(EDIT AGAIN: Wow. I should really get some new pics. Oh well)(EDIT Oct 28, 2009: Boy, has this thing evolved. I will get new pics up in a few weeks, but basically everything has changed from what is described below. Nothing like going out and using the kit, to decide you dont like any of it)
This is still a work in progress, but I thought I would post my current BoB setup and get everyones' thoughts. As my work arrangements recently changed (no more driving 35 miles to work each day) my BoB needs have changed as well. Previously it was more of a GHB, and had minimal equipment for any extended stay. Now, if I am heading out the door, it may be a while before I come back, so the bag needed to have a bit more in way of self-sufficiency. Not to say I can head out and survive for months or anything, but at least I have some fishing line...
As mentioned in one of my other threads, the bag. Gander Mountain, seems pretty cool, and somehow has room left over even after packing all this junk
A breakdown of contents:FOOD and WATER
: 4 clif bars, 5 powerbars, 32 oz rice, 16oz peanut butter, and some hard candies. Total just under 9000kCal, enough to keep me going for 3 days. The rice and pb are pretty much the most energy-dense foods that are inexpensive and will pack out ok. I know, I know; everyone will ask where are the MRE's/mountain house meals. Maybe a little later. (all this fits in an 11" x 7" pouch; I could never get 3 MREs in that space)
Oh yea, and a spork.
Also, I am carrying a basic cookset - Small cup, slightly less small pot, lid that can double as a frypan for very small bacon. 1 can of sterno for those times a fire is too pesky. Coffee, tea, cocoa for those comfy moments. Also a water purifying setup with filters, aquapur, and flavor packets. All of it nests inside the main pot. (not pictured: 2L of bottled water and a small camelback)SHELTER
: I am currently shopping for a good bivy bag, for the moment I am "tarping" it. I have a large offbrand tent I use camping, but I would hate lugging that thing around if I had to move fast. So, for now, it is a tarp, my poncho, and a synthetic fill 15 degree bag from Backit. I love the sleeping bag - it packs very small, and is really really warm. (remmeber I live in the South; 15 degrees is VERY cold for us.)
I am also carrying spare socks and undies, thermal underwear, wool cap, fleece gloves, and a microfiber tshirt. In winter months, a heavy coat is always nearby. My summer loadout will obviously be different. As in, lots of bug repellant, and lots of rain gear...FIRE/MISC
: This is all the stuff I have spread around the packs' pockets.
100' paracord (ok, maybe 90'. I use it a lot)
emergency candles and lighter.
several heavyweight kitchen bags
1/2 roll of duct tape
12" zip ties
fire making kit with lint, waterproof matches, lighter.
fishing kit with 100' 20# line, split shot, small and medium hooks, a few corks.
50ft 18ga snare wire.
spare AA batteries in a waterproof case
flashlight. (1 of 3 carried)
Stanley folding saw with 6 spare blades in the handle.MORE MISC:
SOG Sealpup knife
flashlight (2 of 3)
wind-up radio/flashlight thingy.FIRST AID:
This is my IFAK. I have a really big first aid/trauma bag that lives in my truck, and a smaller "oops" kit in my EDC. This is somewhere in between. Enough for me, but only barely. Heavy on cold and otc pain meds, short on a lot of major-trauma stuff.
1 SAM splint, 36"x4"
1 SOF tourniquet
2 Israeli Bandages
1 15oz pack Celox
2 rolls of 2" kerlix
4 rolls of 4" kerlix (kling, whatever)
2 - 2" ACE bandages
1 - 4" ACE bandage
1/2 roll 2" ducttape
3 rolls 1" durapore tape
2 - triangular bandages
lots of asperin/ibuprophin/pepto/immodium/cold and flu meds/etc
saline for wound irrigation
DEET spray (here comes summer)
3 in 1 antibacterial cream
midgrade trauma shears
Here is a pic with most everything loaded, but the hatch still open, so to speak. Gives a nice view of how easy it is to get to everything. The sleeping bag is in the bottom, food and misc bags in the middle, ifak at the top.
And finally, Pack closed up, crappy $30 tent in a $20 compression sack strapped to the back. As soon as I can afford it, a bivy bag will replace this, and will be able to ride inside with all the other stuff.
So yes, this can hopefully help me thru any "extended camping trips" I may have to undertake in the future. Of course, this is always being re-thought and re-worked, which is where everyone at ZS comes in: What do you think?