The Get Back Home Urban Survival Kit

city URBAN SURVIVALMost of you probably have a bug out bag – having a bug out bag is good insurance in the event you are forced to evacuate your home or retreat for some unforeseen reason. It seems most of us are ready to bug out,  but few of us have considered the need to find our way back home if caught away during an emergency.

No doubt, many of you spend a lot of time away from home, with work, school and business sometimes taking you hundreds of miles away from home. Most of the time this isn’t an issue for me, but recently, I’ve had to make several business trips that have taken me out of state and far from home.

What would I do if disaster struck while I was several hundred miles from home? What would I do in the event of a terrorist attack, riot, earthquake or similar disaster. Could I get back home? What would I do if forced to stay in the area for several days or even weeks?

With any luck I’ll be able to drive out, but you never know – the roads could be blocked or impassable because of damage, the area could be quarantined or it could be too dangerous to move for several days.

As with anything related to survival, there are no guarantees and I doubt her father could make it under anything but the best of conditions considering his health. I just hope nothing bad happens with him in tow.

To increase our odds of making it back or surviving in the city if needed, I’ve put together a “Get Home Kit” that I take on extended trips. Sure I could have just taken my bug out bag, but it really isn’t the best solution and the gear  for the most part, isn’t what I’d need in an urban setting.

The basic needs of water, shelter, food, and medical are the same in the wilderness or city, but the means of attainment are different in most cases. My bug out bag was put together for an extended trip to the woods, where I can make most of what I need from what mother nature has to offer.

If trapped in the city, I may have to scrounge or steal most of what we need to survive – especially if we are forced to stay and survive for an extended period. No, I’m not advocating theft or looting, but I’m not above it, if the other alternative is starvation or death.:-/

My get home kit is smaller than my bug out bag and weighs considerably less. Everything fits snugly inside a small dark gray and green backpack, that I bought at the local flea market for five dollars. I intentionally averted from camo or military type packs to avoid attracting attention.

Now that we know why we need a get home pack the question remains, what do I pack in my urban survival kit? Let’s take a look…

Get Home Urban Survival Kit Contents

Aside from and in addition to the get home kit, I pack a large cooler with food and drinks for the trip, partly for emergencies but mainly because, I’m cheap and don’t want to waste money buying fast food along the way. I also carry sleeping bags in my vehicle during winter along with my winter emergency car kit and a full toolbox.

What about you… Do you have a Get Home Kit? Why? What’s in it? Am I missing anything? Let us know in the comments below…

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  1. Robert Wade says:

    That GPS won’t work if the satellites are not working. Recommend highway maps of states you will need to cross. Of course, you will need a compass as well. What about your Lifestraw? It weighs almost nothing, but it can provide you with gallons of water.

    • Robert Wade,

      Most likely satellites will still be working depending on the type of event. Maps were also included as well as a compass on the list. The Lifestraw is good, but does not allow you to fill up and carry water with you.

      • As for the water, that’s why I like having a Sawyer mini-filter kit in the car.

      • Sister Judi says:

        Gosh darn you are great.How bout your next speaking engagement where and when?Do I have to set it up myself? What do you charge? Email. Me
        Sister Judi

      • Aussie Prepper says:

        Lifestraw will still allow you to carry water – you want 2 (or more) plastic soft drink bottles which you can most likely pick up on the way. Cut the bottom off one to use as a cup. Collect water from virtually any source (creeks, ponds, even puddles by the road) in the other bottle and when you want a drink pour into the cup and drink through the lifestraw. Any water you need for cooking can be boiled first.


        • add purification tablets & if only water available is ‘ewwwwwwww’ in appearance/odor/color etc., add coffee filters to BOB or GHB for first or second stage of filtration, then life straw, berkey squeeze, etc. Then tablets. Filters will rmv some ‘yuckie-poos’ & help filter of life straw etc last longer. Tablets & coffee filters are lite & very packable…

        • Aussie

          Why not just start out with a Berkey Water Bottle full of water in the first place? No need to pick up thrown away soda bottles or using cut ones as cups or whatever.

          With the Berkey Water Bottle you can start with a full bottle of water in your kit which is great, and can use it to filter water “on the go” without needing to carry several different containers and a filter, and you can still pick up empty thrown away soda bottles to carry extra water if you want…

      • Danny Lee says:

        Fill up your containers with whatever water you can find and use the straw to drink out of your container.

