When I first stumbled across ZS, it was because of a comment someone on another forum made about how ZS is a place where you can find people who not only will obsess about the best gear for end of world situations, but will also field test it. My wife and I dove into the whole BOB thing with an eye to getting our BIL/house set up first and then my bag and her bag. In the course of doing this, we acquired, tested, and have discarded many things that did not work. Some examples:
- Collapsible fishing poles still take up too much space.
- You can build a medical kit the size of a BOB if you're not careful.
- Silvered/x-metal/anti-odor socks and thermals kick @ss.
- Sterno melts if you're hiking and it's hot outside. If the can is sealed tightly, it's okay.
So, one day I was sitting around in my inventory area and looking at it all and thought, what the hell, I should put together a vehicle BOB - a get home bag (GHB). Tonight I was summoned from Maryland up into Delaware for a meeting early tomorrow morning. We're sitting under a winter storm advisory calling for wind gusts up to 20 mph and up to 20" of snow between right now (11 pm Friday night) and Sunday morning. Driving here was no problem, but going home tomorrow is going to suck.
Knowing this in advance, I wisely packed my snowboard and gear - ZPAW might involve snowboarding right?
But I also grabbed an extra 5 gallons of gas, some blankets, and the Offroad Xterra, moving my GHB from my work car. So, here I am in a 200 year old converted farmhouse with nothing to do and I thought... lets see how I'd do with my GHB. Besides the car and snowboard gear, I brought thermal underwear, 9" hiking boots, and my Xterra has a pretty good medical kit (after I junked the one Nissan provides). This is an Oakley messenger style bag that had been collecting dust in my closet for several years.
- Hammock, tarp, extra socks, emergency blanket, 30' paracord and 6 tarp clips with 10' paracord on each.
- 2 pkg of 3,600 calorie Mainstay bars, EZ Cheese, Chilli
- 16 oz water
- Essential med kit: dayquil, immodium, TUMS, water purification tablets, bandages (actual and liquid), large bandana
- Tinder, waterproof matches, lighter, handheld marine flare, aerial red flare, firesteel, Gerber headlamp... I'm going to toss an Esbit pack in here when I get home.
- Box knife and can opener, road maps, hand crank radio/light/charger, 2 weeks worth of epilepsy meds
- Lots of extra space for other stuff I could grab from my car or the farmhouse. For extra food, carrying water maybe, and clothing.
Looking at this, the only thing really screaming at me is that I need to toss some cash in here and some kind of weapon. I've got a crobar type thing in my car I guess but that's too big to work with the GHB. Whole thing weighs in at around 12 lbs.