My Get Home Bag
I have often mentioned that I do not have a BUG-OUT bag but have a get home bag, because I don’t just want to BUG-OUT but I want to travel to a specific place. If you do not have a destination but are just fleeing trouble then you are a refugee.
Now in a TEOTWAWKI situation I might have to flee the hordes of cannibal bikers, in which case I will be carrying all that I can. Otherwise my plan is to have something to get me home to where my stores are, to where I have worked with my neighbors to build a community that looks out for each other. This is why I have a get home bag.
This is the basis of my kit for my family of four, it has changed as my boys have gotten older (no more formula, diapers, etc...) and it is evolving still. The pack in my commuter car is geared to mainly get me home (28 miles) from work. The one in the family car is to keep my family alive for 3 days. I add things if we are driving up North to Canada or New York to visit family (no guns or ammo) and add more cold weather gear in the winter. This is as simple as throwing a couple of extra wool blankets in the trunk.
I built my own med-kit but Bark'n recommended this one and it is cheaper than the one I built myself. I would add a couple of Water-Jel burn packs to it.
Flint and steel plus some water proof matches and dryer lint (great fire starter) all double zip-locked bagged. You might include a couple of Bic lighters but the fuel will slowly bleed out with time. I have thought about putting some type of soild fuel in but haven't yet.
3)Food & Water
By far this adds the most weight of all of my items and is the most necessary. I first just kept a case of bottled water in the car, but after a few months of variable temps it started tasting funny and had "growth" in the bottles. I switched to Datrex emergency lifeboat rations. The calorie intake is based on sitting in a life boat and not being active, so you have to adjust accordingly, but they have a 5 year shelf life and are meant to survive varying temperatures I have one case of water (weighs 20 lbs) which will only last 2 active adults for one day but since we always have bottles of water in the car when ever we travel this purely for back-up. We have Datrex 3600 Food bars case of 20 packs. Each pack contains 18 200 calorie food bar. I figure 1 pack (3600 calories) per day per person. These actually taste pretty good (my boys like them) but I would imagine that after day 2 they would start to taste bland. Plus we always have some food in the car for the boys.
I have some water filters too I have this katadyn filter for backpacking and camping but didn't want to keep it in the car all of time and it is to expensive to have more than one. So I got something like this for each car (not the exact brand, I got my at a camping store, but it works the same way).
My plan is to transfer the water from the packs to whatever containers I have (but I am going to carry all of the water anyway) to save as much weight as I can.
We have some ponchos (one for each) stored, a Blue tarp some mylar blankets plus whatever other blankets or sleeping bags are in our car. 150' of para-cord (also in the bag) and a tarp makes a handy tent. We have some glow sticks, a garrity hand cranked flashlight some emergency candles (they can be used as a heat source also).
All of the above with the exception of the water and various other blankets, that we carry as needed, are packed in a messenger bag (this one to be exact)
I have this backpack collapsed and empty with the following stowed separately due to space constraints in the Santa Fe (family car) in my work car everything is in an old Alice pack that I got years ago at an army surplus store. I am going to just list the tools.
E-tool, small hatchet, multi-tool (either a leatherman or gerber) glock field knife, cable ties, a dozen plastic bags, plus an old pair of shoes for each of us and a box of WWB 125gr +P HP in 38 special.
Each car also has small tool kit containing ratchet and socket set, needle-nose and lineman's pliers, channel locks, wrench set, jumper cables, tire plug kit, spare tire (full size), etc...
The purpose of these bags is to get us home for daily travels (30 miles or closer to home) in the event of an emergency. Farther travels I will include things that are more trip specific. If we are traveling to see family in North Alabama, East Tennessee or North Carolina I include a M1 carbine with a para stock 5, 15 round mags plus 120 rounds in stripper clips on a bandolier. I also will probably include my Ruger Speed six with my Taurus 605 and will add 50 rounds of .357 magnum. If I am going to visit family in New York or Canada I do not carry guns, and I add more cold weather gear and food, especially if traveling in winter.
I do not expect these to keep us alive much more than a week (ideally 3 days) but to get us home from most routine travels (and me from work). The idea is that they are always in the car, so I don't have to think about it.
Great foresight. In the event of some sort of a natural disaster (my case a hurricane) or man-made disaster (Democrats :smile:) it would be prudent to have some sort of self-help to get home to where the food and water is at. I checked out the links you provided and was particularly impressed with the First Aid kit via Amazon. So impressed, I ordered one (free shipping to boot!). Thank you for the food for thought....
