Urban Survival Gear: My Get Home Bag

This video is a quick look at the contents of my Get Home Bag. This is a companion video to the video I recently did called Get Home Bag – Concept which can …

48 thoughts on “Urban Survival Gear: My Get Home Bag

  1. Kurt Baier says:

    Enjoyed the vid and sub'd. I found that some items I will always need: water, food, lighter, rain gear, extra socks, head lamp with spare batteries, multitool, gloves, map, light sweater or fleece; small groom and toilet kit. Depending on the season I keep other bags in the truck: food with stove; extra warm clothes; extra clothes to spend the night somewhere; other footware; gallon of water. If I thought I needed to be on foot I would bring my poncho and hammock, and a bike. A bike can really make a bad situation better. On a road I can cover 30 miles in a few hours. I have a shovel, snow shovel, and saw in the truck. I have a come along and 2 tow cables. I also have a small plastic tarp. I don't try and pack everything in a bag. I work in a hospital and wear scrubs so I bring seasonal clothes etc. By keeping my bag light I can concentrate on travel. I have what I need to overnight at work, or in the truck, or in the woods. I just don't have to carry all of it. Sort of like first, second, and third line gear. I can scale up or down.

  2. mishima666 says:

    I don't really get the concept of the all-purpose get home bag. The question I always have is "get home from WHAT?" What is the likely emergency? Walking home fifteen miles from a car broken down in the woods is different from walking home fifteen miles after a hurricane, a snowstorm, a flood, or an earthquake. In other words, it seems to me that the anticipated event — the reason you're likely to be walking home in the first place — should define what's in the bag.

    It seems to me that the idea of the all-purpose get home bag makes people pack all sorts of stuff that is basically useless. A guy is going to walk ten miles home from work and he needs a knife sharpener? In the middle of the city he needs a tent? He needs three flashlights? He needs a "write in the rain" pad? (But then he doesn't carry a little AM/FM radio that would give him important emergency news and information.)

    I'm not directing this to you in particular, but just expressing my opinion that in general most of the get home bags are WAY overdone, because they are created without any guiding principle, without considering what realistic conditions would force the owner to "get home" in the first place. Most get home bags I see are mostly collections of gadgets, assembled without much thought of whether realistically they would ever be used. Don't get me wrong, I like gadgets. I just don't think that I need to carry twenty pounds of them on my way home in the aftermath of an earthquake. Some of these "get home" bags I see on YouTube must be used by people whose home is on Mount Everest, because it takes a 30 minute video just to describe what's in the bag.

    By the way, I enjoyed your video, although you could get rid of half of that stuff and be none the worse for it.

  3. DeathWarrant90 says:

    My problem with the "Get Home Bag", is that in my country I wouldn't have shit for self-defense to put in it. It's illegal to go around with firearms in that way (must be in a secure container, with ammo seperately), pepperspray is BARELY legal (need a police permit), telescope batons are completely prohibited except for military and law-enforcement…let's see, the knife you have there, would be illegal to carry in most situations…it could perhaps, under doubt, be legal to have in the backpack if considered a camping tool (then it must be an outdoors man's knife, not something you clearly see is a COMBAT knife)…I suppose, to have the extra weight I could put a few rocks in there, that I could throw in an emergency situation 😛 

  4. No Name says:

    Glock 26 
    2 – 10 Round Mags With Pearce EXT.
    1 – 15 Round Mag With X-Grip 
    Stream Light Pro – Tac 2L 
    Spare CR123A 
    Cold Steel Recon 1 
    Fox Labs 2 oz . Mace  W/ Holster 
    1 – MRE 
    1 – Liter Of Water 
    Change Of Covert Tactical BDUS With Boots 
    100 Cash In 10's & Below Nominations 
    & A Cliff Bar Is All You Need To Get Home In 8 Hours Of Walking LOL 

  5. GoGetYourOwnGear says:

    just throwing this out there. the expandable baton "asp" is illegal to carry in most states. it is considered a "prohibited weapon" getting caught carrying it here in PA will get you locked up. it makes no sense to me, i can carry a gun but not an ASP. don't want to see peeps getting into trouble over something like that..I have the same ASP by the way great piece of gear…..but it stays at home waiting for any unwanted late night visitors.

