Sunday, October 13, 2019 by Zoey Sky
Should SHTF while you’re at work, do you have access to gear that you can use to get home safely? If the answer is “no,” prepare a get-home bag (GHB) immediately. (h/t to TheSurvivalistBlog.net)
A bug-out bag (BOB) contains supplies that will help you survive for at least 72 hours or more if you need to evacuate your current location. BOBs usually contain food and water, a first aid kit, and tools for firestarting, insulation, and building shelter.
Meanwhile, a GHB will help you return home safely if you’re outdoors when SHTF. GHBs are ideally stored in your vehicle if you’re leaving home or at work. GHBs are about the same size as a BOB or smaller, depending on the distance you travel from home on a regular basis.
A GHB contains items you need for emergencies that you may face if you ever need to go home on foot. (Related: How to get home when SHTF.)
Think of your daily commute. How long does it usually take? Do you take the same route every day? Is heavy traffic going to be an issue?
Once you get the details down, plan your GHB accordingly. Decide on a safe route that you can take when SHTF and think of several alternate routes to cover all your bases.
When deciding on a backpack for your GHB, select a bag that’s simple and sturdy. You don’t want to attract unwanted attention with a “tactical-looking” bag when SHTF.
Get a bag that you can carry comfortably for several hours. Avoid cheap knockoffs that will fall apart if the bag is packed with your supplies. Once you prepare your supplies, practice walking around the block with a full GHB. You should be able to carry your supplies fairly easily. If it’s too heavy, reconsider some items to keep your bag light.
Once you select a bag, decide where you’re going to keep it. If you drive to work, keep your GHB in your car. You can also store your bag in your office locker.
Below is a basic list of items in a GHB. Add or remove items that are specific to your personal needs.
Additionally, keep a spare pair of comfortable walking shoes in your GHB. When SHTF, change into comfy sneakers or hiking boots. You should also have a change of weather-appropriate clothing in your GHB.
Pack a get-home bag with essential gear and supplies and keep it handy. When SHTF, just grab your GHB, put on your walking shoes, and get out of Dodge.
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