        • Danny Lee,

          Why not just start out with a Berkey Water Bottle full of water in the first place? No need to pick up thrown away soda bottles or using cut ones as cups or whatever.

          With the Berkey Water Bottle you can start with a full bottle of water in your kit which is great, and can use it to filter water “on the go” without needing to carry several different containers and a filter, and you can still pick up empty thrown away soda bottles to carry extra water if you want…

    • I suggest binoculars, GoPro attached to your glock 19 and a selfie stick so you can document your crime spree of getting home.

  2. Although I appreciate all the comments offered, and read them with interest, I think we have a situation here that is kind of like the old case of “the tail is wagging the dog”!

    By this I mean I think we first must consider generally, what kind of crisis we are reacting to….in general terms, and then begin our planning.
    Most crisis management professionals would agree, I believe, that the two most likely scenarios we face as a nation are:
    1. Failure of he national electrical power grid as a result of a cyber hacking…resulting in a total electrical black out, coast to coast.
    2. Failure of the national electrical power grid, and worse…The burn out of electrical micro circuits in automobiles, TV’s. radios, motors, transformers, etc.,….from the burst of an high altitude electromagnetic pulse weapon (HEMP) above the earths atmosphere, now in the possession of Russia, China, Pakistan and other world powers…who do not wish us well.

    Many might consider making the trip home via bicycle, or on foot and plan a “home bag” accordingly.

    • I suggest binoculars, GoPro attached to your glock 19 and a selfie stick so you can document your crime spree of getting home.

    • “Many might consider making the trip home via bicycle, or on foot and plan a “home bag” accordingly.”
      London and Tokyo have both experienced “Get Back Home” scenarios due to terrorism/earthquake.
      In both cases, public transport shut down and people had to leg it. It quickly became apparent to everyone that people on bicycles were going 4x faster than walkers. Bike shops sold out and used bikes became highly tradeable. No-one was bike-jacked and there was no mass violence.

      A 30 mile walk takes 10hrs=2days.
      A 30 mile ride takes 3 hrs= back for dinner.

  3. I also have a temp mylar tent, paracord, small axe and cammo netting to hide my mylar tent.

  4. Fenland Prepper says:

    All my family carry Get Home Bags in their cars and as I travel further afield than them I also carry a lightweight tent, sleeping bag, etc on top. Maps are standard along with a compass, concealed weapons etc.
    Lets face it, bad weather can stop a car it doesn’t have to be the end of the world!

  5. countrygirl says:

    I travel a lot and it is not possible (legally) to carry a gun with me. I pretty much agree with the other items in the list. What I carry is my fanny pack which contains a few survival items including $150 in small bills AND my day pack which contains the rest of my primary survival items and another $150 in small bills. Additionally I have my EDC items in my pockets at all times. What I don’t always carry with me is my backpack which contains the rest of the items I would need in a SHTF situation. Together these packs are my get home bag, bug out bag, etc. My list is what I call “10 C’s and 4 F’s”:
    1. Cutting tool – Sheath knife, pocket knife, small hatchet, sharpening stone, file.

    2. Combustion – Bic, matches, magnesium w/ferro, fire starter, magnifying glass.

    3. Cordage –100’ paracord, bankline, duck tape, sewing kit, zip/rebar ties.

    4. Container –Nalgene canteen & carrier, 2 liter platypus, zip lock bags, steel cup.

    5. Cargo – Backpack, dry bag, small stuff sacks/pockets, carabiners.

    6. Compass –Compass, map, small binoculars, camera, cell phone, survival kit.

    7. Cover – Tent/tarp, sleepbag/pad/pillow, rain suit, hat (rain/sun/fleece) clothing kit.

    8. Candle or light – small flashlight, head lamp, spare batteries, glowsticks.

    9. Combination tool –multi tool, folding saw, flexible saw blade & split rings, trowel.

    10. Cloth or bandana, handkerchief, mosquito headnet, seat pad.

    11. Food & drink– spork, 3 liters water, tea/coffee/gatoraid packets, 3 day supply( energy bars, candy, PB&J, freeze dried meals, jerky).

