I don’t know where you live, but where we live, right now, we are experiencing some pretty chilly weather. It’s not uncommon for our roads to be covered with snow or ice. More now than ever it’s important to talk about being prepared.
Are you prepared for any disaster: storm, earthquake, civil unrest or?
Today, I bring you the “Get Home Bag”. A GHB is just as the name implies, A small bag that containing supplies you may need to make your way home during a disaster/event, because, that walk home is going to be much harder than the 15-20 minutes it took you to drive to work (or where ever you are, away from home).
This bag can also help you if you get stuck for hours in winter weather traffic.
A few items to consider when making your GHB:
- A backpack works best, but some go larger, using duffle bags or smaller, using fanny packs.
- Extra medication along with Tylenol or Motrin
- First aid kit
- N95 face mask
- Sunscreen & bug spray
- Toilet paper & wet wipes & female person care items
- Change of weather appropriate clothes
- Walking shoes or hiking boots
- Extra socks
- Hat, bandana & sunglasses
- Work gloves
- Mylar blanket
- Rain poncho
- Lightweight tarp
- Rope / paracord
- Fire starter / lighter / matches
- Flashlight & extra batteries
- Water and/or water purification tabs or water filter & a metal water bottle you could use to boil water in if you had too
- Food – energy dense, easy prep (protein bars/trail mix)
- Battery operated radio & extra batteries
- Paper & pencil
- Cell phone charging block
- Paper map & compass
- Rescue signal item
- Personal defense items
Of course, this isn’t a complete list, it does give you some idea of what you need to have, in each of your vehicles, to keep you going for at least 24-72 hours. You might even consider some items of comfort: hard candy, MP3 player, favorite hand lotion. I keep a copy of a medicinal/edible wild plant book in mine.
Check out our blog about Bug Out Bags, why you need one and what you should have in it.
Do you carry a GHB? What do you have in yours? Please comment below.
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