- Backpack, sleeping bag (tiny Slumberjack)
- Food pack (beef jerkey, trail mix, tuna, craisins, M&Ms, instant oatmeal, cup a soup, tea bags, hot chocolate, granola bars, raisins, vitamins).
- Eating stuff (can of sterno, metal cup, can opener, water bottle, spoon)
- Toiletries (floss, toothpaste, tooth brush, nail clippers, comb, soap, razor, shampoo, towel, wash cloth, tissue, toilet paper)
- Shoes/clothing (trail shoes, socks, shorts, T shirt, trousers, fleece jacket, rain jacket, bandanna)
- First aid kit (moleskin, bandaide, alcohol wipes, aspirin,antibiotics, pain killer, gauze, medical tape, scissors, nitrile gloves, antibacterial ointment)
- Repair kit (rubber bands, sewing kit, safety pins, duct tape, nails, small gauge wire)
- Other stuff (playing cards, binoculars, magnifying glass, battery/solar radio, ear phones for the radio, candle, coins, $200 cash, wire saw, Potable Aqua, lighter, fishing kit (hooks, line, sinkers), bug repellent, KaBar knife, knife sharpener, magnesium firestarter/steel, whistle, matches, work gloves, ziploc bags, compass, map, tarp/poncho, para cord, space blanket, hand warmer packets, maglite flashlight, spare batteries, bungee cords, aluminum foil, razor blade, small trowel, spare ammo)
That's what's in my bag. Your bag will probably be different--actually I've never seen two BOBs the same. The premise with this bag is that it contains only the very basics as far as survival supplies go. I will be able to take care of myself with these supplies if I end up in a hotel or in a wilderness area. This bag is not the same as my camping supplies and does not include the items I would take on a multi-week backpacking trip. This is a small, lightweight bag that I can pick up and literally run with if I need to get away ASAP. I've seen some BOBs that weight upwards of 90 pounds which is (IMHO) a ridiculous amount to carry without a Sherpa. On the other hand, these basic items in my BOB are much more than many people in third world countries have in their entire homes so I guess what each person considers "necessary" is relative. Other items that I always have with me: firearm, laptop, Daily Carry bag, jump drive with all of my important documents scanned onto it.
In the event of an evacuation or if I am leaving to Bug Out from my home, I will of course throw as much stuff into the BOV as possible. Everything is organized in the garage by stations and includes bins of camping gear, firearms/supplies, water, food, medical supplies, tools, etc. Each bin can easily be tossed in the BOV and then we really would be able to survive for an indeterminate amount of time away from home.