Prepping 101 | Bug out Bag (BOB)

In addition to having a supply of long term storage foods in their homes, most preppers also have a Bug out Bag (BOB) for each member of their family. It's best to prepare ahead of time for any and all scenarios you can think of to protect your family. Thus, the need to keep up your long term food storage, and also do as much as possible to be prepared for anything and everything that could happen in today's world. That would including having a BOB for each family member.

What is a BOB?

A BOB is typically a backpack filled with enough provisions and survival gear to last for at least a 72 hour period. Some of the items inside the BOB should include water, food, cooking and eating utensils, a medical emergency kit, extra clothing, and lighting. There are many more items that we will talk about later. Your BOB should be prepared and ready to go in case a situation should arise in which you would need to evacuate your home; for whatever reason. Don't wait until an emergency or disaster happens and then think about throwing a few things together; it's hard to think clearly enough at a time like that.

When getting ready to prepare your BOB it's best to think in terms of a survival situation, not just going across town to Aunt Sally's or cousin George's. We're talking about a hike, bicycle ride or car trip (whatever mode of transportation is available at the time) to somewhere safe that you can set up camp and survive for as long as is necessary. Your BOB should have enough in it to get you through at least 72 hours, but it is best to be prepared for as long a time as you can. BOBs should be stored in an easily accessible area of your home and every family member should know where they are.

They will also come in handy in case of a natural disaster such as a tornado, hurricane, etc. when you have to take shelter in your own home. If your food storage area is not accessible directly from your safe place, you can grab your BOB and take it with you to your safe place.

When thinking of what kind and size of backpack to have, I would suggest a military style backpack such as the one in the picture above as it has three extra pouches (mollees) that you can put additional necessities in that you will have quick and easy access to. Plus, it will hold more than the backpacks that most buy for their school children. The particular one in the picture will hold 50L and is 19.7 inches tall x 13 inches wide x 8. 7 inches deep. Personally, I recommend this size as the minimum (for older teens and adults). Trust me, I wish I would have known that when I bought my first backpack, I ran out of room in it rather quickly! The backpack above is available from Amazon for $31.56 as of the date of this writing. You can look at and observe the backpack (and purchase it if you so choose) by clicking here. It will give you an idea of the basic needs for your BOB. Of course, if you have small children you will want to get a backpack more appropriate for their size and distribute some of their food and necessities among older family members.

I would like to include that you can buy ready made BOBs if you prefer. I had looked into these when I was first thinking about putting together our BOBs. However, I decided against them because I wouldn't have a choice in what foods were included. I know, silly right? Well, not if you have picky eaters in your family like I do! If you would prefer to start with a ready made BOB click on the image to the right to see one you can get at...where else, but Amazon, lol. You can take a look and decide for yourself if this is the way you want to go or if you want to put together your own from the start.

The main thing is that if you want to prepare a BOB for you and your family members the best place to start is to choose a backpack for each person first. That's what I did, and then I had a list (which I will share with you later) and just added items on the list to them as I was able to. It took a few months, but it was quite a relief when it was done and ready.

Since what you will need to put inside your BOB is quite an extensive list, I will save that for another day. I hope this has helped you to understand at least what a BOB is. Until next time, have a nice day and God bless!