The ABSOLUTE most important things in a BOB

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The ABSOLUTE most important things in a BOB

Post by Outdoorman.co » Sat Jan 11, 2014 5:30 pm

I've been reading a lot of posts regarding the BOB. There seem to be a lot of differing opinions.

For you, what are the things your BOB absolutely must have?

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Post by BullOnParade » Sat Jan 11, 2014 5:47 pm

I took a long time to complete my first BOB. I just had a hard time putting the basics together. I kept adding crap and not really concentrating on the essentials. Then I read Murph's signature.
Murph wrote:Does your BOB at least have: water, basic tools, fire, food, first-aid kit, and shelter?
That's the base list I come back to every time someone asks me to critique their BOB.
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Re: The ABSOLUTE most important things in a BOB

Post by dpayette » Sat Jan 11, 2014 5:54 pm

I think that for most of us here we would suggest the most basic fundamental needs, food, water, shelter, cordage, fire, knife for their BOB/ GHB. The food and water I carry supports the 3 day need to get to your intended location. I have a tarp and wool blanket and extra mild weather clothes to cover basic shelter needs. I feel having rope/ paracord is also important for creating you shelter, or other needs. I have 3 ways to create fire (lighters, fero. rod and a lens with good dry tinder, along with a metal stove) as well as multiple knives for different tasks. My main concern will be to get home from work if something goes bad. I work 37 miles away, and keep a folding Strida bike to help shorten the time I will spend on the road (hopefully). My kit is finished out with some basic to intermediate first aid items, and a small regular FM and amateur radio. Last but not least I have 3 different flash lights with spare batteries.

Protection can be argued as the a basic need, I feel it is and usually have my ccw close when I am out.

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Re: The ABSOLUTE most important things in a BOB

Post by Keith B » Sat Jan 11, 2014 5:57 pm

Murph wrote:Does your BOB at least have: water, basic tools, fire, food, first-aid kit, and shelter?
I use this for every pack, even the modular ones. Every piece of kit you own will fit into at least one of these categories. The trick is finding items that perform roles in multiple categories.
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Re: The ABSOLUTE most important things in a BOB

Post by On Point » Sat Jan 11, 2014 7:28 pm

Most important eh? Everything in my kit is literally packed around my water. I have a stainless steel canteen & filter to collect dirty, undrinkable water. Once the water is collected the canteen can be put directly on a fire to boil off any harmful pathogens/bacteria. Once the water is clean I have several other canteens to store the potable water. Out of all my kit this is my most valuable asset, water. Everything else seems trivial.
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Re: The ABSOLUTE most important things in a BOB

Post by Norcalbowhunter » Sat Jan 11, 2014 7:39 pm

I play it by the rule of what do we as humans need to survive.

1. Water. You can go weeks without food. You'll only live a few days without water so that is most important. Now I don't mean JUST water, but things to purify water with, to gather it in and so on. Having redundancy ways to get safe clean water never hurts.

2. Warmth is my second most important thing on the list, so bring something to make a fire with, then bring a back up, and a backup to your backup. Honestly when it comes to making fires redundancy is best. With it you'll fend off predators who generally avoid fires and smoke, warm yourself up, give you something to cook food and purify water with and you'll also give yourself some peace of mind and sanity.

3. Food is next. While you can go weeks without it, you will badly need it. You need the energy to do anything. You need it to keep sane and if you don't get it right away you'll be weaker as you try to get it later. Also bring tools to get food with. Snares, guns or bows if you hunt, traps and what ever else.

4. Shelter is 4th on my list. You'll eventually need something to keep you safe from the elements and animals. Either bring a nice tent and sleeping bag, or learn how to bush craft some shelter for yourself. Sleeping on the grass under the stars while nice, isn't a long term solution. Also ideally it is a good idea to get up off the ground and into a warm bed. So a sleeping pad and sleeping bag are nice.

5. Lastly, and this is something I ALWAYS carry because it is the best survival tool. A knife. You need a tool, and if you had to pick one you would be better off going with a knife. You can make fires with it, you can cut things with it, you can make other tools with it, you can hunt with it, and you can prepare food with it. A knife and a lighter are the two best things you should ALWAYS carry.



This is just a list to start with, in the end you'll probably end up with more in your B.O.B. then just my above 5. However as a human you'll need those things to survive above all else. I would take all these suggestions together as a good reference as none of them are wrong. In the wild though just remember your basics. Water, fire, food, shelter and knife. Some people have survived using just the basics. Knowledge and experience are also a HUGE advantage. I would suggest getting the SAS survival book and going camping more often practicing the skills within. He does such a great job at detailing how to do things that you should be able to just follow the book.
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Post by Outdoorman.co » Sun Jan 12, 2014 11:26 pm

Thank you all for the responses. This gives me a great idea on where to get started.

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Post by VICTOR BRAVO » Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:25 am

If you don't have immediate shelter from extreme weather hot, cold, wet etc (clothing, tarp, poncho, bivi) you'll be dead or unconscious within hours! You won't live long enough to need the water, the food, the gun, the knife, the firelighting kit !!!

