The Car BOB For North-European Conditions
Here a some
of the evens to consider as a rationale for a CarBOB:
> Your Vehicle breaks down.
> You get stuck in a Bug Out situation; and for whatever reason you are
forced to stay in your vehicle for a prolonged period of time or proceed to
your destination on foot.
The Car BOB is a combination of GHB and BOB (see Terminology & Acronyms), kept in one's vehicle.
The items in
de CarBOB are intended to get the user, either in his/her vehicle or on foot,
from wherever the car
happens to be (whether at home or not) to another
the CarBOB is a bit larger than a GHB that is carried in a day pack because it
can be left in the trunk rather than carried every day.
It is not as thorough as
a 72 hour BOB.This is
because it is usually only going to be used for a short period of time, to get
home or to one's other preparations.
Some authors argue that the Car BOB should also carry
car-specific items, like trunk-safe emergency fuel, a battery charger,
fix-a-flat, road maps and atlases, flares, etc.
In this approach these
extra items are part of the Bug Out Vehicle (BOV) gear.
Basically the items mentioned can be considered as add-ons to the
Depending on one’s specific state of mind some of the items may be regarded as
‘Spartan’ and others ‘over the top’.
Personal experience however will show what is use-full and what is not.
> Weather independent conditions relates to general items independant of wheather conditions
> Summer and Winter conditions relate to specific items such as clothes
Check the separate section on Water
(Iodine) purification tablets : Polar Pure
Water Disinfectant With Iodine Crystals works fast (1 hr) and has
indefinite shelf life.
Of course, if you can boil the water, that is the best.
aid kit; take out the scissors and replace is with a simple Victorinox Knife
(Swiss Army Knife) with scissors.
Then add some:
> Pain killer (Paracetamol)
> Caffeine tablets
> Anti Diarrhea tablets : These are commonly not included in first aid kits.
> Blister Plaster (!)
> Needles (Small sewing set)
> Safety Pins
> Prescription medications: I don’t know how people usually have
prescription medication for the bug out bag as you can’t really buy them before
If you make them
part of your Car BOB be sure to rotate it since medicine only has an limited
time for effectiveness.
Check and rotate items on a regular basis.
> Bath Towel. Chose an orange or yellow one so that
it will double as a signaling/flag cloth
> Hand Sanitizer
> Feminine Hygiene products: (Very very important!!!)
> Tissues. Can also be
used as Toilet paper. Sealed in plastic bags of course to keep them nice
> Toothpaste (small tube)
> A pair of sun glasses
> A pair of extra/old glasses. Better
than being blind
Stick (Compare the ‘Jo’ as used in Aikido)
3 ways to
make a fire
> Windproof and Waterproof Matches
> Waxine candles
> Tinder (Tissues can be used for this purpose )
> Cell Phone
> Cell Phone
Extra Battery & Charger
> Duct Tape
> Face Mask
> Paracord/550 Cord
> 2 Garbage bags
> Carabiners : A couple of Carabiners to easily attach
stuff to the bags.
> Binoculars or
> A pair
of sturdy boots or shoes suitable for walking long distance
> A pair
of long pants (preferably not blue jeans)
> 2 Pairs
of socks (preferably not cotton)
> 2 Shirts
(Maybe 1 long sleeve and 1 short sleeve for layering)
> A Jacket
that is both warm and protection from rain
long underwear of some kind
> A hat
Bandana (many uses!)
> A warm
military style Poncho
> Bag Pack Meals
> Variety of Chocolate/energy bars.
> 3 Packs of Chewing gum.
> Collection of dried soups.
> 2 packs of Biscuits.
> 1 bag of sweets.
> 24 Stock cubes.
> 250ml Alcohol of your taste. (Whisky)
> Papers/Documents :
As a citizen you are
required by law to keep a copy of your immigration documents and passport safe
and accessible at all times.
> Waterproof Flash Drive : We also keep a digital
copy of the same documents in a Waterproof Flash Drive. (Centon 8 GB DataStick Sport
Waterproof USB 2.0 Flash Drive)
> Important phone numbers : Emergency contact
> Local Rescue/Emergency services
The actual bug out bag : I have packed everything into a militaire style backpack.
Furthermore I want it to be as light as can make it and
comfortable to walk with.
Type of Bag:
At one stage
you may have to consider leaving the vehicle and progress on foot or other
means, a bike for instance.
weight of the bag and it’s contents become an issue.
Personally I carry something like this around the whole day.
It has many
pockets so items can be neatly organized.
It however is quite a heavy bag by itselfSo if you
like to travel light, you could also consider a bag like this one.