First of all: I read and skimmed through the entire thread and see that there have already been some very viable and very helpful tips and talk about replacement of some of the gear you are already carrying, I just have a little to add because I feel that most of the issues have already been covered.
I think that everyone's BOB can't and won't ever be "perfect" because everyone has different ideas about what should, and should NOT, go into a BOB or even in an INCH bag. Besides the differing oppinions there are the differences in needs and priorities as well. There is also the issue of personal expiriences that differ from person to person, so what works and is a viable solution for one individual may not be workable for another simply because they have had a bad expirience with one particular piece of gear or another, but just because one didn't like a certain tool or piece of gear, doesn't neccessarily mean that someone else won't have better luck with it.
Personally, I feel that everyone's BOB is a reflection of the person who packed it and their specific needs and plans.
A BOB designed for someone in Virginia is not going to work for someone in Utah, and a BOB packed for Maine isn't going to go over very well in Arizona.
Just like a BOB packed for a woman is not going to always provide the same things a man would need and vice versa. Add kids and pets into the BOB planning and it takes on a whole different personality all together than a BOB planned for a single man/woman.
And here again, plans come into play. Where your BOL is needs to be accounted for as does the season. If you are heading to the mountains for a BOL, of course you have to think of different climates and different threats (bugs, bears, moose, cartel marijuana grows, moonshiners and mad mountain men
) depending on the area you live in. If your BOL is in the deasert you have the same concerns about bugs, just different kinds of bugs, and snakes. It's all in the planning and the place.
I wouldn't worry about ticks in the grasslands, but I would in the Appilatians, so the BOB reflects these concerns and differs from person to person, place to place, BOL to BOL, circumstance to circumstance, personal preferance to preferance and situation to situation.
EricinVirginia: I think you have a great start for your BOB "by a noobie"
Fire & Light:
- WW2 any liquid fuel ligther
- Butane lighter and butane refill tank* A simple BIC carries a 10,000 light life, so you can cut weight by carrying a BIC in place of these 2 items*
- Waterproof matches*It is always good to have a back-up by carrying waterproof matches, but consider waterproof Strike Anywhere matches*
- Flint knife/fire starter*A "metal match" or fire steel, fire striker, ferroceum rod, is always a sure fire way of creating a spark in wind, rain and when wet. You can't go wrong with one!*
- 3 Sterno cans*3 Sterno cans is a good start, but I agree with those who suggested you ditch the Sterno and invest in an alcohol stove. It is more efficiant when boiling water and while cooking and if you choose isopropal alcohol as the fuel for the stove then it becomes multi-use. It is good for fuel for the alcohol stove, it is good for a fire starter (of course), it cleans wounds and can somewhat purify water in a pinch.*
- 1 3 minute flare
- 2 12 hr glow sticks
- LED hat light*I agree with the folks who suggested you go for a head lamp because of the simple fact that these lights run on a button batterie and are harder to replace and don't have the upper hand compared to batteries when it comes to lamp life*
- Surefire flashlight and extra batteries
- 100 oz camelback bladder
- Katadyn filter and 27 oz steel or nalgene water bottle
- Water purification tablets*Personally I carry the Sea to Summit Pack Tap 4L water bladder which straps right onto the pack and can be folded up into nearly nothing when it is not in use. I personally prefer it to the camelbacks and platypus (this is where personal opinion and expirience comes into play) because I have had better luck with it and it's not so difficult to fill, repair and clean. I also carry a Nalgene because who doesn't like a good Nalgene? LOL AND I carry a canteen cup for boiling water in OR the Stanley Water bottle because of its multi-use capablities. You can check that out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_5IQN1obag and decide for yourself but this water bottle does work well to cook soups, coffee, tea and boil water in and it doubles as a mug and I am very happy with it myself. But I suggest you carry something that you can boil water in even though I know you made the remark that you were going to use the chili cans to do just that with once you were finished eating the contents of the can. It's just a thought *
IFAK is described elsewhere but aimed around preventing infection, burn/puncture wound mgmt, barter.
- Camo milsurp poncho/targ
- 0 to 30 deg sleeping bag and yoga mat (not shown)
- 3 pairs of wool x-scent boot socks
- Kevlar gloves
- mid-weight thermal xscent silk underwear
- 100' of paracord
- assortment of S and other types of carabiners
- 6 Tarp clips - Seam repair/awl punch kit
*I noticed that some people said that you should have extra spare pairs of socks and underwear, but I noted that you mentioned in your list that you included x3 pairs of wool socks so I am a little confused why you would need more socks if you already have x3 pairs but I would tend to agree that you should pack at least 1 more pair of underwear. I carry just one extra pair of underwear because you can always wash um! LOL*
- Can of Chedder easy cheese
- 2 cans of chilli
- 3 Mainstay 3,600 calorie food bars
- Chocolate and honey
- 2 fishing poles, 3 auto-reels, tackle box, extra line
- Field game kit*I noticed a lot of folks said you should ditch the poles and in a true bug out scenario where you would only need to be gone 3 days or so then I would tend to agree that there would be no need for the poles. In my bug out set up I, however, do carry a pole with me because of where I live in Colorado and where my BOL's are. I intend on relying on fishing and catching crawfish for my meals to suppliment the food I would carry with me, but there are other alternatives than carrying around a large pole.
For instance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G55UeKKX6E0 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=je2hgExZ5wo
But a way of fishing is a must for my area and other areas as well. Unless of course you are going to carry mouse traps and eat rats and me personally, I am not eating rats unless I have to.*
- Field and game kit
- Ka-bar machette or Annihilator Dead on
- Shotgun or rifle and ammo
- 9mm Sidearm and ammo
- Leatherman skeletool
- Wiley X Goggles
- Barksa Monocular
- Gun cleaning kits
- Wilderness Survival, Setting Traps, and First Aid for Soldiers field guides
- Route maps for area around BOLs
- Generic survival kit in waterproof bag
- Backup ID, money
- 2 way radio with NOAA/Alert scan
But all in all... a good kit to start out with and so far it appears that you are getting some really good pointers and opinions and help from the others.
I would love to see what you come up with as a final product as a BOB after all is said and done and you revamp your current bag to make the helpful changes that would better suit you and your needs in the long run