It's my first attempt at a BOB. Here's what I've done. The bag itself is a Maxpedition Vulture II. I started out with a standard goal of three-day self-sufficiency. It didn't take me long to figure out that there was no way a person can plan for every emergency in a single kit. So I began to think in terms of kits within my kit. My most important requirement would be food and water. So I created a food and water kit to go in my BOB. This "food kit" has the following: 1. Mess kit. 2. Datrex emergency bars. 3. coffee filters. 4. Water purification tablets 5. Fishing kit. There is also a Hydrapak three-liter hydration bladder in the BOB. This kit should allow me to filter and boil water, and/or purify with the tablets. Datrex bars will serve if food is immediately required, and fishing kit should come in handy if time and environment permits. Additionally, part of the fishing kit is a spool of sixty pound line that can be used for small animal snares. Second kit is my "shelter kit". This kit currently contains: 1. Extra socks, underwear, t-shirt. 2. Heavy-duty rain pancho. 3. two rolls of 100 ft mil-spec paracord. 4. sewing kit. 5. 48" Sabercut chain saw. 6. SOG Tactical 'Hawk 7. Cold Steel GI Tanto. 8. Toilet paper. Extra clothing is self explanatory. The other materials can be used to make anything from a paracord and pancho emergency rain shelter, to using the knife,'hawk, or saw to cut wood for a sturdier shelter. Toilet paper and sewing kit just didn't seem to fit in my reasoning behind any of the other mini kits. Third kit is First Aid. 1. Adventure Medical .9 Kit in watertight container 2. Voodoo Tactical's emergency surgical kit. 3. Additional bandages, pills, vitamins, wraps, etc. inplastic hardcase. 4. Condor rip-away EMT pouch - Planning to field strip and reassemble much of the existing supplies into this pouch. Fourth kit is "Fire" kit. 1. Two Bic lighters. 2. Matches 3. Swedish steel. 4. Magnesium block, 5. "Tinder dust". 6. Toilet paper 7. Charred cloth. Communications kit 1. Pair 10 mile LOS walkies. 2. Cell phone. 3. Emergency Weather/AM/FM radio. (recharges by solar, DC power adapter, or hand crank - also a flashlight and charges cell phone with auxiliary cable). 4. Sharpie Marker. 5. Compass. (Not really part of this kit, but it ended up in the picture.) Protection kit - 1. Cold Steel GI Tanto 2. Cold Steel Kukri Magnum machete. 3. SOG Tactical Tomahawk 4. 9mm Glock 17 All items have appropriate sheathes/holsters. This is not just me being a Bruce Lee wannabe. I have trained for more than twenty years in a variety of martial arts, with special emphasis on the Filipino styles, training in heavy contact knife and stick fighting. I am currently considerably more comfortable with knives, sticks, and machetes than I am with the Glock. Starting immediately, my wife and I will be training weekly with our pistols in order to rectify that situation. Misc. There are other miscellaneous items in the BOB. Some are shown here. 1. Blackhawk! Speed clips to help with molle attachments 2. LED light on head strap. 3. Mini Mag 4. Homemade monkey's fist with 1.25" marble inside attached to three foot paracord woven lanyard. Anything that can be damaged by water is packed in multiple layers of plastic (ziplock bags within ziplock bags, within larger plastic bags, within garbage bags. It is then placed within the appropriate pockets and/or pouches in or on the BOB. Gear in the main pouch is especially well protected. When assembled, the BOB looks like this: Note: Machete clipped in place with Grimlocks. Tanto secured to waist belt with paracord lashing. Compass tucked into convenient pocket in belt & secured with paracord. Note: Molled on left side of pic is 48" sabercut saw. On right side of pic, Condor rip-away EMT kit is molled in place. I am working on three BOBs. The first one is about 90% complete. The second is about 75% complete. And the last one is not so much a BOB, as it is a collection of spare items that I haven't yet decided what to do with. There are some minor differences in the first BOB (mine), and my wife's, but the goal is to have them pretty close, so we'll have some redundancy in parts. So, there it is. Comments? Suggestions?