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GHB (Get Home Bag)

Post by Janik » Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:20 am

I regret never putting together a GHB years ago. And now with this current situation, I'm motivated to start building one. I've got the basics, extra socks/clothes for the current weather, energy bars, knife, flash light, fire starer and stuff like that, but not sure what else to put in there. Does anyone have a GHB? What might be some good items to add, that a person wouldn't normally think of?

I'm contemplating adding a gun, but that gets tricky if you're crossing state lines. And, the risk of your car getting broke into when you stop at Walmart or something. I think for now I'll just stick with my daily EDC for that. I suppose situation will dictate though. Maybe for now, just some extra ammo.
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Post by LT USN (Ret.) » Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:29 am

In winter months I keep spares clothes in the truck. I always have a fully loaded med kit in the truck for any occasion.

Firearm, always with spare mags in the door.

Water is the biggest thing that I need to rethink and keep in the truck.
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Post by Janik » Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:32 am

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Water is the biggest thing that I need to rethink and keep in the truck.
That's what I'm researching now. I'm looking at a water filtration kit made by Sawyer, which isn't too expensive. There's also pouches of water available that's suppose to last for awhile with the temperature swings.
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Post by Db185155 » Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:33 am

I have an SUV that doesn't have a trunk, so I picked up a Plano Storage box at Academy to keep everything organized. I have a lock on it and cable to keep it secure.

https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/plano% ... id=3516443
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Re: GHB (Get Home Bag)

Post by Janik » Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:38 am

Db185155 wrote:
Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:33 am
I have an SUV that doesn't have a trunk, so I picked up a Plano Storage box at Academy to keep everything organized. I have a lock on it and cable to keep it secure.

https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/plano% ... id=3516443
Hmm, that's a good idea too. Wouldn't be too hard to bolt something like that down in the back of my Jeep.
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Post by TL1000RSquid » Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:08 am

My truck bag consists of first aid kid (basic kit + a tourniquet and quick clot) flashlight, firestarter, ak47 bayonet(small auto knife in my console as well) socks, tshirt, sweat pants,(depending on time of year keep a hoodie on back seat) bao feng radio, 2 quarts of water, 2 12rd g42 mags, 1 33rd g18 mag, compass.

I've debated on keeping a pistol in there, perhaps ill eventually pick up a cheap LEO trade in G22 for that purpose. If I'm in my truck though I'm atleast packing a .380 whenever I go out. Also still want to pick up one of the vaults that replace oem under rear seat storage container that would fit a basic AR or PCC.
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Post by Janik » Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:25 am

TL1000RSquid wrote:
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bao feng radio
Is that the type where you have to have a HAM radio license? I've always been interested in that, but never did anything to get licensed.
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Post by TL1000RSquid » Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:34 am

Janik wrote:
Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:25 am
TL1000RSquid wrote:
Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:08 am
bao feng radio
Is that the type where you have to have a HAM radio license? I've always been interested in that, but never did anything to get licensed.
Yeah I been meaning to get around to sending in the forms to get mine.
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Post by ncjw » Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:55 am

Db185155 wrote:
Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:33 am
I have an SUV that doesn't have a trunk, so I picked up a Plano Storage box at Academy to keep everything organized. I have a lock on it and cable to keep it secure.

https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/plano% ... id=3516443
Same problem, but a smaller solution. I have a white Calebas storage box for $14 or so, about the size of a .50cal ammo can. In the car at all times is: .380, two extra mags, 2-3 knives, six oversize mylar blankets, five orange flashing electronic flares, batteries, various generic drugs, small med kit, bug sprays, disinfectant sprays, probably more rattling around in there somewhere. Also a lock and gun rag for crossing lines into unfriendly states where I need to lock the gun in the back somewhere (or even disassemble the darn thing - MD). There have been times that I had an AR15 stowed in semi-hidden under trunk area of the Tahoe as well.
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Post by Lgaam » Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:16 am

I've got gear stashed in the truck to establish camp for up to 8 people. I've got a work duffel that covers going from the office to responding to incidents in the field, and a bit of sustainment there.

