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Hello, everyone! It's been a while since I posted, so I thought I would share my BOB updates if anyone is interested. This is our Storm Room. In case of immediate evacuations for Fire/Oil Spills or other immanent dangers and we have only 15 minutes to bug out, we just toss what is on this shelf into our Kayak trailer and hit the road. This has 3-day BOBs for both DH and I, Medical Supplies, Camp Gear with Sleep Systems, Water Purification, MRE's, Dehydrated and Canned foods, Drinks, Liquor, Toiletries, portable laundry capabilities, Toilet Paper, and more. Totally Stupid Proof.


Here is the size of my Eberlestock Skycrane BOB. Yes, it is heavy! It is made of 4 components: Last Ditch Fanny/Messenger, Super Spike Duffel, Little Brother, Skycrane frame.



Although we call it a BOB (Bug Out Bag), I would say it is more of an INCH (I'm Not Coming Home) bag.



The padding and aluminum stays on this awesome pack really help with the load carry!




Right Side View of my BOB




Right Side View of my BOB



The Skycrane separates into 4 pieces. Here I have removed the Super Spike Duffel (right) which holds my Camp Gear and stuff I would drop 1st if I was on foot and needed to lighten my load.



Right side of pack without Super Spike Duffel.



Left side of BOB without Super Spike Duffel (Camp Bag).



Here I have removed the Little Brother (right), as well as Super Spike Duffel (right and front).




The Little Brother portion of my BOB has it's own shoulder straps if needed. I use this part of the bag to carry my clothes mostly.



BOB without Little Brother and Super Spike Duffel.




Ditched it all except for the Messenger/fanny pack. We always refer to it as our "Last Ditch" bag, because it really has the bare essentials inside.



My Last Ditch bag contains (left side 1st): Write in the rain notebook with all weather pen (3"x5"), Water filtration straw with back-up filter, bladder bag, MRE electrolyte powder, Petzl Head Lamp, Wet Fire, Colibri lighter, Knife sharpener, Fire Puck, Flashlight, CR123 and AAA batteries, Old School Buck knife, 2 Snap lights, Duct tape, Compass, Squishy Cup/Bowl, Snowpeak chopsticks, Titanium long spoon, honey, spices, electrolyte gummies, caffeine gum, Go Girl (standing urination device), Mini med kit, hair ties, Buff head cover, Hand sanitizer, Diva Menstruation Cup, Toilet Paper,wet wipes, Lip Balm, Deet Wipes and Bug Repelling bandana.



My Super Spike Duffel contains items that I need quick access to, or camp items that I am willing to dump to lighten my load if on foot.



Super Spike Duffel contains:(left) A-TACS Pants, knee pads, elbow pads, paracord, Sog Tomahawk, gloves, Toilet Paper, (Middle) Jet Boil Fry Pan, Ground Coffee, Sugar, Pwd Milk, 2 oz Peanut Oil, Instant drink powders, Jet Boil with Coffee Press, 2 Fuel Cartridges, mini cutting board, Spatula, Slap Ya Mama spices, ramekin, Electrolyte Powder, Dehydrated foods (Bacon/Eggs, Spaghetti, Rice Pudding), Small throw blanket, Microfiber towel, Dry Bag was removed.





Little Brother contents: (top) A-TACS pants, boonie hat, Poncho in Flecktarn, Tank Top,2 Tshirts, Sports Bras, panties, bandana, 5.11 Boot Socks, Wet/Dry Teva sandals, Carabiner, Self adhesive bandages, Ibuprofen, Med Kit in Pelican Case, 8 Snap Lights,back-up sunglasses, paracord laces, Sol 3 Hybrid (has med supplies, gear repair kits, and emergency gear), CR 123 and AA batteries, ear plugs, back up water filter for Camelback, Bridgeford Sandwiches (Italian and BBQ are our favorites), Spam, SAS Suvival Guide, Urban Survival playing cards



Skycrane with Little Brother and Spike Duffel Removed



I love the Skycrane portion of the BOB. Here it is completely open to the inside. It has MOLLE all up the back, which I hang my Camelback on, and 4 great interior pouches that I stuff with easy foods and power pack.



