A BOB or "bug out bag" is a collection of basic necessities for emergency situations where one is able to quickly "grab" and easily "bug out" to another location. In having a bag already prepared for general situations, it helps to avoid the panic of compiling essentials in the last minute--where things are more likely to be forgotten, overlooked, or not yet acquired. Are tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards/storms, power outages, earthquakes or some man-made disasters possible? Yes. It is not just for the "paranoid" people out there but for people who want to be able to take care of themselves and their families in times when something unfortunate happens. It's just like having an emergency bag of necessities in a car during the winter or summer in the case of a break-down, a stock of food acquired for the week/month, etc. A BOB is just preparation for a different occasion and hopefully will never need to be used.
Here is my BOB. It is by no means the best or ultimate bag but has what I think would fit a general need for various circumstances.
The following are some things you may want to consider for your bag.
Contents include (from left to right, then down): First-Aid Kit-Binoculars-Multi-purpose wipes-face masks-TP- Water filter-Solar Radio-Rope- Flashlights- clothing Hand Warmers-Mess kit/ utensils-Binoculars-shovel-flare/glow sticks-Fishing gear- Plastic bags of various sizes-Poncho-fire starters and cooking fuel- mini stove- Tent- Food Cash-Silver-water bladder. Not shown- Mini-SAS survival guide and IOSAT tablets