I realize I haven't actually updated this post in a while. Suffice it to say, I have moved my BOB into a Kifaru EMR, in MultiCam, like Gunny's, and made a few changes to the contents. I'm going to start with a current list of the contents, which I have just unpacked and repacked, but I'll leave the rest of the old info up since the pics of the contents are still fairly accurate.
Current weight, as described, is 55lbs.
Bug Out Bag Contents
Tent, Columbia, with poles, ground cloth, rainfly, and stakes, in stuff sack (at bottom)
Mini binoculars, Bushnell
Clothing Module: Large, black, mesh sack, containing the following:
Polypro set (top, bottom, and balaclava), in Earth Shoes cotton stuff sack
Sweatshirt, polarfleece, blue, in flour sack
Gray UnderArmor shirt, brown T-shirt, 3 pair boxer briefs, 3 pair SmartWool socks, in mesh stuff sack
1 set MultiCam BDUs (top, bottom, hat, and belt) in Extra Large Kifaru Pullout, CB
Food Module: Black "Kelty" stuff sack containing the following:
Medium Kifaru Pullout containing MSR Pocket Rocket, Titan kettle, 2 cans of fuel, Ti cup and spork, and matches
Gallon ziploc bag containing five Taste of Thai noodle packs
Gallon ziploc: 3 granola bars, beef jerky, dried cranberries, pouch tuna, chicken, salmon, 1 tin oysters (for Steph)
Gallon ziploc: 3 granola bars, beef jerky, dried cranberries, pouch tuna, chicken, salmon (for me)
Gallon ziploc: MRE peanut butter, crackers, cranberries, and pineapple pound cake
Sleeping Bag Compartment
Blanket, wool, OD, in stuff sack*
*(will swap for sleeping bag (stored uncompressed) time permitting)
XTL (Extreme Top Lid)
Inside Zippered Slot Pocket
Gallon ziploc bag containing city, state, regional, and public transit maps
Outside Zippered Pocket
TASK (Take A Shit Kit): Coghlan's black drawstring bag contaning toilet paper, baby wipes, and hand sanitizer
IFAK (Individual First Aid Kid): Store-bought First Aid Only kit, with extra gauze, tape, Izzy bandage
Cold Steel SRK with custom Krylon MultiCam on the sheath
Small CLC pouch containing LED headlamp
Back Pouch, Left
Back Pouch, Right
ICE Tactical hardshell jacket (Gore Tex), MultiCam, in Large Kifaru Pullout (CB)
3x 1 pint bottles of water
3x 1 pint bottles of water
Woodman's Pal Deluxe, custom Krylon MultiCam on blade, duct tape and cardboard sheath
Gerber Sport Axe, in sheath, paracord wrapped with custom Krylon MultiCam
Black nylon Earth Shoes mini drawstring backpack containing:
Cold Steel Mini Bushman, in leather sheath, paracord wrapped
Medium (Black) CLC pouch containing:
disposable poncho, gauze pads, handwarmers, band aids, antiseptic towelettes, space blanket, and a lighter
Medium (Black) CLC pouch containing:
maps, compass, expired ID and passports, a lighter, and a cap brim LED light
Large (Tan) CLC pouch containing:
AM/FM radio with earbuds
Charmin To Go (TP)
OFF! Deep Woods Towelettes (bug wipes)
Ziploc bag containing photocopies of marriage certificate, passports (mind and Steph's), ID, social security card
Ziploc containing motel room bar of soap
Mini Bic lighter
2 boxes matches
Sawed-off, Paracord-wrapped toothbrush
Travel-Sized Tube of Colgate
Victorinox Officier Suisse SAK
Coin purse with spare car keys (NEED TO ADD HOUSE KEYS), 2 silver quarters, 2 0.11oz gold coins
Coghlan's Black Mesh Drawstring Bag Containing:
Pocket chainsaw in tin with handles
Small metal file in nylon sheath
12' black paracord
sharpening stone and honing oil
USGI Magnesium fire-starting tool
duct tape on a business card
Dozen or so zipties
Bug Out Soap Dish Containing:
1 sheet aluminum foil
1 unlubricated condom: ABOUT TO EXPIRE
1 packet sugar
5 tablets micropur
needle and thread
couple of sinks
mini Bic lighter
Previous setup follows:
New and improved! Here are some pics of my current setup. Feel free to comment about it at viewtopic.php?t=21755
Here's the pics. Annotations to follow. [edit: annotations added 2/22/08]
This is my Bugout Bag as it was near the beginning of this month. It has undergone one substantial change which I will detail later (the addition of the E&E pack to make room in the main pack for winter clothing).
