My Bag(s)

Sandman

Active member
#1
After a few years of dabbling with 'BOB's', I evolved into 2 bags...an EDC knapsack which is always with me or near me wherever I go. And a BOB/GHB that stays in my truck.....I made an identical one for the missus that stays in her EDV, a Jeep Wrangler. They are by no means perfect or complete, but i thought I'd share just to get comments and maybe motivate or help someone else thinking about it.

The EDC bag has:
Wallet/Checkbooks/Cell Phone
(2) knives, smaller penknife and medium lockback and large Buck locker
A basic Leatherman Multi tool
Large Notebook, pens and pencils
Flashlight
Small first aid pouch, pills etc.
Water
9mm Springfield XD Compact, extra mag, and/or Berreta .25 ACP
Bandanas
Paracord

The GHB has:
WATER - Water Bottles 2
FOOD - Food Bars, Jerky
WEAPONS/TOOLS - Mirror/Whistle/Compass, Flashlight, Folding Knife (serrated, easy open), MultiTool, SAK, Compass, Pepper Spray
FIRE - Firestarters Kit
FIRST AID/MEDICAL - First Aid Kit, Personal Meds Kit
TYING/BINDING - Paracord, Tape, Zip-Ties
SANITATION Kit - TP, Wipes
PERSONAL - Glasses/Sunglasses, ID - Photcopies, Money - $100 sm bills/change, Phone Charger (solar), Notepad,small/Pens,
CLOTHES/COVERINGS - Clothes, Bandanas, Solar Blanket


In the event of an emergency, I would have both bags (which could be both good and bad :)
 

240Geezer

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#3
Thank you Sandman.

Unfortunately. Due to my job and where it is both located and rules there will be no firearms unless things get sporty.
I also carry my wallet, ID, checkbooks on my person. I’ve had things as small as ciggarettes and bic lighters stolen from my vehicle.
I always have water in the car.
First aid too.
It’s mostly suburban to light rural in my AO.
 

Josh

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Brass Subscriber
#4
What kind of bag are you using for EDC?

I’ve recently gotten into having a EDC bag around and after a year or so of messing with different ideas and products I think I’ve finally managed to find my sweet spot with a modified Veshmeshok. Best part was it cost me less than the taxes I’ve paid for some bags in the past.
 

Grevlin

"Fly birdies! ...fly!"
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#5
One thing that changed my way of thinking, and I can't remember where I heard/saw it...is that a Get Home Bag is 100% expendable. If you start out with a backpack and walk in your front door with half a bottle of water - the GHB served its purpose 100%.

So perhaps less on long-term, and more on less weight, strategic choices, and compromises to just get your specific one mission done of getting home.

Nice post Sandman. Pretty streamlined GHB for sure. got a pic or two, perhaps? :whistle:(y)
 
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GOBLIN X

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everything in my earlier bag is in this. + whats on me., includes CAT + , med kit, fire kit, magnetic tank bag for triumph MC. weighed it at 22 lbs loaded as is. 4 RE magnets will hold it on a steel surface easily. carried every where i go/
 

sauced07

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Brass Subscriber
#9
One thing I’ve done with my GHB is have some essential items in a small maxpedition pouch. Compass, lighters, multi tool, water treatment tabs and other items.
If I have to hoof it certain things like that pouch will immediately go into my pockets. I’m a firm believer in having items actually on me should the time arise. That way if I had to ditch my pack I would still have the absolute necessary items on me still.
 
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Sandman

Active member
#10
One thing that changed my way of thinking, and I can't remember where I heard/saw it...is that a Get Home Bag is 100% expendable. If you start out with a backpack and walk in your front door with half a bottle of water - the GHB served its purpose 100%. So perhaps less on long-term, and more on less weight, strategic choices, and compromises to just get your specific one mission done of getting home. Nice post Sandman. Pretty streamlined GHB for sure. got a pic or two, perhaps? :whistle:(y)
Good point! Yes, this is where I ended up after dabbling in this for years. I just ran across my old BOB while getting these together for pictures. The old BOB was probably a typical first BOB...chock full of everything you could possibly need.....100 ft of rope, shovel, hatchet, clothes, etc...you get the point......totally impractical.

So I rethought my whole point in doing this and the most likely uses and needs I would have if there ever was an 'Event'. That's how I came up with the 2 bags.

Just spread them out to take pictures and now it says 'file is too large'....Damn....
 

Jayclimber

Modern Minuteman
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#11
Nicely done!

Everyone's GHB's are gonna vary based on AO, time of year, distance to home, local demographic, and experience/skill sets...

Something I saw missing from your kits were local maps and possibly a radio. If it comes to the point where you need to use your kit than you should have at least 3 preplanned routes home depending on terrain, weather, time of day, local disturbances, etc. A radio with preprogrammed frequencies set for local PD, EMS, Fire and so on can alert you to areas to possibly stay away from on your journey home hence the multiple preplanned travel routes home.

Just food for thought.
 

The Branch Manager

Winter is coming. Forever.
Gold Subscriber
#13
A PAIR of radios. They are light and small. My bag also has a second pistol with holster, second knife, second light, extra sharpie, two face masks and glasses, extra leather gloves all with the intent to use at work or give extra away to someone during a crisis. I also have that new beez covert micro ak chest rig i've been trying out. I like it but not 100% convinced yet. My bag will have a ton of room once the rifle and chest rig are on ny person.
 

Back40

Homesteadin'
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#14
Agreed-I keep a US paper map in the truck. One of those big binder style ones... If I have to hoof it, I'll just tear out relevant pages and go.

On radios - it's a great idea to keep two small walkie talkies and also a small am/fm/shortwave radio. You might add three or four pounds total, including batteries!

Another couple things in addition to the more common items listed is a blister patches for the feet and rehydration packs to pour into water. Probably gonna need em...
 

Optimist

Well-known member
#15
Given the way I have stuff stashed at different places within easy walking distance of one another, I dpn't feel the need to keep much food in the GFOD bag. It ain't much, at any one cache, but there are more than a dozen of 'em in any cardinal direction from the home place.