Why and How You Should Organize Your BOB into 'Smaller Kits'
A common problem among preppers is the seemingly simple task of organizing their bug out bags. I've seen many kits just filled with all sorts of random tools and gear without any rhyme or reason for their particular assortment.
Without having actually used their kit, a lot of people might not realize the inconvenience and hassle of going through their supplies when the time of need actually arrives. Thankfully, I made this realization when I started bike-packing (and backpacking). The same principles can apply for backpackers and campers.
Identifying the items in your kit
This article isn't meant to discuss what you should carry in your kit, but we assume a standard assortment of gear and supplies that cover the main priorities of survival. It is up to your personal preference to determine the contents of your BOB.
Separate your supplies into categories
Categorizing your items can be more difficult than you think, only because there are several different ways you can separate your items into categories.
Potential Ways to Categorize:
By type (ex: bladed tools, fire starting, cookware, food, first aid, etc...)
By Use frequency (ex: things you use regularly, emergency only supplies, night time only, camp set up, 1 time use, etc...)
By size, shape, and weight (ex: large/bulky items, soft goods, containers, small piece items, etc...)
The truth is, you should utilize all three of these factors to compartmentalize your gear. Another issue is that the pack you are using can largely determine how you organize everything.
An Example and Rationale of My Personal Bug Out Bag
The "sub-kits" are divided into these categories as follows: These "sub-kits" are made with respect to all 3 aspects of categorizing as well as the design of my pack which is discussed below.
Fire Starting Kit
Fire starter, tinder, matches, lighter (whatever you desire)
All items contained within small, watertight pouch about 4"x4"x2"
Personally I use this AMK Kit, it's already contained, and compact.
This kit contains items I expect, or hope, to not ever use. Includes: