A Get Home Bag is stocked with essential survival food, water and small tools in the event of any emergency or disaster where a fast evacuation is required. These are the 15 important items to include in your 3 day get home bag.
- A small camp stove
A small camp stove is light in weight and portable. It burns a small fire that quickly cooks food or boils water in a small pot.
- Bic Lighter
Starting fire from scratch is a great skill, but it takes time and patience to learn it. Keep at least 5 Bic lighters and when the time comes; keep 3 in your bag and two in your pockets in case you are separated from your bag.
- Emergency Candle
Pack a 55 hours emergency candle by Sterno so you have an extra reliable source of light.
- Two stainless steel water bottle
These can be used to boil water to purify and they won’t melt like plastic or aluminum.
- Backcountry water filter
Rather than loading up on water, keep a backcountry water filter and move towards a water body.
- Food for 3 days
Food like natural beef jerky, and nuts like pistachios or shelled sunflower seeds are light weight, with a decent shelf-life. Add chocolate bars as a morale booster.
- Energy Boost to Combat Fatigue
30 caffeine pills in a Ziploc bag will take very little space and keep you up during an emergency situation.
Keep two outfits, two pair of socks and two underwear. They are all in twos so you can layer up in cold weather. Add rain gear for protection against rain and cold.
High top tennis shoes are best for running and climbing. Or you can keep combat boots, or in case of rainy or muddy areas, waterproof boot are best.
Buy 3 large 55 gallon garbage bags and a mosquito net. One garbage bag will cover your feet and torso. Make a hole in another bag and pull it over your head. The mosquito net will cover your head.
Pack a reputable handgun with a concealed carry license and/or a survival knife.
You need a map that will detail county and city streets, as well a map with detailed gravel roads and outlying forest service roads. These will tell little known escape routes.
You just need a simple compass and experience using it. Don’t buy a very expensive one but don’t make it cheap either. You can easily veer off course and you will need a compass to find your way back.
Pack an AFM radio that will signal through and let you know what the situation is, which areas have been hit bad, the weather forecast and when it’s safe to return home.
- First aid
Include these things:
- Multiple size band aids
- Antibiotic ointment,
- Anti-itch ointment for bites and sting,
- Something for wound-cleansing and disinfecting, like rubbing alcohol.
Here are two important tools you can have for your survival arsenal