Our Family BOB - Update

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Our Family BOB - Update

Post by bacpacjac » Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:52 am

Here's our family BOB as it now sits. I'm on a limited budget but am always trying to improve our preparations. Your advice is much appreciated!

If all goes to plan, this will be my hubby's BOB if we ever have to bug-out. As far as this BOB is concerned, we are a family of 4 (Two adults + one 10 year old + one 1 year old.) We could be as many as six people when bugging out though, so this kit is set up to be able to support more than one person if necessary. (My step-daughter and mom are regular house guests. In addition to this "family" BOB, both of our younger kids have their own BOBs. See bottom of this post for more details.)

We are in South Eastern Ontario, near a major highway, major railway, near heavy industry and also in the shadows of 2 nuclear power plants. We plan to bug-in in most situations. Other than going to a hotel in case of house fire, our BUG-out plans essentially come down to basic three scenarios: House fire, chemical accident or nuclear accident.

Here she is - our family BOH. Have at it!! BTW - I've made some changes since these pics were taken but have tried to capture those in my notes.

FAMILY BOB
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*This pack is too heavy for one person to carry, so we have a second pack to use for divvying up the gear.
*Hubby and I both EDC at least a Leatherman Wave, BIC, MagliteSolitare, cell phone....
*Sunscreen, bug spray are added as the weather warms up
*My Jeep also stores: 2 thermarests, 2 wool blankets, Sierra Designs cold weather sleeping bag, small cheap 2 person tent, extra water, shovel, ax, vehicle emergency kit, etc.

EQUIPMENT
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FAK (built on AMK 0.7 with many things added inclu. OTC meds, bandanas, more gauze and pressure bandages)

SHARPS (CRKT folder, Buck fixed blade, sierra saw, mini sharpener) *Sven saw in pic has been removed from this kit

SHELTER (tube tent, thermal sportsman blanket with paracord tie-outs, AMK bivvy, 1p Heatsheet, 2p Heetsheat, 100 ft 550, bungee cords, bank line, 2 OD green GI ponchos, aluminum tent pegs)
*Eureka Apex 4XTC tent will also be added if we have enough advance notice of bug-out

FIRE (ferro rod, bic, strike anywhere matches, PJ cotton balls, quick tinder packs, tea light)

LIGHT ( 2 X LED headlights, 2 X mini mags, extra batteries, chem light)

NAVIGATION (Silva compass, local maps (standard and topo, in H2O proof case with compass and radio)

COOKING (esbit stove and 24 tabs, hobo stove inside cook pot with lid, Peak1 mico stove and fuel)

HYGIENE (TP and wipes, feminine hygiene stuff *hygiene kit not included in picture includes toothbrushes, paste, soap, deodarant, floss)

PSK (started with AMK Ritter PSK and added to it - i.e. BIC, fire steel, folder, bandana, etc.)

MISC. (sunglasses, eye glass case with repair kit inside, AM/FM radio (with extra batteries), mini deck of playing cards

WATER & FOOD *packed
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-Drinking Water (Kleen Kanteen in sierra cup, military canteen in canteen cup, H2O disinfection tabs)
-2L camelback pack kept in Jeep, along with about 15Ls extra water
-Katadyn Micro water filter
-Breakfasts (oatmeal, granola, dried fruit, jam)
-Lunches (cup-o-soup soup, rice & 2 Mountain House meals and 2 retort packs tuna (added since pic taken)
-Dinners (MRE mains, Lipton rice, Lipton spaghetti)
-Snacks (Cliff bars, jerky, chocolate, licorish, trail mix, fruit snacks)
-Drinks (instant coffee, instant lattes, hot choc, tea, Koolaid)
-Utensils (sporks, spoon, son's take-apart knife/spoon/fork SAK knock-off)

Water and Food unpacked:
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CLOTHES
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*1 change for 1 adult
*Our son has his own BOB with a change of clothes
*We all usually wear neutral earth-toned clothes such as BDUs, including our son, whose favorite colour is "army"
-2 X wool socks
-2 X underwear
-1 X LS shirt
-1 X fleece pants
-1 X wool jacket
-1 X rain pants
-2 X ponchos (1 OD GI poncho added since picture taken, flo org jacket in green bag now removed)
-1 X Thinsulate hat
-1 X pair wool gloves
-1 pair sheepskin work gloves
-1 X baseball hat
-1 X polar buff
-1 X fleece neck gator


ADDITIONAL FAMILY BOBs

MOM's BOB & GHB
I have a significant daily commute to work, so, in addition to this family BOB (and BOB Jr.) I also have:

-my personal BOB - This kit lives at home, so in a BO situation we could grab either or both BOBs. This is the BOB I practice with. I use it for MBOs, camping with Scouts, etc.:
http://zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopi ... 4#p2390681" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

