Since we have opened up a new section of the website for survival and prepping, I decided it would be a good time to talk about my “get home” bag, or “bug out” bag.
My pack goes with me whenever I travel and stays in my jeep or whatever vehicle I am in. Depending on the time of year or how far I am going, I will change some items or go to a larger backpack.
If you click on the image, you will see a larger picture of most of what goes into my pack during the spring/summer/fall seasons. Something will change depending, but most of this is standard. The back Pack is the USMC issued ILBE assault 3 day pack. It has a main storage area, and outside storage and a pocket in the rear for a water bladder like the Camelbak. I use the USMCSource WXP for water since the pack was made with this system in mind.
The main gear consists of the following items.
Two USMC ground tarps. They snap together and are water proof. Can be used as a shelter half each or a water proof bed roll.
Two USMC poncho liners for sleeping or shade etc.
Two seal line water proof storage compression bags.
Two pair of cushioned Smarwool socks with silver lined sock liners.
One Nalgene bottle with titanium spork and nalgene canteen cup for cooking or mixing.
One water proof plastic container for cell phones or electronics.
One fleece watch cap.
Two surefire battery holders with batteries and extra bulbs.
100 ft 550 cord
surefire 6p ( two)
streamlight pen light
Five chemical lights
Flint and steel
Then I have a few 1 gallon ziplock bags with handy items. Heavy rubber bands, zipties, more batteries ( lithium) lighters ( 3) candles ( 2 ) Swiss army knife and Leatherman multitool. It also contains some medicine and some small 1st aid items.
Also I have a few kits given to railroad workers that are sealed up and contain grbage bags, handiwipes, toillete paper and hand cleaner.
Above are a few items I have found a lot of use from. An old Swiss army knife I bought with the first paycheck in my life many years ago with my name engraved on it by an old friend of mine (now since deceased) and two titanium pry-bars.
Above is my individual first-aid kit (IFAK). This is listed alone because I attach it to the outside of the pack to get to faster without digging. It is a pretty standard military kit with a few extras thrown in. I changed it by taking out anything i did not know how to use since it would just increase the risk of me harming myself. I am not going to break it down or recommend what you put in yours because I am not a doctor and it is best you learn about this kind of thing from pros.
One thing that I add to the pack if I travel very far is a blow up thermarest pad for sleeping, It rolls up nice and has elastic rope to hold it together. The ILBE assault pack has two buckled straps that will hold it to either side nice and snug.
I did not show the food I add to the pack because it changes pretty often to make sure it stays fresh. Usually it is a combination of MREs, mountain house entrees and a few smaller cans of stuff added in. In all, it’s about 3 days of food for the warm months.
Here is is all stuffed into the pack without the therma rest. I keep two carabiners on the pack just in case I need to lash something to it.
The pack does not contain any fighting items because it is not a fighting load carrier. It is for getting home cross-country. Anything i need to defend myself with goes on my person.
This is what would be on my person if I needed to leave my vehicle and go cross country towards home. Some stays in the car until I need it, but the gun, mags, watch, knife and light are always with me. The signal panel,chem lights, lighter and extra AR mag would be added if I was forced to leave my vehicle. This changes slightly from time of year or time of day/night. The Gov model is my deep cover CCW pistol, but since buying the excellent Darkstar gear Kydex holster, I have taken to carrying my 1911 colt railgun with surefire x300 as my main CCW pistol.
For me, I feel these are the most important things to have and should not leave my person. I think I could reasonably escape most situations with just thins bit of gear as long as I could get back to my main pack or at least some water somewhere. If not, then its unlikely I could have made it anyway. The AR15 mag is added to the belt if things are bad enough to need it and the trunk AR15 is taken along. I keep the AR15 in a ADIDAS sporting bag that I have shown before.
Next I will show the upgrade in clothing for winter months and longer travel.