In the progress of making my own BOB, I put together a list of things to consider when building/maintaining a BOB or INCH, and I thought I would share it with your. Keep in mind that the list is a work in progress, so it might not be complete, also some points do need clarification.
()=Points to consider, I have just given a few examples of options.
a. Opponent (what are you likely to encounter? scenarios? Men, animals, robbers, organized/disorganized etc. )
b. Terrain, Climate, Season?
c. Your age, stamina, alone/together, family/ kids, level of training (you and your BO-party)
2. Assignment : What do you want to be able to do with your BOB (24h, 48h, 72h or more, Short duration/long duration, Long range/short range, )
3. How will you overall conduct the plan: Overt, Covert or hidden. (Plain clothing, Local clothing, Camouflaged, civilian, military, Show of force, Gray man? )
a. What are your detailed plans (Primary plan, Alternative plans, Routes , Alternative routes, Oscar Mike; day or night, LUPs, RV-points, Linkup, Resupply, Refuel, caches, sustainability )
a. Transportation (Foot, car, horse, kayak, boat, bike, ATV, snow chains, snowshoes, cross country skies?)
b. Navigation (Compass, maps, stars, NVA/NVG, binoculars, GPS?)
c. Hydration (collecting and filtering water)
d. First Aid (FAK, medicine, antibiotic, IFAK, GSW or Booboo?)
e. Light (xenon, LED, beta light, IR, light stick, waterproof. etc?)
f. Shelter (Tent, Tarp, Bivi, snow cave, etc.)
g. Weather gear (Boots, shoes, sandals, Wet? Cold? Sun? Fiber? Fleece? Down? Etc. )
h. Fire /Heat (3 types of fire making?)
i. Repair Kit/Tools (Knife, Sewing kit, tape, glue, plies, saw, bars, cord, axe, hawk, ropes, shovel, snow shovel, etool, keys, bits, AA/AAA, spare parts ?)
j. Nutrition (cold, warm, on the go, salt, fuel, stove, burner, )
k. Hygiene (TP, toothbrush, dental floss, private parts, female products, eyes, feet?)
l. Funds (Cash, gold, silver, cards?)
m. Back ups (Papers, data, photos, ID, phone numbers, etc.)
n. Protection (And we are not talking rubber here… CBRN, predators, criminals?
5. Communication (FM/AM, VHF, HF, CB, PMR? Flares, smoke, strobe, signal panel, pen, paper, recognition ? Etc.)