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Old 01-13-2015, 11:44 AM
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To be honest, I donít keep my INCH/BOB fully packed. I donít like to keep some of the items, such as sleeping bags, food and weapons magazines packed because packing them has adverse effects one way or the other. They are there and ready, but my BOB/INCH needs some assembly. It would only take a few minutes. I canít imagine a realistic disaster where I would need to bug out TEOTWAWKI style where there wasnít some warning.

My GHB is fully packed in my vehicle, but has no food in it since it won't take me more than a day, max two, to get home so suck it up butter-cup. Long term food storage in my car poses a few challenges that aren't necessary IMHO.

House fires, wild fires, haz-mat spills, ect, call for an entirely different load out IMHO. Iím not grabbing my woods gear, Iím grabbing irreplaceable and high dollar items. Insurance covers the rest and we arenít going into the woods.
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Well as I am still working on mine it probably isn't fully packed either, and won't be. Mine pales compared to some of the ones I see on here and like you I figure there are some things I can just grab and put in that I always have on hand, for me one of those is water bottles.
As I would like to carry my BOB everyday its sort of a GHB/BOB/EDC whatever you want to call it, just kind of has a lot of stuff that may be needed. I have a few more things in my car that I can grab and go so to speak and attach to my pack if TEOTWAWKI comes.

So no, mine isn't completely ready, I would still have to grab a few things and put in there but I have them all ready and available near by. The two things in my car I could probably live without or find along the way.
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I don't have a BOB (but I do have a GHB), I have a BORV which is mostly packed with clothes and kitchen stuff. It does have some dried food that can withstand changing winter temperatures, but a full BO would require me to load food and hook up quickly. I can get it done in under an hour. For me, BO is only going to happen in the event of a fire (either household or wildfire). In the event of a house fire, I'm grabbing the dogs, the cat and documents and getting out. I can still live in my RV on the property. In the event of a wildfire, I will have everything loaded and hooked up if they even hint at a potential evacuation, then I can get out as soon as they say "EVACUATE".
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I don't have it packed, but have stuff ready to go into in in a moment's notice. The basics are there, and I have modular grab and go options like totes with food and hygiene supplies, or a shoulder bag full of spare mags if I think I'm going to need lots of ammo. But the bag itself is 90%. Just have to add the sleeping bag (if it's even needed) and some food and water.

I like to take the bob out once a month and do an overnight stay with it just to make sure everything (including my old bones) still works and nothing is missing.

BTW, spring rates decrease through cycling, not from being compressed. There is absolutely no reason not to keep some, if not all your mags fully loaded.

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My BOB is packed and ready to grab. When I'm on the road, it's in the vehicle with me. It serves as a GHB also.

As for INCH. I have gear packed in totes, numbered by priority. If I have to leave, I start loading with #1 and keep on until I either get them all, or have to bail. Takes me about 20 minutes to load the cargo van fully.
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Mine is partially ready. I have everything that I need in it except for my firearm and extra ammo. I leave them all in the safe. Mags are loaded, but I would need to put them into my bag. I would actually need about 25 minutes to fully be ready to go though. I have other stuff that would need loaded into my truck, if I can use it, otherwise onto the Game Cart. They are packed and ready, just need loaded up.
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It's 95% ready, I just need to add food, water and meds and I'm ready to go. My dogs BOB has everything in, including bottled water. You can sort of see where my priority is!
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To be honest, I don’t keep my INCH/BOB fully packed.
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I don’t like to keep some of the items, such as sleeping bags, food and weapons magazines packed because packing them has adverse effects one way or the other. They are there and ready, but my BOB/INCH needs some assembly. It would only take a few minutes. I can’t imagine a realistic disaster where I would need to bug out TEOTWAWKI style where there wasn’t some warning.

My GHB is fully packed in my vehicle, but has no food in it since it won't take me more than a day, max two, to get home so suck it up butter-cup. Long term food storage in my car poses a few challenges that aren't necessary IMHO.

House fires, wild fires, haz-mat spills, ect, call for an entirely different load out IMHO. I’m not grabbing my woods gear, I’m grabbing irreplaceable and high dollar items. Insurance covers the rest and we aren’t going into the woods.
My BOB is packed but that's not really all there is. I also have a food tote for extra food, a duffle bag w/ change of clothing for both of us, there's weapons, ammo, etc.

In honesty, it's hard to envision a scenario where that's all I can grab and go. House fire, maybe I suppose, but that's not a bugout--we'd go stay w/ my relatives a block away.

