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Latest Bug Out Bag / System: Comments?

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by Aceman, Sep 17, 2011.

  1. Aceman

    Aceman

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    I have finsihed v2.0 of my Bug Out Gear. (as if this stuff is ever really done...) Anyway, I'm about to take it all on a shakedown run. (again, as if a lot of it hasn't been shook down...). I have learned a lot here, and a lot the hard way (who cares...). So, please take a look, and let me know what you think!!!! Pro's, cons, missing, needed, get rid of, whatever! Give it to me straight up...

    A few notes:
    #1 I think of this as a 'system' that builds from the small pouch to the pack. If I were ditching gear, it would be in the reverse order presented here.
    #2 My area of Operation is Tampa Bay Florida, at the very north tip of the bay.\
    #3 I believe there are 5 critical pieces of gear: Knife, Water, Fire, Light, Meds. I want these in TRIPLICATE at a minimum, and available in some form in/on every piece of baggage. So - here we go!

    Here is the whole set:
    Survival Pouch
    Maxpedition Jumbo (My Main Bag)
    Canteen
    Belt & Belt Pouch
    LAPD 3 Day Pack
    *weapons may be shown later - not my focus at the moment....trust me, i have an assortment!

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    My Survival Pouch: Intended to get me through 24 hours. 72 very uncomfortably....
    This is stored attached to the Jumbo - but is immediately placed on a pants belt or in a pocket.

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    The items I NEVER want to be without:
    Swiss Army Climber - in easy to see when dropped Stay-glo
    Gerber Ultra LED Light

    Frontier Filter straw
    Condom/Knee Hi/coffee filter
    2 Aquimura tabs

    Bic
    Steel Striker
    Qwik Tinder

    Bandaids/Neosporin/Alcohol wipes/Ibuprofin/allergy pills

    Paracord Bracelet
    Button compass and Biner
     
  2. Aceman

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    Maxpedition Jumbo - My Main All Purpose Bag: Intended to get me through 72 hours. 5 days very uncomfortably.

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    Gerber Armor (Main all-purpose folder - half-serrated tanto)

    INNOVA X5 led (Main light)
    3 light sticks

    1L Nalgene
    Steel cup
    Condom/Knee Hi/6 Aquamura tabs
    2 packets Gatorade

    Lighter
    Bic
    ~20 waterproof matches in waterproof container
    Cotton+Petroleum Jelly

    Adventure Med Kit Personal (Main first aid)
    Extra Mole skin
    Allergy tabs

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    Map (in plastic bag
    Compass
    Monocular

    Fishing kit (line, 6 hooks, 3 bobbers, split shot)
    Multi-tool (unbelievably cheap chinese one - Planned Gerber Suspension / Leatherman Wave upgrade)
    Duct Tape

    Poncho
    Space Blanket
    Notepad & Pen

    Sunscreen
    Bug spray
    Hand Sanitizer
    More Sunscreen
    More Bug Spray
    Even more Bug Spray
    Sunscreen stick & chapstick
    Some baggies

    This is a pre-package (freezer bag) food pouch that is usually in this bag)
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    2L Canteen and 4 Aquamura tabs
    (see main pic)
     


  3. Aceman

    Aceman

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    Belt and Belt Pouch: Intended to extend the ability/comfort of the Jumbo to a clear 5 days, 7 days uncomfortably.
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    Glock Field Knife (Main utility knife-tool)
    100ft paracord

    Esbit Stove 24 fuel tabs
    Cup
    Spork
    Brew Kit (7 tea/starbucks Via/etc)

    Bic
    Cotton/Petroleum Jelly

    Condom/Knee hi/24 Aquamura tabs

    Innova Micro
    Swiss Classic
    Gerber Microtool
    Whistle/Compass/Thermometer
    Striker
    (this was left over/upgraded little items)

    Hand sanitizer
    3 lightsicks
    3 contractor bags

    Dental
    Filling/crown goo
    Q-tips
    brushes
    Floss
    pain gel
    Allergy tabs
     
  4. Aceman

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    The Pack - designed to make 3 days fun, 5 days completely bearable, 7 ok, and after that....get me out of here!
    This is intended almost exclusively for Food & Shelter
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    The key shelter items -
    Catoma Bednet (in that tan circle bag)
    8x10ft tarp
    100ft paracord

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    Rothco Poncho
    Poncho Liner (both in Marine Woodland Digital...)

