Originally Posted by DeltaF
What u need 5 outfits for? Planning on going on a date?
Yeah, that's why all the clothing is camouflage - it hides the stains!
Drag yourself through a river once a week and you not only wash your clothes but bathe, too!
No good woodsman needs a change of clothes!
Seriously, I have to second the hatchet idea. While it doesn't have to be huge, a dedicated chopping tool makes fire and shelter building go much quicker and with less effort (Read: Less calories burned and less food needed to refuel). You may also want a whistle or mirror for signalling - wasting ammo is not acceptable for noise-making in a SHTF scenario.
Also remember that most experts say pants in a BOB should not be denim. Rip stop wool blends are rugged, insulatory, but take only a few hours to dry. denim can take days to dry in the sun. Consider also Fire Hose Jeans
if doing a lot of heavy duty backwoods work.
One way to do limited wardrobe is to have less of the heavy duty clothing and more of the stuff that is thinner and likely to wear out. For example:
2 pairs of pants
6 pairs of socks
2 pairs broken-in hiking boots (NEVER
(One of each item is worn)
This is about half the size that most people carry, but it allows for changes, layering for cold, daily changes of socks (very important when travelling on your feet), extra belt for tourniquet, strapping, holding windbreaker down during storm, etc and even a spare set of boots. Since BOB is only to get you to your next cache, this wardrobe is perfect for a week or even two getting to your next stop.
When loading a BOB, remember the old adage, "Ounces are pounds, pounds are pain." EVERY piece must be evaluated and if an ounce can be lost without sacrificing survivability, it goes. Do you need a box of 500 matches to make a dozen fires? Even if planning for Murphy and his Laws to accompany you, 50 matches would suffice two weeks. Flint and steel would be better, adding maybe 10 NATO lifeboat matches for dire emergencies (injured, pouring rain, need fire immediately for signalling, etc.).