    12. First aid kit, safety glasses, reading glasses, hygiene kit.

    13. Forage–frog gig, arrowheads & string, spear point, mini water filter, AR7, snares.

    14. Footwear–Good boots, extra socks, camp mocs, extra laces.

    • country girl, you are surely prepared.
      the one thing no one mentions, but you have, is the need for at least one pair of spare well broken in boots and the socks to go with them, including thin nylon socks.
      i have the blister bandaids also just in case.
      if your feet hurt or are injured it can be the major flaw in any plan.

      bought maps a while back. tried several places and could not find them. ended up at china mart.
      have you seen the price of paper maps lately? outrageous!!
      get them now while they are still available.
      read long ago that maps issued in ussr were purposely incorrect. if gps is like cell phone there are places in the mountains where they don’t pick up a signal.

      also we have the headlamps. some have the infrared setting, too. very useful.

      • if you have $$ maybe a solar cell phone charger and battery charger.

        • wasp:

          You can pick up solar charger/battery pack w/clip made to hand on the outside of your backpack for around $20. Mine came with the cable too.

          • Wasp, Country Girl
            Maps…every state offer FREE maps either by mail request to the state tourist bureau or department of tourism, or
            state tourist rest areas usually located on major interstates or highways located as your enter the state.

      • If you are an AAA member you can get paper maps for free.

      • Maps, DELORME markets “Atls & Gazetteer” topographical map book for each state. They can be ordered online & are even available thru wally world. They are about $20. per book. Well worth the money. After purchase, simply reproduce the needed pages & laminate them for your & family/friends bags. Also, GPS does not work like cell phones All you need is an outside view of the sky. Neither one will work, probably, after HEMP. Thus, the need for maps & compass.

      • Regarding the cost of road maps –

        You should check out your home state’s dept. of tourism/commerce website. Often, they offer to mail you state highway (or even trail) maps for free. Recommend checking out adjacent states as well, in case you need to drive far.

    • Sister Judi says:

      Great list we carry that too.Most important to me are socks and shoes to hike home.Great lists country girl

      • Country girl is right no one talks about a stuff bag I carry one along side my bugout bag just a cheap bag that has a complete set of clothing in it and boots socks shtf you can just pull your clothes change and you can discard the bag are use to scavage with saves a lot of space in your Bob as well think about it you go to work in your suit,scrubs, dress and panty hose and shit happens saves room in your Bob and you don’t have to rifle through your Bob to get to your clothes

  6. Get home kit goes on every trip. Last summer my daughter asked if I would walk home from Alaska. My reply was ”it will be easier than from Vancouver BC to the Columbia River.

    The only thing in my GHB that uses battery power (so far) is a light; I am planning to add a small radio like the joggers use. I do not want to carry a bunch of batteries (= weight).

    GHB: Water filter, leatherman wave ,SAK, mora, water bottle, small first aid w/ triple A, two bandanas, frog tog poncho, wire, 550 cord, fishing kit, two mylar blankets, compass, altimeter (also a barometer), fire making (x3). I just know I’ve left something(s) out (???) Must be time for an inventory, LOL!

    I would pilfer/scrounge any blankets or other items from hotel to road ditch if needed.

    If land or water seperated me from home, I would try to find anything from canoe to sloop, from bicycle to wagon to assist me.

    My truck contains map’s, blanket, axe, bow saw, hand tools, two tarp’s, and rope, bungee’s, ratchet strap’s, and fire starting. I also carry water and food locally. Longer trip see’s that amount multiplied.

    I have spent many night’s curled up in a poncho while in the infantry, a GI poncho is, IMO, the very best, but weight is a concern so I am at present using the F.T. brand.

    • Yeah, good ole In FUN try! My first trip out I carried a sleeping bag that got wet, took days to dry out. Never carried one again except to Alaska. I used an Army issued poncho & poncho liner (woobie) from then on. Got cold some times, but survived.

      • Nanook- another G1! Military panco & woobie very multitask items…..if 2 or 3 are together, a TP is easily fashioned on walking staffs w/paracord- wind & rain protection, a good light stove to provide heat smoke goes up into hole @ top, plastic bag under butt to stay dry, I do like the idea of a lite sleeping bag w/a heat reflective banky &/or woobie. EZ to repack in morning, or camp breakdown time…..

  7. mom of three says:

    How about pepper spray? They can be small enough to carry on your person. A bandanna, is easy to put in a pocket too.

