What do you have in your car kit / get home bag (or whatever you call it)?
It's wintertime (in the northern hemisphere anyway), but all are welcome to join in. Sometimes this seems like a touchy subject; people who are
prepared are called "doomsday preppers", "survivalists" and all manner of other less than complimentary names. Do I carry such a bag? Yes, I do. I
grew up in Wyoming and Alaska; if you didn't, you were just simply foolish. The World didn't have to come to an end to need it, it could be something
as simple as your truck/car breaking down or getting stuck in a storm.
Preparedness, under those circumstances, is considered practical, but to many (from other places) not so much. I've often wondered why such
preparations aren't "okay" if one lives in a big city (say, NYC, BWI, BUF, etc.). One could just as easily be stranded on a major highway within very
short distances of a city center and still need to survive for a day or so. Why be cold, why be uncomfortable or at risk?
I call my car bag my "get home bag" because that's what my primary mission is; I'm going home. I don't care if it's just a storm, SHTF, the
Apocalypse or the fictitious "zombie apocalypse" (which will never happen).
The other night I took everything out of my bag and took stock of it. I do this 3-4 times per year. As the seasons change, one needs different
items, and some items need to be replaced for others.
So, as not to yammer on; here's what I generally have in my bag for the winter season....
- First Aid Kit (significant)
- (2) multi-tools
- Fleece blanket
- Beanie cap
- HD (contractor grade) 55 gal garbage sack
- 5x7 tarp
- (3) knives, (2) heavy folders and (1) HD Mora
- Fire kit
- (2) pair gloves
- (2) head lamps
- (2) small tool kits (which also include medical bandages and small tools).
- wipes (antibacterial)
- 100' of 550 cord
- (5) climbing rated carabiners
- Cook cup (w/ soup & instant oatmeal)
- 1 Ltr. Bottle
- Canteen cup (for 1L bottle)
- Rite in Rain pad
- small pistol (.38)
- Reflective vest
- (2) space blankets
- ranger bands
- krypton light
- Neosporin antiseptic (straws)
- Tylenol tabs
- Anti-diarrheal tabs
- medical tape
- medical scissors
- sports tape
- ace bandages
- hand spade
The above is all in a pack, which can be carried away from my vehicle if need be. In my car, aside from the usual spare tire, jack, etc., I also
carry a set of heavy duty jumper cables and a HD nylon tug-strap.
My mentality is never to hurt anyone, but to get home...no matter how long it takes. Given where I live (in the country) this can be quite a journey,
but my safest, most secure, base of operations is home (with my family).
Hopefully, others will be interested in posting their similar preparations or comments.
edit on 2/14/2016 by Flyingclaydisk because: (no reason given)