Get-Home Bag

Imagine this, you’re 40 miles from home doing some errands in the city and the Big One has just hit. It cripples communication and power lines, halts public transportation, and has just left your car buried under a heaping pile of concrete. With the power down, your bug-out bag stuck in the car, and some of the zombies coming out to take advantage of the situation, your family is depending on you to get home NOW. But there’s just one thing…

Do you have the resources to make the trek back home by foot? Or are you going to remain where you are, hoping for the government to come help you and possibly risking an attack by looters or worse? This is where you need your Get-Home Bag.

What is a Get Home Bag?

The purpose of a Get-Home Bag is to get you to your home or to some other shelter-in location safely and as quickly as possible.

A Get-Home Bag is different than a Bug-Out Bag in that it is designed to be carried with you at all times (or at least readily accessible) any time you’re away from home. While a typical Bug-Out Bag is stocked full of items to support you for at least 3 days, a Get-Home Bag should contain the minimal amount of items to support you in getting home within a 24-hour period.

What Type of Bag Should I Choose?

If you are caught in a situation where looting and other forms of lawlessness is breaking out (remember Katrina), the last thing you want to do is stand out from the crowd. It’s at those times that you want to be the Gray Man and fade into the background.

If your Get-Home Bag screams “tactical” or looks like you’re carrying a load of preps, you could be a target. For that reason, the main thing you want to ensure is that the bag is discreet.

If you’re female, you’ve already got it made. A purse is discreet but also the larger handbags are often seen being carried by women so not only do they blend in well but they can carry a bunch of stuff.

For you guys, a simple messenger bag works wonders. Especially in the cities, messenger bags are seen being carried by guys more and more so they blend in real well.

I carry 5.11′s PUSH Pack everywhere I go. It’s not overly tactical looking, it has a small footprint (it looks like a camera bag) with multiple compartments and has strategically placed MOLLE webbing so that it can carry a bunch of stuff for its size. Since half the time mine has a baby bottle in one of the outside water-bottle compartments, it looks like a glorified diaper bag — perfect for blending in.

If you can’t deal with the Man Purses, go for a standard back pack. Just be sure not to abuse its size with a crap load of gear. Keep it under 15 pounds. Anything over that and you’ll soon give up carrying it around on a day-to-day basis.

In most cases, try to stay away from the Alice Pack or MOLLE Pack type of look. If it’s overly military looking or you have a bunch of MOLLE webbing with all sorts of gear riding on it, you’ll attract undesired attention since it looks like you’ve got a bunch of supplies on you (and they’d be right).

Just keep it simple and go for what blends.

What Should Your Get-Home Bag Contain?

What you pack in your Get-Home Bag is obviously dictated by personal preference and what your needs are. However, if you’re unsure as how to organize it, perhaps I can share what I carry in my Get-Home Bag and hopefully it’ll give you some ideas on how best to organize yours.

As with all my preparations, they are organized into what I call the 5 Pillars of Survival: personal security, shelter, water, fire, and food.

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Personal Security

The Personal Security portion of your Get-Home Bag has to do with those items which will keep you safe and keep you alive (in the case of injury).

If you have the option to carry a concealed firearm in your state and you are comfortable with that, by all means I would recommend that. Otherwise, if it’s not an option, you can carry a knife, pepper spray, stun gun or any other item that can protect you from animals of both the 4-legged and 2-legged-walking-upright variety.

Here’s what my GHB contains:

  • Glock 22 with 15 rounds of hollow-point 40 caliber ammunition
  • Benchmade RSK MK1 folding knife (this, I clip to my pants)
  • stripped-down version of my trauma kit containing: Quick-Clot (combat gauze), Israeli bandage, pain-killers and nitrile gloves

shelter

Shelter

The Shelter portion of your Get-Home Bag includes those items that protect you from the elements. Since you will most likely not be carrying a tent around with you at all times of the day, your limited with regards to size and weight.

My GHB contains one of the simplest and lightest shelters available: a space blanket. These ingenious devices are waterproof, windproof, and can reflect up to 97% of the radiated heat your body throws off. The down side is, since they are so reflective they aren’t very discreet.

If you are worried about being observed, then you’ll want to be sure to cover up the space blanket some how. Or if you can afford the space in you GHB, the military has a field version of a space blanket (often called a “Casualty Blanket“). The casualty blanket is olive drab on the outside so it’s a bit more discreet. It also provides greater durability and warmth than a basic space blanket, but at the cost of greater bulk and weight.

Unfortunately my GHB can’t afford to give up that space, so for now — until something better comes along — I’m stuck with a standard space blanket. (Update: 9/15/11 – I was able to find an olive drab space blanket here)

water

Water

The Water portion of your Get-Home Bag includes water itself or those items that allow you to hold, filter, and purify water.

If you were forced into a 24-hour trek back home, dehydration will quickly become a very real issue. That’s why it’s so important that you have either water on you or some means of getting and purifying it. The benefit of living in New England is water is always a stone’s throw away, however it may not always be the cleanest. For this reason I carry the following:

  • small hydration bladder
  • iodine crystals (Polar Pure) for purifying
  • bandanna (for sediment filtering and many other purposes)

If you live in a more arid environment, consider carrying at least a small water bottle along with you.

fire

Fire

The Fire portion of your Get-Home Bag includes those items that you need to reliably start a fire.

I wouldn’t recommend packing some obscure “cool” fire-making implement like a battery and steel wool or a fire piston. Remember, this isn’t about impressing your friends but about survival. Instead, pack something you know you’ll be able to start a fire with (especially in wet conditions) like a lighter or waterproof matches.

Remember, redundancy is a good thing so pack in a firesteel and some Vaseline-coated cotton balls while your at it. These implements hardly take up any space so if you can carry more than one option, by all means go for it.

Here’s what’s in mine:

  • lighter
  • matches
  • firesteel and Vaseline coated cotton balls

food

Food

The Food portion of your Get-Home Bag includes enough food to carry you through a 24-hour period.

Food is the last on the list of importance in a survival situation (in this case, getting home). You can actually go for quite a bit without food (~ 3 weeks) however, in a high-stress situation liking humping it though a disaster area, you’ll be burning up calories like crazy so having something on hand will give you that needed boost.

For the food part of your Get-Home Bag you’ll want to avoid any high-water-content containing foods like canned goods or fresh foods. Instead pack some simple, dense, calorie-rich foods that save space and take no extra preparation beyond tearing open a wrapper. Dehydrated foods and dense candy bars are more along the lines of what you want.

For my bag I carry four 400-calorie emergency bars. It’s not gourmet but it will carry me through until I get home.

Beyond the Essentials

The elements of your GHB that make up the each of the five Pillars of Survival above should be the minimum required to get you home, but if your bag still has some room in it, may I suggest a few more things which can greatly aid you in the getting-home process.

What I Currently Have in My Bag

Beyond the basic items listed above, here are the other items I am currently carrying:

  • Maps: I carry foldable topo maps (homemade from MyTopo via Google Maps) of my area. This encompasses where I work, my home, and the areas in-between. This way, I can figure out how best to navigate around potentially unsafe or inaccessible areas.
  • GPS: This would be my primary means of navigation if satellite coverage is available.
  • A compass: Since I have experience and training in orienteering (navigating by compass), I carry a small compass that can provide a back-up in case my GPS were to go down (via EMP or otherwise):
  • Survival Knife: I carry a Bark River Bravo 1.
  • Paracord: Too many reasons to list here.
  • Lock-Pick and Bump-Key set: You never know what types of buildings you may need to get into or through in your attempts to get out of an area or into a safer shelter-in location.
  • Surefire E2D LED flashlight: Flashlights not only light the way in darkened areas but provide a tactical advantage.
  • Leatherman Wave multi-tool: The name speaks for itself.

What I would like to carry if I had the room

Given my current configuration, here are some items that I would like to carry but do not quite fit:

  • Breaching tool: A crowbar or modified Stanley Fatmax makes for an excellent breaching tool for getting into and out of areas in an urban environment.
  • Alternate footwear: The chances are good that the stuff could hit the fan while I’m at work. A 45-mile hump in a pair of dockers is not my idea of fun. Unfortunately at the present time I can’t fit a set of running shoes in my GHB. I am currently looking into a pair of Vibram Five Fingers as a potential solution to this issue.
  • The Importance of Planning Ahead

    The key to safely and successfully getting home is to plan ahead. Since your situation is probably different than mine, you need to figure out what potential hazards and obstacles you’d face given the area you’d likely be egressing from. This will dictate what types of things you’ll need to equip.

    As with any form of survival training, be sure to practice with the tools you carry. Getting caught in an emergency situation is not the time to try out a new tool/technique for the first time. Be prepared ahead of time with both equipment and training.

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62 Comments»

Comment by Darren
2011-03-21 17:39:03

Good article Bro,

One way to solve the water problem, is carry a water bottle with a built in purifier like the one made by Seychelle (http://www.seychelle.com). It filters out bacteria, viruses, chemicals, and even radiation from the water.

Comment by Darren
2011-03-21 17:42:48

Don’t mind the terrible grammar.

 
Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2011-03-21 21:19:05

Nice link Darren,

Thanks for the great info. The bottles look great, but what really caught my eye that would be a perfect fit for a GHB is the filter straw — it’s small, highly portable, and all you’d need is a small body of water (even a puddle would do). Thanks again brother!

 
 
Comment by DaveyBoy
2011-03-22 07:20:37

Great post. I never go more than a 5 min car drive or hours’ walk from my home without a 72 hour kit. EVER. If I drive to the next town for shopping, go on a trip with friends, etc. I always bring a 72 hour kit, including many other items. I also always carry on my person a pocket knife, a small keychain knife and led keychain, and a lighter in my pocket (that gives me fire, light and a knife to build shelter, if necessary). The only time I don’t is if I have to go on an airplane, etc., but I carry the know how with me. If I travel in someone else’s car, as a passenger, I still bring a 72 hour backpack with me. It’s important to always remember “Safety First” social conventions second. Not everyone needs to carry a bag with them, but there’s no reason to feel bad about it either.

Everyone should (in my opinion) consider carrying a small lighter for emergency heat and light(BIC makes an excellent little one). A lot of people are worried about waterproof devices, and hence flint and steel (which I agree with as a penultimate–two sticks,etc being the ultimate–backup). A lighter IS waterproof. Don’t just believe me, try it. Some lighters will float. If it gets wet, its true, you can’t just strike up the flint. Try this test. Submerge youR (BIC, etc., not zippo though!) lighter in a glass of water. Hold the bottom, and in a flicking motion, shake it out a couple of times. Try lighting it. It probably won’t work. You now have two choices. You can blow on the flint/top for about a minute, and shake some more and it will light, or (I discovered this myself) WITHOUT depressing the fuel button, just hold the metal tip in your lips and suck out the water. It takes one or two long draws of air (as one would smoke a cigarette), and it should be dry. It usually takes me under ten-fifteen seconds from being submerged, to lighting.

It is dangerous to carry a lighter in some conditions, as I learned in a welding class to NOT carry a lighter when welding (specifically if molten metal were to burn through pants an hit the lighter. From what I understand it packs essentially the explosive strength of a 1/4 stick of TNT/dynamite. It doesn’t stop me from carrying one otherwise. Anyway, I hope this info helps.

Davey

Comment by TacticalIntelligence
2011-03-22 13:33:10

Davey,

Thanks for the info on the lighter. I’ve had issues with lighters in the past getting wet and not being able to light them for a few hours so I’ll have to try out the technique you listed.

 
 
Comment by DaveyBoy
2011-03-22 07:25:26

Oh, I wanted to add that I have water filter straws. They’re small an convenient in design, but I wouldn’t want to rely heavily on them. I know they are used in places in Africa (from humanitarian groups), so they’re safe, but I find myself wondering how they keep from getting contaminated after the first use. (as in all filters, if unclean water enter the top of the filter, it’s no longer sterile coming out). Other than that, I haven’t seen a drawback. I have water bottles with the filters inside, also. I like the practicality of being able to at least carry some water with me, without carrying a filter and a vessel, but having the one combined. Let me know if there are better options! (At home I plan on boiling then filtering with a Brita type filter, for taste).