    • Axelsteve says:

      I am kinda confused. These list assume that you are traveling in a private auto. My brother used to travel frequently on buisness by air. You can`g get most of this stuff by the tsa thugs.

      • countrygirl says:

        I’m retired and most of my traveling is by car/motorhome/trailer. When I fly, especially to another country, I simply bite the bullet and don’t take much and that even means not taking my pocket knife.

      • My brother used to have to travel by air extensevly all over the usa. He as a trainer in sales. he missed the new orleans flood by not being able to get a flight in. He would have been screwed up bad if he made it .

    • countrygirl says:

      In some states pepper spray can get you jail time.

      In my state almost any kind of knife can be carried except for a true switchblade knife (unless you have only one arm). But if I drive into California or even Nevada my simple pocket knife can get me charged with a crime.

      It all gets worse if you are talking about handguns.

      • Could you link to the law that say’s you can’t carry a pocket knife in California please. I live in California and am not aware of any law saying you can’t carry a pocket knife. Some city’s may have laws on size but to my knowledge there is no state law.

        • countrygirl says:

          No I can’t. My reference is from memory of a person in California who defended himself with a pocket knife and was not charged for the defensive action but was charged for carrying a concealed deadly weapon. I also have read of a similar event in Las Vegas.

      • Living in Komradfornia speaking my mind can get me charged in a crime.

    • I believe in pepper sprays, knives, & 9mm. But 200 rds of ammo are going to feel mighty heavy in the bottom of the pack.

      • Patriot Dave says:

        I was thinking the same thing. If I have to travel farther than normal, I take 4 extra 17 round mags with me in addition to what I have for EDC. It is only 68 rounds, but much quicker in a fire fight when time really counts. If I go beyond that where it may take days or weeks to get home, then I adjust what I carry.

    • Pepper spray is good when u want something silent & for up-close (w/in 10 feet) combat. It’s also good for certain animals that u don’t want to get too close to.

      • Instead of pepper spray, you can substitute wasp / hornet spray with little or no suspicion, unfortunately, I’ve never found it in small ‘camp size’ (meaning GHB size) cans, but a standard large size can will last quite awhile (not TSA approved of course, but in your car while traveling between states should be ok.)

        • And it sprays up to 25 feet!

          • multi task dream! also drops yw jkts & wasps on contact, some bees & ants….kinda bulky, be aware of wind (strength & direction) b4 using, tastes nasty, used it in dozens of phone terminals over the years- my good buddy! Eyewear recommended.

      • BlueJeanedLady says:

        “Bear spray” is also available at – remember to go through MD’s link – and most brands are effective between 25 and 30 feet. You can buy canisters that aren’t much bigger than a big can of hornet or wasp spray, too – thus, very light weight & easy to transport. 🙂

    • Get the BEAR spray, it works.

  8. I don’t travel much anymore, especially long distance, but when I leave home I do have a variety of supplies depending on how far I am going. I look at my equipment as a layered approach.
    1: EDC on my person all the time-cell phone, tube with matches, needles, hooks line and cotton, 550 cord, tactical folder, lighter, small key chain flashlight, S&W mod 60 and one speed loader of ammo.
    2: Small fanny pack taken when I leave the immediate area around my house. Contains tac-light, extra CR123 batteries, two speed loaders, matches, lighter, small pocket knife, 550 cord, magnesium bar, compass, magnifying glass, small first aid kit, sewing kit, germ-x wipes, zip lock bag, black trash bag.
    3: Backpack taken when I am leaving town (going over 5 miles). Contains poncho, stainless water bottle, stainless cup, toilet paper, a few energy bars, large first aid kit, Cold Steel Tanto, maps of area, compass, matches, extra ammo, extra CR123 batteries, 550 cord, cell chargers and spare cell power pack., plastic garbage bag and extra zip lock bags.

    • i keep tons of tp in car and a type of urine receptacle for ladies, in case of necessity. also baby wipes and umbrellas and ponchos. but i rarely go far from the area.
      don’t think i could survive log term.

      • Happy Camper says:

        I like to travel, every year I try do a big trip in my own country, go to a new country and go to a music festival. Ive found baby nappies (diapers) very handy for mopping up spills or catching drips off a leaky tent, they are great as a security locker in the car- no one will open up a bagged nappy to see whats in it.
        Trchnically you get a pre loaded nappy off a baby to use as a weapon.
        But yes us girls struggle way more in the means of outputing, comparative to boys.

