The Ultimate Bug out Bag?
The response I received about the Ultimate Survival kit was impressive. However I suppose a new reader here could misunderstand what I actually carry all the time and how it comes together in a layered package.
The internet is full of lists, and of people trying to post a “better” list than the next guy. Pretty soon there is a list, of everything they own in the world.
And NOT A SINGLE ONE OF THEM HAS EVER CARRIED IT
In the immortal words of Willem Dafoe in Platoon….”Troop, you are carrying too much shit”
I’m not sure if its just Karma or the way of trends, but people are “finally” moving away from the traditional BOB and the weight.The key is to adjust your kit to what and where you are.
Use your brain, if you are 5 miles from home at the mall you will be better off leaving the kit at home and going light and fast.
There is not enough honest personal assessment but that is changing.
Survival instructors in Alaska, SF guys I know and talk too, articles in the new Off Grid Magazine, with detailed side bar about the same thing.
The trend which I am happy to say I had a hand in starting is this.
People are carrying too much shit.
So lets talk about pocket gear
Knives of course. A pocket folder goes without saying
If your multi tool is not on your belt always attach it to your sheath
100 ft roll of 550 cord
Butane lighter in my pocket as well as P-38 and firesteel.
Notice I rarely show what knives I use.
I want you to understand, the knife you have is what you are running with when it comes down.
Find what you like and just deal with it.
In my jacket or smock- Post here
Water containers- I’m liking the Klean Canteen lately
Pack-full post is here
In a dry bag at the bottom I have 1 set of merino wool underwear-Minus33
2 prs of gloves
2 prs of wool socks- price is equal to quality with wool. Be stingy if you like, I know what my life is worth
Poncho with Bungies- explanation here
Gore Tex top and bottom- get the top 1 size larger than normal so you can layer under it.
Cook set, small stove and spoon. And a cup, usually my Titanium insulated from Snow Peak. Today there is a butane stove and 1 full fuel bottle.
Spoon and roll of TP at the top of the pack, always
Water Filter– My MSR almost always, but in the deep cold weather I have a dropper bottle full of bleach
Boo Boo kit- OTC pain meds, blister kit, diarrhea meds, bleeder kit w/ Tourniquet
All of this weighs less than 20 lbs
Add food, usually the 2 serving packs of dehydrated foods from any major maker.
I know in my small Kifaru I can carry 5 days of food easily and still stay under 30 lbs.
What Ive neglected to write about in past posts is from the soldiers standpoint most important.
This is another one of the hot topics online.
And its rehashed and beaten to death.
Find a pair of boots you can wear in any climate and terrain you expect to be in. Gore Tex, insulated, etc.
If you need it then get it.
You don’t always have to wear them, but you do have to carry them.
I don’t add this weight to my bag because Ill be taking them out and wearing them if I don’t already have them on.
A set of Gaiters is a good idea to keep debris and water out of your boots. I’d never used them until the last few years and I won’t be without them now.
What to let go of?
That’s where the personal assessment comes from.
Do you REALLY need an extra stove, sleeping bag, 4 different fire starters, 3 water filters, bolt cutters and shovel? A folding grill made of stainless steel? ( Yes I have one, its heavy and borderline useless for real.)
Put down the fantasy novel and really look at your gear. If you are planning at some event to dump what you don’t need, why buy it now?
What scenario are you planning for, really? And what is the likelihood of it actually happening?
What are you setting out to do? Zombies? Aliens? Ninjas?
I’ve said it before and I still think it’s a good idea, be honest about what you are capable of, and what you aren’t.
Get away from the fantasy BOB and get real.
The Ultimate Bug out Bag?