Comment by TacticalIntelligence
2011-03-22 13:39:38

Yeah I really like the straw filter idea for a Get-Home Bag. Since I’m only depending upon it for a 24 hour period in an emergency situation, I think it would be fine. For regular filtering (ie Bug Out Bag or otherwise) I like the water bottles with filters in it or something like the Kayadyn Mini.

 
 
Comment by Betsy
2011-03-23 16:47:13

I really like this list that you put together. So many times I hear of people putting together something so simple that I wouldn’t even take it out for a day or overnight hike. Simple things that make life so much easier and keep you feeling human like one extra pair of socks (so you can let the others dry) make all the difference in situations where you would need a pack like this.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2011-03-25 15:29:10

Betsy,

Thanks for the comments. Yes, socks would be a nice addition.

 
 
Comment by Gabriel Engel
2011-03-24 23:58:35

I use Vibram Five FIngers shoes on a daily basis. They are expensive but well worth it in my book.

Pros: Almost non-existent in weight, superior traction, no socks needed

Cons: You better be used to walking around in your bare feet. If not you will have bruised heels and balls of your feet.

All in all they are great as long as you wear them out and about on a regular basis to toughen up your feet a bit.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2011-03-25 15:30:27

Thanks for letting us know about your experience and suggestions with the Five Fingers. As a regular barefoot walker, I would be right at home.

 
 
Comment by Jason
2011-03-27 04:52:46

I was curious what that firestarter was, the piston thing. And I looked into it, and yeah, looks pretty well annoying, even when used with this apparently superflammable, homemade material they call char cloth. So, I looked up vids on youtube for making char cloth. Looks awesome and pretty simple to make. So, what, I ask, is your take on char cloth? I haven’t used it, but I don’t want to waste my time making some to find out it’s not so great. Seems easier to carry than vaseline and cotton balls But then, maybe that method is better, I only got my opinions from watching youtube videos of people who are new to char cloth making, themselves. XD

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2011-03-28 23:28:08

Hey Jason,

Char cloth is an excellent fire starting material (it only takes a small spark to ignite it) and is easy to make. In fact, char cloth was commonly carried around in combination with flint and steel Iin a tinderbox) as recently as 100 years ago since there were no matches or lighters then. Despite the ease of ignition, I would rather have cotton balls and Vaseline since char cloth is not so forgiving of moisture.

 
 
Comment by Gabriel Engel
2011-03-30 12:11:26

After reading this article and your review of 5.11′s PUSH Pack, I ordered one. I just received it today. I have been looking for a good pack like this for some time. I am EXTREMELY happy with it. Thank you for informing us about it. I highly recommend it to everyone. Now time to load it up.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2011-03-30 13:10:47

Glad to hear it Gabriel.

 
 
Comment by Gabriel Engel
2011-04-26 01:22:39

For a breaching tool I use an unmodified 18″ Dead On Tools Annihilator. It is the ultimate wrecking bar. If I could only take two hand tools during a bug out situation they would be my Gerber multi-tool and this beast. The only drawback is the weight. It is solid steel from one end to the other. On the other hand it is the perfect weight for breaking down doors etc. I highly recommend checking out the multiple features this has. I paid $29.99 at Home Depot.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2011-04-26 14:23:47

Gabriel,

The Annihilator is some serious piece of equipment! Thanks for letting me know about it. What’s great about it is that it doesn’t appear to require any modification (like the Stanley Fubar) to work as a breaching tool. Nice…

 
 
Comment by Pat
2011-05-26 12:04:52

I’ll second the Vibrams. I’d make sure you have a pair of the more durable versions; possibly the ones made with Kangaroo hide (assuming they still make them).

 
2011-05-26 15:50:24

Thanks for the vote for the vibrams. I think it’s settled. I’m picking up a pair.