  9. A section of duck tape, some para cord, a couple of band aids/neosporin(I’m clutzy), couple of aspirin/antihistamine, a bandana, and enough bright orange surveyors tape so that if I’m “out there” because of an auto accident or something similar and I need help I can mark three saplings in a triangle visible by air (pull a sapling down, tie some orange to the top, let it spring back up and repeat two more times to for a close triangle) which is supposed to be like a woodland “SOS”. I would want the capability to put a tourniquet, splint or a bandage on my leg or arm if injured.

  10. I am an amateur radio operator. Therefore, I would highly recommend getting an amateur radio license, at least a technician class, get on the air, make friends with people know who your friends are. Obtain a good mobile rig, a good reliable handheld, extra battery packs, and a national repeater guide.
    But don’t just get the gear and think you can talk to someone just because you have a radio. You must get your license and get on the air talk to folks.
    I teach ham classes, and it concerns me that many folks who are preppers get the license and radio and never get on and make friends with other folks. They have the tools but wouldn’t know how to use them because they dont practice. Having that multitool in a backpack, it should be on you belt so you can learn its capabilities. Radio is exactly the same. I bet I use my leatherman 50 times a day, even in my shop where I have every kind of tool I would ever need. likewise If it’s in a back pack in the back of your truck it is useless. Oh dont get a cheap tool, obtain a good gerber or leatherman. check out the quality you want. There is nothing more useless than a broken tool.

  11. 3 bobs & 2 ghb’s later, I still revue/change out contents. TY 4 food 4 thought.

    • 1 other thought…. we speak in terms of ‘macro’ shtf (affecting all or many)…. anytime away the following nay occur: assault, accident, or medical….some thoughts on how to cope/get past any of these make ‘double or triple’ tasking the items carried helpful. Lastly, I do like 1-lightwieght sleep bags-as non flamable as possible w/heat reflect blanket, walking/tree stick-spare duct tape & cordage wrapped-w/a tree saw attached & the good old bicycle- beats hoofing it, but not always possible

  12. Macssurvivalkits says:

    I work in a city in Texas and live 60 miles away. Obviously it is a long commute. I have my EDC items, and I carry a bag with basic first aid, food, water, etc. In my truck is a more comprehensive kit that stays there permanently. In fact, both trucks have a 72 hour kit in them (although my wife doesn’t travel too much). I believe in being prepared, as much as possible, for what could happen. I think having redundant systems in place provides better preparedness and increases my chances of getting home in the event of a natural or manmade disaster. Thanks!

  13. Sounds to me like everyone has their shit together most of us anyway I take a bush bag and a fast and lite tent as well sawyer squeeze and life straw and I am still around 40 to 45 pounds

  14. My Get-Home-Kit is still a work in progress. When we travel any distance (over 100 miles) I pack up a bunch of bags that are soon all going into a wheeled plastic crate. To that I will add a game cart I recently saw that not only folds, has 12+” wheels, but will carry a pretty fair amount of stuff.

    My biggest issue is not looking like I stick out so much when I’m traveling. I’m afraid that with the amount of swiveling my head does when I’m on a business trip, it will spin off! I check the local and national news feeds WAY TOO MUCH. Not so paranoid at home, just worried about getting my old self and my DW home.

  15. You forgot to put this salve in your backpack.

    Great for abrasions, bites, and general relief.

  16. The most important thing to have if you’re far from home is a bicycle. You can bike ride 3 to 5 times faster than you can walk. When I was a teenager I could ride all day at 15 miles an hour. It’s obviously less if you’re significantly older or heavier. For me, my knees would never hold up if I was 100 miles from home and had to walk. But I can bike ride at 10 miles an hour for quite awhile. Also, if you have a bike you can have less food and water.

    • hey barn cat!
      i’m from W.Va.
      i’m also old. i don’t think i cold bike up a hill[s].

    • I have a cheap mountian bike that would be perfect in my area. A road bike may be faster but for the load and road quality the mountian bike serves me better. Mine is a cheap huffy 18 speed.I would like to get a better one for the higher quality parts but my huffy does me fine for now.

