear

  • A shelter (Usually a tarp or a one-man tent).

  • Waterproofs.
  • Spare clothes.

  • Thermal jacket.

  • A sleeping bag.

  • Food and water for at least 3 days (or the means to procure the H2O safely via a water filter).

  • Wash bag.
  • A collapsible tool or weapon (may not be required if an EDC weapon is carried).

 

The BOB Lowdown

Bug Out Bag Packed

The BOB is more of a comprehensive load-out – giving you more options and survivability in a disaster, yet you’ll lose some mobility and Kukri Knifemake yourself more of a high-profile person compared to the discrete EDC. With that in mind, you should endeavor to be fit enough to hike long distances and even run/sprint for short durations. Indeed I consider the BOB to be the most difficult to put together of the three evacuation bags as you want it to fully take care of your needs while remaining light enough to get you where you need to go. It’s important NOT to overdo a BOB as it can turn into an INCH bag which is seldom deployed by even veteran survivalists.

Survival Tip - Most preppers and survivalists don’t lug a BOB to their workplace, but some keep them in a vehicle (although a car BOB may differ from an ‘on-foot’ BOB as these do not tend to be backpacks but a grip bag or duffle bag instead).

The items you put in are ultimately up to you on the EDC, BOB and INCH.

 

 
 
 

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