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Post by aus.templar » Mon Jan 13, 2014 3:15 am

Water bottle and a knife.
Two things I am never without.
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Post by mega-hertz » Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:18 am

TOILET PAPER, hand sanitizer, knife, multi-tool, and a clean hanky
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Re: The ABSOLUTE most important things in a BOB

Post by Woods Walker » Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:27 am

It depends on the situation. If the temps are 36 with heavy cold rain then you can bet the most important thing is proper clothing. If you're thirsty potable water is the most important thing. If others are looking to do you harm and there is no peaceful way to avoid conflict maybe a means of self defense is the most important thing. If you're injured a first aid kit might be the most important thing. Maybe shelter is the most important thing? Maybe at some point it would be food? Heck if you're in a potential drowning situation wearing a PFD matters more than all the gold in the world. Ultimately your plan, knowledge and attitude is what matters. If those ducks are in a row there is an increased chance you will actually have "The ABSOLUTE most important things" if needed and know how to use them.
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Post by Mags » Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:01 pm

I know it's dorky or cliche' but I'm going with knowledge/attitude. All the Gucci kit in the World won't save you without it. I try to base my Kits Bags BOBS & preps around the Rule of 3's. It's a nice simple way to break it down for a knuckle dragger like me......
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Outdoorman.co wrote:I've been reading a lot of posts regarding the BOB. There seem to be a lot of differing opinions.

For you, what are the things your BOB absolutely must have?
IMO, potable water and the ability to make potable water.
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Re: The ABSOLUTE most important things in a BOB

Post by IceWing » Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:06 pm

Cash\coin (and possibly precious metals)
Digital (encrypted\password protected) copies of all of your important documents (house\car insurance, a couple of bills to establish residency, copies of all your financial accounts, emergency contacts list, etc.)
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Re: The ABSOLUTE most important things in a BOB

Post by Halfapint » Mon Jan 13, 2014 3:46 pm

I follow the 3's

3 hours without shelter
3 days without water
3 weeks without food

So for me shelter is typically number one. Granted 3 hours is pretty extreme but in winter it doesn't get to cold around here but it does rain, constantly. So spending a night without water isn't a big deal for me, but spending a night huddled under a tree or something without warm clothes and a shelter is going to rate 9/10 on the suck factor. So even in my EDC/GHB I carry a large silnylon tarp and warm clothes.

With that said.... I carry 2 1.5 liter bottles of water in my bag along with the extra large Kleen Kanteen water bottle and water tabs. I love my bag its got 2 side pockets on the inside that PERFECTLY fit the bottles. If I didn't have those pouches I don't know if I'd carry so much water.
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Re: The ABSOLUTE most important things in a BOB

Post by Boondock » Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:44 pm

A towel. About the most massively useful thing a ZS member can pack in a BOB. :D

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Post by Wraith6761 » Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:06 pm

Boondock wrote:A towel. About the most massively useful thing a ZS member can pack in a BOB. :D
That, and a sign that reads "Don't Panic".....
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Post by majorhavoc » Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:20 pm

Off hand I'd say some kind of hat. In my area of operations at least, energy conservation is critical if you're spending any time out of doors, exposed to the elements.

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Post by Outdoorman.co » Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:05 pm

Thank you all for responding!

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Re: The ABSOLUTE most important things in a BOB

Post by ineffableone » Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:28 pm

I really like the 5 C's of Survivability

The 5 C's are...

• Cutting device
• Combustion device
• Cordage
• Container
• Cover

This concept really helps me packing gear. I am constantly asking myself if I have these covered and what other options in those categories I might need.
Something about these is they are names as a basic concept to suggest items, smaller your kit more multipurpose each should be. See below for further explanation.

There is actually another 5 making it actually 10 C's, but most people including me concentrate on the first 5.

• Candle
• Cotton
• Compass
• Cargo Tape
• Canvas Needle

For example the container if you only are packing 1 should be one you can boil water in as well as be able to close and carry water in. However if your packing more then one might fit this but others might be more specialized for specific container uses. Similar with Candle, this does not mean specifically a candle but any lighting device. It could be a head lamp or mag light etc. However if your down to just one "candle" you might actually want to opt for the candle as it not only gives light but heat also, and even could be used to cook with in a pinch. Cotton probably needs a little explanation, and references a cotton bandana or similar. A tool to pre filter water, wipe your brow, use as a bandage etc.
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Re: The ABSOLUTE most important things in a BOB

Post by quazi » Tue Jan 14, 2014 12:13 am

For where I live for about half of the year I consider a good cold weather sleeping bag to be the most important item in my BOB.

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Post by estoteparati » Tue Jan 14, 2014 2:20 pm

5-7 inch fixed blade knife, water filter & storage method, methods to gather food (fishing supplies, .22, traps, etc)
a good bag to carry it all.

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Re: The ABSOLUTE most important things in a BOB

Post by GunsUp » Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:23 pm

Short answer:
1. Knowledge
2. Seasonally appropriate clothing
3. A sturdy knife
4. A lighter
5. Water container (but unless your in patagonia, the amazon or the sahara you can probably find discarded bottles or cans with ease)
You can survive most realistic situations with just these items.

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