The Skycrane portion has both interior/exterior pockets. Contents are: Camelback bladder bag, hygiene kit, wet wipes, MRE foods (Jalapeno cheese (think squeeze cheese!), Chocolate Peanut Butter, Crackers, Tortillas, Jalapeno Cashews, Osmotic Raisins, Osmotic Cranberries, Ranger Bar, First Strike bar, M&Ms, electrolyte powders, drink powders, heater bags, Misc. MRE kits with TP, hot sauce, matches, etc.), Goggles, Sidewinder flashlight (love it!!!), Multitool, Rifle/Gun cleaning kits, cheap binoculars, Keltek 9mm, 2 magazines,Glock drum removed, Power pack/cords for charging gadgets, Nomad 7 Solar Charger for all batteries/gadgets (love it!!!), work gloves.



DH has a monster Eberlestock BOB as well, and it's contents totally complement what I carry, plus have many redundancies in place for fire, water, shelter.



That's all for now...so go out and make a BOB for yourself or someone you love!!!


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Very nice! Welcome back Lady.


But, do you have a BOB for the puppy? LOL BTW, he's cute.


I made a back pack for one of our dogs years ago, he had to carry his own food and dish. LOL

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Thanks for the welcome, Annarchy! LOL! Yes, Gilmour is adorable! And yes, we do keep BOBs for the dogs. In fact, we have 1 in each vehicle at all times. Happy Easter! :wave:

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Do you know how much it weighs by any chance? And how often do you hike/practice with it? (I'm assuming you have! Or have you tried it at all?)


Our doggies have their own bags too as well as an extra one with the heavier stuff I carry. They are just too cute wearing them!

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@ Mi_Familia, I need to re-weigh it since I re-packed it this past weekend. It was around 40# last time I checked. Yes, I test my bag LOTS! I will post new weight soon.


2 weekends ago I used my BOB for the BOW (Become and Outdoors Woman) event for Texas Parks and Wildlife. I ended up removing lots of unnecessary items from the bag. In fact, I use this bag every time I leave town or go camping in order to rotate the food items and keep my awareness level up of its contents. I have not hiked for miles in it, however.


I am constantly changing/upgrading my BOB. I started out with a $20 backpack and a bunch of ramen noodles and Coleman gear. It has taken years to switch out every item for higher quality gear with longevity/stamina. I also constantly wrestle with needs vs. Wants. For instance, I have invested in a high quality sleep system by Big Agnes because that air mattress insert is the only think that would help me keep hiking the next day. It was worth the $ and weight, but I keep it in the outer Super Spike Duffel and will dump/hide that bag if I need quicker mobility. It gets complicated, like all of our preps do.


I am going to search the BOB threads on Mrs. S this week to find pics of all your work. Or y'all could post pics on this thread. I love to find new ideas, especially from those that test their resources.

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You are right, you have to constantly be aware of what is in your BOB to keep it up to date... no expired food 'cause it was stored too long...


And the weight issues. It is so very easy to put something in the pack that you might want and even think you would need, in the end, you never use it and you've added a fraction more weight to your back that was unnecessary. BTDT


We used our packs this weekend, I am cleaning, refreshing and restocking them today. I might try to get photos.

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I'm sure you all know...keep your "water baldder" up to date! LOL All the goodies in the world won't mean a thing if you're water's stinky and contaminated. That is one of the heaviest parts of our BOB's.

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Please do, Annarchy! I would love to see pics.


A big change I have made to my bag is the ATACS pants/boonie hat, elbow/knee pads, camo Poncho, tactical gloves and goggles. Also, my bag was black, and now it is green and rock patterned camo. I had not really admitted to myself that I may need to "hide" on foot. In the past, my clothing items were brightly colored and more camping related.


And you are right, Annarchy...those ounces really add up!

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Philbe, that is true about the water bladder. I have a 3Liter Camelback, and my DH bought me a special hanger that holds my bag open to dry completely when not in use. The bladder is also antimicrobial, and we keep 2 military grade water purifiers per BOB (1 back-up filter) that attach between the bladder and the drinking tube nipple.

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Great job. You are in the top 1%. Now to refine further - consider your last ditch as already attached to you. Yes, you can disassemble it from the pack. If you have time. I've had to ditch a pack before. There was no "I'll take this and this and that". It was pull the quick releases and run. Was able to go back for it later, but that may not be the case always, so the minimum essentials really need to be attached to you, not the pack.

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As to weight - there have been all sorts of studies across felds as to what is the ideal weight. My loadout was minimum 65 pounds in the ruck. This did not include another 8 pounds of water on the ruck and 4 pounds of water and 20+pounds of ammo on my belt. Then a 26 pound machinegun. I weighed around 165 back then. So I was carrying 75% of my body weight. It was not fun. It took daily conditioning to even be able to function with that kind of load. A WWII study suggests 45 pounds is the ideal load and the ancient Romans it was also around 50 pounds but people were smaller then. And tougher I suspect.


