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March 3, 2008, 10:51 PM
Unfortunately, I live in an area where bugging out may be a reality for more than a few reasons. Long Island, NY is at risk to hurricanes (well overdue for a severe one by meteorologist standards), terrorist attacks because of our close proximity to NYC, floods, storm surge and lengthy power outages.

All these factors combine to not only make bugging out a reality at some time, but an exercise in mental planning. My BOB is currently growing and busting at the seams. I guess it is easier for the single guy that lives in the Midwest and can cut his risks in half. So far here are a few of the items I pack.

Back up .45 (primary is on my person, also .45 to standardize ammo)
Spare ammunition and mags
Duplicate credit cards
Photo copies of Important documents (pistol licenses, drivers license)
First aid kit
MRE's for three people five days
Crank powered radio with flashlight
Cell phone with car charger (goes in as I go)
Spare batteries
Swiss Army Knife
Multi Tool
Space Blankets (mylar emergency)
Plastic tarp
Duct tape
Hand warmers
Work gloves
Folding Shovel
Hand Axe
Spare clothes (adjusted seasonally)

So, what's in your BOB??

March 4, 2008, 12:29 PM
Well, I don't have a BOB, but - here is a thread you might find interesting from another forum I frequent. Deals with the same question (with pictures!).:)


March 4, 2008, 01:22 PM
Are you going camping?
You have way too much stuff.
It's advised that you need enough to survive for 3 days.

I'm orginally from NY and know you have to cross a bridge to bug out. You're not going anywhere.
I'm on the west coast of Florida now and I know if I don't have at least 2 days lead time, I stay. I'm just not going anywhere.

If you do stay, and get hit, everything you need is in your garage except for water.

If you bug out early Motels tend to have everything you need.

Sorry to convey the bad news..


March 4, 2008, 01:48 PM
Alchohol stove
1 liter of alcohol fuel in a nalgene flask
1/4 lb of quinoa
coffee filters and a small bottle with dropper filled with chlorine bleach
100 ft. paracord
Nalgene bottle wrapped with duct tape (100 ft.)
boonie hat
toboggan (what yankees and canucks call a watch cap)
.5 lbs granola
1 oz of 3 in 1 oil
Old timer fixed blade skinner
small sharpener
4 pr wool socks
2 pair underwear
rain pants and jacket- packlite
down jacket- packlite/flight
thermal underwear top and bottom
.5 lb basmati rice
4 cans of tuna packed in olive oil
30* synthetic fill sleeping bag and fleece sleeping bag liner
folding knife
8 x 8 sil/nylon tarp
titanium cooking bowl
2 bic lighters, 2 packs matches.
spices for food in spice kit
ski gloves
small first aid kit
handheld scanner to monitor le/ems frequencies
small flask of whiskey
fits in a trager laptop man purse that looks nothing like a survival kit. Weighs only about 12 lbs. without water. Only gets lighter as it gets warmer.

March 4, 2008, 05:57 PM
Tsk, tsk, tsk...I don't see any toilet paper on the lists...

March 4, 2008, 06:30 PM
under armor cold gear, winter gloves, winter watch cap, 5 pairs of socks, snugpak(about the size of a football) sleeping bag attached to outside by carabiners, rope, 3 mre's, granola bars, snickers, flint, compass, gerber, buck knife, duct tape, ammo for my .40 and 30-30, small first aid kit w/ peroxide, quick clot, bino's, hand warmers, feet warmers, zip lock bags, hand sanitizer, flashlight, sunglasses, fishing line & hooks, sun screen and a camleback sitting next to it.

however the bug out bag is going in the car on the way to camp which has almost all of the above:confused:

March 4, 2008, 11:07 PM
My bug out plan revolves around either flooding, (I live near a river) or civil unrest (Possible considering the local demographics)

bottled water
AR-15, 120 rounds (4 mags)
M-1911 25 rounds, (4 mags)

I'll also have readily available
MP-3 player (Has a build in FM/AM reciever, for weather broadcasts and so forth)
multiple lighters, and match packs (There is an advantage to being a smoker)
Sleeping bag. (In closet, readily available should I need it)
3 utility knifes, (all readily available.)
flashlight, and batteries.

Retreat to one of three backup locations depending on scenario. 2 nearby, if forced to walk, or if evacing in the midst of a disturbance. (Flash flood or sudden riot) 1 in KY, in the event of a mandated evacuation. (In bound hurricane or foreseen natural disaster. Thats not counting the base, which will almost surely call in all airmen in the event of an emergency.

IMHO, the gear isn't as important as the goal. Bugging out has no advantage if you have no where to bug out to. Camping out in the woods for months on end is not much of a good plan. I'd recommend staying put unless your location is absolutely untenable, (IE, overran, medical emergency, your home is submerged or completely destroyed.) Have more then one good fall back position (IE, family, freinds, civilian disaster shelter, etc) Gear out for the purpose of getting there. Vary your travel distances, one close by for short emergencies (one or two days,) one further out for week long to month long stays, and one way the heck out for large scale mandated evacuations (Hurricanes, forest fires)

Either gear out for falling back to a safe location, or gear out to help keep your current location tenable. Preferably both. Always have a goal. Having gear with no goal, is almost as bad as having no gear.

March 5, 2008, 02:27 AM
Well, my "bug out" plan is rather "bug in". Yes, I do have a number of MREs (I like them), some iodine tablets for water, should I need them, a UPS to keep the phone and computer going, bunches of LED flashlights, and several firearms. That's about it.

No, if the SHTF, I'm staying right here.

March 7, 2008, 01:30 PM
Guns and ammo.