Bob/Inch bag concept refined
Ok, I know, the dreaded BOB/INCH/Get Home bag post every survival site has and everybody reads as a feel good post. I get it and I know, 20 years ago these were called Alert bags, Jump bags and MTDB ( Multi Theater Deployment Bag) depending on the immediate need they were packed for either a one size or specific mission
It was pointed out to me very recently I needed to define BOB and INCH
BOB= Bug Out Bag
INCH= Im Never Coming Home
Heres where I disagree with the multipurpose one size fits all BOG (Bag O’Gear)
Everything depends on weather, time and distance to destination. And Mission, which in our case lets settle for getting from where we are to where we need to be.(Home lets say)
So what my concept revolves around is a layered system, not 1 bag to rule them all
I work outdoors, and Im a very active guy for my age, much more in fact than most as it shows as duty belts seem to grow as years of service increase
So for the trip to grocery store/work/wherever within 30 miles I throw my smock in the truck and call it good. I can get home in 12 hours easily ,out to 30 miles with 24 hrs being the outside maximum. And for this I need a large ruck full of gear like I need 2 more ex wives. Here fast and light are in order, and stripped down with water, snacks and minimum gear is the way to run.
The smock is sized large enough to go on OVER layers you are already wearing, or more in my case just worn over existing fair weather clothing. They come in lots of colors and if camo isnt what you like the Tan or OD green is not going to attract attention
The trick is to keep it the bare essentials YOU need to get home. Ladies, you can find a light weight outer garment in your color, and keep a pair of walking shoes in the pockets and swap shoes when you decide its time to get walking.
In my case, the inside rear pockets in my smock hold water bottles, it can hold up to 6 bottles of water but this is a little heavy to start. They will also hold a 96 oz Nalgene canteen in each pocket, but the water bottles of course will not fit if these are carried. In Arizona the water weight comes out of the pockets quick as you move. Summer or winter its dry here and a steady intake of water is a good idea.
A wrist compass hangs from the top left pocket flap where I can glance down at it at any time to verify direction and in one of the pockets there are whatever snacks you choose, I prefer jerky and chocolate but its personal.
The top right pocket I have a Yeasu VX-7 multi band Ham radio HT. I dearly love this little radio, and its a separate review all in its own. Suffice the local frequencies of the emergency service repeaters are programmed in and ready to monitor. I will perhaps check in if there are any communications nets up and functioning but Im not counting on an instant readiness from anyone and neither should you.
I have a book of topo maps in each truck I own, I can yank out the appropriate pages if I need them but they drop into one of the inside rear pockets intact and maps are always useful later.
In my normal carry I already have a pocket knife, sheath knife,multitool, pistol, spare mags, butane lighter and keys and plan to move the pocket gear out of my pants into the smock so I don’t get rubbed raw. Wallets should also go in the smock, because maybe the SHTF scenario you think you are in, turns out to be a false alarm.
A small first aid kit, with mole skin and a boo boo bag holding the very basic items in case you cut yourself on something is in one of the arm pockets as well.
This kit will get you 30 miles easily, and it gets lighter as you go snacking on jerky and drinking water, with nothing in your pants pockets rubbing you as you sweat and hoof it home. The advantage to “less is more” here should be evident. You have a reachable destination where your gear will be, and since you’ve been paying attention you have a better idea of the situation around you.
I feel this is a more reasonable load than a pack with a mountain of gear you dont need and will slow you down considerably. I dont see carrying it just to have a bag full of gear when you know where you are going and know where you start from.
In this case you are advancing into your supply line not dragging it on your back