Point is, 45 pounds is a traditional target weight (that nobody seems to meet - so easy to add more stuff to the list when someone else has to carry it) - about right for someone of your size. Try 4 miles an hour with it, then decide if you need to reduce the weight or increase fitness. Consider also what you can transfer to a load bearing vest / harness for both weight distribution and so that the highest priority stuff is on you, not in the ruck.

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A great post and thread to help keep us all motivated!


The pics are a great help too!


Its great that you are always working on your BOB/INCH bags and use them often. Getting things down to a bearable weight is very important. Finding what works and what not to keep is just as important. Keeping in shape is something I myself could use more of. Im not the 19/20something I was in the Army and humping a 100 pound rucksack just to be HOOWAH! :campfire: (Army lingo. for those that know what Im talking about. Its too long to explain now. )


And for those of us with small kids and about to have more, we have even more bags to pack... Lord help us! :cloud9:



Robie :pc_coffee:

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Hey, welcome back! Great visuals....your Storm Room is just what I've been trying to put forth to dh. An area where things are easy to grab if necessary.

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A 45# hiking/climbing pack from REI for each of us, plus 2 that have wheels so we can pull as far as we can, and Abby-girl has her backpack so she can carry her dog food and a bottle or two of water...is enough for us. We conditioned when we were headed for the mountain climbing trip to Colorado, but haven't for some time. Our bad! But, we did do alot of snowshoeing this winter and alot of hiking/walking in the state park not too far away. We enjoyed the fact that they measured for us, packed them with about 25# and had us "hike" around their store for 20 minutes...before they sold them to us, telling us that we needed to feel comfy carry at least that amount.


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You are right, you have to constantly be aware of what is in your BOB to keep it up to date... no expired food 'cause it was stored too long...


And the weight issues. It is so very easy to put something in the pack that you might want and even think you would need, in the end, you never use it and you've added a fraction more weight to your back that was unnecessary. BTDT


We used our packs this weekend, I am cleaning, refreshing and restocking them today. I might try to get photos.


Any chance you took some pics while re-stuffing your BOBs??? :pc_coffee: <----doing this...wishing I was doing this------> :campfire:

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Great job. You are in the top 1%. Now to refine further - consider your last ditch as already attached to you. Yes, you can disassemble it from the pack. If you have time. I've had to ditch a pack before. There was no "I'll take this and this and that". It was pull the quick releases and run. Was able to go back for it later, but that may not be the case always, so the minimum essentials really need to be attached to you, not the pack.


Thanks for the input, Gunplumber! Yes, DH and I discussed how "attached" the Last Ditch/Messenger bag is to the Skycrane while taking these pics. His bag has the same issue of being latticed through the molle. It is fairly quick to remove, but in a high pressure situation I wasn't sure it would be quick enough. His advice to me that day was to "cut it off and run." I wouldn't lose the belt/strap because it is hidden under a velcro seam at the bottom of the pack. The bag has high quality strapping, so all I can think of is to continue to keep my carry knives mega sharp to cut them if necessary.


:pc_coffee: <-------doing this....wishing I was doing this-------> :campfire:

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Hi again, Y'all! DH gave me permission to show the contents of his Eberlestock WarHammer BOB. Like I mentioned before, his bag complements mine very well, and has many redundancies for fire, water, shelter, plus extra gear that I physically cannot carry. I hope you enjoy them...


Eberlestock WarHammer completely assembled. This BOB also separates into 4 pieces.





Profile of BOB.




5 Gallon Water Jug for Scale:



Eberlestock Super Spike Duffel, aka Base Camp from DH's BOB:



Base Camp Contents: GSR kitchen kit (has cooking utensils/olive oil/spices/dish soap/scrubbie), Stainless Sport Berky and Berkey Sport Bottle to prime the filter, Stainless Steel Base camp Kelly Kettle (love it!!! contains wood tinder inside) ,Marmot Limelight 3 tent/ground tarp (perfect fit and light), food.





Little Brother portion of WarHammer, aka Personal Gear:



Contents of Little Brother/Personal Gear: sunglasses, air pillow, batteries, headlamp, toothpaste/brush, Qtips,shemagh, poncho liner in compression, rat traps,Saiga Knife, food, inline filter for camelbak,AMK Sol Hybrid3 kit, long air pillows, survival chain saw, light sticks ,knife/box cutter, nail kit, Buff head covering, clothing, flight suit.