 
Comment by Steve
2011-08-19 10:43:43

Have you looked at the EOD Robotics Breacher Bar from CountComm (http://countycomm.com/eodrtool.html)? It looks like it would be small & light enough to carry around in a man bag yet provide breaching capability.

2011-08-19 13:29:18

Hey Steve,

That looks pretty sweet. And the size is perfect. The only question I’d have is the amount of leverage you can produce from it since there is no angle in the bar.

Do you have one or know how it is (leverage, feel, weight etc). I’d love to hear from you if you do.

thanks!

 
 
Comment by Steve
2011-08-22 09:33:57

Unfortunately, I don’t have one at this time. I was surfing and just happened to come across it and remembered it was on your wish list for your GHB, so thought I might mention it. I didn’t think of the angle thing, that might limit it’s usefulness for prying.

BTW, there’s another one that is 3/4 the size of the one I mentioned above.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2011-08-22 17:18:48

Thanks for the update Steve.

 
 
Comment by Matt
2011-09-14 17:45:10

The five fingers are good for everyday walking around on level ground, I have them and love them for just walking around. Although in a disaster where you will have to walk 45-50 miles you will most definately not be walking across clean, pristine concrete which is what they are really made for. As good as they are they are not really made for moving over rough disaster ridden terrain. You will really be wanting some combat boots for moving, if you have to start moving fast you don’t want to have to be watching where every twig is, you just want to move. So stay with something you would want to run, jump, kick and stomp in. Don’t get me wrong I really do like the five fingers but they just don’t have the kind of durability you would want in a SHTF situation.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2011-09-14 23:30:22

I’m all for combat boots, but for a small package like a Get Home Bag, they are just not practical or possible to carry them around all the time. For this reason I chose to go with the best option at this point which is the Five Fingers. I’ll take them hands down over my work shoes any day.

In actuality I find them quite responsive in rugged terrain. Since I enjoy barefoot walking/running my ankles and feet in general are fairly strong and rugged. This easily adapts to Five Fingers walking.

 
 
Comment by Lindsay Caples
2011-10-14 03:31:33

just a thought on combining the bag and the shelter; here in Australia we have the ‘street swag’ (http://www.streetswags.org/index.php) which is given out to homeless people, its basically a thin mattress with a covering sheet, all reasonably waterproof, and it folds up into a messenger bag.
i don’t think they have a store or any means of selling them to the public (all i know is that they give them away free to the homeless) but it might be a good thing to contact them, as i’m sure they would be happy to sell to private buyers.

2011-10-14 10:11:06

Lindsay,

Those things look great! I’m going to try to reach out to the company to see if they’d consider sending one. I’d be interested in testing it out — especially since the cooler weather is coming. Thanks for the great comment!

- Erich

 
 
Comment by Joseph
2012-03-09 20:25:08

Another option to a space blanket is a military poncho. If you have a little extra room and don’t need the reflective side, it makes for a handy little thing. Also, if you get the camo kind, it solves the visibility issue.

 
Comment by Bonnie
2012-04-29 12:20:54

On the issue of footwear, I find the easiest thing is to adapt your personal style so that you can always wear boots without looking too funny. I have switched to harness boots vs. combat boots as they don’t draw as many stares.
I wear the short ones with jeans and that should work for men, too. I find that the taller ones look great and fashionable with skirts and dresses, so I am saving up for a pair.
Occasionally you need to wear dress clothes, but always have a more practical change of clothes handy. If you work in a really formal office environment take the time to change before you leave each day!

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-05-05 10:51:34

Thanks for the comments and good advice Bonnie.

Personally I’m not much of a boot person (I hiked Mt. Fugi in moccasins for example) and have pretty tough bare feet but for those partial to boots or any other footwear you’re absolutely right that you should adapt your own style to what you want to be caught in if SHTF while you’re out and about. For my work unfortunately, there is a dress code and they don’t allow moccasins or Vibram Five Fingers for that matter, so I need to pack them.