    • Even though most people think of them as for kids, a scooter would be a small thing to carry and would be better than walking.
      A motorized or electric one would be great, and they even have them with seats now. Even a skateboard might be something to keep in the car.

  17. My GHB is geared more for the rural, small town area that we live in. So I have to also be concerned about wild dogs & skunks.

  18. MD, there is no way to comment on ur other note about not responding to email questions anymore. I think u were generous to help people for as long as u did. & it is very understandable that u can no longer do that. & I hope those u helped, paid it forward to others.

  19. dont bother with sleeping bags – they impair readiness – just buy and carry a one piece insulated work overall – you can sleep in it and they are made to wear all day – its like wearing a sleeping bag with legs – lots of pockets and can conceal body Armour

    • love my carhart bibs! especially w/a heat reflective banky- try to buy good uns 4 more than 1 use.

  20. You won’t like this but I’ll tell you anyway,THE LORD,remember him,HE showed me the attack, will be what looks to be thanksgiving week end,what year,WHO KNOWS but the LORD,they will block all the roads,attacks in small towns,killing everyone who can’t run,The police gangs were with the chinese military,THEY were driving those big 6 wheel MRAPS,with machineguns mounted on the roof,SHOOTING everything in sight,OH the death toll was awful,they caught the people at ease and NO ONE expected it to happen the way it did,NO WARNINGS at all,they just attacked,everyone had power,IT was like a normal sunny day,the attack was nation wide from what I could tell,THE poor people on the highways,They didn’t even see it coming,the police and military just went down the stopped line of cars and trucks KILLING everyone in their cars,I didn’t see anyone who resisted,they were all unarmed,it was a slaughter,HOLIDAY WEEK END,who would be expecting an attack,I am sure of one thing,IT WAS A FOUR DAY HOLIDAY,backpacks and food won’t do you a bit of good if your unarmed and this happens while your on the road,you’ll need a AR-15 or better in your car with you,if you plan to try to escape on the road and its blocked off,Bridges,narrow spots in the road,theres many places where they will block the traffic,JUST be on the lookout if your traveling anywhere out of town,you may very well be walking,and wild animals will be the least of your worries….stay close to the LORD,no one is promised tomorrow……………..

    • You dreamed this right? Or do you have a hotline to Christ app on your phone. I don’y mean to disrespect you or your vision, or chat with the big guy, but this seems a little 1-900-psychic to me. I’m terribly sorry. I know you believe it but I find it hard to. Good luck.

    • Patriot Dave says:

      The problem with modern prophets (for profits? perhaps) is they are so ambiguous as you cannot tell if they are false or true. We just came out of Sept. with, what?…, a dozen prophecies that were supposed to happen? Hello. Anyone a little jaded. Anyway. I am not saying definitively that your prediction is false. However, remember when you claim to speak for God and say “So sayeth the Lord”, you take on a huge responsibility and if you are proved to be false, we have the duty to take you out of the city to stone you to death. But, if you escape judgment in this world, you will not in the next.

    • Diana Smith says:

      I respect your dream, my friend, but remember that they are given to us for our own enlightenment. Perp yourself and your family and receptive friends near you, but don’t panic them. Sometimes a warning is just a warning that doesn’t happen if we listen to it. We are pretty much ready, (most of us) on this site, but it is good you feel confident enough to share with those you consider friends. Keep the faith, put God first in all things, and we’ll get through.

      For the rest of us–if it doesn’t happen, don’t criticize, please. Sometimes things don’t happen because enough righteous people listened.

    • Get some help, now! Go to your minister, Dr. or significant other, but get some help!

  21. joecardio says:

    In my kit I have similar items, but I also include a medium sized pry bar as well as a small to mid sized collapseable bolt cutters. These can be used to get through fencing, locks, windows or doors, “just in case” Where this kit is lighter than some of my others, I can afford the weight of these two items. Sound bag o’ kit.

  22. You might as well bring a mule along and make it an outing if you gotta carry all that stuff.

  23. has anybody thought of doing a pre-disaster drill? Take what you think you need and go get “stuck” somewhere for whatever time frame helps you to iron out the bugs. If the military needs training before deploying, why do you think you do not?

  24. Like the list but a bit heavy. Might want to include disposable diaper (s) or kotexs. Great for bad wounds. Didn’t think about camo on bag but that is good for concealing in woods. Fishing line is light can be used for making traps and hand fishing

  25. Mostly I think car travel, we are able to carry extra’s but we know that we may have to leave some behind if put afoot. That’s why we carry dedicated bag’s.

