The Two Person 72 Hour Bug Out Bag is another BOB that receives one our top ratings. This BOB is intended to be used by two people, but we think it would also be good for just one person.
The backpack is a FOX Tactical Rio Grande, and is 4,576 cubic inches, or 75 liters. It is a very big bag, with lots of room for gear. It has adjustable shoulder straps, a padded back panel and padded hip belt, and two large zippered pouches on the sides.
One of the good things about this BOB is that it has a decent amount of food for two people, for three days. It has four 2,400 calorie food bar packets, as well as four MREs containing 1,100 to 1,300 calories each, and two packages of Backpacker’s Pantry freeze-dried entrees. The freeze-dried food does need boiling water, but the food bars and the MREs don’t need any water, which is great. This is possibly the only off-the-shelf BOB we’ve found that comes with enough food for three days.
This BOB contains waterproof matches and a magnesium fire starter. It also contains a folding stove and a small cookware set. This would be great for boiling water you come across, to make it safe, or for making tea or coffee.
Another good thing about this BOB is that it has a water purifier bottle. So if you do come across water, you’ll be able to drink it safely. There is also a decent first aid kit, but you’ll probably want to supplement it with more pain relievers, and possibly ointment for burns.
A two person tube tent, two ponchos, two emergency blankets, six N95 masks, 100 feet of 550 paracord, plus a few other little things, round out this BOB. We’re happy to see 100 feet of paracord, as that can be extremely handy, and many BOBs either leave out the paracord, or have a lot less.
This BOB does have a few weaknesses, however, and if you buy this one, you’ll want to make sure to add a few things. First, it doesn’t have nearly enough water. The water filter is great, but you still have to find water before you can use it. We would add a couple more liters per person, at the very least.
Next, there is no knife and no multi-tool. These two items are extremely important to have in a bug-out bag, and you’ll want to make sure to add your own. The last few things we would add are duct tape, a disposable lighter to get fires started quickly, and some insect repellent. Definitely don’t forget insect repellent, because depending on you where you live and what time of the year it is, bugs can eat you alive.
All in all, the Two Person 72 Hour Bug Out Bag is not a bad choice for a BOB. Just don’t forget to add the things mentioned above, and you’ll have a bug-out bag you can count on in just about any emergency.