First off, this is long so get a beer and a pen! A BOB (Bug Out Bag) or GHB (Get home bag), for the purposes of this thread, is defined as a person portable collection of equipment that is preassembled with the specific goal of assisting a person or persons with rapidly obtaining a short or long term overland goal. It's contents include equipment needed for sustaining life or otherwise assisting the user in acheiving the overland goal. Rate your BOB/GHB under these categories. The phrase GHB/BOB includes the method of carry and its contents and does NOT include anything you have in your pockets or carry on your person or in your car, etc. *IMPORTANT*If you have a redundancy in any category, add +1 to your score in that category if your redundancy is a 1-5, and +2 if it's a 6-10. The highest score you can achieve in any category is a 10. Only one redundancy bonus can be applied per category. Portability-This category defines your GHB's/BOB's ease of movement and accounts for 10% of the final score. Hydro Power-This section defines your GHB's/BOB's ability to keep you hydrated and peeing clear and accounts for 16% of your total score Feedability-This section defines your GHB's/BOB's ability to keep you fed and accounts for 12% of you total score Sheltering Ability-This section defines your GHB's/BOB's ability to keep you warm and dry and will account for 21% of your overall score Fire Making Ability-This section defines your GHB's/BOB's ability to aid you in starting a fire and is worth 11% of your overall score Combat-This section defines your GHB's/BOB's ability to protect you from malicious harm and does NOT include any weapons you already regularly carry on your person. This category accounts for 5% of your final score. Durability-This section defines your GHB's/BOB's ability to take abuse and accounts for 5% of the overall score. First Aid-This section defines your GHB's/BOB's ability to keep you and others alive in the event of injury or incapacitation and accounts for 5% of your overall score Communication-This defines your GHB's/BOB's ability to stay in touch with others and/or gather real time intelligence on the situation at hand and accounts for 5% of your overall score Navigation-This section evaluates your GHB's/BOB's ability to aid you in finding your way and achieving your overland goal and accounts for 10% of your final score Portability scoring chart-10%: 1. What do you mean I have to carry it by myself? 2. Check this out, it's got nifty wheels on it 3. Duffel Bag/Full Ruck 4. 3-5 day internal or external frame pack 5. Comfortable Day Pack 6. High-School style backpack (Jansport, Etc) 7. Shoulder pack/camera bag/large EDC pouch 8. Lunch Box 9. Small EDC Pouch/Fanny Pack 10. Now which pocket did I put that in? (Altoid Tin style) Hydro Power scoring chart-16%: 1. Ok we're gonna risk drinking the swamp water...You first, Dale 2. Wow this iodine tab makes the water taste like %$#@ 3. (#2)+ but don't worry this tabs takes the bad taste out 4. 1x Lg brand name water bottle (Crystal Springs, Dasani) or military canteen 5. 2x (#4) 6. Fully filled hydration pack (100 oz or less) 7. Gallon jug of water or equivalent 8. Straw style water filter 9. Basic Hand pump style water filter (dirt, bacteria, chemicals) 10. Advanced Hand pump style water filter (dirt, Bacteria, chemicals, cysts viruses) Feedability Scoring chart-12%: 1. Mmmm that beetle sure looks tasty 2. Hard candy 3. Candy Bar 4. Big Granola or Power Bar/Bag o GORP 5. Freeze dried single serving meal 6. MRE 7. 3+ Days of Freeze dried single serving meals 8. 3+ Days of MREs 9. Weeks Worth of Freeze dried single serving meals (count Coast Guard lifeboat rations here) 10. Weeks worth of MRE's or better Sheltering ability Scoring chart-21%: 1. So C-C-Cold 2. See, you just cut holes in this garbage bag here and you have a poncho! 3. Real poncho 4. Long-sleeved wool/poly pullover 5. Blanket 6. Winter parka Shell 7. Winter parka shell and liner 8. Bivouac 9. Small tent or tarp 10. Large tent Fire making ability scoring chart-11% 1. Now all I need is a lightning bolt to strike my woodpile here 2. Book of paper matches 3. Wooden strike-anywhere matches/storm proof matches 4. Butane lighter/Flint-steel kit 5. Butane 'Hurricane' or windproof lighter/Flint-steel kit with magnesium 6. Any of #2-#5 + Fire starting aids (such as tinder box, sterno paste, sawdust/wax) 7. #6 + Road flares/Signal Flares 8. Portable liquid fuel camp stove w/ fuel (gas/ white gas) 9. Portable Isobutane/propane or equivalent stove w/ fuel 10. Deluxe Propane Portable cooking set (more than one burner) with fuel Combat scoring chart-5%: 1. Toe-nail clippers 2. Pen knife 3. Swiss Army knife/Multi tool 4. Tactical Folder (Benchmade, Kershaw, etc) 5. Fixed blade combat or boot knife 6. Large combat knife (Ka-Bar, Old School survival knife) 7. Mouse Gun 8. Handgun 9. Pistol caliber carbine 10. Rifle Durability Scoring chart-5%: 1. No, don't hold it like that it'll tear! (Garbage bag or plastic shopping bag, etc) 2. Red and white polka-dotted pillow case with a stick or other hobo custom job 3. Made in Kerplekistan for pennies on the dollar 4. Yeah, pretty cool, huh? Bought it at a flea market 5. Military surplus is good enough for me 6. REI or other sporting goods brand 7. Maxpedition/Tactical Tailor/Hazard 4, very durable ballistic nylon stuff 8. #7 + equivalent internal storage for loose items, i.e. EDC/First Aid pouches, etc 9. Extremely durable hard cases: Pelican, etc 10. #9 + customized foam inserts or internal storage for loose items, i.e. EDC/First Aid pouches, etc First Aid-5%: 1. Rub some dirt on it, it'll be fine. 2. Barney print boo-boo kit. 3. Small pre-fab First Aid kit 4. Pre-made hiker's first aid kit (Ozark Trail, Coleman, etc.) 5. Pre-made hiker's kit with useful additions such as moleskin for foot blisters, sterile pads and butterfly bandages, OTC meds 6. #5 + needed prescription meds. 7. #6 + variety of prescription meds 8. Small trauma kit with large bandages, OPA's/NPA's (if you have to ask, you're somewhere below the rating) 9. Full trauma kit with clotting agents, OPA's/NPA's pressure dressings and splints (portable SAM splint style) for traumatic injuries, and IVs 10. Field Surgical kit or Medic bag with sterile fields, scalpels/hemostats, sutures, disinfectant, Rx meds, clotting agent, and IV/SubQ/IM capabilities. Communications-5%: 1. HELLO! Hello... hello... 2. Signal mirror 3. Signal mirror, flashlight/chem lights 4. #2-#3 + Signal mirror and hand launch flares or flare gun 5. Strobe light beacon and/or portable FM/AM radio 6. Shortwave radio receiver 7. Multiband receiver and/or handheld walkie-talkie under 5 watts (e.g. FRS/GMRS) 8. Handheld/portable single-band transceiver at 5 watts or more (Ham VHF/UHF or CB). 9. Ham radio handheld/portable transceiver with wide band receive and multi-band transmit at 5 watts or more. 10. Radio bag with antennas capable of wide band receive and multi-band transmit at 40 watts or more. Navigation-10%: 1. Where am I and what am I doing in this hand basket? 2. Compass from a Crackerjack box 3. Small hiker's compass and map OR basic GPS receiver. 4. Small hiker's compass and several maps 5. Several laminated maps and decent quality compass. 6. Laminated maps with lensatic compass with preplanned routes indicated. 7. Advanced lensatic compass and high quality topo maps and pre-planned routes. 8. Lensatic compass and numerous area topo maps, primary and alternative routes and danger zones indicated. 9. GPS receiver with internal maps. 10. Advanced GPS receiver with detailed maps and pre-plotted destinations, primary and alternative routes. Determining your final score. The scoring is automatically done in the following fashion. The number you score in each category is divided by ten and multiplied by the percentage that category is worth. For example, If you score a 7 in Feedability (worth 12%) then 12 is multiplied .7 x12 getting a category score of 8.4. The category scores are then added for your final score. See the link below, provided by Geko45 for a spreadsheet he created that does the scoring work for you. After entering your scores in the spreadsheet, look below and click on the Assessment Chart tab for a graphic representation of your style of kit. This will show you where your kit is weak or strong and where you have made sacrifices in some areas to improve others. IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT YOUR NUMERICAL SCORE IS NOT A GRADE! My first post here is continually edited to stay the most updated with respect to revisions. Please post with any suggestions, but before you do, read the whole thread to make sure your suggestions haven't already been discussed. Thank you Geko45 for your time in putting together the spreadsheet and your continued support of this thread! Semi-Official BOB/GHB Rating System Calculator Version 2.2 SCROLL DOWN TO POST #25 for a link to the spreadsheet Wily Wanna kill these ads? We can help!