It’s that season again, BOB season Ho, Ho, Ho….

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

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4 thoughts on “It’s that season again, BOB season Ho, Ho, Ho….”

  1. Good choices for gear.

    One comment – buy from local Mom and Pop stores or even online from single point sellers. Support the local business community, not China. Why practice personal self reliance and then spend your bucks with a mega-mart? Admittedly, you will spend a little more supporting your neighbors; but, they might actually be around to help you when the grid goes down. The big boys will have left town.

  2. You make a darn good point, Harry. You’d be surprised what you can find inexpensively online. Also, check out websites such as, where items are hand-made. I’m amazed at the things people can make by hand. You can also learn how to make your own at Just type in what you’re looking for, and more than likely, you’ll find it.
    It’s rare that I visit the stores anymore.

  3. Many goods points, I use the four sevens and stream line lights, but I do have the small AA mag lights and one 3 cell “C” mag light from when I was a guard. They are not as efficient to me as my other two mods, but there proliferation in the work sector, stores etc give them a quality of there own. You can go about just anywhere and you will find them. I also like the idea of a 3 day supply that can be rationed out to 6 or 7 days and a BOB that is based also upon (seasons and expected duration in mind)

  4. I can squeeze a Henry AR-7 Air Force Survival Rifle in my rucksack and a few hundred rounds of .22 LR. If your state laws allow it, it is a great way to add a firearm to your emergency supplies. I have a Concealed Carry Weapons permit and I have been using a S&W Governor pistol as my main handgun. Between the AR-7 and Governor, I have a rifle, shotgun and large caliber handgun with me at all times. Just a thought…


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