Purdy Bear started a thread about 18 months ago titled 10-minute Evacuation Challenge. It's just like it sounds like--you have 10 minutes to get out, with whatever you can grab.

That sounds to me more like what you're doing--and it's more or less what I'm doing. In fact, here's my list:

1. Bug Out Bags
2. Put two/four jerry cans of gasoline in Van.
3. Put two/four or more cases of bottled water in Van.
4. Plastic Food box (MREs, canned meats/cheese, etc.)
5. Faraday Cage contents (extra batteries ammo cans)
6. Weapons and Ammo out of Safe.
7. Cash out of Safe
8. Meds
9. Bugout clothing duffle bag
10. Social Security cards, passports, cellphones, drivers licenses (charger for cellphones)
11. Leash, pet food

My wife works on 8 through 11 while I work on the first part of the list. When she's done, she helps me with the rest. This is all predicated on leaving by vehicle, likely our van.

While my BOB is packed and ready to go, it doesn't have a weapon in it (it does have ammo), so it's not truly grab and go, unless you consider a weapon to be superfluous. I don't.
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Mine is basicly ready with the exception of the tent, sleeping bag and pad; they're all right there, it's just that the bag is hung over top of my pack. Take less than 2 minutes to lay out my pad, sleepingbag on top,tent at the foot,and roll it up.
Would have to fill water containers too, but could do that on the move, either from plastic bottles or a quick stop at the spring.
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I'm in the "90% packed" group, by way of "everything I need is in totes". For a suburban bugout, there isn't a whole lot of difference between grabbing a backpack with gear, and grabbing an empty pack and a couple of totes, to load it up outside.

I have emergency kits in the cars that have clothes, food, water and cash, so that would serve as our "BOB". Being a camping enthusiast, I already have the camping / emergency gear packed in totes, and I could get them out of the house in about 1-2 minutes. In the event of a house fire, I would just run straight out of the house and rely on the car kits.

When we get our own house, I may try keeping some bugout-type items in a shed or detached garage. Simple reason being, if there is an incident that requires me to leave in 60 seconds, I would rather not even worry about fetching the packs- I just run out with the family and the clothes on my back, and gear up after the fact. No wrong answers here, as long as your can get to some essentials in an emergency!
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Our BOB's are packed with the exception of drinking water. The water bottles are packed, but they need to be filled with fresh drinking water.
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Fully packed and other than rotating some of the food or adding some snippet I never touch it...our group aims for full deployment out the door fully equipped in 15 minutes from underwear to door knob...
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Our BOB's are packed with the exception of drinking water. The water bottles are packed, but they need to filled with fresh drinking water.
I am in the same boat. I just can't find a way to keep water safely stored in a canteen. I am also not going to store Datrex water packets. I do have a gallon filter pitcher I always leave full and some bottled water at home.
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Both Jeeps have bags -- two bags next to the front door -- with one large empty one -- for last minute load out --
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Other than robbing my safe for documents and filling canteens......it's good to go. Keeping sleeping bags rolled up is the only thing that bothers me, but I'd rather have a flat one than none.
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My BOB is always evolving and is about 70% full right now.

I need to add a few new items. Some of my old items went into my GHB and I still need to replace them in my BOB.

Medical supplies inside of my BOB are what are lacking the most right now.

GHB is at 100%
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Yes, the BOB/INCH is where the gear is stored, otherwise it would all just be laying around someplace.
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I am in the same boat. I just can't find a way to keep water safely stored in a canteen. I am also not going to store Datrex water packets. I do have a gallon filter pitcher I always leave full and some bottled water at home.
This reply, and others like it threw me. I keep my canteens full & have done so for a year at a time and never had a problem. Does water go bad and I just don't know about it?
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GHB in both cars ready to go, including a couple of bottle of waters. INCH in bedroom closet ready to except for firearms, ammo and mags but that would take me less than 5 minutes to gather....
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This reply, and others like it threw me. I keep my canteens full & have done so for a year at a time and never had a problem. Does water go bad and I just don't know about it?
I play hockey once a week, and I forget to empty my water bottle after one of my games. The water inside of my water bottle smelled pretty rank after a week. I figured I wouldn't chance that before a bug out. It would be pretty simple/quick to get some water from my fridge. Bottled water is sealed and gets sterilized, but it still has an expiration date for what it's worth. Tap/bottled water will slowly build up bacteria over a period of time. I just prefer not to take any chances with something so simple.
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