My EDC bag has my laptop, a Steno notebook, boo boo kit and IFAK, with an extra TQ strapped on the outside, rain gear and a poncho, mechanic gloves, multitool, chem lights in red, green and white, about 75' of cordage, energy bar, at least 1Bic lighter and a laminated street alas for my area. I haven't decided to replace the plastic back panel with a ballistic panel, but I keep thinking about it. I keep the hydration bladder that fits my bag in the work bag, though I've always got a 32oz Nalgege bottle with me.
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Post by Janik » Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:38 am

Lgaam wrote:
Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:16 am
rain gear and a poncho, mechanic gloves, multitool, chem lights in red, green and white, about 75' of cordage,
Good info. Surprised I didn't think of most of these things.
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Post by Ghostwolf308 » Sat Mar 21, 2020 12:20 pm

First off to plan a propper get home bag you have to define the situation(s) you expect to have to use it in. After that there are basics that should be included in every bag such as fire making, water treatment, improvised shelter, food, IFAK, knife, CC and ammo, map, compass, protective layers (rain gear, jacket etc) water container and flashlight. The planned situation dictates what needs to be added beyond these basics.
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Post by zeda3000 » Sat Mar 21, 2020 3:08 pm

I build this bag for earthquke , but may use for any emergency situtations. It is stay in our bed corner. Ready to go

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Inside
Knife
paramedic scissors
Full Paramedic Kit
Warm Cloths
Plastic Glass , Water
Food
Dynamo Flashlight (Battery will die in bag, Dynamo system no need it battery)
whistle
Extra shoes
Thermal Blanket
Car extra key
Little cash
Our phone numbers and names on tag.
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Post by LT USN (Ret.) » Sat Mar 21, 2020 3:17 pm

@Janik how far is your get home bag rated for?

When I was still working it was 37 miles home from work. That was my "get to" distance. My concept was, what was needed to fight my way home. Once there all my other needs were met. A PCC or AR was really what I needed to add to what was in the truck every day.

And never let the tank get below half full. LT endorsed.
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Post by Janik » Sat Mar 21, 2020 3:25 pm

LT USN (Ret.) wrote:
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how far is your get home bag rated for
It's only about 10 miles to/from work. But It would also be for travel.
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Post by gunn » Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:14 pm

My BOB has the following:
First Aid Kit with Tampons and Kotex, Quick Clot etc
9 Protein Bars, 9 individual serving of Protein Drink powder 30 gr protein ea
4 packets of Pintos, 4 Packets of White Rice (1/2 Cup ea)
1 pair of Anti Wicking Cargo Pants with shirt, 1 under ware, 2 sets of socks
Emergency blanket
Fire starter and Vasiline impregnated cotton balls
Canteen with Sawyer filtration system
KaBar and Axe
Glock 40 SW, Keltec Sub2000 40 SW

It is not perfect but I think it would get me home if I am within 100 miles of home.
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Post by grammontS » Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:25 am

I like everyones contents , I keep a decent supply of things in my truck ( clothes , spare ammo , boots , and tools. I like to have a small ( but not too small) pry bar in the truck as well , never know when you may need to force something open.
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Post by ncjw » Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:24 am

What about tourniquets? I have read that ex-special forces folks see these as top of the list in bug out bags.
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Post by Lgaam » Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:29 pm

ncjw wrote:
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What about tourniquets? I have read that ex-special forces folks see these as top of the list in bug out bags.
I've got 1 in each IFAK, 1 strapped to the strap of my EDC bags and a couple in the large 1st aid kit. In a civilian context, they aren't the same end-all-be-all as they are for the military.

While both face relatively the same risk of extremity trauma from accidental injury, the military routinely wears armor, which mitigates some of the threat to the torso, making a tourniquet more likely to be needed. In civilian hostile encounters, most serious injuries are upper thoracic or cranial. Again, those bits tend to be armored in a military context.

Have one. Have it readily available. Know when and how to use it, especially on yourself. It's just one part of the whole picture.
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Re: GHB (Get Home Bag)

Post by ncjw » Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:38 pm

Excellent point on the body armor. Thanks.
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