Some items just don't fit a category or they overlap several.1. Big trash bags - cut head and arm holes to make rain 'coat'; slit open for ground tarp or shelter, to collect rainwater. Will even make a boat: weave sticks together into a long 'tub' or kayak, then cover with plastic. Emergency sleeping bag?

2. Twine, cord - tying stuff, shelter making, shoe laces, belt, keeping food off the ground, fixing shoes

3. Rope, paracord - like twine, so many uses, if strong enough you can climb it, make rope ladder.

4. Zip lock bags - keep things clean, dry, together, food packets, endless uses

5. Camera, digital, for recording the insanity and your part in it; have extra battery, charger, case

6. AA and AAA batteries for your LEDs and other gear; rechargeables if you have a solar charger

7. Folding PV panel for charging batteries - this could keep you active with your electronics

8. Magnifying glass - for removing splinters and thorns, getting a better look at anything small, making fire

9. Plastic bags - the cheap, give-away kind, use for dirty clothes, collecting firewood, kindling, foraging for food

10. Thin, fabric/ripstop shopping bags - fold really flat but hold lots of collected fruit, nuts, wood, anything. Instant carry bag. Very strong for weight

11. Notebook, pens - record notes, leave notes, diary

12. MP3 player and ear buds - the world may be insane, but you will have music to remain calm and inspired. I prefer ones that run on AA or AAA batteries, not proprietary (iPods).

13. Money - pre-1965 dimes and quarters (mostly silver) may be accepted in some situations, as barter or as money. Conventional (modern) quarters may still have value, even though they have no silver. Cash could become worthless or nearly so, depending on the economic condition. I make no predictions and can't afford silver coins, so I'll carry quarters.

14. Barter items - not necessarily bug out items, but you might meet others and want to trade something you have for something you need. A list of barter items would fill pages - pretty much anything you and others might need and probably have used up, like: matches, bullets, food, fuel, TP, pens, paper, lighter, knife, saw, clothing, tobacco, alcohol, band aids, batteries, playing cards, scissors, and the list goes on and on. If there is no sign that these items will again become available (production restored, factories opened, people working...), many items will become scarce and therefore valuable. If your lighter stopped working, what would you be ready to trade for another one? You run out of ammo, and your gun is useless. What would you trade for 10 bullets? Similarly, look at all the things in your BOB and ask yourself what you would do if that item broke or was lost.


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