Eberlestock WarHammer closed:



WarHammer open:



Contents of WarHammer (essentials): assorted MRE snacks, in line water filter for camel bak, milk powder, MRE accessory packets, 100' paracord, Khukri, Goal Zero solar panel, Power accessories, snare wire, Keltec Sub2000, Gloves.





Eberlestock Fanny/Messenger pack aka Last Ditch Survival Pack:



Contents of Last Ditch Survival Pack:

Guyout squishy bowl/cup, Snap Light sticks, Ti long spoon, MRE accessory pack , water filter straw and extra filter, Snow peak travel chop sticks, Fenix flashlight, platypus 1L bag , GU gel, advil, batteries, Petzle headlamp, knife shapener, firepuck, lighter, wetfire tinder.




sleep system: Big Agnes Lost ranger, Big Agnes sleep insulated sleep pad, compression sack. This would be mounted to underside of pack. (I have the Big Agnes Summit Park with insulated sleep pad, and it rocks!!!)




There you go!!! BOB from the DH's perspective....


:pc_coffee: <-------doing this....wishing I was doing this-----> :campfire:

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Wow, great pics and organization. Makes my systems look scrambled.


Spending most of the past week away from home with a "Dad in hospital" emergency....I have some definite new goals for BOBs. Plural. Cuz there is really a whole family of BOBs. INCH BOB. MAIN BOB. BEEF BOB (....I'll remember what that stands for later ]. DOG'S BOB/CAT'S BOB/ GOAT BUCKET BOB. SADDLEBAGS BOB...


Much of my system is similar to yours....as in: getting to take the whole thing or having to shed parts of it for mobility/other reasons. BEEF is the final BOB except the EDC stuff in my pockets.


"Moderate Crisis/no lack of civilization" BOB. That's the one I didn't grab on my way to the ER last week. Ended up minus some things for sitting day after day in the hospital and sleeping at my folk's house. Not a dire situation, yet our BOB family is for Moderate Crisis too.


Mostly, I just got frustrated, knowing that I HAD packed extra clothes/toiletries/etc .....but without a review of my resources every couple months, I did not remember WHICH bag had that type of stuff. Iffen I had space for some shelves that could be labeled to help out my malfunctioning brain, that would help greatly. Instead, there is a pile of bags behind a chair in our living room. I forgot to dig far enough into the pile for the "Staying overnight for extended/unknown period of time" bag. :yar:


Great job, Jeanettecentar. Thanks for sharing!




MtRider --- back to the drawing board.... :sassing: Hmph!

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Thanks for the commentary, Mt. Rider!


My goodness, that's a bunch of BOBs you have there! If you remember what BEEF stands for, please share it!


My GHB (get home bag) has more "civilian clothing" in it...and although I would have grabbed my BOB for an extended hospital stay (as in your real-life example), I would not have wanted to run around the hospital in an A-TACS camo shirt. :Blushing: My GHB would have covered provided appropriate attire without losing the focus/purpose of each bag's intention.


As usual, the "what if" examples help me keep on track with preps...


:pc_coffee: <----------doing this....wishing I was doing that ---------> :campfire:

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:lol: I was still in a Fatigue Fog when I typed that but I'm quite fascinated with your system. I plan to study it more carefully as brain power gets reactivated. :blink:



Not counting my animal BOBs and the Overnite Stay Within Civilization type BOB, I have a graduated system. It's probably SO overstuffed cuz.....ahem, in all things, I need editing. I really can't carry it anyway so I'm not careful about what I throw in. :Blushing:




DH's GetHome (from work) BOB: IS carefully packed for about 4 days of travel on foot if necessary. A pair of hiking boots are attached as well as a change of clothes - not hiking in office attire. Contains some things that he's instructed to stuff into his pockets in the event of needing this bag.



EDC: [every day carry] I carry some things on my person at all times -- always have. Especially tho, since I'm out in the boonies alone with critters 95% of the time. Knife, lighter, SAK, headlamp towards evening, ect.


72 hour: It's mostly in a fanny pack. Is really my version of a GetHome bag for any fishing trips, horse back, in town, .....me leaving the property (since DH's GetHome bag doesn't include me). I'd still have the EDC stuff on me in pockets, etc. The stuff is light and often disposable type things that would just hold me over until I get out of the situation. Not a true BugOUTBag stuff.



