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#292507 - 06/17/19 05:19 PM A non camping GHB/ BOB
teacher Offline
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Registered: 12/14/05
Posts: 754
I have a different bag with my camping gear (tent, stove entrenching tool.)
But for the most part I'm not going to camp; moving toward home, to a friends or a shelter.

And with this one assumption I can eliminate 2/3 of the weight.

Many commercial kits have a weird assortment of things, too many of some
(hardhat?) and some not near enough (food, batteries, raingear)

#292509 - 06/17/19 07:21 PM Re: A non camping GHB/ BOB [Re: teacher]
chaosmagnet Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 3116
Loc: USA

It's obviously going to depend on factors like terrain, climate, and how long you're expecting to be getting home or bugging out. For a short-term (72 hours or less) kit I'd expect "real" shelter items to be a huge amount of weight and space compared to anything else other than perhaps water. What's appropriate for me to "get home" in an urban/suburban setting is going to be very different than for someone who might need to hike fifty miles through the mountains.

#292510 - 06/17/19 07:28 PM Re: A non camping GHB/ BOB [Re: teacher]
roberttheiii Offline

Registered: 02/13/09
Posts: 329
Loc: Connecticut, USA
I think that having a "non camping GHB/BOB" is a good idea. I think I'd term this as a "go bag" or even a "ditch bag".

What's in it will depend a lot of your situation. How far are you from home? What's the weather like? How fit are you? How populated is the area in which you live? How resourceful are you?

I don't have any answers, but let me put together an example.

If a person who has the primary concern of getting home without a vehicle regularly runs half marathons, lives outside of a major city (no mass transit, small towns) in the northeast US, and works fewer than 6 miles from home, 8 months out of the year, a jacket and sneakers are probably all that person really needs to get home.

Again, this is just an example.

Similarly, there are probably people who could walk out into just about anything with a leatherman, a lighter, a good set of clothes (for the weather) and the gift of gab and end up doing just fine wherever life takes them.

#292511 - 06/18/19 12:07 AM Re: A non camping GHB/ BOB [Re: teacher]
hikermor Offline
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Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 6854
Loc: southern Cal
Situations vary considerably and obviously,one size does not fit all. At various times, I have been anywhere from 100 yards to 20 miles from my workplace.

For sure, just about everyone will need comfortable shoes and a filled canteen
Geezer in Chief

#292512 - 06/18/19 01:14 AM Re: A non camping GHB/ BOB [Re: teacher]
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Registered: 10/14/08
Posts: 1482
Loc: North Carolina
Carry what is appropriate for the situation, but your basic priorities remain the same. How you satisfy those priorities may change.


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