-my personal day hike pack/GHB - This kit goes with me to work every day and I hike with it at least a couple times a week:
http://www.zombiehunters.org/forum/view ... 6#p2424956" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

BOB JR.
*Our 10 year old has his own BOB with a change of clothes and his survival stuff, including a poncho which didn't make the picture:
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BABY BOB
We also have a 1 year old daughter, who has her own BOB. It's everything she could need for 3-4 days of diaper changes, feedings, changes of clothes and amusement are the biggies in that kit. (Sorry no detailed list or pics yet....)
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Re: Help me improve our family BOB

Post by derf26 » Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:09 am

I would love to help, but none of those pictures work. They seem to be broken links, the way you've linked them?

Edit: from the descriptions, stuff that might be missing:

1. Copies or originals of important documents like deed to the house, cars, etc., as well as insurance documents in case of house fire or destruction, preferably with photos of everything in the house. I recommend keeping all of this on a flash drive, or SD card. Also consider hardcopies of a few important documents in a waterproof container.

2. Axe?

But that's a pretty comprehensive kit!
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Re: Help me improve our family BOB

Post by bacpacjac » Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:24 am

Sorry derf26. Not sure what happened but I think I've got the links fixed now.
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Re: Help me improve our family BOB

Post by derf26 » Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:31 am

It works now :)

I noticed you have a lot of foil blankets and just one sleeping bag. I don't know how cold it gets where you live, but I hope you're not putting too much faith into those foil blankets. You don't really know how warm they are until you use them. They also don't breath at all, so you will end up with so much condensation on the inside of the blanket that this will actually prevent you from sleeping. I tried sleeping in one both indoors and outdoors. Outdoors I even combined it with wearing clothes and a cheap sleeping bag, and I was still cold.

I don't know what your budget is but consider getting more warm sleeping bags. The only place I currently have a thermal blanket is in the vehicle boo-boo kit the local government seems to like. The wool blankets are great, but their warmth to weight ratio is too low to justify packing them on your back (imo). Good for vehicle kit, but not if you're bugging out by foot.
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Re: Help me improve our family BOB

Post by bacpacjac » Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:46 am

Thanks derf26. Shelter is definitely one of the crucial components of this BOB. It's a constant evolution and something I constantly wrestle with. We're getting down to in and around freezing at night right now, and we're getting a combo of wet & windy, and unseasonably warm days.

A good sleeping bag for everyone is definitely on our TO DO List. We each have good cold weather bags but we use them regularly for camping so need to get something else for this dedicated BOB. (We could easily grab them if we have a little warning but I'd like to have something dedicated.) I've got some el cheapo bags but they're not very warm. I've never tried to sleep in the AMK bivvy or Heatsheets but our plan for the moment is to use the Heatsheets for shelter building, ground sheet or as a top sheet over other sleeping layers. (We have used them for shelter building and they work well, especially when combined with a campfire.) We keep a warm sleeping bag and 2 wool blankets, as well as a couple of sleeping pads, with the BOB that we're hoping should do the trick for our primary sleeping layers for now.

Note: one of the reasons for two Heatsheets, like a lot of redundancies in this kit, is that we anticipate splitting the gear into two packs and want to be sure that each pack has all the basics covered in the event that we get seperated.
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Re: Help me improve our family BOB

Post by derf26 » Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:53 am

bacpacjac wrote:Thanks derf26. Shelter is definitely one of the crucial components of this BOB. It's a constant evolution and something I constantly wrestle with. We're getting down to in and around freezing at night right now, and we're getting a combo of wet & windy, and unseasonably warm days.

A good sleeping bag for everyone is definitely on our TO DO List. We each have good cold weather bags but we use them regularly for camping so need to get something else for this dedicated BOB. I've got some el cheapo bags but they're not very warm. I've never tried to sleep in the AMK bivvy or Heatsheets but our plan for the moment is to use the Heatsheets for shelter building, ground sheet or as a top sheet over other sleeping layers. We keep a warm sleeping bag and 2 wool blankets, as well as a couple of sleeping pads, with the BOB that we're hoping should do the trick for our primary sleeping layers for now.

Note: one of the reasons for two Heatsheets, like a lot of redundancies in this kit, is that we anticipate splitting the gear into two packs and want to be sure that each pack has all the basics covered in the event that we get seperated.
I'm too poor to afford separate hiking and BOB gear, so I just keep my BOB packed and ready (except now when I'm taking everything apart and re-working it), and take it whenever I want to go hiking. You get the benefit of better gear (which you already have) and training with the exact weight you'd be taking in an actualy bugout situation.
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Re: Help me improve our family BOB

Post by bacpacjac » Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:27 am

derf26 wrote: I'm too poor to afford separate hiking and BOB gear, so I just keep my BOB packed and ready (except now when I'm taking everything apart and re-working it), and take it whenever I want to go hiking. You get the benefit of better gear (which you already have) and training with the exact weight you'd be taking in an actualy bugout situation.
We were in the same boat for a long time, Derf. Our camping bags and BOBs were one and the same for years. It's taken time to build up secondary gear for a dedicated BOB, by adding piece here and there. I keep my eye out for deals, frequent thrift and second hand stores and have even attempted some DIY solutions like a hobo stove. Our shelter is the one piece that I'm not entirely happy about but, like I said, it's a work in progress.