Here is the bag itself:http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock001.jpg
It is a Kifaru Zulu. You can learn all about it at http://www.Kifaru.net
. It is essentially a replacement for the Medium Alice pack. I have added a waistbelt and eXtreme Top Lid to it, since I like a pack that's going to have much weight in it to ride on my hips more than my shoulders.
The pack is in MultiCam, just like the fabric it's sitting on. MultiCam is made by Crye Precision (http://www.cryeprecision.com
), and has its own website at http://www.multicampattern.com
. It's my favorite color.
Okay, here's what's in it:http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock004.jpg
Tarp, poly, multi-purpose, 5'7"x7'7", green on one side, brown on the other, ACE Hardware brand
Camelback with carrier (needs new bite valve I think; it has poor suction and leaks at the valve)
Woodman's Pal with homemade custom camo in Krylon Camouflage spray paint (attempt at emulating MultiCam)
Gerber Sport Axe, handle wrapped in Paracord. Eventually plan to camouflage this as well, and replace the black paracord with tan.
Some might consider the carriage of the Woodman's Pal AND the axe to be redundant: the Pal weighs 2lb and the axe 1.5lb, and most jobs that one could do, so could the other. But they are cool toys, and after my recent hike test, the weight isn't too bad. So, for the record: I realize that bringing both represents unnecessary weight, but I like them, and having cool toys makes survivalism fun because I'm a gearwhore. I have, at least, left my E-tool out of it, for now.
This next pic shows how these items fit into the pack:http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock006.jpg
The black paracord thong on the Sport Axe is sticking out of the left slot pocket; it's barely visible on the shadowed side of this picture. The Woodman's Pal has its guard and pommel visible sticking out the right slot pocket. The poly tarp is in the back slot pocket, with the Camelback on top of it. The drinking tube of the Camelback runs out to a cable tie that holds it, accessible, to a shoulder strap on the Zulu.
This is basically the same thing, upside down and with the flash:http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock008.jpg
That's what you see when you open my BOB. Well, actually, that's what I see when I open my BOB. What YOU see when you open my BOB is me, politely asking why you're opening my BOB!
The Gaping Maw:http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock010.jpg
The Zulu is basically one big drawstring bag, no zippers to fail or anything like that. It lacks the convenient panel access of its stablemate the Marauder, but it's sort of like a Bag Of Holding. You can fit a lot in there.
Let's shed some light on this situation:http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock009.jpg
BOB should stand for Bag of Bags. While I was in Vermont I saw an old boy scout manual talking about how to pack your pack; it was basically like Bugout Bags circa 1950. And it advocated the "Bag of Bags" principle. So, what you can see inside the main compartment are, the OD chamber pocket (for small valuables), and a giant mesh bag like the one you might carry your laundry in...I mean, in which you might...stupid English classes...
Okay, so here's what's NOT in that big black mesh bag! These things are from the compartments in the Top Lid and the Chamber Pocket:http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock011.jpg
Earplugs, LED clip on headlamp, coin purse containing $500 in various denominations of US currency plus 2oz gold, maps of Chicago, Chicago Area, Illinois, and United States, matches (lots of 'em), passport and various IDs plus photocopies of important documents, very tiny binoculars, more matches, Cold Steel SRK knife with Krylon camo job, first aid kit supplemented with Immodium AD and additional gauze pads, one roll TP, and a Kifaru Pullout containing my ICE Tactical Hardshell Jacket (basically a GoreTex, also in MultiCam).
Here's what IS inside that big black mesh bag in the main compartment:http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock012.jpg
Earth Shoes bag containing Survival Essentials (to be detailed later, but this has been moved to the E&E back pouch), Large Pullout containing supplemental food and water (1MRE and 4 pints of water; this has been since broken up and the pullout used to hold a set of BDUs), and a mesh stuff sack containing food and water.
Let's see it all together so far:http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock013.jpg
Yup, that's it so far. Now let's look at the food and water:http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock014.jpg
The black mesh pouch contains four pints of water, two pouches of tuna, eight granola bars, four cans of SPAM, a lighter and some waterproof matches. The pullout contains four bottles of water and an MRE. I've changed this setup slightly: now I have half my food in the E&E, half in the BOB, and removed two cans of SPAM for being too heavy.
Now let's open it all up:http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock017.jpg
BOAT (actually a Bug Out Soap Dish) containing a lighter, fishooks, wire saw, razor blade, paracord, condom, and water purification tablets.
Charmin To Go, flashlight with batteries (need a better one), lighter and Swiss Army Knife, one gauze pad, eyeglasses; all this went in that tan pouch it's on.
