It’s better to be a warrior in a garden, than a gardener in a war. That’s how you sum up the philosophy of owning a Bug Out Bag (B.O.B). It’s something that you honestly hope you never need to use, a just in case system to save your butt if hell or high water comes knocking! A B.O.B means something a little different for everyone and for every separate situation they are created for. I personally have two bug out bags, one for my vehicle and one for my home. My vehicle B.O.B is a lightweight Draco Scout backpack for the specific purpose of getting home in the case of an emergency. It is specifically designed around repairing vehicles and stealing fuel, only if necessary. I am a traveling service engineer and I travel across the state so when things get rough I want to maximize my chances to get home to my family. This B.O.B. includes enough food for about 24 hours, a fuel transfer pump, wind up flash light, kindling kit, k-bar, fishing kit, tire repair kit, a hiking mess kit, several life straws, extra mags and ammo for my carry pistol and a hand-held radio.
My home B.O.B is an entirely more elegant system. It is designed for a much more elongated engagement; It is an Osprey 55L, essentially it is same bag I go primitive backpack camping with but I guess not everyone goes camping with 180 rounds of spare 5.56. This bag is something that combined with my skills, I could live primitively for about 15 days without assistance. This bag includes primitive tools such as a wire saw and hand drill for shelter making, spear tips, MRE’s and an internal water bladder that can be refilled by a filtered hand pump. So, when setting up your own B.O.B, it’s important to remember the basics and plan for your specific situation.
Bug Out Bags should be an essential item in everyone’s home or car, yet so many people do not know the importance of such a bag. It’s not about zombies and marauding bandits. It’s about the little girl who cut her arm badly at a wedding. While everyone was staring in shock at the blood, I was sprinting to my bug out bag to get my first aid kit. It’s about the time at football practice when my shoestring broke and I raided my B.O.B for some light para cord. It’s purpose is for never being caught out in the open, about feeling safe when you’re stuck in traffic or knowing you have a plan at your kid’s little league game. A bug out bag is not just for the paranoid prepper, it’s for everyone in life who refuses to be a victim when Murphy’s law catches up to you. Even if your B.O.B is just batteries and bug spray, it’s a start and you can build from there.
Good luck and happy trails
Written by: Chuck Priest