That said, I think you're right about the advantage of your bug-out and camping being the same. It turns every camping trip into a bug-out practice. That's an edge in my books!
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Re: Help me improve our family BOB

Post by Aim2Maim » Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:14 pm

Shelter would probably be my concern judging from your AO and being in a family scenario. A good sturdy tent would go a long ways, the bags and everything else is a definite need but having a strong 3 season (4 would be awesome but they are pretty pricey) go a long way for morale and comfort, especially with a child. If your 8y/o is well practiced and comfortable with bushcraft shelters than I suppose focusing more on the bags and what not would do. A modular sleeping system can be found on ebay for much cheaper than a 0' bag. I have used a MSS for a long time and loved it, I have since bout a couple of kelty 0* bags and would absolutely recommend them, however when trying to budget your preps I think a MSS gives you more. This is all assuming you are going to be bugging out in your vehicle. The downside to a heavy duty tent and MSS is weight. Tents can get extremely heavy if your not looking a UL backpacker types and the MSS weighs around 10lbs for everything, where my kelty weighs something like 2.6 lbs or so.

Everything comes down to what you can afford. It seems that you know you want to upgrade a few things already so focus on those. Make a list of the priority items you wish to upgrade and go from there. Water, shelter, fire, food, etc are your main issues. One other thing I would look into is a crank/solar radio. Some have charging capabilities for batteries,etc but a good old crank radio does a damn good job and you can use those batteries for something else. Good luck!
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Re: Help me improve our family BOB

Post by bacpacjac » Sat Apr 28, 2012 8:29 am

derf26 wrote:
1. Copies or originals of important documents like deed to the house, cars, etc., as well as insurance documents in case of house fire or destruction, preferably with photos of everything in the house. I recommend keeping all of this on a flash drive, or SD card. Also consider hardcopies of a few important documents in a waterproof container.

2. Axe?

But that's a pretty comprehensive kit!
Thanks Derf! Documents is one are I'm still working on. I need to update my thumb drive that I used to EDC. (Too long between updates and everything is out of date.) Thanks for the reminder!

I do keep a folding saw in the BOB, and there's also an ax in the Jepp that can be added on a moments notice. Being a good Canadian girl, I don't go into the woods in the winter without a good ax! ;)
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Re: Help me improve our family BOB

Post by bacpacjac » Sat Apr 28, 2012 8:34 am

Thanks Aim2Maim. Shelter is definitely a big one. Our son is a Cub Scout and is learning shelter building and definitely needs the emotional security of a good one. We have a great car camping tent and now I'm trying to free up the money to get one that more portage friendly. I'm interested in hammocks but for the family BOB, a tent is more appropriate, at least until our son gets a little more confidence. He's getting there!

MSS is something I've very interest in too! Thanks for the tips!

Great point about the solar/crank radio. We do have a solar panel set up that works pretty well but it's fragile so I don't like to pack it permanently in the BOB. A solar-crank option is a nice compromise.
Aim2Maim wrote:Shelter would probably be my concern judging from your AO and being in a family scenario. A good sturdy tent would go a long ways, the bags and everything else is a definite need but having a strong 3 season (4 would be awesome but they are pretty pricey) go a long way for morale and comfort, especially with a child. If your 8y/o is well practiced and comfortable with bushcraft shelters than I suppose focusing more on the bags and what not would do. A modular sleeping system can be found on ebay for much cheaper than a 0' bag. I have used a MSS for a long time and loved it, I have since bout a couple of kelty 0* bags and would absolutely recommend them, however when trying to budget your preps I think a MSS gives you more. This is all assuming you are going to be bugging out in your vehicle. The downside to a heavy duty tent and MSS is weight. Tents can get extremely heavy if your not looking a UL backpacker types and the MSS weighs around 10lbs for everything, where my kelty weighs something like 2.6 lbs or so.

Everything comes down to what you can afford. It seems that you know you want to upgrade a few things already so focus on those. Make a list of the priority items you wish to upgrade and go from there. Water, shelter, fire, food, etc are your main issues. One other thing I would look into is a crank/solar radio. Some have charging capabilities for batteries,etc but a good old crank radio does a damn good job and you can use those batteries for something else. Good luck!
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