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Get Home Bags (NOT BOBs!)
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*NOTE* post is going to be split up into two posts due to image restrictions! *NOTE*


Let's see your "get home bags" or GHB for short. I'm not talking about your 72+ hour bug out bags, but something you carry everyday, designed to get you home during SHTF. It is typically meant to last you for 24 hours.

For my GHB, I wanted something that would carry enough supplies to get me the 20 miles from work, to home. I also wanted it to be simple and under 15 pounds, so that I would actually carry it everyday..., which I do. I built this bag June 2011, and I've carried it everyday since, including actually practicing "getting home" with it.

Typically, since I'm usually carrying my EDC, the bag stays in my truck. I bring the bag in the house at night and while at work, I have alternate arrangements for parking my truck and storing my bag since I'm not allowed to have firearms on company property.

Let's get started..., this is going to be long, but I want to be as detailed as possible so people can get some ideas, and also offer suggestions for improvement. I'll start with my EDC.



My EDC consists of: Sig P229 Dark Elite in an MTAC minotaur, a Fenix PD30 flashlight, a Buck Paradigm Pro knife, my front pocket wallet, and my keys which includes a mini "rescue 8" and some paracord just in case I have to do an emergency rappel. Oh yeah, also one of those Photon lights..., they are a powerhouse in a tiny package.


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For the bag, I chose the Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack. It is available in non-tacticool colors, but it is still kinda tacticool. However, you simply can't beat their durability, quality of construction, and versatility. Like I said, I've been carrying it for over a year, and there are no signs of wear, just some blemishes here and there from carrying it everyday.

Of course, I had to adorn it with some colors, just so folks know exactly what side I'm on. Big Grin

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Let's check out the water bottle. I wanted something durable and that I could use as "dip and go." I chose this one....,

http://store.seychelle.com/Products-Stai...ttles.html

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... because as you can see from the specs, it is a kick ass filter, which is also made in America. It comes preflushed so no prep is necessary.



Let's look at the pockets opposite of the water bottle pocket next. This is where I store my paracord and med kit. It's just your standard 50 or 100 foot of cord and for the med kit, I decided to keep it simple and chose to prepare for a bleeding type of injury. I feel, after much research, that that is the likely type of injury I might suffer in the 20 miles from work to home.

It includes some quick clot, an Israeli bandage, some band aids, and some nitrile gloves. I also have some chap stick and ibuprofen packets (not pictured).

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Next up, the small front pocket behind the main buckle and the "don't tread on me patch." In here, I have a lanyard with a "rape" whistle, a "space" pen, another photon light, and spare batteries for both the GPS and flashlight.

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Next, the top pocket under the American flag, is where I keep my fire starting tools. I may have gone overboard here, but I wanted to ensure I had many ways to start a fire. As you'll see later, my shelter is minimal so having a fire will be a key part of my "get home" plan. Additionally, I keep a Rubbermaid "action packer" box in my truck, that has season appropriate clothing and footwear ready to to go at all times.

For starting fires, I have 2 types of lighters, storm proof matches, a magnesium starter, and wet fire tinder.

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For the GPS, I chose the Garmin Dakota 20 because it is small, lightweight, and powerful. I am carrying it assuming that the satellites will still be online post SHTF.

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For the last outer pocket, the CCW pocket, I keep my P229 and two spare mags in here. As you can see, I replaced the small zipper pull that came on the bag, with a long paracord pull that I can quickly find without looking or in the dark. It has served me well set up like this.

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Under the main flap, there is another small pocket. In here, I keep a Gerber multitool, a traditional compass just in case the GPS goes out, a weatherproof notebook (to go along with the space pen shown earlier), my flashlight if not carrying, and a USB drive that has encrypted copies of all of my identity documents, tax forms, and insurance documents. I want to be able to reestablish my identity, if necessary, post SHTF. Also in here, but not pictured, is a spare set of keys for home base.