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    4 Mountain House meals
    3 Bridgeford sandwhiches
    3 Coleman small meals
    2 Mountain House Breakfasts
    2 bags, 4 bars each (Power bar / Cliff Bars)

    2 Liter bladder

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    Gerber Paraframe
    Bic
    Mag Light (converted to single LED w/ Pressure switch)
    Extra nozzle for bladder
    Bag of straps & Biners

    Trauma Kit (In red bag in pic above)
    Pelham Tactical Pack A (Tourniquet, Cerlix, Sucking chest thing, triangle Bandage)
    GLoves (x4)
    Scissors
    Tape
    Gauze
    Iodine

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    Toilet paper
    Wet Bio Wipes
    Little shovel

    100ft Paracord
    2 gallon Freezer bags

    Comfort pack -
    Two Razors
    Shaving Cream
    Camp soap sheets
    Deodorant
    Fork Spoon Knife Swiss thing

    And that is the latest, greatest version. Comments?

    [summary on key items - again, mostly in different bags]
    That 4 knives - Glock Field, Gerber Armor, Gerber Paraframe, Swiss Climber (I'd probably have another knife in my pocket also...)
    5L of water, plus the ability to purify ~ 30L, and carry an additional 3L
    Lighter, 3 Bics, matches, 2 strikers, tinder/hand sanitizer/fueltabs
    3 LED Flashlights, six lightsticks, plus mini LED
    Med kit, trauma kit, dental gear, and lot's of allergy stuff.
     
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  5. G29Reload

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    Having lived in Tampa, my biggest concern is water.

    You have a hydration bladder.
    Canteen.

    Good. Another pint and a half bottle for the jumbo.

    Wherever you store the kit, I would have a gallon to carry. Use that first if on foot, and either refill when possible or ditch. I would find a collapsible 2.5g to stow for your destination.


    A box of Gatorade pouches and some salt.
    Double the bug spray. Have a backup for what you have.

    Mosquito net head pullover. No room to store that all squished up in the bag.
     
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  6. Stevekozak

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  7. BillJ

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    My own personnel opinion dump the meals and beef jerky (keep the fruit), replace them with a more power bars and maybe Red Vines or Jolly Ranchers. Dump the apple juice.

    Salt pills.
    Glucose tablets
    Are you allergic to Tylenol? If not Id toss the max (8 daily) for 5 days in there.
    Imodium AD is a must as well.

    Might not be a bad idea for a few more non lube condoms.
    A few tampons they work great on large cuts for soaking up the blood. Plus when you buy the condoms and tampons together you will get some funny looks at the store!
    You need superglue. Small cuts up to cuts that need 3 to 5 stitches are quickly taken care of with it. Make sure to double bag in case it ruptures in your pack.

    Powdered Gatorade buy the can at walmart or costco. Pre bag the powder to match your canteen size. Stick with the Lemon Lime. Try mixing it a little weaker then recommended and a bit bit stronger too. I like mine about 20% stronger, in the winter. But during the summer I mix it about half strength. Weird I know....

    A black sharpie is another thing thats good if you have to write a note on something other then paper...
     
  8. Aceman

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    You have a hydration bladder.
    Canteen.
    Good. Another pint and a half bottle for the jumbo.
    - I'm actually thinking of another bladder

    Wherever you store the kit, I would have a gallon to carry. Use that first if on foot, and either refill when possible or ditch. I would find a collapsible 2.5g to stow for your destination.
    - Not a bad idea


    A box of Gatorade pouches and some salt.
    Double the bug spray. Have a backup for what you have.
    - I have a couple. May add more, a big spray for the big bag - good idea.