I keep a first aid kit and my son's emergency meds in the car and a week's worth of his daily meds in my purse at all times. Otherwise I've been meaning to put something together but haven't gotten organized yet. I forget the site, but a month or so ago I saw where someone had made fire starters out of those large plastic pixie sticks. Cut down to smaller pieces with dryer lint stuffed inside and the edges crimped and melted with a lighter for just a sec. Sounded like a pretty good idea, doesn't take up much room but honestly just put in ziploc bags it doesn't take much room either and is a lot less hassle.
Thanks for the good ideas and links!
I wouldn't. Take them out. Speaking as a medical professional, those burn relief type things tend to cause more damage to worse burns. Those really are only beneficial to superficial sunburn type of burns, and even than there's better options.
Lish, with the exception of the water and tools, everything else takes up a surprisingly small amount of space. I would suggest that you practice starting fires with whatever you have in your bag. I light my grill (charcoal not gas) by building a small fire and not using lighter fluid. I use either one match or a fire starter.
9mm on two occasions I got stuck on the road by a natural disaster. Once was a blizzard on the south side of Lake Erie, and once was by Hurricane Katrina. I feel much better knowing that I can easily Provide for my family for a few days if we are stranded again
WATER SUGGESTIONS.<~~~~(nice watery blue title):biggrin2:
If you want to store physical water then go for the gallons of distilled water.
About the same price as gallons of regular bottled water and it has additional MED usefulness AKA sterile wound flushing.
There is nothing in it to ever go bad. But, it also has no minerals, salts, electrolytes, sodium, etc. It is completely bland being basically bottled steam.
So go for the Camelbak ELIXIR sport drink tablets and get them with the added caffeine since that is always a metabolism boost in a desperate situation scenario. They come packed in a small plastic cylindrical 12 pak.
I have the ORANGE ALERT - You can also buy them without the caffeine.
Both have forever storage dates for all practical intent and purpose.
The STORMPROOF MATCHES are pretty doggone amazing.
Watch this entire short VIDEO if you have never played with the StormProof Matches.
The Millennium Food Bars taste better than the DATREX in case any of you folks have kids with you.
I have the DATREX in my B.O.B. but, have the Millennium Food Bars in assorted flavors for the MRS.
The coconut is pretty doggone awful but, all of the other many flavors are good.
They are 400 calories each with quite a long shelf life.
Just a word of caution if you light a candle to provide warmth in your car, you still need to crack a window to get oxygen in. You can tape the Mylar blankets over the windows and with the candle lit and it will stay relatively warm in your car.
I don't have a Get Home Bag in my van but I do carry a lot of items in there that would assist me in getting home if need be. I do adjust my EDVC (Every Day Van Carry) between winter and summer. I have a small tool kit, an emergency box that has jumper cables, flashlight (one in the glove box), emergency sign, and a collapsed plastic bottle that would hold water. I have another shoulder bag that has another set of better jumper cables, a can of emergency air-up of a flat tire and two 15 minute flares and six 5 minute flares. I also have two first aid kits, a small fleece blanket and three or four gallons of water. I do pack a lot more when we go out of town but I never carry a BOB but I'm going to start.
If I ever Bug Out..........I'm not coming home. They'll be waiting for me if I did. I never pack a bag for getting home unless it's dirty laundry and I'm coming back to a home. SHTF and I'm history for good. What would I come back to? I do miss a lot of things. Sometimes the things I miss come back to haunt me (like stepping in dog poo). I may have missed the the intent of the OP at this point. Not sure now.
I have a nice school backpack for my bug out bag.
Careful with the redi-made kits - biggest complaint on Amazon was expired meds (by 2 yrs).
Also, cars can get to 20 to 30 deg F hotter than outside temps. Medicine can become less usable, worthless, or even toxic due to heat.
I think buildup of carbon monoxide would be a greater concern than lack of oxygen.
Originally Posted by pgrass101
RamRod, I can't carry all of my things with me. I have been setting up my homestead to live for an extended time without power or with limited external support. I cannot carry my reloading bench, garden, bee hive, workshop, food, rainbarrels, etc... with me. I can hunker in place there for a long time. If things go south and I am not at home (which I am not 5 days a week for 10 hours a day) then I want to get back home to my wife and sons. That is the purpose of my bag.
Originally Posted by Ram Rod