The “Get Home” Bag

What’s in Your Get Home Bag?

It’s Sunday evening and you worked really hard all weekend on your preps.  As you stand back and survey your preps a little smirk of confidence is apparent on your face.  You take a shower, hit the rack, and get ready for the upcoming work week.

The morning alarm sounds at 5:00 AM, you savor your morning coffee and head out for your usual run. Everything is right in the world and you figure it’s a great start to the work week.

After the morning shower you jump in your Ford Taurus and drive the 12 miles to your downtown work office.  Once you get to work, everything’s the same old same old.  Its lunch time and you decide to drive on down to the nearest Dunkin Donuts and grab some lunch and a coffee.  While you’re enjoying your coffee and surfing the internet on your iphone the power suddenly goes out.  It’s a sunny and hot day with no storms, you think it’s strange but decide to
continue your daily internet browsing.  However, when you look down at your cell phone, it’s dead. You think back
wondering if you charged it last night.  Discouraged, you leave and decide to just go back to the office.

When you walk outside you notice a few disabled vehicles in the middle of the road with their occupants standing around looking surprised.  You figure maybe there was a small accident or some road debris.  Oh well, you shrug it off and jump in your car. When you put the key in the ignition and try to start it, nothing happens.  You start to realize
something is very wrong.

You begin to survey your surroundings and start speaking with people about what is going on. Nobody’s electronics work, all cars are dead, and you realize from your preparedness efforts that either an EMP attack or large solar flare has destroyed the grid.  What are you going to do now?

You are 12 miles from your preps and your family.  Its summer time and you know your wife is home with the kids but you have absolutely no way to contact them.  You need to get home to protect and care for them during this crisis.

This will not be an easy task.  You have to cover 12 miles in as little time as possible.  And, to make matters worse, you have to pass through some really rough parts of town to make it safely home.  In between you and safety are thousands of people, predators and victims, which you will have to successfully navigate through.

You are a smart prepper and have tried to cover all the angles in your preparedness efforts. Part of your strategy is the Get Home Bag you put together and carry with you whenever you’re away from home. It’s in you back seat, so you grab it and head out knowing this is going to be one hell of a 12 mile hump.

How successful do you think you would be in getting home without the assistance of your gear?  Twelve miles is a very long way in a stress-filled environment.  Would you make it at all?  One thing for sure, you’re chances increase greatly if you have a well-equipped Get Home Bag.

So, with a scenario of this nature in mind, what should go inside your Get Home Bag?  Here’s what I have in mine: (no order)

  • Backpack (non-military or police looking)
    Belt holster with spare magazines
    Plain white T-shirt
    Ear plugs
    Ball cap
    Work gloves
    (2) Energy bars
    (2) Bottles water
    Water purification tabs
    Local map
    Compass
    Flashlight
    Water proof matches
    Magnesium fire starter
    Insect lotion
    Sun block
    Whistle
    Mirror
    550 Para cord
    folding saw
    Poncho
    Towel
    Leatherman
    Alcohol wipes
    Pain reliever
    Small first-aid kit
    Particulate respirator
  • I do have a CCW license and always carry my S&W M&P 9c.

These contents are what are presently included in my GHB.  I always carry it with me unless we are in our other vehicle which has its own GHB in it.  Hopefully, I will never have a need for it but it does give me a certain
peace of mind knowing this gear is available to me in an emergency.

Obviously, the scenario above is extreme.  However, you never know when you will find yourself in the middle of a man-made or natural disaster.  I will bet there are many folks in New York who wished they had a bag of this
nature on September 11th, 2001 when everyone was trying to flee the city.

You have worked hard with your preps.  They are there for your survival.  Make sure you have a way to get home to them and your loved ones in the event of a crisis. Put together a Get Home Bag and have it or something similar with you whenever possible.  It might just save your life.

Tell us what is in your GHB. What have I missed?  Let us know in the blog comments.

Spe Labor Levis
GA