Firelighting kit containing three trioxane bars, lighter, candles, tea lights inside TP tubes; this stuff has been broken up and the unnecessary stuff removed to save weight and bulk.
I honestly don't remember what that last thing is...is that my radio? Let's say that Ziploc on the end is my AM/FM radio with 9V battery and headphones.
Second row, more or less:
On the left is a bunch of tools: file, zip ties, paracord, big roll duct tape, smaller roll duct tape (both around a card), another Swiss Army Knife, sharpening stone and honing oil, Pocket Chainsaw, an original Leatherman in case I don't have my EDC wave with me, and another lighter.
In the middle is my survival essentials food: four more granola bars, two pouches of tuna, plus a Ti spork, MRE matches, other matches, a toothbrush, and some bleach for water purification wrapped in some dust masks.
Right side, LED headlamp (which has since stopped working), emergency poncho, emergency blanket, charcoal handwarmers, and a small mesh bag for them to go in. Below these are that same FAK, plus my Shemagh which I'm not sure I've still got in there; it seems useful in theory but in practice I'm not sure it really works for me.
The stuff on the bottom is as described above, plus some zip ties, paracord, a Cold Steel Mini Bushman knife in case something happens to my SRK (plus I can make a spear out of the Bushman and still have a knife), and down on the bottom, a pair of socks and a pair of underwear.
There have been some changes which I'll go into later, but for now, that's what's in these pics.
And like I said, a lot of this stuff is in my E&E pack now. I'll elaborate on that later.
E&E Pack, updated 2008-02-20
[edit: annotated 2/22/2008]
So, a while back, in the Bottomless Pockets thread (viewtopi
... 51&start=0), Gunny suggested to JRod that the E&E Back Pouch is really too small to be used as a bugout bag. Well, although I agree with Gunny on this, I decided to take it as a challenge (as I often do when people are sensible). So, I humbly title this post, and with all due respect to Gunny,Gunny Was Wrong, It's Not Too Small
You've Just Got To Know How To Jam It In Really Well
Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The E&E As A BOB
Please note that none of this constitutes an argument that the E&E is all you should need for a BOB. It's too small. You won't have everything you want. You won't be comfortable. If things go wrong, you might die. But if you use it right, and it's all you can have with you, it just might make the difference between survival, and Darwinian deselection.
Here's the E&E itself:http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock020.jpg
You can see the Woodman's Pal, in its cardboard sheath, tucked into the slot pocket on the back of the E&E. The big, flat, cardboard sheath also serves as a sort of framesheet to keep the stuff in the E&E from poking my back. It also gives me a super useful survival tool and expedient self-defense weapon, that wouldn't otherwise ordinarily fit in so small a package.
Same view, different lighting:http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock023.jpg
And, the Woodman's Pal, drawn:http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock026.jpg
The contents:http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock027.jpg
Here you see I've again applied the Bag of Bags principle: the modules of this pack are the chamber pocket, Earth Shoes bag as Survival Essentials module (basically lifted from the BOB, to make room for winter clothes), and the Woodman's Pal with sheath. You can also see here that the Krylon Camouflage paint doesn't stick too well to duct tape. The duct tape is OD anyway, but I wanted it to be non-glare. It's not really an issue since I don't normally remove the sheath from the pockets, it's just there to keep the blade from cutting my bag, and as a framesheet in the E&E.
