Last time out we looked at our imaginary friend Joe and his fictional trip home from work when hoofing it was the only way. I can quickly and easily say the odds o
f ‘ole Joe being stuck at work with no other choice but to walk, they are slim. The odds that he will even need to trek the whole forty miles either way are slim. It is far more likely to be a smaller segment of the journey, or he may only be able to secure transportation for some of the trip.
With that all being said let’s nail down a “sample” kit. The whole thing begins with a containing bag. Usually a backpack is the best solution. Which one? Nobody can answer that for you. The only advice I can give there is don’t break the bank, and make sure it is comfortable to you.
Next you need to look at the core elements that allow you to survive.
These are the core items as I see them. Depending on who you talk to and where you talk to them these can and will change.
Make sure whatever containing bag you choose has enough room to hold these items in a three day supply. Does it have To be three? No, but consider your range per day. If you recall our friend Joe was in for a four day trek in the worst case scenario.
Next we look at the next rung. These are items that, while you can live without them turning away from them is usually a bad idea
- First aid
- Spare clothes
- Extra socks
- Morale items
Every person should always move with first aid within reach. It should be second nature to have that kit near us at all times. If your defense strategy includes a firearm the need for first aid becomes non negotiable.
Spare clothes can be anything from an extra t-shirt to a full set of winter gear with backup layers. What you pack is VERY dependent on your environment. Extra socks are a necessity whether you bring spare clothes or not. If your feet become so abused you cannot stand you are in a really bad place.
The last item is very weight dependent category. At this point you may look at your bag and think there is no way you could carry more. You may have room for that candy bar or that MP3 player or rubiks cube. Whatever will raise your morale on the trek home. Balance it with what you can carry.
The final piece to this is CARRY THE BAG WITH YOU a get home bag will do you absolutely no good waiting at home for you to get there. I won’t lie it will be a task to train yourself to bring it. You may endure sidelong glances if your spouse do
es not “understand” but you can get through that. I know I did. The glances will be worth enduring when you have what you need when things go south. The very final piece of advice I can give you is to remember the contents of your bag. Certain things cannot go certain places. I’ll let you decipher that one.
Until next time…