Hey all. I just performed an audit on my bug out bag... and it's contents. Figured it is good practice to do this from time to time right? Ask yourself "is this necessary?" The thing I like to do is for utility items, is to try and make them serve multiple purposes, or at least the capacity to (unless really light/small). So, without further ceremony...the contents:laugh: Esbit Stove, 6 Esbit fuel cubes, 3 trioxane fuel bars, and canteen cup. This comprises my basic cooking system. But I also pack a fire kit, which has tinder, lighter, matches, flint and steel. Of course, fire is more than just cooking. I also use a Titanium spork. Utility Items: Gerber Multi-tool, bandana, cord,duct tape, electrical tape, pencil stub, small mirror, camp saw, 2 small flashlights, 1 emergency whistle with red LED flashlight on it. I also have some Tinfoil, which is mostly for a stove windbreak, but could have other uses. 1 small fishing kit. Lensatic compass with instructions. .45acp cleaning kit. I have a basic hygiene kit which has: Tp, toothpaste, toothebrush, razor, comb, pack of sani-wipes. Hydration concerns: 2 canteens (1qt each) and water purification tabs. Shelter: Space blanket, Poncho, 8x10 foot silver/brown HD tarp (lighter than a tent, more versatile too), Headnet, Repel 100% DEET (bug bites suck). Clothing concerns: 2 pair boxers, 2 t shirts, 1pair brown cargo pants , 1 black wool watchcap, 2 pair wool blend OD socks, 1 pair black synthetic socks, black wool scarf. I have a light outdoors jacket that is water repellant, and fairly warm. The Costco equivalent to North Face. Just in case: Personal Fist Aid, minus blood pressure meds (problem here). Literature: Pocket SAS survival guide, and a pocket basic survival guide (non military related). Food, because we like to eat. This is really designed for 3 days+ : 3 packs insta coffee, 3 packs tea, 4 bouillon cubes, 2 energy bars, Mountain House chili mac , 2400 calorie ER bar (they work, and can be rationed multiple days), 1 Military MRE chili mac. So far all of this is packed into, and onto a surplus medium sized alice pack. Also, everything is stuffed into plastic bags to keep moisture, bugs etc. out. Desirable items to add: Maps Knife Entrenching tool Lightweight bivy bag? I have a light sleeping bag though... haven't attempted to pack in with the B.O.B though. Perhaps a higher grade/lighter weight backpacking tarp? Barter items? Smokes, small bottles of liquor. Problem... if things went bad, I would be as likely to consume these myself. Cash? Depends on how bad things get. Also, I am on the poor side.... I built this bag while I still had money coming in on a regular basis. Straw type water filter? More efficient/balanced clothing? Better pair of boots? Just looking for thoughts, suggestions, critiques etc.