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When SHTF, it's time to GOOD, grab your Bug Out Bag, and make like Eli

JB
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."
Gerber 22-41121 Prodigy Survival Knife
Gerber 22-41121 Prodigy Survival Knife
"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."
Sawyer Products SP194 Two Bag Complete Water Purifier System, 4 Liters Each
Sawyer Products SP194 Two Bag Complete Water Purifier System, 4 Liters Each
"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."
Emergency Water Filter Straw (70050)
Emergency Water Filter Straw (70050)
"Perfect for that on-the-go situation.  Use on suspicious water that looks mostly clean.  Black water need not apply."
Katadyn Micropur MP1 Purification Tablets
Katadyn Micropur MP1 Purification Tablets
"Takes 4 hours to purify, so it can work for you while you continue on the road."
20oz Klean Kanteen Insulated Wide Mouth With Cafe Cap
20oz Klean Kanteen Insulated Wide Mouth With Cafe Cap
"Unlike other canteens, it's not lined with plastic (BPA free), so it can be used to boil water over a fire."
Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce Fire Starter
Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce Fire Starter
"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."
Coghlans Waterproof Matches 10 Pack
Coghlans Waterproof Matches 10 Pack
"Always have 2 back up ways of making a fire.  Be versed on a 3rd method like with a magnifying glass, friction methods, etc.  Don't forget that dryer lint tinder!"
10' x 12' Dry Top Camouflage 7-mil Poly Tarp item #410129
10' x 12' Dry Top Camouflage 7-mil Poly Tarp item #410129
"Use as ground protection, or as overhead protection.  The camo will help you blend into the environment."
Suisse Sport Adult Adventurer Mummy Ultra-Compactable Sleeping Bag (Right Zipper) Blue
Suisse Sport Adult Adventurer Mummy Ultra-Compactable Sleeping Bag (Right Zipper) Blue
"Compact and comfortable."
Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock
Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock
"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."
Nebo 5581 220 Lumen Redline Tactical Flashlight Strobe S.O.S
Nebo 5581 220 Lumen Redline Tactical Flashlight Strobe S.O.S
"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."
Energizer 3 LED Headlight, Green/Black, 3AAA
Energizer 3 LED Headlight, Green/Black, 3AAA
"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."
Cold Steel 97MKM Magnum Kukri
Cold Steel 97MKM Magnum Kukri
"Guaranteed to intimidate...'nuff said."
Gerber 22-41420 Gator Combo Axe II
Gerber 22-41420 Gator Combo Axe II
"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)"
High Sierra Classic Series 59601 Long Trail 90 Internal Frame Pack Pacific 36x15.25x11 Inches 5500 Cubic Inches 90 Liters
High Sierra Classic Series 59601 Long Trail 90 Internal Frame Pack Pacific 36x15.25x11 Inches 5500 Cubic Inches 90 Liters
"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."
Silva Lensatic 360 - Compass
Silva Lensatic 360 - Compass
"If you don't know how to read a compass, I suggest you start orienting (pun intended) yourself on how to use one.  Know where you are headed at all times."
SAS Survival Handbook, Revised Edition: For Any Climate, in Any Situation
SAS Survival Handbook, Revised Edition: For Any Climate, in Any Situation
"Invaluable information on how to survive.  Easily understood by the lay-person, and doesn't get into politics or opinions.  Just good ol' survival techniques."
Smith's PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener
Smith's PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener
"Took a little while to get used to the passes through the carbide and ceramic, but it gets em' sharp.  Stay sharp my friends."
Leatherman Wave Black Oxide Finish Multi Tool with Nylon MOLLE Sheath , 830246
Leatherman Wave Black Oxide Finish Multi Tool with Nylon MOLLE Sheath , 830246
"Has all the tools to handle any repair job."
Extreme Condition Sun Hat Stone
Extreme Condition Sun Hat Stone
"Great for protecting your head from sunburn, your eyes from sun light, and helps retain heat lost on a cold day.  Protect your head, it's your greatest tool."
Rothco Shemagh Tactical Desert Scarf 8537
Rothco Shemagh Tactical Desert Scarf 8537
"Chose a Shemagh over a bandana since it thicker, stronger, and gives better protection.  Make sure to look up "30 uses for a bandana"."
Rothco R/S Poncho, Woodland Digital Camo
Rothco R/S Poncho, Woodland Digital Camo
"Can be worn as the conventional poncho, used as a protection tarp in a rainstorm, or shade for camp on a hot day.  Again, the camo will help you blend into the environment."
Adventure Medical Kits Outfitter Kit
Adventure Medical Kits Outfitter Kit
"Anti-diarrhea, Benadryl, aspirin, Quik-clot, and any personal medications such as inhaler, insulin, Epi-pen, should be added according to you and your party's needs."
Quiverr QCMY10 Mylar Emergency Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10)
Quiverr QCMY10 Mylar Emergency Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10)
"Perfect for trapping heat for treating acute hypothermia, signaling for help, or making an in-ground solar sill."
Deluxe Universal Horizontal Shoulder Holster
Deluxe Universal Horizontal Shoulder Holster
"If you're carrying a firearm (which I believe you should, but that's my opinion), it should be readily available within seconds.  If you can't defend your keep, then you're not keeping it."
Gerber 22-41578 Gorge Folding Shovel
Gerber 22-41578 Gorge Folding Shovel
"Collapsible and compact shovel that folds neatly into its accompanying nylon bag.  Use for trenching to set up camp, and to bury anything that may give your position/direction."
Flash Personal Cooking System
Flash Personal Cooking 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."
Mountain House 72-Hour Emergency Meal Kit
Mountain House 72-Hour Emergency Meal Kit
"Only needs hot water, a little stirring and boom, great tasting meal.  Best tasting MRE's that I've come across at least.  3 days worth per person should be the minimum."
Datrex 3600 Emergency Food Bar - 3 Day/72 Hour Bar - Single Pack
Datrex 3600 Emergency Food Bar - 3 Day/72 Hour Bar - Single Pack
"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."
Etn American Red Cross ARCFR600R Solarlink Digital AM/FM/SW/NOAA S.A.M.E. Weather Radio with Flashlight, Siren, Solar and CellPhone Charger (Red) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Etn American Red Cross ARCFR600R Solarlink Digital AM/FM/SW/NOAA S.A.M.E. Weather Radio with Flashlight, Siren, Solar and CellPhone Charger (Red) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Stay informed on weather, political updates, alerts, etc.  Also has solar cells with USB connectivity to charge your small electronics."
Motorola MH230R 23-Mile Range 22-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair)
Motorola MH230R 23-Mile Range 22-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair)
"Each party member should carry one, and make sure to predetermine certain channels only party members will know."
Sanyo Eneloop 2-AA NiMH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries with USB Charger (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Sanyo Eneloop 2-AA NiMH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries with USB Charger (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Works well with the Eton Radio's USB charging connectivity."
Cyalume SnapLight Industrial Grade Light Sticks, Green, 6" Long, 12 Hour Duration (Pack of 10)
Cyalume SnapLight Industrial Grade Light Sticks, Green, 6" Long, 12 Hour Duration (Pack of 10)
"Great low-cost alternative light source to preserve your batteries."
Rothco Type III Commercial Paracord
Rothco Type III Commercial Paracord
"Millions upon millions of uses. Tent/hammock repair, tourniquet, fishing line...the list goes on and on."
Black Gorilla Tape 1.88 In. x 35 Yd., One Roll
Black Gorilla Tape 1.88 In. x 35 Yd., One Roll
"Who needs Duck (duct) tape when you have Gorilla tape. So strong, it'll make you go ape-5h!t."