The list author says: "All BOB items have been carefully researched and chosen with respect to helping you survive the trek to home base. I own and tested all items, and can vouch for each items capability to help you in a survival situation."
"Most important tool next to your smarts. I was torn between the Prodigy and the LMF II. As an overall survival knife, there's not too much of a difference. I went with the Prodigy since it's full tang, lighter, shorter, and $25 less. Most of all, it has feel right in your hand. You're only as sharp as your knife."
"H20 pump filters are best for on-the-go situations, but a huge problem is when the handle breaks. This is a bladder to bladder gravity fed filtration system, which might delay you for a bit, but I chose this system because it PURIFIES the water and is guaranteed for 1 million gallons (if you clean and maintain it regularly), which can come in handy when filtering for a person, party, or colony."
"Hardcore striker that will not let you down. Worked even when wet, and has a small hidden compartment to put tinder in. Save you dryer lint as that is the best tinder money can't buy. A good fire will keep you going."
"Works great between two trees and keeps you off the ground. Overhead protection can be provided by the camo tarp or camo poncho. I chose a hammock versus a tent since it's easy for a quick tear-down, and being inside a tent can leave you vulnerable to sneak attack."
"Awesome flashlight that won't break the bank. Has bright and low modes, as well as pre-programmed SOS flash, and a super annoying strobe mode (personal favorite) to disorientate attackers. Takes only 3 AAA batteries, and can change focal point by a turn of the lens."
"All in all, a excellent head lamp for its price. Has tilt adjustment, focused white LEDs, and red light LED for night vision. Felt sturdy enough for trekking...just don't go off and start headbutting things with this."
"Combo axe with many uses. Also an excellent defensive weapon while dual-wielding the kukri. The hand saw fits conveniently into the axe handle and is secured by magnets, and the opposite side of the axe can be used as a hammer. (Just don't point the sharp end towards you...duh)"
"Bag preference vary from person to person, depending on needs and comfort. For a long trek to home base, I chose this bag. It has 90 liters of space, and comfortably redistributes my gear's weight on my shoulders, back, and across my chest. Its integrated rain cover is a nice touch and its water bladder capability works well with the Sawyer filtration system."
"Building a fire for boiling water takes time and can give away your position. When you can't build a fire, this gives you boiling water in less than 3 minutes with a barely visible flame. That means MRE's will be ready in no time, and water can be boiled clean just as fast."
"Remember, these are your back-up food to your back-up food. Not 4-star dining, but it'll give you the sustenance you need to keep going. It's high in caloric content with fats, protein, and carbs, but make sure you supplement with vitamins, as vitamin content is not one of its strong points."