Real Bug OUT-----


BEEF: It's a beefed up 72 hr kit in a fanny pack. Basic Essential Emergency Fanny (sorry about the term for our England folks) Example of difference - the rain gear is a flimsy, disposable poncho in the 72-hr pack but in the BEEF, it's the real thing. Definitely not disposable. As I mentioned, besides the stuff in my pockets, it's the one thing that would stay attached to me unless I was drowning or something. I can carry that when a full backpack, I cannot.


Main Duffle BOB: It's got the expanded stuff for food, shelter, clothing, light, etc.





Get Home/72 hr bags have these categories in disposable and very light weight items. It's the light weight that would allow me to carry them on all trips off property. (I have more serious weight restrictions than most folks.)


BEEF has these all the categories in very basics, but durable. Shelter is the poncho. Light is the headlamp/batteries. Food is lifeboat rations and some candies/nuts/dried fruit. Clothes are merely leather gloves and extra sox. Water is a good filtered water bottle.


Main Duffle BOB has tent (sleeping bag is separate, unfortunately), actual spare clothes, better food selection, Katadyne pocket water filter/extra filter, etc.




Due to expectation of a vehicle evacuation, I have a lot of secondary bags for Bugging Out:


--Clothes duffels for DH and I....extra footwear and rugged clothing in mostly muted colors. Picked up at thrift stores thru the years. Would take us thru an extended period of time.


--Large camp cooking box....for extended camping if necessary


--Large plastic Tote and two small (for each of us to grab) FIRST AID kits. DH's skill set is medical so this would be possible source of barter or just good will.


--Large tent and screen tent


--Camp cots (small package), sleeping pads, sleeping bags




If we had to abandon the vehicle but still had the horses in trailer.....I hope it wouldn't have to be a quick transfer. We'd mount up with EDC, BEEF, Main BOB, 1st Aid. Bring dog on leash and keep moving.


:shrug: I guess.


MtRider --as I said, your very slick system makes me envious ;) cuz mine is rather scrambled and cumbersome. Since I live in my BOL already, it would take a major problem for us to have to leave. But always have Plan B....C....D....

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Indy Gal you make a great point and it is true that we will not always be as young and strong as we are today.


When I consider what we may need if our bodies fail us, I am certain that I will still want most of what we are carrying now, but we would need to rely more heavily on already stocked BOV (bug out vehicles) and multiple caches along our destination route. I do not necessarily mean in a hole in the ground either. After all, if I cannot carry my BOB then I probably cannot dig a hole to retrieve it's contents.


Smaller/lighter cases/packs on rollers will probably do the trick in small closet storage rooms and trusted friends/families homes along bugout routes. DH and I have discussed this although we admittedly have not aquired any storage rooms on our route as of yet.


We all prep according to our personal needs/situations/limitations.


Depending on how this weekend goes, I may take pics and share what is on our 15 minute Bugout Shelving. I'm no expert, but I understand my family needs and work very hard on our preps. We all have different needs.


Happy Prepping, Y'all!

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Except for one (empty) ALICE pack, all the load-bearing gear and all the pockety vests mysteriously disappeared (with contents and attachments) from my house and my son's car somewhere in the last several months. Checking my work satchel now, I find: two kinds of compressed towels, two jackknives, a biner, four sinus pills, two headache pills, hand wipes, two pairs lightweight gloves, notepads, pens, pencil (broken), calculator, comb, LED flashlight, miniature LED flashlight, belt clip for the C-cell Maglite that isn't here, four supersized rubber bands, other rubber bands, a Millennium bar (cherry--the flavor nobody likes), a can of DoubleShot, a poptop can of niblet corn, a change of underpants, my phone, its charging cord, odd coins, a short lanyard, and a little bit of soft wire. Wow, this is awful. Ten minutes ago I would have told you in full confidence I keep a burning glass and some other specific items with me at all times, but I don't.


I have a big bust and sloping shoulders, so finding a pack that fits properly is problematic. I like having a ventilation panel, given our heat, but the ones I've tried moved the center of gravity further back, which makes me lean forward more like a plump gray mule. I also like having very well-padded hip braces.


Given the anticipated price of the pack I'd like, what I'm actually in the market for right now is a vest with lots of pockets and a belt/suspenders rig with a full ring of fanny packs.


I want to pack socks, spare glasses, a collapsible sun-hat, a silicone collapsible cup/bowl, a pocket fishing kit, can opener, water filter, miniature first aid trauma kit, an assortment of OTC medication packets, Kotex, a clip to attach a soda bottle to a belt-loop or pack-loop, mylar sheets, cordage, and other items. Under normal conditions, I could simply walk home without any of this. However, under normal conditions I would not need to walk home.

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