I know that planning on a "light duty" anything is not wise, but my tactical vest is going to be my "Gotta B.O. RIGHT NOW B." This is essentially for my GF and I to get from my house to most likely one of my relatives out in the boonies, where there are plenty of guns and generators, heh. This is counting on the possibility that we might get stuck / stopped somewhere along the way (and have to stay in the car) or, in the worst case, actually have to go on foot for some time. We would most likely be taking our weapons with us. She has a HP 995 carbine, and Ill have one in the next week or so when my local dealer gets another one. But, the "go on foot" part is the main reason why I don't want to count on having a big bag. Right now, here is what it in it: 11" Zip Ties (should I even bother with these)? 60yd roll of Duct Tape 24" x 48" Towel. ~3.75" blade full-tang knife (strapped to the chest). A couple hundred rounds of 9mm ammo. Flashlight (with extra batteries). Two ponchos. One of those space blankets (~7x5'). Small multitool. Here are what I am working on putting into it: Lighter: Flint striker. Small bottle of rubbing alcohol. Small supply of slow-perishing food (granola bars, etc). Large-ish (~1gal) bottle of water. 50-100' of simple rope. Compass. Socks. Plastic bags. Water Purification Tablets. One last possibility is a better blanker and a tarp with enough accessories to make a make-shift tent. A Few Explanations: The zip ties seem like they would be useful for everything from strapping on additional gear in a hurry, to especially setting up a tent around some trees or whatever. The duct tape is overall more useful I think, and doubles as a tight wrap for an injury (very crude, but since pressure is what stops bleeding, this should be able to do the job). The striker would serve as a backup (or replacement) for a normal lighter. I am not sure if, for the lighter, Id want a few cheap ones or a nice refillable one. The rubbing alcohol would obviously be useful for wounds, but unlike peroxide is flammable so could be used in an emergency for fire. My vest has a large rear pouch for a camel pack, which is about 14" tall and probably 5" in diameter. I figure a bottle would be better because it could more easily be removed, filled, or despensed. Everything else is pretty obvious. I am 6' and 145lbs, and she is 5' and 100lbs. I ride my bike an average of ~5 miles a day (to and from school, and can beat my roommate there when he drives, heh), with about 15lbs on my back and don't really have a problem with it. I figure the vest shouldn't weigh more than 30lbs with the water which won't be too bad. I am also going to put together a small bag for her which will hold whatever I can't (probably some food, the rope, and more of the same essentials like a flashlight, lighter, maybe tarp w/ accessories, and maybe another towel and blanket), which I will try to keep around or under 10lbs. As far as a "real" BOB, I am also putting one of those together, but threads about "full-sized" BOBs are more common so I intend on just following what has been said before (with a tent, better blankets, more clothes, . But small yet still unspecialized ones seem less talked about, which is why I ask. So, what am I missing? What do I have wrong? Also, assume we will have our cell phones. The biggest thing I know is missing is the SHELTER part, but for a true emergency where we might even have to run or fight (say we get stuck in backed-up traffic, and rioting starts) we woldnt have time to haul out a big bag. But at least at the worst we could chill under a tree with our ponchos and blanket (and tarp, like I said) and rest for a while. Thanks everyone.