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Bug Out Bag Template
This was created to give you a template to work from to make your own Bug Out Bag.
It also makes it easy to cut and paste this to your profile for posting.
|Range Weapons:||Clothing:||Personal Hygiene:|
|Melee Weapons:||Camp Kitchen:||Shelter:|
|Food & Water:||Fire Starting:||Maintenance/Tools:|
|Lighting:||Entertainment:||Repair Kit/ Supplies:|
|Information:||Hunting/fishing:||First Aid Kit:|
|Communication:||Optics:||Carrier or Bag:|
Categories Explained (Delete this part when you're done):
Range Weapons: Anything that fires at range - Guns, Bows, Slingshot.
Melee Weapons: Hand held weapons like Machete, Hatchet, etc. Also includes any improvised weapon you want like a Crowbar or Hammer. If you carry it primarily as a tool or utensil, it goes in Maintenance/Tools or Kitchen.
Food & Water: Includes all food, vitamins,sodas , water and their containers - i.e. canteens, bottles, MRE's
Lighting: Hand carried artificial light sources used to see in the dark - flashlights, candles, glow sticks, etc.
Information: Includes all items for hearing/seeing information or recording that information - Maps, AM/FM Radios, Notebook, Pens & Pencils. All books go in entertainment.
Communication: 2 way types like Cell Phones, CB radios, walkie-talkies, etc.
Survival (Misc): miscellaneous gear used for survival that doesn't fit in specifically other categories like a compass, 4-1 multi-tools (mirror, whistle, compass, thermometer), prepacked survival kits (BQM or S.A.S. types) or the like.
Clothing: Includes all outer coverings like armor, shoes, hats, goggles, masks, gloves, knee pads, helmets, etc.
Camp Kitchen: All items that you use to prepare, open or eat food like Swiss Army knife, frying pan, pots, spork, etc.
Fire Starting: All types of firestarters and tinders here from flint & steel to lighters and fire bows.
Entertainment: Items carried for fun or amusement like Playing Cards, to MP3 Players.
Hunting/Fishing: Items to do either from snares, spear heads to fish hooks.
Optics: Optical devices like binoculars, glasses (spare) to night vision gear.
Other: This is the catch all box for anything not listed elsewhere.
Personal Hygiene: Anything that you need to care for yourself with from toothbrush, mirror to feminine hygiene items.
Shelter: Any thing you carry to make your camp with from rope, sleeping bags, tents to ponchos and rope.
Maintenance/Tools: Anything you need to work on or maintain something else with. Things like Multi-Tools, torx wrenches, socket set, gun cleaning rod, lubricates or cleaning products to do this.
Repair Kit/Supplies: Different from tools as this includes duct tape, wire tie, super glue, zip-ties, etc items that you use as a "supply" for repairs.
First Aid Kit: Includes all medicines, bandage materials, medical instruments and any other health care items.
Carrier or Bag: This is the bag, tote or vest you carry all this stuff in.
Other/Special: This is a catch all category for specialized equipment that you must have to live or have a special skill to use. Examples are: scuba gear, crutches, welders, etc.
Using this template as a Tool:
This template is a tool to breakdown your kit and get you thinking about what you need. It's a checklist of things that you may not have thought about. I use this for ANY kit I build, just as a checklist. Also, remember when you evaluate your kit, think about what you have with you on a DAILY bases, NOT when you are prepared and ready.
