This guest post is by “Average Joe” Jim H and entry in our non-fiction writing contest .
I have been reading the many wonderful entries sent in by the Wolf Pack, but I have set here and been silent thinking that I may not be qualified to comment or to enter posts on my own. Then I thought, I’m probably not the only one like that. I have been prepping for years (before it was “cool” to be a prepper) and what if some of my experience could help someone, or what if it was my post that made someone get out of their chair and do more than think about prepping? Remember, a thought without action (any size action) is dead or lays dying on the floor as you surf to another website. So, with that being said, please read through this post and all of the other informative posts and feel free to take some notes. Write some ideas down and begin to prepare you and your family.
GHB – not the drug, the Get Home Bag
I have carried several different bags as my personal choice changes and depending on where I may be traveling. The farther away from home you are, the more supplies you may need to get you home. For some, a small duffle bag will work, for others a school type book bag. Currently I am using a 3 day assault pack that attaches to my bug out bag when I get home. My GHB is a woodland camo pack with the molle attachment points. It was a good deal on a surplus web site or Ebay. The total cost for it was less than $20. I live in an area where if they saw someone with a camo pack, they wouldn’t think anything of it. Color and size are both factors. You don’t want to have one that will make you a target. Get one that will blend in with your environment. Your pack must be reasonably sized and sturdily made. Depending on your physical condition, weight may also be a factor (not only of pack contents, but the empty pack).
Contents of the Get Home Bag:
Remember the basics – food, clothing, and shelter. They used to teach that in school. What they didn’t tell you was that you would need some protection from your fellow man. Here is what I have in my get home bag:
- Poncho – mil surplus
- Emergency poncho (commercial type)
- 100 feet 550 cord (cord plus mil surplus poncho = shelter)
- Folding shovel & case (case attaches to the backpack)
- 1 Gerber Multi tool
- 1 Spyder Fire flashlight (SureFire knock off)
- 8 extra batteries (CR type) + 2 in the light (10 year shelf life)
- 1 fixed blade knife
- 2 boxes water proof matches
- 1 fire steel & striker
- 2 sticks Coleman fire starter tinder
- 2 mini Bic lighters
- 2 emergency candles
- 4 light sticks
- 2 quart canteen & carrier (soft sided takes less space until needed)
- 1 quart canteen & carrier with cup (attached to outside of pack)
- Nalgene water bottle with built in filter (immediate water needs – fill bottle and drink through the straw filter built in while continuing to move)
- Water purification tablets (enough to make 3 days water)
- Katydyne hiker water filter system
- 2 packages Mainstay 3600 calorie food bars ( Has a 5 year shelf life and is packed ready to Eat. Each package has 9 measured 400 calorie meals.)
- 1 MRE (stripped of external packaging to fit better in pack)
- 2 one gallon size zip lock bags
- 1 box of instant coffee pouches (removed from box and kept in a zip lock bag)
- 10 beef bullion cubes (makes a warm drink and can improve morale)
- 1 contractor grade black trash bag
- 1 mini roll of duct tape (about 15 feet)
- 1 battery booster for my cell phone
- 2 pair of socks
- 1 First aid kit – bandaids, burn cream, Neosporin, asprin, alleve (2 alleve = 4 advil), blood clotting bandages (expensive about $10 each, but worth it in an emergency), antiseptic wipes, and a tourniquet (for an extreme emergency)
The last items in the get home bag will be what ever is in my truck that I think will have some use as well as any personally identifying information in the vehicle (no need to tell a possible attacker or criminal where you are headed. )
I purposely left out the security item from the list. I will say that I carry four extra mags (double stack, high capacity) and they are preloaded so I am not trying to hide and load. Check your laws – no need to get popped by Johnny Law with an illegal gun or mag (depending on your location)
My goal with this bag is to get home to my family – hopefully in one piece.
Once home, when the time is right we can bug out if needed.
My wife always knows what area I am traveling in and has a general idea of how long it would take to walk home. If I am not home by a certain amount of time, she knows to consider that they are on their own and take appropriate steps to preserve and protect our family.
Have a plan A and at least a good idea of what plan B and C are. In an emergency nothing will ever go as planned.
Now that you have read about my get home bag, act on some of the ideas that popped into your head and start prepping for your family’s well being.
This contest will end on October 10 2012 – prizes include:
- First Place : $100 Cash.
- Second Place : $50 Cash.
- Third Place : $25 Cash.
Contest ends on October 10 2012.