View Full Version : SHTF bug out bag, what to put in it?

Lucky Scott
10-28-2009, 6:40 PM
Been reading about having a backpack packed and ready to go. Met a guy and he had one in his car, just in case.
My question is, what to put in it, besides ammo.

I am guessing:
some food products,
what else?

10-28-2009, 6:43 PM
do a search, there is a sticky on this very topic in fact..... TONS of info already on this forum for this

10-28-2009, 6:45 PM
Be sure to pack a lucky rabbit's foot, lucky Scott.

10-28-2009, 6:46 PM
There's a current thread on this very subject - Check it out -

Black Majik
10-28-2009, 6:46 PM

10-28-2009, 6:50 PM
.....+ 2 lbs bag of David sunflower seeds.


Lucky Scott
10-28-2009, 7:11 PM
Thanks, that thread is very helpful.
Wow, thats alot of stuff, I dont know if I have a bag big enough........

10-28-2009, 7:16 PM
lol somewhere in there it talks about this being a "master" list, and you get to decide what is important to you. Also there is a fuzzy difference between B.O.B and SHTF situations. BOB= bug out (3-14 days ish) SHTF (think much longer) so that plays into it as well. But yea way to plan! I got mine sitting in my closet at this moment

10-28-2009, 7:26 PM
Hustler mags and bubblegum

Lucky Scott
10-28-2009, 7:32 PM
Not that I am any kind of expert, but in my opinion, I have a lighter version of the BOB in my mind. I want something I can put in the trunk of my car and carry on my back if need be. In a long term situation I hope to be at home hunkered down.
The BOB is to carry with me so I have some crucial supplies if need be.
I want to set one up for my wife as well. She also needs some comfortable shoes so she doesnt need to hike around in high heels.

That list will help me pick out what is important.

I figure, gotta carry ammo anyway, why not add some more stuff you would wish you had.

10-28-2009, 7:43 PM
How about.....A PLAN.

10-28-2009, 7:59 PM
I went to a neighbors cabin and filled up the back of our truck with less stuff than that. Definitely need to par down the list to a bag of what you think you'll need to bug out.

10-29-2009, 12:37 AM
All of our cars have an Earthquake Kit in the trunk. Not so much as a B.O.B but it can save your life or others. I just need to add a gun to each pack. Like a buddy of mine once told me, "I just need enough stuff to get me from wherever I am, back home, in order to get my family and my stuff." He works in San Francisco and home is San Mateo, approximately 40-50 miles if you're humping it via street level.

10-29-2009, 3:29 AM
Toilet paper!

10-29-2009, 4:08 AM
Dunno about a SHTF bag but I have a backpack full of the everyday stuff you always need but don't have.

Immodium is on the top of the list. :yes:


10-29-2009, 5:03 AM
a couple bottles of Single Malt Scotch

10-29-2009, 7:11 AM
There's not much in my BOB. I intend to take my CW re-enactment gear with me if I have to bug out. It all fits in a large plastic tote and contains a tent, a few cast iron pans, toilet paper, wool clothing, blankets, black powder, candles, knife, and a few other items. All I need to add is a couple of modern firearms and ammo. As for food, I'll shoot something to eat. Water is everywhere, so I just need to boil what I want to drink. There are lots of places I can bug out to up here in the mountains and I can survive for quite awhile off the land.

10-29-2009, 7:34 AM
...I want something I can put in the trunk of my car and carry on my back if need be...

That would be a "Get Home Bag" aka a GHB.

10-29-2009, 7:45 AM

10-29-2009, 7:53 AM
zombiehunters.org is the place to go if you want to know about BOB, GHB's etc.

10-29-2009, 9:11 AM
Booze, smut, and bullets.

10-29-2009, 9:19 AM
See here:

CalGuns Bug Out Bag (BOB) thread Inventory (consolidated into one master list) (http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=229061)

Or this 58-page thread that has the suggestions for that list:

BUG OUT BAG (BOB) (http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=147834)

10-29-2009, 9:54 AM
Seriously, here's what's in mine:

goal- at least 3 day unassisted survival
my bug out bag:

√1 MRE
√hard candy
√electrolyte drink packs
√small cooking pot and pan combo
√fuel bottle x 2
√cooking and eating utensils
√4 servings dehydrated meals
√honey sticks
√"butter" packets
√tea bags
√notes and pics of local edible plants
√2 2qt platypus bags
√1 platypus hydration tube
√3 1/2 pint emergency water packets
√3 coffee filters
√water treatment pills
√3 pair underwear
√3 pair socks
√2 pair cargo shorts
√1 t-shirts
√1 long sleeve shirt
√1 thermal top
√1 thermal bottom
√sun hat
√warm hat
√good used walking shoes
√lightweight jacket
√tarp tent
√2 poles/ walking sticks
√light rope
√emergency blanket
√sleeping bag
cash --lots of ones and fives
THD, and Wamu credit and debit cards
√small can mace
1911 .45
50 rounds + 4 loaded clips
in pants holster
magazine holster
√liquid soap
√1/2 scotchbright sponge
√cell phone (any old phone will call 911, even without a service plan)
√battery powered cell phone charger
√am/fm radio
√extra batteries
√2 dust masks
√nitrile work gloves
√ear plugs
√sun glasses
√spare glasses, even if older RX
√health alert necklace
√ prescription meds
√copy of driver's license
√copy of health insurance card
√copy of passport
√copy of marriage cert
√copy of Child's birth certificate
√pictures of all loved ones -- contact info and relationship on backs
√important contacts list
First Aid kit:
√first aid kit
√derma-bond (or superglue)
√extra cold packs for heat exhaustion
√water mister for heat exhaustion
√plenty of sun screen
√insect repellent
√6 nitrile gloves
√glow sticks
√knife sharpener
√nylon trowel
√sewing kit (could be added to)
√seam sealer repair kit for tarp
√duct tape
√playing cards
√fishing kit (need more line)
√trip line / snare
√ bells for snare, fishing, or trip-line
√fire starter with tinder
√waterproof matches
√safety pins
√notepad and space pen
√mesh bag
√water proof bag
√garbage bag
√550 paracord

10-29-2009, 10:19 AM
a couple bottles of Single Malt Scotch

What kind???

Also be sure to look at the original BOB thread. It lists what a lot of us actually have in our packs.