03/22/14

Get Home Bag Series – Part #2

At this point I do not know how many parts this series will be. As I said, this will be an on going project throughout the summer to make preparations for the coming fall and winter. With an impending move, both of us will be driving over the road more. A much further drive to work for me and a longer drive for my wife to school. So now with that news I really do give serious thought about useful and quality items. Odds are the two bags will never be needed in an emergency situation, I hope, but I would rather be prepared.

This only a small update. This knife I see as a light to medium duty knife. It is the Mora of Sweden Companion knife, in military green. It is a 4 inch stainless steel blade with a full chunky rubber grip. Comes with a nice plastic color matched sheath, not a super important feature, but from what I understand, as does the knife, the sheath holds up very well over time and is quite useful. I am fortunate that I actually have a few friends that own these knives and have only heard good things about them. Added plus, quilatity as you know, but also a very good price. $13.00 USD on Amazon.com right now.

Like I said light to medium duty cutting with this knife. Firecraft, food prep, defensive blade and other things along that nature. Being that the blade is stainless steel, it is still steel and will work well with a Light My Fire, magnesium fire steel. Which is making its way into the bag. I will talk more about that later in a tool grab style post. If anyone might have any suggestions on a larger chopping knife please feel free to leave them in the comment box.

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Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Knife with Sandvik Stainless Steel 4.1-Inch Blade

03/17/14

Get Home Bag Series – Part #1

I have a lot of passions, interests and hobbies. After this terrible winter I have given great thought to building two ‘Get Home Bags’ or BOB’s(Bug-Out-Bag) for my wife and myself to live in the cars. Two-thirds of the bag will be appropriated for surviving in the winter months and the other third for the other three seasons. Or maybe realistically 60/40. The inspiration for this project is partly due the this past winter of 2013/2014 and partly due to the terrifying video linked to below. Right now as of this writing I am in the preliminary stages of evaluating the needs, capabilities and products to put in the two bags I have. I am not setting a budget per-say, but I am not spending tons and the major components will probably be high-end military surplus. I am however looking to have these two bags finished and in place by the start of the winter 2014/2015.

Where am I with it you ask? The beginning, I have the bags and ideas.

The Bag:

USMC ILBE Pack in Woodland Digital

Specifications and Features:

Constructed of 720 Denier Cordura 4500 cubic inches of space Top buckle-removable Lid with internal pocket
Adjustable, heavily padded waist belt Collapsible hydration pack pocket on back Tall pockets run height of pack on either side
Internal aluminum frame Height-adjustable shoulder straps with sternum strap Many compression straps on sides and top
Dual-pull zippers on both sides run top to bottom Straps on lower part of pack to attach sleeping pad roll Collapsible “floor shelf”/divider in midpack
Heavily padded quick release shoulder straps Heavy rubber-wrapped webbing handles on either side

I will go into further detail in the next post. In the post I will cover not only the bag, but the first couple posts. Also go into a little more in-depth into my plan.