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Traveling With Bob

Many of us now days have a job that require us to travel out of town, for away from our home base.  However, as we have seen over the last couple of months, security should always be a concern when on the road.  Most of us maintain a GHB in our vehicles and even have an EDC kit with us at our jobs, but how many of us have a Traveling B.O.B?


The Traveling B.O.B. is a smaller version of the typical B.O.B. but larger than either the EDC or GHB.  The Traveling B.O.B. is a bag whose contents will assist you during your movement either by vehicle (if you’re lucky) or by foot over land long distance, most likely by yourself during period of either civil unrest or disaster.  The Traveling B.O.B. should be able to sustain your life for however long it takes you to get back home or to your bug out location.  Remember, you will be operating on minimal rations and rest during this period.  During periods of civil unrest, undetected movement will be one of the most important issues you will face.  Your Traveling B.O.B. must be able to assist you with this and other issues you may face.

One of the big questions you will have to deal with is “What should be in a Traveling B.O.B.?”  Below is a partial list of items that you want to include in your Traveling B.O.B.  It is by no means the end all listing for items to be included in you Traveling B.O.B., but it may provide you a good start.

What should be in a Traveling B.O.B.?

  • Food (MRE type, Dehydrated, Camping Meals) (High Calorie)
  • Water and/or filter
  • Light (Flashlight, Light {Chemical} stick, )
  • Socks (at least 3 pair)(wear one, wash one, dry one)
  • Boots (broken-in)
  • Radio (AM/FM/Weather Receiver, HAM)
  • Batteries (For Radio & Flashlight)
  • Back-up Meds
  • First-aid kit
  • Maps (of your route, GPS)
  • Sleeping Kit (Sleeping Bag, Poncho Liner, Tarp, etc.)
  • Weapon(s) (See Below)

I know the next question on your mind will be “How much of that stuff should I pack?”  Well, there is no easy answer for that question.  There are several factors you will have to take into account.  Distance you will have to cover, time of year, and your mode of transportation, where you will be traveling, are just a few of the factors that you will have to examine.  However, no matter how much you pack, it will never be enough.  There will always be something that you wish you had.

Most business trips now days involve air travel.  However, if you’re lucky, you will be able to travel by vehicle, and that solves several issues.  But, if you’re not, you will have to deal with airport security.  Several items that you will want to pack in your Traveling B.O.B. won’t make it past the TSA now days.  So what will you do?  There is really only one option for this; you will have to obtain those needed items on the other end.  Some of those items that are restricted by the TSA are:

