Why You Need A Get Home Bag
(And What To Put In It)
Similar in concept to a bug out bag, a get home bag’s end goal is to get you home safely in a disaster or emergency scenario:
Although it may not seem like it in these economic times, if you are like most people, you work. For many, this requires being away from ones home for, traditionally, about 40 hours a week. If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’ve at least contemplated getting your ducks in a row for your own SHTF scenario. Whether it be earthquake, economic collapse, social unrest, a grid down scenario, etc. You by now, have recognized the potential dangers you perhaps face, and could even possibly have some supplies stocked away at home.
What happens in the event you’re not home during a crisis?
Be it a 3-acre ranch, or an apartment in the city, having a plan to get back there during a time of chaos should be one of your top priorities. If you consider how many hours you spend at work during the week, the odds of getting caught there when “It” happens are about 33%. That’s too high of a percentage to ignore.
Fortunately, formulating a plan on what you do to get home is not that difficult
The first and most important thing to consider is distance. Would you attempt to drive some of the way till you no longer could? Would you leave your vehicle at work if the roads were blocked? These are all very important things to consider. That’s why it’s imperative to carry a get home bag and a pair of comfortable (and broken in!) shoes in ones car, with the right supplies, for various conditions that allow you to make it home safely.
The further you work from home, the more supplies you’re going to need.
According to statistics, the average commute time in the United States is just over 25 minutes. Now depending on your personal circumstances the miles you travel in those 25 minutes will vary, and more importantly, so could the type of terrain. Hypothetically, we will have to assume you’re not traversing the Rockies, or crossing the Potomac. Let’s say for example it takes you 25 minutes to drive 15 miles to work. If you had to walk home under tranquil conditions, my guess is it would take you about 4-5 hours. Depending on the type of disaster scenario, these times could vary as much a day or two. Another variable would be to assume that you are in well enough shape to make such a long walk under less than ideal circumstances. That time needs to be considered when deciding how much water and food you will need. It can be mentioned also that if one has the room, a collapsible bike can be fairly inexpensive and get you home much quicker. This is something that those commuting farther than the average 25 minutes may want to strongly consider.
So What Do I Need?
Water- Ceramic or stainless steel refillable water bottles are great for such a need as the water can be replaced on a regular basis. BPA free bottles are also available, and you do not have to worry about chemicals that other plastic bottles can leach into your supply during hot summer months in the car. Another thing I always do, is grab a bottle of water from the cupboard before leaving home. Whether I’m thirsty, or not, getting in the habit of always having water will you not only increases your chance for survival, it could possibly lead to one’s drinking more of it on a daily basis, thus promoting good health and wellness in general. Food- You want something that will provide you with energy. Granola or energy bars are great. Make sure to replace these every 6 months as the temperature fluctuations in ones car will shorten their shelf life. Trail mix is another favorite of mine.
Other necessary items to have in a get home bag are:
- Small First Aid Kit (with 2 days of any prescription meds you may be taking).
- Duct Tape (at least ten feet)
- A Bandana (next to duct tape, one of the most versatile preps you’ll ever own)
- Flash Light (spare batteries if battery operated)
- Change of comfortable weather appropriate clothes (May be changed out according to season)
- A Warm Blanket (again, season specific)
- A Hat (can be helpful on a hot sunny day, or beanie for the cold!)
- Dust Mask
- Toilet Paper Or Wipes ( Even in an emergency nature calls. It’s the “S” in SHTF!)
- Compass And Local Map with preplanned routes and alternate routes highlighted. (Your Smartphone won’t help you in some disaster scenarios)
- Paracord or rope (50 ft.)
- Sun screen (you don’t want to be burned by the time you are home)
- Don’t forget to have good shoes!
Your personal situation will inevitably vary, and the supplies you decide to carry can be different, but generally you want the basics covered. If you live in a free state that allows you to carry additional forms of protection this can be factored in, especially if you have to go through some questionable neighborhoods to get home. A safe alternative to also consider is pepper spray. It is non-lethal, legal (size limits vary per state) and can buy you the time you need to get out of danger. Conversely, the bare necessities coupled with a little survival preparedness knowledge can help you turn ubiquitous items into versatile tools and weapons. The tire iron in your car could also become a devastating weapon. The seat belts can be turned into a makeshift rope for repelling. Even your sunglasses can be used for a tactical advantage over those without. Survival isn’t just having all the fancy gadgets in your sling bag, it’s being consciously aware of what is around you, and possessing the familiarity to use it to your advantage. Preppers only make up 3% of the population, so chances are anyone you carpool with, or co-workers that live near you could end up relying upon you. If you are open about your preps, suggest these people plan on such a situation themselves. With proper planning you can feel confident that you can make it home to your loved ones and supplies in any situation. Start with the distance you’d need to cover, and that will determine what you need. Be prepared, be confident, be Chaos Ready. <<CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A QUICK GET HOME BAG CHECKLIST!>>