8 Lessons from Updating my Bug-Out-Bags

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…

  1. My youngest is no longer in diapers so I can get rid of those.  Lots of room saved and a little wight too.
  2. Most of my MREs were borderline expired.  There is a new chart for MRE freshness and it the times are GREATLY REDUCEDSee 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.
  3. All the fever medicine I had packed was expired.  Replaced.
  4. The clothes I packed were too small for the kids.  Updated with current sizes.  Also, added warm pants to existing sweatshirts.
  5. No freeze-dried food in the kit.  Added freeze dried food to all packs and duffel.
  6. 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.
  7. Pepper Sprays out of date or at best, questionable.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!)
  8. No BOB provisions for firearms.  Updated with firearm solution.  Undisclosed.


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