Kit Breakdown Example:
Here's an example using the Budget Survival Kit and expanding it to make it into a BOB. I start my evaluation by categorizing all the equipment to the template. (These are in black below.)
| Range Weapons: |
5) .22LR Revolver
Ammo (100 rds)
| Clothing: |
- LS T-Shirt
- Gloves, Leather Work
- Ball Cap
- Safety Glasses
| Personal Hygiene:|
- TP (1/2 roll)
| Melee Weapons: |
6) 12" Machete
| Camp Kitchen: |
Knife, 3.5" SS
1) Tin Can
4) Fork & Spoon, SS
Tarp - 6' x 8'
Twine - 250', 15#
Tent Pegs (4) - 12" Steel
| Food & Water: |
2x Ramen Noodles
Canteen, Water Bottle
3) Double Food & Water
| Fire Starting: |
| Lighting: |
Candles, Tea Lites
|Entertainment:|| Repair Kit/ Supplies:|
| Information: |
8) Local Map
- AM/FM Radio
| Hunting/fishing: |
Fish Hooks, Snelled
| First Aid Kit:|
| Communication: |
9) Cell Phone
- Car Charger
|Optics:||Carrier or Bag:|
| Survival (Misc): |
Evaluation of my gear:
* I want to look at those "empty" boxes that I have not covered and add in equipment to complete my BOB from this survival kit. These are NOT in any order of importance, EXCEPT the first one. (Adds are in blue.)
1) "Basic 4": First thing I do is look for the "Basic 4" items as these four items are a MUST HAVE. I am missing a Tin Can or something to boil water in. So that is the first "add-on". The other 3 are present and I always carry some type of tactical folding knife with me on a daily bases.
2) Clothing - "What do I wear daily?": Exposer is #1 killer in a survival situation, so what do I have to wear on a daily bases that I WON'T have with me. Start from the GROUND up. Shoes, socks, pants, belt, shirt, gloves, hat and face.
For me, I normally wear a Moc type sport/dress shoe, so I'm ok there, but I usually wear dress socks. So 2nd thing I need to add here is some thick socks. I always wear long pants, belt and a short sleeve shirt. So next will be a long sleeve t-shirt or thermal clothing top followed by leather work gloves, ball cap and lastly, shaded safety glasses to cover my eyes.
3) Food & Water: BOB's are usually 48-72 hours of supplies, so for I'm going to double up my food and water supplies next.
4) Camp Kitchen: It's hard to eat with your hands and a knife, so I add a stainless steel fork and spoon to prepare food and as utensils.
5) Range Weapons: Since I'm converting a Survival Kit into a BOB, I want SOME type of weapon with me. I'm not making a Z-day specific BOB, so I'm more concerned with general survival needs than defending against Zeds. Next is a .22LR Revolver for small game hunting. It's easier to pack in a BOB than a rifle and 100 rounds of ammo is light and goes a long way when you're hunting.
6) Melee Weapons: Of sorts, but the next thing I want in my kit is a big "chopper" - either a hatchet or a machete. For the weight I prefer a 12" Machete for large chopping camp chores.
7) Personal Hygiene: A little "house keeping" time, but if you don't have a little toilet paper, toothbrush and toothpaste - you're life is going to be a lot less ....pleasant. So I add 1/2 roll of TP, small tube of toothpaste & a toothbrush.
8) Information: A local map is a simple, but good aid to navigate and identify areas of interest. Also, a little AM/FM radio makes for a good source of information - you may even have this on your cell phone.
9) Communication: A Cell phone is as good as any if you can keep it charged. Make sure you have a car charger with you, even if you don't have a car. You may find one later you can use to charge your phone with.
Starting to get the idea how this helps you?
Hope this helps,
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|kudostokai||Great start||2||Dec 24 2012, 7:12 PM EST by Freki1000|
|MsGigi||Issue with Cans||15||Dec 27 2010, 11:58 AM EST by DLOWTHEMAD|
Thread started: Dec 26 2010, 5:14 PM EST Watch
Theres a slight issue though with having cans; They'll melt and eventually burn away. I know this from experience when me and some friends used to use cans to burn "stuff" on. Eventually, after using the can a few times, the can wears down and it begins to melt or even burn away as it seemed. You don't want to try and boil water in a can only to find theres a hole burned into it and all that water goes bye-bye.
I'm looking around and so far, I've found that there are these watter bottles that are reusable made entirely out of metal (a recycled metal and its thick to insulate and hold up). They're small and not only can be used to boil the water, but you can cap the water later to hold it for later use.
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