This bag is for the SHTF, and having to evacuate to Western NJ, Northeastern PA, or the Catskills in NY.  It will be packed and ready to go from my apartment.  I may also build a second identical bag in the event I cannot get to the one at the apartment.

This is a heavy bag.  Packed it is very heavy.  I repacked it and had it on my back tonight.  If there is hard terrain, I have a LOT of work ahead of me if I have to hoof it on foot for 5 – 10 days.  Primarily, that is what it is for.  I am assuming I may have to hike up to 120 – 150 miles in the event of an EMP strike, natural disaster, etc.  My bag is a MOLLE II Rucksack that I bought for $49.95 on sale.  I have added a 72 hour assault pack to the top of it,, two 16″ MOLLE pockets to either side of the pack, and a MOLLE shovel pouch.  I am assuming loaded, this pack is 60 – 70 pounds.  Pretty heavy.  I will say the frame that it is strapped to makes good work of holding up the load.

I have no doubt any fat on my body would be converted to energy and I would easily lose 20 – 30 pounds from a hike of this nature.  If I am lucky, I throw it in the back of my truck with some other gear, food, and water, and I am off and make it to my BOL in one piece.

I have packed it so that if I need to I can unload some gear I can do so along the way.  I would not look forward to humping this on my back, but if it gets me to my BOL and family, then so be it.

This is by far from perfect I am sure.  To boot, I am sure that your bag(s) are similar, with more gear, or less gear.  I know by no means everyone has the same type of bag, and that some people prefer more civilian style bags, etc.  I happen to have replaced a bag I thought I liked, but it had no frame, and made for a dead load that weighed down my back.  The load was not carried high, and maneuverability was hard.  So I replaced it with this one.  More money spent.  Ugh.


  • 1 x 2 man tent, waterproofed (Inexpensive Tube Tent)
  • 1 Rothco hammock
  • 1 x Bivy Tent (taking off of bag)
  • 1 x 6 x 8′ 10mil plastic tarp
  • 1 x large plastic sheet for ground underneath tent
  • 2 x space blankets
  • 2 x emergency rain poncho
  • 1 x roll duct tape
  • 1 x 100′ + foot 550 cord
  • 5 x 33 gallon trash bags
  • 1 x mosquito netting


  • 5 x MRE Main Course Meals (Re-shrink wrapped)*
  • 10 x MRE 1.5 oz Peanut Butter Packets  (Re-shrink wrapped)*
  • 4 x MRE Chocolate Brownie  (Re-shrink wrapped)*
  • 2 x ER Bar – 3600 calorie 72 hour emergency ration bar (Bought 1 to try first)
  • 1 x Assorted Gatorade packages for water
  • 1 x repackaged / freeze dried coffee / tea / sugar / salt / pepper
  • 1 x WWII Mess Kit
  • 14 x 45lb x 24″ steel fishing leader (used as snares)




  • 1 x Portable CB radio with rechargeable batteries
  • 1 x emergency crank radio with recharge kit for mobile phone(s)
  • 1 x prepay mobile phone with phone cards
  • 1 x laminated mini phone directory of family and friends (Do in Word / Staples to Laminate)
  • 1 x Signal kit w/ mirror, penflare and 5 flares, whistle, handheld flare, signal panel, extra rechargeable batteries
  • 1 x solar battery recharger
  • 2 x walkie talkie
  • 1 x Signal Mirror
  • Extra Batteries