Contents of the Chamber Pocket on left, contents of Survival Essentials module on right:http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock028.jpg
This stuff is all pretty much as described above, so I'm not going to list it all again.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock029.jpg
Oh, I added some pepper spray, a few silver coins in case the cash is worthless but it's not worth spending gold, and some smaller gold coins, since they don't make change in the PAW.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock030.jpg
I also added beef jerky. The Lexanware is because my Ti spork stays in the main BOB.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock031.jpg
More of the same. Added some Potable Aqua.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock032.jpg
Everything's pretty much self-explanatory. Motel soap for hygeine, fishhooks between masking tape so they don't poke anything, etc.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock033.jpg
Etc.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock034.jpg
Etc.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock035.jpg
Etc.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock036.jpg
Okay, the test! Here you see me wearing the BOB with E&E pack attached. I'm wearing the Propper MultiCam BDUs that I carry in the BOB, and the hat that I ghillied. (As a result of this test, I added a crapload more garnish to the brim, so it covers my hair, face, neck, and hat brim outline more.)http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock059.jpg
Here I am with my hillbilly hair, being a mouthbreather as I don my ruck.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock056.jpg
It's all on and dialed in. My face looks really pink: is it the cold, or did I turn the saturation up too high on this image? You decide.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock057.jpg
And, the hat. You see how it's kind of sparse around the edges. It won't be, next time. (For actual bugging out, I might opt for the Tan patrol cap, or the MultiCam boonie, over the ghillie hat. Here it's just for fun.)http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock058.jpg
Steph and I at Lover's Leap. She's got her start of a BOB with her, which is a busted ol' daypack she got at a thrift store, with some shit in it for ballast, mostly a couple bottles (actually glass jars!) of water, snacks, and the big binoculars.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock060.jpg
Me, on the trail, showing how I blend in pretty well with the overall environment.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock064.jpg
And with an ACOG reticle over me! This is what I hope you never see in the PAW!http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... eticle.jpg
This image makes me think of Bigfoot.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock065.jpg
And with the reticle.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... eticle.jpg
And again.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock066.jpg
And again.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... eticle.jpg
Ditto.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock067.jpg
Ditto.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... eticle.jpg
Closer up, you can see how the axe is totally concealed by the top lid, except for the thong so I can pull it in a hurry.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock069.jpg
And, against the totally white snow. I think ACU would be slightly preferable in this environment, since it'd blend better with the snow, but MC doesn't do too bad.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock070.jpg
Or does it?http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... eticle.jpg
Making the best of light cover, er, concealment
. http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock072.jpg
Not good enough!http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... eticle.jpg
Closeup from the back, showing drinking tube. You can also see the Liter Plus Pouch on my waistbelt, which is what I'm actually using for hydration on this hike. I need a new bite valve for my Camelbak.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock075.jpg
This is where MultiCam really blends in: at a great distance, through trees. http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock076.jpg
There I am!http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... eticle.jpg
Same spot, shot from closer.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock077.jpg
And again with the reticle. I'm notorious for taking gags too far, by the way.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... eticle.jpg
See how much better I blend in than that person in the red parka?http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock078.jpg
Also note how you can totally see the brim of my hat. That thick, flat piece of garnish has got to go too, I think.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock079.jpg
That's weird, now neither the person nor the garnish is visible! I didn't Photoshop that; they must have both just moved.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock081.jpg
Ice cave formations.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock091.jpg
If this were limestone, it'd be called a "flowstone." But it's ice!http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock092.jpg
I call this, "The Accusing Finger of Jack Frost."http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock093.jpg
And, from farther back.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock095.jpg
Being a good outdoor citizen. Hope you'll do the same. (That's not my Hot Hands wrapper, someone else left one.)http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/ ... ock096.jpg
The rice cakes wrapper is mine, though. Anyway, there's my good deed, to make up for freaking out all the normals, dressed like an herb garden!
The pack weighs about 45-50lb, and was no problem to carry on this light day hike. I wouldn't want to take it up Half Dome, that's for sure!Ignore the following crap, which I leave up only for nostalgia.
The kind of embarassed nostalgia you feel when you read the poems you wrote in high school. It's how my BOB stood as of two years ago, more or less.
[/edit]Line 1 Gear:
Tru-Spec MARPAT-type BDU trousers
U.S. GI surplus woodland BDU top
Tru-Spec MARPAT-type boonie hat, silicone waterproofed
Corcoran 10" cap-toe jump boots
Custom Tactical rigger's belt
Custom Tactical multi-carry dump pouch, MultiCam, on left thigh
Custom Tactical drop-leg holster, MultiCam, on right thigh, for:
Sig-Sauer P226 9mm, with 2 15- and 1 10-round magazines
Line 2 Gear:
U.S. GI surplus woodland LBV
5x30-round AR-15 magazines, in pouches on LBV
One bandage/dressing in grenade pouch on LBV
Pistol belt attached to LBV
2 canteens in pouches on LBV
U.S. GI mag pouch for 3 more mags, which are coming in the mail soon!
Old-school U.S. GI bayonet in scabbard on belt (not for rifle, just a knife)
Butt pack containing 2 MREs (will hold one more but haven't bought it yet)
2 pouches tuna in butt pack
Soap dish in field dressing pouch on shoulder of LBV, containing:
Tiny little pocketknife
Fishhooks, sinkers, and line
stranded steel wire for snares
Line 3 Gear:
ALICE large pack with frame
Tri-fold shovel in center outside pouch on pack
Cheap plastic flashlight (2D) in side pouch
2x blue plastic tarps
1 Package large zip ties
Bushnell binoculars, large
Mosquito head net
That's what I have in there right now, am still working on it obviously, will edit to add updates and pics eventually.[/b]