    Mosquito net head pullover. No room to store that all squished up in the bag.
    - Might put one in my Boonie...good call for tropic duty!
     
  9. Aceman

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    I don't know - but I have trekked around with it all on for hours. More often i use a pice or three. Just the belt pouch is handy for fishing in the morning. Just the bag for a short hike.

    I keep making it lighter though. I'm 6' 2" and pretty sturdy. I'll weigh it all here today sometime.
     
  10. Aceman

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    opinion dump the meals and beef jerky (keep the fruit), replace them with a more power bars and maybe Red Vines or Jolly Ranchers. Dump the apple juice.
    - That's just the bag of the moment. One hike out and that will change. I keep trying new stuff. NEver had the Apple sauce before, for example.

    Salt pills.
    Glucose tablets
    Are you allergic to Tylenol? If not Id toss the max (8 daily) for 5 days in there.
    Imodium AD is a must as well.
    - I have Immodium in there, as well as MAJOR anti-inflammatories. I didn't list all the pills.
    I'll be adding more powedered gator aid. But a few real salt tabs may not be a bad idea.

    Might not be a bad idea for a few more non lube condoms.
    - as mentioned above, real water bag might be better...
    A few tampons they work great on large cuts for soaking up the blood. Plus when you buy the condoms and tampons together you will get some funny looks at the store!
    - Now you are just RAGGING on me! :rofl:

    You need superglue. Small cuts up to cuts that need 3 to 5 stitches are quickly taken care of with it. Make sure to double bag in case it ruptures in your pack.
    - I have often considered this, just never did it.

    Powdered Gatorade buy the can at walmart or costco. Pre bag the powder to match your canteen size. Stick with the Lemon Lime. Try mixing it a little weaker then recommended and a bit bit stronger too. I like mine about 20% stronger, in the winter. But during the summer I mix it about half strength. Weird I know....
    - highly likely to add

    A black sharpie is another thing thats good if you have to write a note on something other then paper...
    - Used to have one?!?!?! Must have got in there and used it! Maybe it's in the range bag....
     
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  11. cowboy1964

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    Never heard of Bridgford sandwiches. Nice alternative to the usual fare. Anyone know a good online retailer for the meal kits?
     
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  12. BillJ

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    The condom thing is not really for water, its more to protect things. In your neck of the woods, its either wet or about to be wet. Dumping your cell phone, mp3 player, flashlight in condoms to protect them from water during a 3-5 day emergency type of thing.
     
  13. RedHaze

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    I'd cut out a flashlight or two and keep some extra batteries for the ones you keep.

    Outdoor Hub mobile, the outdoor information engine
     
  14. ratf51

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    Where did you find the cup that fits the bottom of your nalgene bottle?
     
  15. Aceman

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    I got those from Camping Survival Gear online. we have an outdoor place locally that has them too. Pretty tasty IMO.
     
  16. Aceman

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    actually, for me, their PRIMARY purpose is ultra-emergency water carry.
    Condom + purifier tab = knee high for carry.

    However...I consider them a VERY HIGH UTILITY item for lots of purposes, including covering barrel ends, shot gun shells, general stretchy ties, cell phone insulation, etc, etc, etc. Same with the knee hi that accompanies each one.
     
  17. Aceman

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    Outdoor Hub - that an app? I have an iPhone (not shown)

    I should definitely add batteries to my big bag, and maybe Jumbo.
     
  18. Kevin108

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    Bass Pro has them. I looked at one today but it wasn't sitting next to the bottles so I didn't put 2 and 2 together. Thanks! :wavey:

    I saw some other things I wanted there today as well. I'll be going back soon.
     
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  19. Aceman

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    A couple of my general upograde plans:

    #1 Katadyn Micro for the big pack
    #2 second Bladder
    #3 Hand crank or solar radio for recharging my phone, info etc...
     
  20. Aceman

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