Everyday Carry Basics #3 The Get Home Bag.

The Get Home Bag(GHB) is another line in your everyday carry system. There are various forms of GHB. Some preppers insist on having a GHB near them at all times. You can store these items at your office, in your car, or you can carry them with you.

Whichever way you choose to procure and carry your GHB, all the basic principles are the same.

The first question you need to answer is:

  • How far am I usually away from home?

The distance you are away from your home will dictate how much supplies you need to carry with your GHB. People with an average health status can average 20+miles a day under ideal circumstances. You have to keep that in mind when selecting things like food, shelter, and water purification. The longer you have to travel the more food and water you will need to carry.

  • Where will you be traveling?  Terrain and climate are huge concerns with your travel plans.

Terrain will dictate how far you can travel on foot and how fast you can cover that distance. Always assume you will be on foot. If the situation arises that you can take your car or truck home, then faster is better. Taking a vehicle home will not change your GHB; it will merely add carrying capacity.

Climate will determine what sort of clothing and protection from nature you will need. If you live in a rainforest, you will need much different clothing than someone that lives in Alaska. Plan for your specific region and daily activities.

  • Do you drive or do you take public transport?

Many people that drive find themselves leaving a GHB  inside the car. Having a vehicle near you allows you to carry many more supplies than a simple backpack will allow. Having a car truck with you will enable you to make it back home if the roads are open. If your car becomes disabled or ways are impassable, you can continue on foot with your backpack.

When you live in a larger City, you might not always be able to take your car everywhere with you. Whatever supplies you take with you have to be carried by you. Weight will be your primary concern when all the supplies have to be carried by you. Public transport will also severely limit what you can take. There are many restrictions on guns, knives and other items that you can bring in a car but you cannot carry on public transport. Keep all these factors in mind when deciding what you need to take. Think more about what you can carry.

  • Make a plan.

Making a plan is the first thing anyone should do. Making a plan means you should assess what threats are in your area. You should include natural threats, man-made threats, and personal situations.

Natural threats can include anything from weather-related conditions two natural disasters. Inherent risks might also include predatory animals that live in your area. These threats will vary from region to region, and you must make this distinction for yourself.

Man-made threats can include any number of situations. Attractive targets of mass violence or terrorist attacks should be the first consideration. Factories, warehouses, and urban centers are other man-made considerations.

Every area is going to be different. Threats in one area won’t apply to another area. You should research your city and determine the prime threats.

There is the basic information, you decide the outcome!

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