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What is a Get Home Bag?

Get Home Bag

The name says everything. It is a survival backpack or kit developed to help you get to your home base from wherever you are in the occasion that a tragic catastrophe takes place while you are away. This is occasionally called a 24-hour bag, I very rarely leave home of very far without it.

A Bug Out Bag is a far more significant and robust kit normally packed for a 72 hour timeframe. It's not practical to lug your BOB backward and forward to on a daily basis. Your "Get Home Bag" is the short term solution to a very big problem. Depending on your personal situation an distance from you home base, that journey could be a survival situation in itself. There is a limitless checklist of events that could warrant the use of a Get Home Bag. Several are regular occurrences. A Get Home Bag doesn't need to conserve you from TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it) to be a worthwhile financial investment. Even if never ever put to that grave test, a Get Home Bag can offer you a means of protection and proper tools during your trek home from where ever you're trying to get from. Below is a list of actual situation pulled directly from the Headlines from the previous couple of years that can possibly conflict with your basic plan to try to make it home.  

  • Twisters
  • Tsunamis
  • Flooding
  • Winter season tornados
  • Zombie armageddon (Well Kind of)
  • Extreme climate
  • Power grid failing (black-outs)
  • Vehicle Break-Down
  • Terrorist Attack
  • Wars and Rumors of Wars
  • Collapsed Bridges

So what kinds of things do I want to pack in my Get Home Bag? Ultimately the contents are up to you but we suggest things like:

Get Home Bag Suggestions:

  • In a metal container store roughly 1 liter of water
  • Granola or Energy Bars
  • Some kind of Rain Jacket. Ponchos work Great!
  • A mylar Tent or Light Weight Tarp.
  • Boots or Shoes. Preferably waterproof
  • Weather appropriate clothing.
  • Tinder for fire and some basic fuel for fire.
  • A High Quality Multi Tool
  • A reliable head lamp and batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Emergency Blanket
  • N95 Face Mask.
  • Self-Defense Items
  • Hygiene Kit
  • Paper Map and Compass
  • Cash Money
  • Paper & Pencil
  • 100 Feet of Paracord.
  • Emergency Radio
  • Rescue Signal Items

At the end of the day, it's important to be prepared with a Get Home Bag so no matter where you are you have the vital tools, food, and hydration to get you through. You don't need a military bag by any means because of the size of the pack.  We suggest using a bag with a laptop sleeve so you can use it for school or work.  Working it into your daily routine.