TSA Prohibited Items List
Item Prohibited
Sharp Objects Carry-on? Checked?
Box Cutters NO OK
Ice Axes/Ice Picks NO OK
Knives – except for plastic or round bladed butter knives NO OK
Meat Cleavers NO OK
Razor-Type Blades – such as box cutters, utility knives, and safety razor blades (disposable razors and their cartridges are permitted) NO OK
Sabers NO OK
Scissors – metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than 4 inches are allowed, but blades longer than 4 inches are prohibited NO OK
Swords – cutting or thrusting weapons, including fencing foils NO OK
NOTE: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.
Sporting Goods Carry-on? Checked?
Baseball Bats NO OK
Bows and Arrows NO OK
Cricket Bats NO OK
Golf Clubs NO OK
Hockey Sticks NO OK
Lacrosse Sticks NO OK
Pool Cues NO OK
Skates (including ice skates and rollerblades) OK OK
Ski Poles NO OK
Spear Guns NO OK
Guns & Firearms Carry-on? Checked?
Ammunition – Check with your airline or travel agent to see if ammunition is permitted in checked baggage on the airline you are flying. Small arms ammunitions for personal use must be securely packed in fiber, wood or metal boxes or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition. Ask about limitations or fees, if any, that apply. Read our Firearms & Ammunition section. NO OK
BB guns NO OK
Compressed Air Guns (to include paintball markers) – Carried in checked luggage without compressed air cylinder attached. NO OK
Firearms – firearms carried as checked baggage MUST be unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided container, and declared to the airline at check-in. Read our Firearms & Ammunition section.  As defined by 49 CFR 1540.5 – “A loaded firearm means a firearm that has a live round of ammunition, or any component thereof, in the chamber or cylinder or in a magazine inserted in the firearm.” NO OK
Flare Guns – May be carried as checked baggage MUST be unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided container, and declared to the airline at check-in. Read our section on Camping andFirearms & Ammunition section. NO OK
Flares NO NO
Gun Lighters NO NO
Gun Powder including black powder and percussion caps NO NO
Parts of Guns and Firearms NO OK
Read our Firearms & Ammunition section.
Pellet Guns NO OK
Realistic Replicas of Firearms NO OK
Starter Pistols – can only be carried as checked baggage and MUST be unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided container, and declared to the airline at check-in. Read our Firearms & Ammunition section. NO OK
NOTE: Check with your airline or travel agent to see if firearms are permitted in checked baggage on the airline you are flying. Ask about limitations or fees, if any, that apply.
Tools Carry-on? Checked?
Axes and Hatchets NO OK
Cattle Prods NO OK
Crowbars NO OK
Hammers NO OK
Drills and drill bits (including cordless portable power drills) NO OK
Saws (including cordless portable power saws) NO OK
Tools (greater than seven inches in length) NO OK
Wrenches/Pliers/Screwdrivers (seven inches or less in length) OK OK
NOTE: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and Security Officers.
Martial Arts & Self Defense Items Carry-on? Checked?
Billy Clubs NO OK
Black Jacks NO OK
Brass Knuckles NO OK
Kubatons NO OK
Self Defense Sprays – One 4 ounce (118ml) container of mace or pepper spray is permitted in checked baggage provided it is equipped with a safety mechanism to prevent accidental discharge. Self Defense Sprays containing more than 2% by mass of Tear Gas (CS or CN) are prohibited in Checked Baggage. For more information visit, click on Passengers, then Preparing to Fly. NO OK
Martial Arts Weapons NO OK
Night Sticks NO OK
Nunchucks NO OK
Stun Guns/Shocking Devices NO OK
Throwing Stars NO OK
NOTE: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and Security Officers.
Other Items Carry-on? Checked?
Gel-type candles NO OK
Flammable liquid, gel, or aerosol paint NO NO
Non-flammable liquid, gel, or aerosol paint Yes – 3.4 ounces (100ml) or smaller container OK
Snow globes (unless otherwise OK OK
*Snow globes that appear to contain less than 3.4 ounces (approximately tennis ball size) will be permitted if the entire snow globe, including the base, is able to fit in the same one clear, plastic, quart-sized, re-sealable bag, as the passenger’s other liquids, such as shampoo, toothpaste and cosmetics.
**Illegal controlled substances: TSA’s screening procedures, which are governed by federal law, are focused on security and are designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers.  As has always been the case, if during the security screening procedures an officer discovers an item that may violate federal law, TSA refers the matter to law enforcement. Law enforcement officials will determine if further action is appropriate.

Remember, check the TSA listing often.  It can and often changes daily.  Also, remember you may be able to substitute some items for other items.  These can be obtained once you get to where you are going.  Again, if you are going to be traveling by a vehicle, this may be an issue that you won’t have to deal with.

No matter how you get to your destination, more likely than not you will be staying in a hotel.  If so, you won’t want to go off somewhere doing your daily job leaving you Traveling B.O.B. unsecure in your hotel room.  If you are traveling by vehicle, tuck your Traveling B.O.B. into bed or the trunk of the vehicle and it will be with you all day long.  But, if traveling by air, then you have another issue.

There are several things you can do, but all involve leaving your Traveling B.O.B. somewhere you won’t be.  The best solution I have found is to break down your Traveling B.O.B. into a GHB.

Get home Bag

Take those items with me that I would most likely need to make it back to the hotel to retrieve the rest of the Traveling B.O.B.  For those items that will be left behind, you can “try to hide” them in the hotel room, taking your chance that the maid or hotel staff won’t find them.  To help combat this, hang the “Do Not Disturb” sign, it may keep some people out.

Using smart traveling rules will also assist you in keeping others out of not only your room, but also your business and property.  Always research the place you are going to stay.  Today, most police departments and even larger newspapers have a crime map website.

Crime Map

Check these site for crime not only reported at the hotel, but also the local area.  That will give you an indication of how likely it may be that someone may try to enter your room.  Remember, even the nicer hotels have issues with staff.

Another thing you can do if you have to leave your Traveling B.O.B. in your room, is to camouflage what you leave behind.  No one really pays attention to someone checking into hotel with a lot of luggage.  But, someone checking in with a framed rucksack with a rifle case will turn heads.


Use several bags to hide your Traveling B.O.B. while not only checking into your room, but also while you’re gone.  Stash the bags in your closet in your room while you’re gone.  This way you are using the out of sight, out of mind rule.

However, it someone wants in your room to checkout your stuff while you’re traveling and not around, there is not much you can do about.  You can however, set-up some surprises for those who try to open your bags to check out your stuff.  It would be awful hard for a maid to try to explain that she was hurt on the job while going through your stuff.  Think about it…

No one want’s to be on the road when the SHTF, but by being smart and having the forethought to address those needs that may arise, the idea of a Traveling B.O.B. is a sound one.  The difference between the equipment may be small, but when traveling long distances whether it’s on foot overland, or by vehicle those items contained within the Traveling B.O.B. can be difference between life and death.