Get Home Bag Vs Bug Out Bag

23 Mar

Almost every survival and preparedness related website you run across has an article, or an an section section related to the "bug out bag." I do not have any plans to bug out anywhere. In most situations, I feel that my home is going to be the safest place for my family. Even if we had plenty of warning & were able to fill both trucks to capacity, we could not take everything with us that we have at home. And then – where the heck would we go? We do not have a cabin in some remote location that is fully stocked with food and supplies. So, the main focus of our preps & plans are to stay put. So with that in mind, it does not make much sense to me to have a "bug out bag." We have bags in our vehicles that have emergency supplies that would help us to get back home. It does not take up a lot of space to have enough stuff in a small bag to help you in case something bad happens. Typically, we do not travel more than 20 or 25 miles from home on a regular basis. If I had to, I believe I could walk that far in a day if I pushed it. 2 days for sure, as long as my route was not blocked in some way. So the idea of ??the "get home bag" is to have some emergency supplies, food and water to last for 2 to 3 days in a small backpack. Here is a list of some things that we have in our get home bags:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Poncho
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • 2 extra large contractor grade trash bags
  • FRS / weather radio
  • 6 bottles of water
  • Food / hard candy / nuts / energy bars
  • 2 pairs extra socks
  • Knife
  • Multi-tool
  • Maps
  • Compass
  • Insect repellent towelettes (cans & bottles can leak)
  • Small towel
  • Women should include feminine hygiene items to last for 3 days

I keep my stuff in a medium ALICE pack. My wife is not into the military surplus look so much, so I assembled her kit into a medium sized soft sided brief case. As I'm sitting here writing this, I have decided that that was stupid. That would be really hard for her to carry for a very long distance. I'm going to either switch it all over to one of my extra ALICE packs, or I'll buy a backpack for her, if she does not want the ALICE pack. I had not ever really thought about her having to carry that bag for a long distance until now. As with everything else – make a plan, do it, re-assess, make improvements. Spend a little bit of time, and a little bit of money to make sure that you have a better chance of making it home if something bad happens. It's the responsible thing to do! Be safe out there! ^ MM



Source by Mike R Marlow

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