Ok, this may be too simple, but since I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere I'd like to mention it. There is one often overlooked Item which, IMHO, absolutely must be in your survival arsenal/BOB. Work Gloves! Any kind of work glove, raw-hide, leather, etc... just the simplest pair from wally world will do. I have seen gloves mentioned many times as part of cold weather gear, but I think it warrants mentioning how important gloves are all year round: They are INVALUABLE. If you are like me, you may have grown up in the city/apartments and may have never thought you needed a pair. I can assure you, as a first-time homeowner and newly dedicated prepper, that when the SHTF nothing is going to augment your ability to get things done like a simple pair of work gloves. I think those of you who grew up in the country would agree. Whether you are gardening, repairing engines/machinery, clearing land, changing tires, rummaging, hunting, fishing, etc... a pair of simple work gloves will augment your grip strength and provide invaluable protection from injury; Injuries that might cost you life or limb (especially during a SHTF Scenario.) I have never seen a "History of Gloves" anywhere (maybe I should wikipedia it) but I'm sure that the first caveman to wrap a little bear-skin around his hands came home with more meat and less injuries than anyone else in the town of Bedrock. If you don't own a pair, step away from the computer, drive to your local hardware store/wal-mart/kla-mart/ wherever, and buy a pair for the house, then buy a pair for your BOB, and then buy another pair for TEOTWAWKI. Ok, Ok, maybe you don't need a box of them, but you get the idea... I would love to see some comments on this, maybe I'm overstating the obvious?