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We all know about the basics of BOB's but as a woman I have a few non essential comfort items added to mine. Im an artsy/craftsy lady and the thought of going through a SHTF scenario without some kind of creative outlet makes me cringe. So with that in mind, I added some items to my BOB to help combat stress and fill down time.

In my bag I have a full set of interchangeable metal knitting needles and a few skeins of my favorite yarn, a bottle of hair serum in lieu of conditioner, deck of cards, a small solar charger for electronic e-reader, sea sponges (for periods) and a small portable art kit complete with mini sketch book, pencils, eraser, pencil sharpener and a small journal

All of these non essentials weigh less than 3.5 pounds and for me are a good addition. Something to keep me sane

Do you guys have any non essential ideas?
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Hello and welcome!

Some things I would carry for non-essentials might be a small sized crossword, word find book and some erasable pens, a copy of a favorite paper back book you would read several times over and maybe a small copy of a book about the birds, animals or plants in your area. Those could not only be used for pleasure but for knowledge about what maybe edible or a potential danger.
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I am more of a color calming type person so my things are purchased when available in purple, my favorite color. If not available, I often paint them myself.
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I keep a word puzzle book in my BoB to provide mental stress relief.
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Deck of cards and jounal and pen. Good idea about puzzle books.
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Small bar of chocolate for emergency stress.
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In my bag I have a full set of interchangeable metal knitting needles and a few skeins of my favorite yarn, a bottle of hair serum in lieu of conditioner, deck of cards, a small solar charger for electronic e-reader, sea sponges (for periods) and a small portable art kit complete with mini sketch book, pencils, eraser, pencil sharpener and a small journal
I used to use those, but I wouldn't think that they would be good for a BOB. It takes quite a lot of water to get them thoroughly rinsed out, and if not thoroughly rinsed, they tend to breed bacteria. I would suggest you look into the menstrual cups. They are much easier to clean and maintain, and can be boiled to sterilize if necessary.

I think the closest thing to non essential that I carry is little drink packets. I have a few individual packets of instant coffee, and several packets of flavored electrolyte powder and kool-aid. These are the single serve packets that go in a 1 liter water bottle. I carry them so that if I have to drink pond water, I can use them to flavor the water so it will taste better. I have a Sawyer mini for filtering out bacteria and protozoa, but it does nothing to improve the flavor of the water. Also, if I have to use water purification tabs, those are pretty nasty tasting too.
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I am partial to bright pink camo, myself. I keep a journal and pen in my pack as well.
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Lol I LOVE pink camo! My best friend laughs and asks me where I'm planning on hiding....candy land? But who cares....pink camo is AWESOME
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Kindle 2G in a faraday bag. Loaded with about 300 books I haven't read. With hand crank charger.
My leather work kit.
I may need to take a page and throw some chocolate in there too :-P
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Graceless, hand crank charger? I have a small solar charger for my Ereader but if hand crank chargers work better, more definitely gonna look into finding one!!
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My solar charger takes to long. I can crank a faster charge. It's one of those radio flashlight solar charger deals. There are better ones out there. But I'm broke so. Yk.
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They have external power banks that can be recharged by solar. I got one to review a few months ago. Solar is a slow recharge of the bank but if you're hiking, you just hang it on the back of your pack. The one I have took a full day of full sun to charge and will charge my phone 3 1/2 times.
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I put the solar set up in hubs GHB trying to get the weight down.. I hike when I can do that set up worked out well ..I can charge what other things we have enough for use if needed.

I'd really love one of those rocket stove chargers!! Maybe one day ....

Or. I could try and make one. Hmmmm
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For me the main one is a good sewing kit, it all fits in an A5 box, and even has a small set of knitting needles. Photos would probably be another.

My dogs comfort item is one his sleep buddies which is a white dog that is a toy. He has one in each of his beds and one in his bob.
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For me the main one is a good sewing kit, it all fits in an A5 box, and even has a small set of knitting needles. Photos would probably be another.

My dogs comfort item is one his sleep buddies which is a white dog that is a toy. He has one in each of his beds and one in his bob.
Rotate your dogs "sleep buddies" so that the one in his BOB always smells right. Dogs are really sensitive to their toys smelling like their own spit and stuff. After several months in a BOB, the toys can pick up odors that the dog doesn't identify as his own smells.
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I think what extras you want to take depend on the situation you are preparing for - fleeing on foot I would not take anything non essential, in the car would be different.

The main situation I think is likely for me to bug out would be a short term evacuation, for example for a nearby gas leak, where I may be going to an evacuation centre for up to about 8 hours

As I would be surrounded by lots of other unprepared people I have been thinking about making a kit with things like packs of cards, some colouring supplies for kids etc. Anyone have any ideas for cheap activities I can pack for this? As these events stress people out I would rather be surrounded by people with something to do other than panic...
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I think what extras you want to take depend on the situation you are preparing for - fleeing on foot I would not take anything non essential, in the car would be different.

The main situation I think is likely for me to bug out would be a short term evacuation, for example for a nearby gas leak, where I may be going to an evacuation centre for up to about 8 hours

As I would be surrounded by lots of other unprepared people I have been thinking about making a kit with things like packs of cards, some colouring supplies for kids etc. Anyone have any ideas for cheap activities I can pack for this? As these events stress people out I would rather be surrounded by people with something to do other than panic...
They make little board games suitable for use during travel. I have one that is a magnetic backgammon game, about 4"x6". Younger kids might be comforted by some beanie baby sized stuffed toys. Little boys might appreciate Matchbox cars. All little kids would probably like the $1 LED flashlights, but they would probably run down the batteries pretty fast. Some of the glow light little bracelets might be interesting to keep track of little ones in the dark. I think they come in a 5-pack for a dollar or so.
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My favorite teas (I store them in bulk!) I have a little solar power source from Berkey for my electric tea pot.
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I use quart and gallon-sized ZipLoc bags to compartmentalize things in my BOBs in different "kits" (First aid kit, shelter kit, warmth/light kit, cooking kit, etc.) My BOB's ALSO include a "civilities" kit. Little things to help keep you feeling human and keep yourself from going crazy. I consider those just as important as the OTHER kits, and many of the items have dual usage and can supplement/enhance the items in the other kits. The "civilities" kit can/should be tailored to the individual, as we all have different things that keep us feeling civilized.
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