  6. dyno2007 says:

    Good bag.  I didn't see any food in there.  I will need lots of energy to walk home from my office/work area.  I keep 2 cliff bars, some granola bars, some mre snacks.  Just my 2 cents.

  7. FPSMurdock says:

    Didn't see any food in there, maybe some granola bars or somthing. Also do you have a detailed breakdown of your own bug out bag? I'm searching for it on your channel. I like many others need to do a major overhaul on my bag. I know people with 100 pound bags that run out of breath crossing the street.

  8. Eric Chen says:

    JJ, additional areas you might consider discussing are your choice of bag and packing plan. I was curious about your over-the-shoulder bag and why you didn't opt for a backpack. That said, good food for thought. Thanks.

  9. Mr223forYOU says:

    First off, I think your contents are great. I do believe the biggest downfall of the bag IS the bag itself. I think you would be better served by a traditional backpack.

  10. bill65761 says:

    I carry my pistol and spare magazines on me (CCL), a folder in my pocket and a Fresnel lens in my wallet. I consider these part of my EDC. Although I have a safe in my vehicle for temporary use, I don't leave firearms in my car overnight.

  11. ABetterLife.Inc says:

    I've used a handheld CB before. Kept it in my car just in case something happened and my phone stopped working. On a good day. It's range was about a mile. Then trucker CBs also diminish the range of a handheld. Like talking in an auditorium full of people with your lowest voice. I know you are aware of this. Just thought I'd put it out there for others to understand. I like some of the contents in your bag. Makes me want to put mine on a diet.

  12. Joe Tactical says:

    Nice kit man… Very well thought out… 18.5 lbs is a good weight… Mine GHB started out at 35lbs then I down sized to about 20-25lbs but now it's down to 15lbs… I had to give up a good bit BUT the items I have in kit now are solid and well rounded…

  13. doug c says:

    Good video. My suggestion is upgrading to a HAM radio. The HAM test is easier to pass now that they have dropped the morse code requirement. You can study online for the test. It is easy since they pick the test questions from a pool of about 300, and you can study the actual questions. The advantage of a handheld HAM radio is that you can probably hit at least one repeater with it. The repeater retransmits your signal at a higher power, large antenna, on a hill. The UV5r is $42 or so

  14. seattwa says:

    New York City … the land of ILLEGAL! I went through my pack again and I'm thinking that my attatched molle deployment bag, while not big or to heavy, may be throwing off the balance of the whole pack and that's why it feels so heavy at only 13lbs. But it adds about 1/3 more needed storage space. Maybe I need a different pack, everything in one unit. As usual, thanks JJ!

  15. seattwa says:

    Hey JJ, I just weighed my get hm bag, 13.1 lbs – without any water. I'm cutting it close here! I was surprised, don't really have any large items in it. Would like to keep it under15 lbs., but once I add water that ain't gonna happen.

  16. seattwa says:

    You should add a little cash in your bag just in case. I carry a couple dollars in quarters too in case I would come across a pay phone. You remember those? Its a phone along the roadside you put quartes in to make call. Lol.

  17. wjf213 says:

    Some thing I do is I seal the lids on the cans of Sterno in wax. It keeps them from drying out. I have cans that are still good that I sealed in the early 80's. I also carry 10 hour and 30 hour liquid candles. They're so small and cheap, and they're really tough and have a great cap that keeps them sealed up tight. I turned several upside down for months to see if it would leak and not one did.

  18. Domingos says:

    I clicked thumbs up,very good vĂ­deo,amazing gear…i think it is a very heavy bag,at least for me…than my mind went…oh, the guy,wich is you,with all due respect as your subscriber from across na Ocean,i am Portuguese…you a lot of fine gear,gun,baton,pepper spay,big knife and so on and you donÂŽt even pack a chocolate bar and a bag of cookies or crackers,and you are 50 to 100 miles away from home?A little food to boost the morale would be good,donÂŽt you think?

  19. Logic Bob says:

    LOL, I hadn't even watched it to the end! Anyway, this looks like a great kit! Do you have more than one car and do you move the bag depending on what you're driving? Have you considered getting your Ham radio license for emergency communication purposes? Its not just for "grid-down scenarios". A few days of studying (memorizing), $15 for the exam, and under $200 for a good handheld radio… WELL worth it!

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