E16: Survival Bags

E16: Survival Bags

There are a million and more items one can choose to put in their survival bags. Hosts Aaron and Jonathan discuss the basics of the most important survival bags: BOB, EDC, and Car Bag.

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  • Bug Out Bags
  • EDC Bags (Every Day Carry)
  • Car Bags
  • When you might not need to take a BOB with you everywhere you go.
  • Tips for using each type of bag as a supplement to the other bags.
  • Tips for avoiding issues at the airport.


Also see our article on How to Build A Blackout Kit
By |2016-10-15T00:15:48+00:00May 9th, 2011|Urban Survival Podcast Episodes|11 Comments

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  1. Rick May 9, 2011 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    Great cast on BOB’s. My BOB is a 3-day pack, I’ve got the usual assortment of BOB stuff but the one thing that I didn’t think about was the documentation that you discussed. I’ve got alot of that stuff scanned and stored in secure online storage but if the power is out and the nets down….

    My lunch bag has become my EDC bag. Talk about being grey, this little blue bag/hybrid cooler fits into an urban workplace like no bodies business. Aside from the main compartment for my lunch it has mesh pockets on the sides for my LED flashlight and swiss army knife. There’s a pocket on the front that folds out that fits another swiss army knife with a pill tube attached (motrin, etc). The top is the perfect size for folded 8.5×11 paper so I keep a couple of sheets of paper and a pen in that.

    Cars have several 1st aid kits ranging in size as well as other things such as lockout kit, tools, jumper box, etc.

    Good show.


    • Richard Hauser September 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm - Reply

      Just an idea, but if you have a smartphone you can use an encrypted file storage system and DropBox. I use KeePass which is a free open source product that can save all your key information and also sync it to the cloud using DropBox. Just “favorite” the file in Dropbox and you will always have your data with or without the net as long as you can get power for the phone.

  2. Lou May 15, 2011 at 1:26 am - Reply

    I can’t find any info on “going gray” all I see is hair color. Give me some advice on how to search?

    • Aaron Frankel May 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm - Reply

      Yeah, it’s a tricky search. Checkout James Gray’s website Death Valley Magazine. There are some good articles on the topic. They are from the point of view of a civilian contractor. You will most likely need to read them from a conceptual standpoint and adapt.

      We will be dedicating an entire show to it in the near future from the standpoint of how it applies to civilian everyday life and urban escape and evasion.

      Death Valley Magazine:

      James runs a cool site and has some very unique and interesting articles.

  3. Sean May 26, 2011 at 3:13 am - Reply

    After listening to episode #16, I put together a “T-BOB” (Toddler- Bug –Out- Bag). Boy did that come in handy when my son spiked a 103.7 fever a few days later. I didn\’t have to waste time looking for anything. After administering the Children\’s Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen, I grabbed the T-BOB and headed straight to the E.R. My First Responder Notebook had all the medical information needed when I checked into the E.R…

    My T-BOB Packing List
    – Water / Juice Boxes
    – Snacks
    – Extra Clothes / Underwear / Pull Ups
    – Baby Wipes
    – Anti-Bacterial Wipes
    – Small Blanket
    – 2 Small Towels
    – 3 Kitchen Garbage Bags
    – Gloves (Medical)
    – Desitin (Diaper Rash Paste)
    – First Aid Kit
    – Flashlight
    – Thermometer (Ear)
    – Children\’s Acetaminophen (For fever)
    – Children\’s Ibuprofen (If Acetaminophen does not bring down the fever)
    – Children\’s Allergy Relief – Antihistamine (For Hives)
    – Medical Dosing Chart (Age and Weight to determine proper dosage)
    – First Responder Notebook (Name, DOB, Medical Insurance, Primary Care Doctor, Known Allergies, Current Medication and Brief Medical History).
    – Crayons / Coloring Book
    – Favorite Book

    Love the show!


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  8. Crawford September 5, 2012 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Just listened to this episode. You mentioned carrying extra sets of glasses in your different bags. As someone who is blind as a bat, I already do this. My main pair and spares are from Warby Parker. Great quality and cheap. For a normal pair, around $90 bucks and for someone like me, its only a little more than $100. Worth checking out.

  9. Richard Hauser September 11, 2013 at 11:40 am - Reply

    A couple of possible add-ons/swaps for the T-BOB listed above: 1. 1 Gal zip-lock bags, so “dirty” clothes can be isolated, Sean listed kitchen garbage bags, but I like the air tight nature of the zip-locks. 2. surgical gloves, no kidding, my daughter had an accident one day and my wife would have killed for gloves (maybe included in 1st aid kit). 3. Tweezers for splinters (possibly included in 1st aid kit) 4. eye drops (my daughter got a piece of salt from a pretzel in her eye in NYC), but kids love to touch stuff and then touch their eyes. 5. Tissues, kids are germ factories. 6.Sunblock sticks – looks like a large chapstik, but covers areas like noses and the part in their hair to stop sunburn. Just some ideas from a Dad with two daughters.

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