I have found Christmas to be a good time for renovation of my BOB, small or large no BOB is ever finished so give your BOB a present this Christmas. First, the mega stores have tons of gift packs at fire sale prices that can add value to your BOB. In my world no two BOB’s are ever the same and every BOB has a mate – an “Enhancement BOB”. The “Enhancement BOB” is mostly all water and food to turn the 3 day kit into a 7 day kit and provide a 7 day window to get out of Dodge.
So this year I got my BOB, a SOG tomahawk and fifty rounds of 22LR. I have been thinking a long time on ammo in a BOB, but this lead me to see it a trading stock. I know that there is a 90% chance I will not have one of my 22LR rifles because it’s not in the BOB. When I carried a gun for a living spare ammo was a must have so it is in the kit. Now this leads me to the SOG Tomahawk $20 at Wal-Mart. Not the large head long handle Hawk but a smaller, compact package. The mate to this BOB has a Nite Ize Pock-Its XL Utility Holster with a Leatherman Super Tool and LED Mini MagLite. I had found the Pock Its just to big for my everyday wear but it keeps this tool kit in one single place, in a day pack. Wal-Mart has Kershaw knife, light and tactical pen gift packs. Now please remember not everything in these gift packs is Class A gear the flashlights are cheap five LED China junk. BOB don’t like junk flashlights so lets not get cheap here. MagLite is as cheap as you should go. Another item that is dirt cheap is the polar fleece blanket at $9.99 for three in OD green or gray they are the perfect gift for your BOB. You can save more if your BOB likes a nice winter print. Make your BOB a nice knit cap or buy a gift set with mittens and cap.
Do it yourself projects could be to make a sleeping bag out of the polar fleece blanket at $9.99 for three. Keep your BOB warm and happy and it will care for you in the best of times and the worst of times.
Guy W Spotts