I have a set of bug-out-bags or BOBs for my family. The set is 3 backpacks; 1 for me, 1 for my wife and 1 for my 16 year-old son. My wife and I each share our pack with our 4 and 6-year olds, respectively. 4 and 6 year olds can’t be trusted with a BOB nor can they be trusted to carry any weight more than a few feet without complaining. I also employ a rolling duffel that houses a tent, blankets and additional basics such as water and food.
Today I decided to revisit my BOBs and get them up to date. Here is what I learned…
- My youngest is no longer in diapers so I can get rid of those. Lots of room saved and a little wight too.
- Most of my MREs were borderline expired. There is a new chart for MRE freshness and it the times are GREATLY REDUCED. See it here! I ordered new ones to replace them. My research shows that the baked goods and breads will last much longer than meals, FYI.
- All the fever medicine I had packed was expired. Replaced.
- The clothes I packed were too small for the kids. Updated with current sizes. Also, added warm pants to existing sweatshirts.
- No freeze-dried food in the kit. Added freeze dried food to all packs and duffel.
- Jetboil stove had only one small canister of fuel. I totally thought I had another. As it is my sole system for heating water – I ordered a case of 220 sized canisters and will add to all packs. Fuel will likely be irreplaceable in SHTF.
- Pepper Sprays out of date or at best, questionable. Replaced. FYI – I keep pepper spray in all the packs as it is legal to carry concealed so you will be safe if stopped by authorities (if there are any!)
- No BOB provisions for firearms. Updated with firearm solution. Undisclosed.
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