Rusty's Get Home Bag

Most of us have heard of the BOB or the Bug Out Bag, but many of us who travel a lot or are in our vehicles most of the day, should also be aware of a GHB or Get Home Bag.  A get Home Bag is a bag to keep in our vehicles to get us from where we may be stranded to our home base, or to make us more comfortable where we are, if we are stranded.  These bags will vary, depending on where a person lives, and how much they drive.  A good case in point.  I live in the desert where cold weather is not too much of a concern.  This is not true in Maine or Montana

The first item is a backpack.  I got this one at Academy for $6.99.  It is sturdy, and somewhat water resistant.

There are many variances based on the climate we live in, the time of the year, the number of people we may be carrying with us and if we usually travel with a pet or not.  There are other variables which I will list at the end.  However, there are a few things we should include in our bags.  A set of clean socks, underwear and gloves in a vac sealed pouch.  Never underestimate the power of dry comfortable feet.   Also, never underestimate the power of dry toilet paper!!

Next, add some items to make your life easier.  I face the possibility of having to walk up to 500 miles to get home.  At the rate of 20 miles a day, that is a LONG time.  Items like a folding plastic bucket, some rope, a bar of soap, a metal sierra type cup, bungee cords, zip ties, a multi-tool, aspirin or Ibuprofin, some cutting dykes lighters (the electronic type) and some lotion are invaluable.  My company also forbids the carrying of firearms in company vehicles.   I did include a slingshot with some ball bearings 

Since I face the prospect of being 30 days or more walk away from home, I have included not only food for a few days, but some spices to make the things I gather more savory. The four spices in the locking bottles are: Salt, Pepper, Oregano, and Garlic powder. I figure all would be good for seasoning the local game in the desert, such as lizards, snakes and scorpions.  Included in the food portion is 6 packs of oatmeal, some peanut butter and hazelnut butter in individual pouches, a pack or ramen noodles, 4 mini bottles of tobasco, a tin of kidney beans, some sardines and canned fish, some coffee, ready to eat rice, and a small can of diced jalepenos.  What you pack is your choice, but make sure it is shelf stable, easy to carry, requires little preparation to make edible, and is nutritious.

You may want to include some cold weather clothing, some sun screen, a hat, extra medications, or some pet foods.  Your GHB is individualized for YOU.

After getting your items together, I suggest packing it in a plastic trash bag, then into your back pack.  Here in the desert, the plastic keeps the blowing sand out of the bag. 


You have your bag packed, but I forgot an important item.  Water.  You will notice that there are two pouches on the side of the pack.  You will also notice that there are two energy drink bottles, one by Cabelas, the other called Venon.  These bottles are made of aluminum, and are thicker then most store bought metal water bottles.  They are only 3 bucks full of the energy drink.  I use them for the perfect water bottle, even though the energy drinks are not very tasty.  My total cost for this pack was less then 30 bucks.  If it is needed, it will be worth its weight in gold.

Prepping is about trying to mitigate most emergencies.  For those of us who drive a lot, the chances of the emergeny happening while we are in our vehicle is greater then for the average American.  We need to be prepared just in case....


Rusty Shackelford