Where are the maps for the compass you ask? I keep all the USGS topo maps for my surrounding area, and everywhere between work and home, in my truck. As mentioned before, my plan for "getting home" includes initial support from truck, even if it's disabled. Because of where I work and what I wear to work, this is the only realistic way I can plan for SHTF while at work. Once I access the items in my truck, it'll be easy going. Anyway, here's the contents of that pocket.

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Finally, in the main pocket, I keep my shelter, food, and cleanliness supplies. For food, I have the contents of one MRE along with some beef jerky and chocolate bars (for body heat generation on cold nights). I keep some anti-bacterial body wipes and a small wash cloth, just so I can maintain some level of civility during SHTF.

For the shelter, I am carrying one of those Adventure Medical Kits "escape" bivies. I am not counting on this alone..., like I mentioned earlier, I'm counting on being able to get the contents of the box in my truck at the start of my journey.

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Like I said at the beginning, I wanted to keep it under 15 pounds..., goal achieved!!!!

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So, if you have any suggestions for improvement, please feel free to share! Also, let's see what everyone else is putting together!

Justin
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#3
Great thread/post.
GHB's are more important than BOB's IMHO.  And very overlooked.

THe odds are if the SHTF most will be at work or a location where they must get home before they can execute any bug out plan. 

I'm so glad this conversation can be had with Pa residents and familiar members without the thread geting lost in a pool of crap threads about everyting else.Cool
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(09-11-2012, 11:12 PM)Gods Country Wrote: Great thread/post.
GHB's are more important than BOB's IMHO.  And very overlooked.

THe odds are if the SHTF most will be at work or a location where they must get home before they can execute any bug out plan. 

I'm so glad this conversation can be had to Pa residents and familiar members without the thread geting lost in a pool of crap threads about everyting else.Cool


Couldn't agree more..., besides home, most of us spend most of our time at work..., so my whole "get home" plan revolves around that and up to a 20 mile radius from home.

If I'm traveling further for more than a day, I'll take something more substantial.

Justin

PS I agree with you in that this sub forum was much needed!
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Lookin' GOOD so far - your stuff is more organized than mine, but I've got a LOT of the same scattered throughout the Jeep. Blush

The magnesium fire starter got me to thinking though - I've seen those at Gander Mountain outrageously priced.  You can get the exact same thing from the Boy Scout Office, for less than $2! Cool

Actually, you can get a LOT of things at the Boy Scout office cheaper sometimes (except uniforms! Rolleyes), so take a look around next time you're at one.  I have three sons in Cub & Boy Scouts, so I spend a nominal amount of time at the Scout Shop in downtown Pittsburgh.  I've stocked my BoB's and get-home truck Tongue with a LOTTA stuff from there!
The War Wagon, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012. Anim_banana

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Great thread!  Must start stealing ideas...Rolleyes
LisaA, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#7
Actually, I have a suggestion...that gun should be on your person, not in a bag that could be dropped or stolen.

Think Tom Hanks in Cast Away, he lost his shoes and his trusty pocket knife when it was most important to have both, for no reason other than they were not on his person.  When you need that GHB the most, it might be thrown from the car/train/etc or snagged by a mugger. At least you'd have gun to 'convince' someone to give it back if you had to.
Vampire pig man since September 2012
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#8
Thanks for the post and links, this is yet another reminder that I have to put something together soon. I really like that filtered water bottle, I think I might get one. Have you ever used it?
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(09-12-2012, 12:01 PM)Camper Wrote: Think Tom Hanks in Cast Away,


I agree with Camper, Justin, you need a volleyball in your bag. Wink
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(09-12-2012, 12:01 PM)Camper Wrote: Actually, I have a suggestion...that gun should be on your person, not in a bag that could be dropped or stolen.

Think Tom Hanks in Cast Away, he lost his shoes and his trusty pocket knife when it was most important to have both, for no reason other than they were not on his person.  When you need that GHB the most, it might be thrown from the car/train/etc or snagged by a mugger.  At least you'd have gun to 'convince' someone to give it back if you had to.


Yes, it is on my person 99% of the time..., but I can't carry it into work..., so that is about the only time it is ever really in the bag.

Justin
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