    Air travel, yep I check baggage because the TSA untouchable’s will not let me carry some items. It is easy enough to stop at a dollar store and make up a cheap kit if need be.

    Acrylic clothing travels with me alot, not as ideal as wool, but is wicking and will dry with body heat once rung out. Sock’s are alway’s included and they are wool. Other synthetics are ideal for travel as well. They can be hand washed, rung out, rolled in a towel and be just about dry. Micro fiber’s have come along way. I do wear a cotton layer while actually travelling with socks and standard shoes. Especially so for air travel, no short’s or sandel’s.

  26. just a couple of thoughts/suggestions/real world attack resolution w/o “weapons”……Many years ago,on my way to work in Houston,my car broke down on a part of town Gulf frwy and Scott street,(flat tire). While changing the tire…. 2 gentlemen approached and demanded “all-ya-got”(one had a knife). I learned many years ago that in a situation like this keep a small can of starting fluid V ERY close(they assumed it was wd40)…anyway…a facefull of ether in the eyes left them screaming,gasping and trying to run away….starting fluid is not illegal(even in California).Drove off the jack with only 2 lug nuts, but got away and fixed it properly…..regarding fantasies about cellphones/GPS, etc working if something truly MAJOR happens…..IMHO ……NOTHING will be working…..NOTHING

    • A friend of mine was at a red light in San Fransisco once. Several of there finest citizens came up to him and demanded money. He pulled his springield 45 out of the door panel and he said wrong car while he was cocking back the hammer. One guy almost got run over trying to run away. They were running like they just robbed a liquior store.

    • Axelsteve says:

      I have a lug nut wrench that is almost 3 feet long. If a guy pulled a knife on me when I had that ready ,I think he would be unarmed. My reach would be much farther then his. I just might break his collarbone or a limb just to teach him a lesson. I am not a violent person by nature but I do take things personally sometimes and I think that would be one of those times.

  27. Old Country Boy says:

    A monkey ball could be an effective weapon. Small yet hard hitting. Could be designed as a key fob, maybe a necklace or belt. Possible option for those who travel. Search MONKEY BALL WEAPON.

    • countrygirl says:

      I have a variation of the monkey ball. Two lead ball fishing weights. I’m not sure how many oz they are but they are about 1″ in diameter and they have brass loops cast into them to attach to the fishing line. I use an 18″ length of 550 cord and tie a ball to each end. When complete what you have is two heavy lead weights on opposite ends of about a 12″ length of cord. They easily can be concealed in your hand and jacket pocket. To use one ball is laid in your palm and grasped by making a fist the other ball is free to swing. Use it like nunchucks with the advantage that unlike nunchucks it is really hard to hit yourself accidently with them. Perfect for those close personal moments with strangers who have bad intentions.

      • CGirl…. G1! I do prefer glass marbles though, less likely to set off metal detectors…… (I would like to insert an emoticon for ‘whatever’ here.)

  28. BlueJeanedLady says:

    Here’s a book (paperback – they are the same 16″ & 11″ size as a Rand Mcnally U.S. Atlas) series of state by state, Topical, Atlas & Gazetteer(s) I highly recommend all of the packmates consider for purchase: (The link is to the general site but many, if not all – I didn’t check all 50 states 🙂 – are available at, too! Be sure to go through MD’s Amazon link if you decide to purchase one or more of these for your personal use!

    When searching / looking for any one of the individual state books by title on Amazon, be sure to spell out the individual state you are hoping to find in a Amazon book title state search by entering; “type state name Atlas & Gazetteer – DeLorme” as most are a few dollars cheaper on Amazon than they are on the official Delorme home website.

    The amazon blurb (quoted below) explains the series much better than I can, so here goes:

    “Wouldn t it be nice to always have exactly the right kind of map, whatever your needs may be? You will, with the uniquely versatile DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer Series. These topographic atlases cover individual states with the most comprehensive detail available, including back roads, backwater lakes and streams, boat ramps, forests, wetlands, trailheads, campgrounds, public lands, prime hunting and fishing spots, and countless landmarks and points of interest. You ll also find a wealth of information on everything from family outings to wilderness adventures. The Atlas & Gazetteer is ideal for outdoor recreation, business travel, home or office reference, and countless other uses.”

