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Okay, I've got the following items so far for a BOB/something along the lines of that:

Large ALICE Pack (in the process of converting to a Hellcat)
- MOLLE Belt
- Regular Straps

Fire:
Firesteel
Cheap Bic Lighters
Tinder in the form of petroleum-jellied cotton balls
Alcohol Stove
Fuel for the alcohol stove

Water:
Canteen pouch with:
- Nalgene 32oz bottle
- Canteen cup
- Canteen stove
CamelBak 90oz bladder


Food:
A few CapriSun MREs
Vitamins


Canteen pouch with:
- Nalgene 32oz bottle
- Canteen cup
- Canteen stove

Medicine:
- First Aid Kit (basic kit with a few OTC medications)

Other:

Swiss Army Knife
Mora Knife
Toilet Paper

What order should I get the rest of the stuff in? I know I need:

A decent water filter (planning to get a Sawyer Squeeze)
Water Purification Tablets (don't know what type to get)
A decent knife (Either a KABAR or a Becker BK2)
Sleeping Bag
E-Tool
Paracord
Decent clothes

Thanks.
 

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Water purification tablets, Water filter, Kabar Knife, Paracord, good clothes, sleeping bag, E-too...l is the order if would proceed with. If you acquire the Water purification tablets for a few gallons, you could skip over the Water filter and proceed down the list and come back at some point..
 

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Get the expensive stuff. It's easier to find $10 for some paracord or water pur tabs, than it is to find $80 for a kabar or sleeping bag
 

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I would spend some of the money on a decent way to stay warm & dry at night as it looks like that's all you really need.

spend the rest traveling


have fun!
 

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I cant see any form of shelter in your current bag, so priority 1 should be a silnylon tarp and a poncho (along with a small amount of cordage to tie them to whatever)

You should be able to get both for around 1/4 of your budget.

Next I would consider my BOB "good enough' and if you dont already have some preps stored at home (in the form of water, food and a means to cook) i would worry about bugging in (at least a 2 week supply, but probably 3 months supply before going back to BOB toys).

If you do have plenty of preps at home I would go Sleeping Bag -> Water purification if you live in an are with streams etc -> Knife -> Cloths -> Paracord -> E-Tool
 

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Gloves, working gloves, cold weather or not.

Took some with the last time I went out. Makes it a lot easier to process wood and you don't have to clean your hands as often thereby saving water.
 

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get a water purifying straw
you can use iodine instead of tablets for purification and it's got it medical uses as well

para cord is inexpensive,

sturdy clothes and sleeping bag
 

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Okay, I'm gonna try and get: Water Purification Tablets (which one though, (Iodine/walmart ones/?), Sawyer Squeeze All-in-One, Becker BK2, Good gloves (anybody got any good, cheap-ish brands?), A sleeping bag + tarp (probably a bivy and a simple bag, it doesn't get very cold in Texas), paracord from Camping Survival, and sturdy clothes (anybody got a brand for this too?)
 

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I do not see a firearm listed. Assuming you do not have a pistol, save up another $200 and buy a pistol.

If you do have a pistol, I would get in the following order.

Water Purification - A lightweight filter if you want to go that route. If not, get yourself a good pot to boil water in (the much less expensive route).

Shelter (a tent preferably, 1 man, lightweight) or a few tarps. A good 1 man tent will exceed or come close to your $200 budget.

A better quality pack.
 

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What order should I get the rest of the stuff in? I know I need:

A decent water filter (planning to get a Sawyer Squeeze)
Water Purification Tablets (don't know what type to get)
A decent knife (Either a KABAR or a Becker BK2)
Sleeping Bag
E-Tool
Paracord
Decent clothes

Thanks.
My novice opinion?

Water Filter: LifeStraw
E-Tool: USGI. That's what I went for.
Knife first: Becker (outrageous value) over the Ka-Bar.
Sleeping Bag: $40. MSS Knock-Off is budget is a concern (real MSS if it's not)
Paracord: Anything from a reputable seller that is milspec & USA Made (about $8/100')

Of everything? I'd say get the knife first.
 

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My novice opinion?

Water Filter: LifeStraw
E-Tool: USGI. That's what I went for.
Knife first: Becker (outrageous value) over the Ka-Bar.
Sleeping Bag: $40. MSS Knock-Off is budget is a concern (real MSS if it's not)
Paracord: Anything from a reputable seller that is milspec & USA Made (about $8/100')

Of everything? I'd say get the knife first.
Do you use/carry your e-tool?

In my post I put e-tool last for the very reason that while I used to have one in my BOB (the german one) i ditched it because it weights too much, and I didnt use it enough.
 

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Do you use/carry your e-tool?

In my post I put e-tool last for the very reason that while I used to have one in my BOB (the german one) i ditched it because it weights too much, and I didnt use it enough.
I just got it a few days ago and it WILL be part of my permanent carry pack.
There's so much work that one can do with an E-Tool that they won't have to
do with their knife (extending the life of their knife and working under safer
conditions). I'd rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.
I'm a "tool guy" by trade, so I'm nuts about having the right tool for the job.
 
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