  • 1 x Collapsible fishing pole, fillet knife, lures, etc.
  • 1 x leatherman multi tool (Actually have two of these)
  • 1 x Altoid EDC Kit
  • 1 x  ka-bar marine knife
  • 1 x Cold Steel Bushman Bowie
  • 1 x Mora Swedish Military knife
  • 1 x Gerber folding saw
  • 1 x mess kit with 2 spoons, 2 forks, 1 knife
  • 1 x 9mm pistol [Grab & go gear]
  • 3 x magazines for 9mm [Grab & go gear]
  • 2 x box 9mm 50 rounds FMJ [Grab & go gear]
  • 1 x 9mm 50 rounds (hollow point) [Grab & go gear]
  • 1 x Henry .22 Survival Rifle (Pocket of BoB)
  • 1 x 4 x 32 scope (mounts on Henry Survival Rifle)
  • 1 x Brick 500 Rounds .22 Caliber Ammunition (High Velocity) [Grab & go gear]
  • 1 x .22 semi automatic pistol [Grab & go gear]
  • 3 x magazines for .22 pistol [Grab & go gear]
  • 1 x Tactical Vest with cross draw holster
  • 1 x Shoulder holster
  • 1 x Tactical Leg Holster
  • 1 x assault rifle with three 20 round magazines (DEPENDS ON LOAD)  ???  Questionable and may switched out for a lighter load weapon.
  • 1 x Monocular



  • 1 x package of baby wipes
  • 1 x shrink wrapped/crushed roll of toilet paper
  • 4 x tubes of camp soap (from target or other camping shop)
  • 2 x toothbrushes
  • 2 x tube travel toothpaste
  • 2 x package of dental floss
  • 2 x tube of chap-stick or other


  • 1 x two pair boxer shorts vacuum sealed
  • 1 x t-shirts vacuum sealed
  • 1 x pair cargo pants vacuum sealed
  • 2 x pairs socks vacuum sealed
  • 1 x extra fleece vacuum sealed-nice and tight
  • 2 x pairs gloves-nomex/winter
  • 1 x wool caps & Baseball cap
  • Note Amazon Wish List for Winter gear items to purchase
  • 1 x spare sunglasses
  • 1 x Goggles (for winter and bright summer days)
  • 1 x pair mil spec hiking boots
  • 1 x Summer and long sleeve base layer
  • 2 x bandannas


  • 1 x Adventure Medical first aid kit w/ bandaids, neosporin, meds, eye drops, dental repair kit, tape, etc. (Large)
  • 1 x bottle of claritin for allergies (50 + count bottle)
  • 2 x Eye drops (for allergies)
  • 1 x blow out kit w/ H bandage, TK4, Traumadex, Primed, ACE, 2 safety pins, 14g needle, Nasal airway, gloves

Misc. Gear

  • 200 – 500 dollars cash
  • 1 x roll quarters
  • 1 x maps of AO, routes etc (YET TO BE DETERMINED)
  • 2 x Pen, pencil, waterproof paper grease pencil, sharpie
  • 2 x prepaid phone card
  • 1 x Thumbdrive w/ business, personal, and medical information
    • Copies of Social Security Card, Passport, Drivers License CCWs Weapons Ownership Documents, etc. in paper format as well
  • 1 x USGI lensatic compass
  • 1 x compass with emergency whistle,
  • 1 x small button compass
  • 1 x sewing kit with assorted safety pins. needles, and kevlar thread
  • 3 x hand warmers (disposable)
  • 1 x knife sharpening kit
  • 1 x knife sharpener
  • 1 x sleep system

What you see in the red above is either in progress or needs to be completed yet.  The bag is a work in progress.  You will no doubt have also seen some redundancy of items you may or may not think as important.  I added them ( two mylar blankets, two emergency ponchos,etc.  Some of these things can be used for barter or a companion that may or may not be along with me.

As for anything marked [Grab and go gear], this is gear that is in a bag near my BOB and can be picked up on the way out the door, that is not packed in the bag.

Let me know what you think, as I know for more experienced outdoors-men this may be overkill.  It may be overkill for me as well, but you don’t know until you know.

Lastly, I did not mention specific brand weapons here, as I do not want to reveal to everyone what brands they are, etc.  Call me a little paranoid, but I figure there is no reason to discuss that yet.  If you follow the blog, eventually you will figure it all out anyway.

I am hoping to have a bug out weekend shortly, where I can take most of my gear on a three or four day hike/camp out before summer is over to give the bag and my body a once over.

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