We took the wife’s car over to Discount Tire to have the winter tires swapped back out for the regular all-season tires and in the process I realized that she didn’t have a full “Get Home” bag in the car.
See, when we returned from living overseas, we only had one car for quite awhile. Then we moved a couple of times, all in the period of a few years before buying our house (all cash!) and then bought a second car.
I had a cooler I’d keep with a bunch of random stuff (flashlight, small knife, energy bars, etc…) that I cannibalized when I built my car kit and later only got as far as ordering a backpack to start building her kit before getting distracted by bigger and shinier adventures.
So, while we were waiting for Discount Tires to swap out the tires we walked across the street to Scheels, a mega-super store similar to Cabelas or Bass Pro Shop. I’m not crazy about Scheels because their prices are typically full retail… and I hate paying full retail for anything.
But Lord knows I can’t go near anything camping or survival related without buying something and I figured it was a good opportunity to start building her get home bag.
I’ll make a separate full post of everything that I’ll put in her “Get Home” bag, but for today we came home with just a couple of multi-use items:
3. The SOL Bivvy sack, “Ideal for those occasions when you take the wrong turn and are forced to spend the unexpected night out.” Although I wish they’d had the two-person Adventure Medical Kits Heatsheets Survival Blanket, which I might need to order for both of our car kits, eventually.
4. A roll of toilet paper (that was already floating around the back seat of the car. What can I say… I like spicy food) but can be used as tinder in a pinch.
I bought half a dozen of the desert tan “Diplomat” 3 Day backpacks from LA Police Gear when they were on sale a few years ago. They’re a fantastic bag at a very reasonable price. I’ll continue to use them, although I do regret buying them because after my experience living in Bogota, Colombia, I’ve come to the conclusion that in a SHTF scenario you don’t want to be carrying anything that looks too “tacticool” or that might get you mistaken for either a soldier or a guerilla. So, from now on everything I buy will be the civilian non-military/non-police version when possible.