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    Brad's BOB

    First try at a BOB. Not going to get all of the things that I need, but it has a lot more than my previous non existant bag. If I BO in my car, I have additional supplies, but I wanted something that I could grab and go if I needed to. This sleeps by the foot of my bed. No firearms in this bag. (not that they aren't a part of my BO plan) I picked up a SOG bag at the local big box sports store and filled it with stuff that I mostly had about the house. I know that I have some redundancies and that I need to add some stuff. Includes: Dryer Lint, Disposable Poncho, Bandana, Smith Pocket Sharpener, Headlamp, Spare glasses, Reading glasses, Space blanket x2, Lexan spoons, Small file, 3/8" brace & bit drill bit, 250 steel shot for slingshot, Life Straw, 1st aid kit, Poncho, Small pot, 2 silicone bowls, 2 mouse traps, compass, Storm matches, Lighter, Ferro rod and striker, P 38 can opener, light-sticks x2, 4800 Cal in food bars, battery powered lamp, 4 mil 55 gal trash bag, 50' paracord , Gerber Parabellum folding knife, Buck fixed knife, Cold Steel folding knife, Axe, Sven saw, 4 Always pads, 5' x 7' tarp, Slingshot, Whistle. Aluminum water bottle.
  2. When I was back east, my winter car kit included: Space Blanket Winter sleeping bag Fire starter(s) Road flares Spare water Spare food Spare gloves/socks/hat Kitty litter (for traction if stuck) Not an all inclusive list, just what is on the top of my mind.
  3. Like the title says. If you magically came into $250 (US), what would you add to your gear? (P.S. football gods smiled on me this week)
  4. I decided to spend it on preventative survival. My dentist has been after me to take better care of my gums. My survival angle here is that if the S does HTF, the better shape I'm in today will impact my long term chances. I'd imagine dental hygiene would take a hit if I was in a survival situation, so I'm prepping by taking better care of my self now. I ended up getting a SonicCare toothbrush. But I also got a Mora neck knife, 'cause you could always use an extra knife. The balance went to odds and ends like tarps and paracord.
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    Saws ?

    Apologize for the thread resurrection, but it seemed to be the best place for this. For some reason I've wanted a Sven saw for years and this year I finally bought one. (15") I used it on a camping trip in New Hampshire and for this one trip it did exactly what I expected. It packed light (I flew to NH). It was easy to set up. It cut wood. It's best suited for 2" - 3" branches, but it did cut some 5" - 6" logs as well. I cannot speak to the longevity of the blade, but this earned a place in my BOB based on this week's performance. I might consider the 21" model if I was buying again, and I still want to test this against some folders, but I have to say that the 15" Sven Saw did not disappoint.
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    SURVIVAL necklace

    Update - slightly smaller whistle came in the mail today. (Acme Tornado Slimline #636) This allowed me to add 5 butterflies and 2 Benadryl tabs. (I carry them for mild allergic reactions.)
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    SURVIVAL necklace

    OK, so I set out on a mission to create one of these. It's a work in progress, but it uses an Altoids Smalls for the container, 550 cord for the necklace*, and bicycle tubes to stick it all together. Inside are a knife (a wee tiny knife), whistle, ferro rod, striker, and some dryer lint. I'm waiting on a smaller whistle which may afford me some room for some first aid stuff. This will continue to evolve. This was more of a exercise in what I could do, not so much a serious piece of survival kit for me. But time will tell. * (I plan on doing a breakaway as suggested by Wyzyrd, in the future)
  8. I still watch it, but each season it gets more and more like "Survivor" or "Big Brother" to me with people playing to the cameras. Mouse head on a stick? Give me a break. But the lure of $500,000 is strong and you can't play if you don't get picked. I blame the producers who (I think) coached them to be outrageous and then edit it those parts. And they need to remove the disclaimer that these people are "trained survival experts" and replace it with one that says they are "survival hobbyists", in my opinion. (for you kids, that means IMO! 🙂)
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    Desert Monsoon Season

    Phoenix, AZ here. We get the Monsoons and 120° days. (Only 108° today) But the other 9 months of the year are awesome!
  10. I went on a search for something like this after reading a similar post on the MTJS blog. My two biggest wants were a bottle opener and a cutter. Screwdriver was a nice third, and nut driver/rulers were a distant fourth. This opens bottlers and cuts 550 cord so it's staying on my keychain. I think it could pry something if necessary, but I have not had the need yet. And if I need a 2nd thing to help me measure 2", this has me covered. Cost me $12 and I'm happy with it.
  11. Yea, for these types of things, it is 2-3x higher than the others I've seen, but my rational is this. It cost me about the same as 2 pints and a tip at the local brew pub. If I ever find myself in a situation where I need to cut something like 550 cord and don't have a knife, I'd be pissed that I didn't spend one happy hour's bill on this item.
  12. We all have knives, fire starters, etc., but what is your unexpected item(s) in your BOB? I have two - nail clippers and mouse traps nail clippers - yea, I could do it with a knife or emery board, but it's low cost for the payoff mouse traps - not only to keep out critters, but to provide bait for other things These are my two - do you have others?
  13. Well, since you brought the thread back, I'll add my $0.02. I'd probably go with a ferro rod w/striker. (Technically 2 items, but I'm counting it as a kit). Knife would be a close #2.
  14. Since this thread is recently resurrected, I'll add mine. This is assuming off the grid living. 4/5 taken from above How to build shelters (using any available resources) How to make fire How to source water and make it safe How to source food (hunting/fishing) How to source food (edible plants) I need to really work on the last one, and still need to work on most of the others.
  15. Lifelong contact lens wearer (adult life) who recently realised that I don't have enough emergency glasses. I have two pair, but none in my BOB and no spares in my car. That changes today as I just moved my 2nd pair to my BOB and will be getting a new pair this week for my car. I'm afraid of going overboard, but afraid of not going overboard. So - glasses wearers, how many pairs do you have and where do you keep them? <edit>FYI - I am about 20/150 without correction. I need glasses or contacts to function. I can read without them just fine, but can't see far.</edit>
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    howdy from east texas..

    Welcome from AZ.
  17. For those following along at home.... The answer (for me) is 4. I just purchased new bifocals for my everyday when I'm not wearing contacts pair and some mail order glasses for my 4th pair. This brings me to: Ray Ban Bifocals - main pair Ray Ban Single Vision - spares in the car Progressive Bifocals* - BOB Mail Order Single Vision - EDC Pouch/Bag** * Least favorite pair, but serviceable ** Also some tiny readers in case I have my contacts in. I'm still primarily a contact wearer, but practicality says glasses are the way to go if I'm looking long term. Mail order single visions were around $40 and have already paid for themselves with my peace of mind.
  18. Howdy, I got here from a twitter suggestion, which is odd, since I have 4 tweets in my history. Anyway twitter led me to the blog and that led me to the forum. Thanks for having me. Brad (aka Brad)
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