 
 
Comment by Paltik
2012-05-04 19:23:02

Four other items in my GHB:
* A list of important telephone numbers and UHF/VHF frequencies
* A whistle
* Moleskin (with the trauma kit)
* Cash

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-05-05 10:53:19

Good one on the radio frequencies. I’ll definitely add that one to my bag.

 
 
Comment by Marco
2012-05-11 15:47:42

+1 to that comment, that bar rocks, Home Depot has it for almost half the MSRP.

 
Comment by Henry
2012-06-12 07:33:25

I too have 45 mile hike home. Luckly my job as a wildland firefighter gives me the advantage of wearing cargo pants and a t-shirt. I have a pair of hiking boots I wear when not on a fire. This will help me greatly as I work my way home. My get home bag and my EDC pouch have all the essentials I need. Water, Food, navigation including map and compass and for defense I carry a S&W Airlight 38spl with spare ammo and speed loaders. I have plotted several routes home some will take me through agricultural fields and orchards. I will take the most remote routes possible untill I get into town than my military SERE training kicks in and its escape and evade all the way to my home which is fairly well protected with a CCTV system I installed and perimeter fencing a water well, food , generator and a vegitable garden. My game plan is to bug in as long as I can then scurry off into the night with my BOB into the swamp where I have acsess to a camp thru a local survival network I have set up with some really close friends from childhood. We meet once a month to drill scenerios. We have alot of talented folks on the team including a young medical doctor. But with all this there is always room for improvement.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-06-12 11:45:30

Excellent comments Henry. It sounds like you guys got your stuff together. I’m still working on my group.

 
 
2012-11-05 16:12:56

Ιt’s hard to find educated people about this topic, however, you sound like you know what you’re tаlκing about!
Thanks

 
Comment by Jettie
2012-11-17 15:58:06

Thanks everyone for all the great information! My husband commutes quite a distance for work. Every day is different, but the farthest location is 100 miles from home! I’m thinking a get home bag will make a great Christmas present for him!

 
Comment by justin
2012-12-02 11:59:34

Hey thanks for the mytopo link. How did you print yours out? Did you just utilize a personal printer to print these or did you have to get them custom printed elsewhere? Thanks for your help!

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-12-03 23:16:40

Hey Justin. I just used my own printer and taped them all together.

 
 
Comment by Sean
2012-12-21 07:07:09

Great article, and thanks for the link to the drab space blanket, I’ve been looking for something like that for some time.

Personally, I think that if you have the space in your bag, the more food the better. I hope that I’d never need to use my GHB for more than a 24 hour trip, but I keep enough ration bars in it to last me 4 days of travel, just in case.

I also agree with the previous comment about socks. I can hike in the same clothes for as long as it takes, but wet socks is the bane of my existence, and having a back up pair for if it rains or I have to cross a river is important.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-12-22 12:43:20

Thanks for the good suggestions.

 
 
Comment by Don M
2013-01-08 19:08:56

hi Jettie if i was you i would look into a 72 hr bag not just a GHB if your husband works 100 miles it will take him 72 hrs to get home if not longer depends on the area you live and the season to BUBBA from Pa

 
Comment by TxCombatMedic
2013-02-08 12:45:41

As a former cop, Iraq combat vet and combat medical instructor (www.battlefieldfirstaid.com) who seriously forsees a solar flare being “the big one” I carry a bag in my car at all times, too. I have to say mine’s a bit more extensive. If I could throw a couple suggestions your way? I run in Vibrams so I can confidently say to get rid of that idea for a catastrophe. Get rugged durable boots (combat/hiking boots, etc.) that can take you across rubble, busted concrete, glass or anything that might really suck. I praise your choice of armament. I carried a Glock .40 for decades but I would suggest more ammo only because you never, never know and you don’t want to find out when it goes “click”…right? Also what you might add that takes up no room at all and has a million uses is some para-cord (or 550 cord). Or just wear a survival bracelet. And as a medical man of many years I would suggest altering your med kit. If you have combat guaze great, just know where it’s to be applied and how to use it (it’s not like normal gauze), the gloves don’t take up any room but are you afraid of catching a blood borne pathogen from yourself? Throw in some band-aids, a crevat/triangle bandage (or hankechief), tape and MOST importanly…triple antibiotic ointment. You hope to make it home in one day but what if it takes 2 days, 3 days or a week to get home? The smallest cut if infected could kill you so why not play it safe? Stay strong and be prepared brother! =)

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2013-02-10 01:10:55

Thanks my friend. Great comments and suggestions!

