I know you already have a Bug Out Bag (BOB), and you already have your Every Day Carry (EDC), but what about a Get Home Bag (GHB)? I know what you’re thinking- you want me to carry another bag? Think about it this way: what if you’re at work and disaster strikes? You will need to find a way to get home to your family as quickly and as safely as possible. You also have to consider the fact that you may not be able to drive home due to an urban gridlock or an EMP attack. This means you will have to walk that normal commute, and 15 miles walking in a disaster will be a challenge. There’s not just work to consider. What if you go on a day trip with your family? Or you go the next town over to run an errand? Even if you drive 30 miles away, that’s 30 miles of walking in a disaster you will have to do. Let’s get prepared.
What exactly is a Get Home Bag?
A GHB is going to carry the things you will need to get you home within 24 hours of a disaster. It’s not going to be filled with the same kind of gear your BOB will have, and it will be a little bit more extensive than your EDC. Think of it as the middle child of the bags. It should have the basic tools you would need to get from work to home. Also, it should be lighter and smaller than your BOB, and you should feel comfortable taking it to work.
Things to consider
There are some personal factors you need to consider when assembling your GHB. Consider the weather and change the supplies according to the seasons. If you’re a long distance commuter, you will need to pack a few extra things to get you home safely. Think about your personal medical conditions and your work environment. Also, if you’re already carrying these items on you or in your EDC, it’s not always necessary to double up, but do make sure you have them.
What To Pack
Before we start packing, think about what kind of bag you will use. This bag may be going into the office with you, staying in your car or going into stores with you. Consider something nondescript, an easy to carry backpack or messenger bag would be best.
1 Liter of Water - Consider grabbing an all-metal water bottle in case you need to boil water.
Energy Bars and Trail Mix - Get 3-6 high calorie energy bars; you don’t need a lot of food but you will need something to get you by.
Cash - Keep some small bills on you and in your GHB. Try and keep about $100 if you can.
Walking Shoes - If you work in an office, you may not have comfortable shoes on. Keep a sturdy pair of running shoes or hiking shoes in your GHB.
Change of Clothes - Your work clothes may not be appropriate for your journey, plus you can always layer up if it gets cold. Don’t forget extra socks!
Gloves - You may have to move heavy objects or climb fences. They will also keep you warm.
Hat and Bandana - If it’s sunny your head and neck will thank you. The bandana can be used as a dust mask too.
Paper Map and Compass - Things are going to get rough out there and you may need to get off the major roads. Paper maps of the area and a compass will be crucial.
Paracord - There are endless reasons to have paracord on you.
Multi-tool - A good multi-tool is an essential item. Always have one in your EDC or GHB.
Emergency Radio - A small cheap hand-crank radio could make a big difference in a disaster.
First Aid Kit - Keep the basics in it like gauze, bandages, tape, sunscreen, medication, glasses and insect repellant. Pack this according to you and think about basic comforts.
Signal Items - If you’re stuck, a signal mirror and a whistle could save you.
Fire Starter - Keep a couple lighters in your bag and consider keeping some fire tinder too.
Rain Poncho - Being wet is the worst! Don’t make yourself go through that in a disaster.
Tarp and an Emergency Blanket - These can work together interchangeably. Keep one or both.
Flashlight - A good flashlight with a long battery life (and extra batteries) is crucial. Consider a headlamp for some hands-free light.
Hygiene Items - Good hygiene can go a long way and it helps with moral. Keep some toilet paper, wet napkins, a towel, toothbrush and anything else you need.
Personal Defense - This is going to be to your discretion. Consider where you will be keeping your bag and what you will already have on you.
Paper and Pencil - You may need to leave a note, or record where you have been.
There are always other things to consider bringing with you based on your own personal needs. Think about each item, what you will need the most and what is most important to you and your daily survival. Make sure this bag will get you back home to your family as quickly and safely as possible.
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