A Get Home Bag in many respects is what a lot people consider to be a Bug Out Bag. The main difference is that a Get Home Bag is setup to get you home NOT to keep you going until the end of the collapse.
Take the longest trip you make in an average month and divide the miles by 12 those are how many miles you will travel on foot in a day. So you will want to prepare for 36 miles over the course of 3 days. That is a realistic number of miles to travel and that is what you need to prepare for in the worst case scenario when it comes to the Get Home Bag.FOOD
The food in a GHB must be able to handle high temperatures without going bad. For the most part, your GHB will be in the trunk of your car.....all the time. How often have you left your vehicle in the hot sun, got in and got a 2nd degree burn when you sat down? Yeah, same thing with a Get Home Bag (GHB). Your best choice is Marines emergency food ration bars. This is what we have in most of our BOB’s/GHB’s kits and they are manufactured to remain fresh for up to 5 years in extreme conditions.
You cannot carry much water, but, you need enough to stay hydrated. In case you cannot get to a water source for a couple of days. On the other hand, if you are stuck in your car and cannot get out, your Get Home Bag will be your life-saving device in more ways than one. Natural disasters such as blizzards (Colorado), collapsed overpass, unexpected wildfires (California), loss of power for an extended period of time (ask anyone in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas), loss of clean drinking water (again, folks in Mississippi know this all too well unfortunately) and, heavens forbid, a bad car accident that leaves you reeling and without the use of a cellphone to call for help; 911.
Stabilized bagged water usually comes in 4-ounce bags and we recommend (6) per day. Do not carry more than three days’ worth as its heavy. In cold weather, you always keep the next water pack on a warm spot on your body to keep it from freezing. It can really make the difference between life or death.
Other things to consider: you purchase a pre-built bugout bag like the type we sell here at HGT/P or one of our competitors. First, you want to remember to not overload the bag as it will be too heavy to carry long distances. The old adage is "one is none and two is one," always sticks comes to mind. Keep in mind you have to be able carry this bag for at least 12 miles in a day!
What should you add?
One of the first things you want to add is cash. Why? Because there are times when credit cards are not accepted and the only way to pay is in cash. So, get your GHB and throw in $100 in cash in different increments; a stack of $1's, $40 in 5's, a few in 10's and the rest in 20's. If you can store more, do it. You can never go wrong with having cash-on-hand. Let's say the gas station credit card processing is down, or you can't access your cash-in-the-bank. Ops. The grocery store is only accepting cash and you are out of food; pick an issue where credit cards are no longer accepted and you are going to be thankful for this lesson on why you need to carry cash in your GHB.
You don't need many articles of clothing but you DO need the right articles of clothing. Wool socks are a blessing; (2) of everything: long sleeve shirts (camo or tactical with pockets are handy), jeans or durable tactical khaki's, short sleeve shirts and undergarments.
There will always be a variety of threats and it's best you are prepared for most that could happen. In some parts of the United States, active riots take place frequently. In Portland, Oregon, it's best that you have a valve sealed eyes goggles and a half-face respirator with interchangeable filters and at the very least, a 3M N95 mask.
Pepper Spray will help you get out of a situation between a rock and hard place; with either animal or foe. If you spray, you better hit or target and if not, prepare to run.
If running is not in your repertoire, we strongly suggest a firearm and/or tactical knife. Have three mags and a box of ammo in your bag. Only if you are trained should you attempt use a gun or knife in *any* situation and that situation should be when you or the life of those you care about, are in danger. If you are a new gun owner, we strongly recommend (and if you are a member, you have no choice) to attend a Gun Safety Class and ongoing training. Even children can go to the range and learn to shoot on a 22 long rifle, but make no mistake, you and your family need training and gun safety training for numerous reasons and all firearms and tactical gear should be kept in a locked safe away from anyone who isn't trained and of course, away from children.
In closing, the most important thing to have in your Get Home Bag is the "Warrior Mindset." Be observant of your environment, avoid danger and never give up.