 
 
Comment by TxCombatMedic
2013-02-08 12:52:59

Good suggestion. I’m only 25 miles from work to home and mine would be considered a 72 hr bag, too. It’s still designed to “get me home”. 100 miles is a challenge. That could take a month to get home. There needs to be a lot of physical preparedness and careful strategic planning of what to put in that kit. That’d be a fun bag to put together! (Might I suggest that when that bag is finally assembled take it camping, live out of only it, and see how you did!) Good luck and stay safe!! =)

 
Comment by Felipe
2013-02-26 00:14:36

Hi, great site, i would like to add that is a good idea to have something to charge your smartphone, I carry this in my bag (http://www.amazon.com/SOS-Charger-Hand-Crank-Emergency-Flashlight/dp/B002WRKZZ4). Its small and very works great.

I would like to ask if you have a Car Kit, I normally carry my college bag with the basics for 24hr and in my truck I have a full bug out kit.

 
Comment by Hollance
2013-04-10 18:19:27

Thanks! Great article. I live in the San Francisco Bay area and so have the potential for having to walk 30-40 miles if a huge earthquake hits when I am out picking up things from vendors, far from work and home. That said, I worked in down town SF in 1989 when the Loma Prieta earthquake hit – and I was truly blessed. It hit at 5:04pm, on a normal day I’d have been on BART (commuter transportation) an either in the Trans-Bay tube, under the san francisco bay, or would have just reached the east oakland BART station (not a good neighborhood). I was lucky to have been home early and in a supermarket out in the suburbs. Anyway, your site got me re-thinking what I keep in my car. I’ve always kept tennis shoes and a spare coat in my car, and a bug out bag at home, but I’m now going to up to a get-home-bag in my car. I’m thinking of putting part of it in a multi-pocketed travel vest I have – small essentials like knife, whistle, tissue, an energy bar, flash light, and more in a small (inconspicuous) messenger like bag (great tip!). Thank you for your info!!

 
Comment by Eric
2013-05-29 11:30:30

I’m not a prepper, but i believe in being prepared for anything that can happen. I have been carrying a bag with me for a little while and have looked over many different articles about BOB and now GHB.
This is a very good article and I will use a good bit of the information here.
The thing is about the bag. It will be different for different places that you may work or live. I can see where living or working in a large city would give the need to camouflage what you’re carrying. This doesn’t go for smaller cities and rural areas. You need to look at how far you will be from home and how long it might take you to get home. You also need to look at what you can have with you due to where you work or who you work for.
Where i work I can be anywhere from 20 to over 100 miles from home at any time. I’m also not able to carry a GHB with me due to the work I do. I am looking at doing something with a smaller bag or something that i can carry on my body. This I have found in a few other articles that I’ve read.
You need to get a feel for where you might be or what you might be doing if something happens. Then you need to figure out what you will need that is the most important and that you’re able to have with you. You then go from there as to what you can do.
Thank you for the article

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2013-05-30 22:03:37

Thanks for the great comments and insights!

 
 
2013-06-16 06:19:40

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Comment by me
2013-06-19 03:20:11

It’s worth noting though that Vibram Fivefingers wear through in the soles with use. I’ve gone through a few different of Entrada; better luck with the KSO so far.

 
Comment by DaveM
2013-12-04 04:14:21

I would include either a roll of paper (fish the roll out of the inside, squash the roll flat, work it into a quart sized-Ziploc bag, and kneel on it while sealing–it’s amazing how much they will shrink.

Or else a paperback book. Both of these are useful as tinder, as toilet paper, and the book just might help to keep you awake if you’re stranded for a long time.

 
2013-12-17 05:30:24

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Comment by rooster
2014-02-16 11:46:34

duct tape

 
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