To some degree, having a backup kit for your Bug Out Bag (BOB) might sound like overkill but bear with me a bit and allow me to explain. Every prudent prepper knows that it is important to have backups of essential gear. However, most of that gear, both primary and backups, ends up in the almighty BUG OUT BAG, the crown jewel in any prepper’s disaster plan. Seriously, to hear some people talk about bug out bags, you’d think their BOB sits on a velvet pillow with sunlight streaming down on it from a conveniently placed skylight.
The reality is that the bug out bag could end up not being an option. It could be lost or perhaps taken from you. Seriously, if you cannot possibly imagine a scenario where your bug out bag isn’t available to you, you lack any degree of imagination.
Why a Bug Out Bag Backup Kit?
The idea behind a BOB Backup Kit is to have a small collection of only the most essential gear stored in a belt pouch or other small, easy to carry, container. I like the belt pouch because it isn’t something I’m going to set down somewhere and possibly forget about. Others, though, might prefer a small satchel type bag. It should be something that will not interfere with carrying your full BOB, though.
For the pouch, many people like the Maxpedition M-2. It certainly works very well, but it is kind of pricey. For those on a tighter budget, maybe look at the Condor version, which also works quite well. Obviously, a pouch like this is going to be fairly small so we’re not going to be carrying a ton of gear in it.
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Here are some suggestions for the absolute essentials:
A small folding knife
A small multi-tool
A couple of butane lighters
Strike anywhere matches stored in an old pill bottle
Ferro rod and striker
Pain reliever tablets
Cordage wrapped on an old credit card
Water purification tablets
Obviously, a small pouch kit like this isn’t going to meet all of your needs for days on end. However, it should keep you alive long enough for you to work on bettering your situation. The idea isn’t to fully replace your BOB but to give you options in case your BOB becomes unavailable to you.
I store my belt pouch kit next to my BOB in my trunk. When the BOB comes out, I put the pouch on my belt immediately. From that point on, the pouch is attached to me until I’ve reached a safe location. Could be I’ll never truly need it but I’d rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.