    We have a home state copy for each of our vehicles and single copies of several surrounding states we keep in the house on our library shelves.

    I would certainly buy the most updated edition available but the state atlas / gazetteers we’ve used are amazing accurate and very easy to interpret & follow.

    Hope this suggestion is helpful! Take care all.

    • They are very good. Also, you can go to USGS Maps website & purchase different sizes, scales,& types.

  29. Chuck Findlay says:

    Here is a three part video of a Urnan

  30. Chuck Findlay says:

    Here is a three-part urban survival get-home-bag video. It is very good and covers a lot of things you would want in a get-home-bag.

    Part 1:

    Part 2:

    Part 3:

    These are not wilderness bug-out-bag videos, they are made to show what someone may want to have in a bag at their office in a big city. Most of us live and work in cities, not the country and a wilderness bag would have different things in it.

    I need to re-watch these as I have not seen them in about a year. I downloaded them to my computer / and made a DVD backup. I just gave my brother these and several other survival videos on DVD’s to watch. He texted me yesterday saying he loves them.

    I don’t remember if he talks about having a bicycle, but a fold-up bicycle would be a good thing to add to a place in your office if you could find a storage location and also be able to mock it up.

    In the hours after 9/11 I imagine a bicycle would have been just about perfect transportation to get out of the city.

    The maker of these videos (Nutnfancy) also has a good First Aid bag video called “Level one first aid kit”

    What I did / do is download and burn to DVD’s all kinds of useful survival videos and put them into CD cases made to hold CD’s when you want them in your car. I find these cases at The Good Will store for $1.00, they hold 12 to 24 CD’s or DVD’s. I give these to friends to help them get better prepared. I know most people won’t take the time to watch them on-line and I try to make it easy by having a fairly complete package of survival videos so they have them when / if they wake up. This is the only thing I do to try to get others to prep. They can choose to watch or not watch the videos, I don’t really care. But at least they have them when they do start waking up. I’m pretty selective as far as who I give them to as I don’t want to blow my OPSEC. My brothers get then, a few friends and my Son, but not the X-Wife as she preps not at all and has 6-kids and while we get along very well, I don’t want to take care of her, her kids and current dud husband who does almost nothing. I also give them to a few people from the gun shop that don’t know where I live. I’m not trying to save the world, but if I can help others without blowing OPSEC why not help those around me?

    To download and save U-Tube videos for off-line viewing I use this site.

    How do I download or save a YouTube video to my computer?

    Then just burn them to DVD’s and give them to others that you feel may need them.

  31. The one thing we forget is that each and everyone’s situation is different is there a bugout bag that fits everyones needs or a every day carry kit no we have to customize to are needs.people travel by bus, plane,carpool train each one is different there is no one size fits all we have to adapt

  32. OCBoy: tyvm 4 info….been looking for paracord monkey fist belt, seems ideal as length/amt of paracord would be ideal when a lot would be called for….a good double task bug out item. I should prolly design/tie one myself; using it may create another problem….can’t move well w/drawers on ground….lol

  33. Two 55 gal heavy duty trash bags. Two three foot lengths of gorilla tape wrapped around a pencil stub. A couple of medium hot melt glue sticks. Too many uses to cover

    • CountryGirl says:

      Hot melt glue sticks. Sounds interesting, Can you elaborate, perhaps a list of potential uses?

  34. Nanook, good map info, TYVM. Regarding maps…. the Atlas’ available @ megastores are less costly than individual maps & easier to store, but nowhere near as complete regarding local info. I always keep 1 in my vehicles. Maps printed in USA are more likely to be accurate than those produced by our ‘trading partners’ ( ok so b clinton was right, I’m wrong, russia is our friend now, lapdog madam hilary agreed, silly me). Common war tactics for enemies to ‘da- foogalize’ direction capabilities of opponent(s). hmmmmmm. USGS as a source would get my vote as best source.

  35. One other thing, for the GHB or just to put away for “then” are suspenders. I think there will be a lot of people (like me) who will no longer have a weight problem.

  36. Survival kits are always good to have but I have never thought about get back home kits. These would be very useful to for any emergency. Thanks for the tips and ideas for things to put in my emergency kits.

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