Whats in your bag?

Jayclimber

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We all start somewhere with our survival preparedness and looking back I've always used some sort of bag as an everyday carry sort of thing. I've always carried an IFAK, map/compass, snacks, water, a pocket knife, and a rain jacket. It just always made sense. I also always have, at minimum, a fleece blanket, a hat, and gloves in the vehicle as well.

But as time has gone on and my preps have become solidified, I've changed my bag (or kit) to evolve with my changing needs and concerns in my AO. Realistically I'm on my 3rd evolution and have gone from a bug out bag (BOB) philosophy to a get home bag (GHB) setup with a Minuteman twist!

My bag is set up to get me home from work which is a relatively short distance (3 miles) and is light enough to do it in a run but also contains the appropriate items in case that trip has to be undertaken in less than ideal conditions.

My current bag for Summer sits as this:
*I'm also including my EDC items since they play a role here*

Get Home Bag:
*All kept in a Wasing 18 liter day pack*
-rain jacket
A waterproof layer is for keeping one dry and helps to prevent many issues associated with getting wet such as hypothermia, rashes, and illness. I prefer a jacket over ponchos for durability, freedom of movement, and for ease of access to other items.
-gloves
Even in warm weather, gloves protect your hands from sharp objects and give you a better grip.
-shemagh
I use to poopoo this item but it's uses are endless. Face cover, head wrap, cooling towel, concealment, sling, medical wrap, towel, etc...
-tarp (SOS survival tarp)
I use a 5'x8' version for a temp shelter or a quick emergency blanket. Mine is olive drab on one side (for concealment) and standard reflective on the other for visibility and heat retainment.
-paracord (50')
101 uses. Boot laces, guys line for a tarp, thread, lashings, gear repair, etc...
-First aid kit (IFAK)
You need to be able to patch yourself up on the go. My standard IFAK here is a combo of a blow out bag and booboo kit. I also keep a set of meds here.
-water filter (Sawyer Mini)
Some way of treating questionable water. Filter or chemical treatment. I like the Sawyer Mini due to its compact size, multi use function, and longevity.
-3 liter bladder
You need a way of carrying water. I know there are pros and cons of bladder vs bottle (conversation for another thread) but I like the ease of a large volume bladder.
-snacks
You need calories, how you get it is up to you, but a days worth (2000 cal) would be minimum.
-headlamp (w/spare batteries)
Traveling at night may be a necessity and it can be used as a signaling device.
-chemlight
Great for marking your location for help/rescue and for travel.
-firestarting kit
A fire can provide warmth, safety, and comfort. I keep my kit in a small, watertight container and have multiple means to get a fire going.
-multitool
As the name implies, multiuse ability. Wire cutters, screw drivers, knife, etc... You never know.
-firearm cleaning kit
Simple kit of oil, brush, rag, and Remoil wipes. If your gonna carry a firearm then you need to be able to maintain it.
-battery bank (for cell phone)
A 3 mile walk could turn into a 24 hour adventure.
-notebook w/pencil
You may need to be able to pass along notes or information. Or just take notes, write down directions, numbers, etc for future use.
-radio
Any handheld HAM style radio. Program it with your local scanner frequencies for police, fire, emergency management, parks, sheriff, weather, etc.. This can give you information as to what is happening in your area and allow you to reroute to bypass trouble areas. Also allows for non cellular communication with home and/or help.
-lanyard with whistle/ferro rod
Whistle is great for signaling for help. I also keep a ferro rod on my lanyard which with my pocket knife (or any edged object) can get a fire going anywhere.

EDC items:
*All kept in an Emersongear Chest rig*
-firearm w/spare mags
CCW is a means of protection. Not just for me but for my loved ones. You're not fixin to get in a gun fight but you need to be able to protect yourself. You are, after all, carrying a bag full of goodies that others may want. Sometimes it's just enough to break contact.
-knife (Cima 1 fixed blade)
I like a stout fixed blade knife. I can process quick firewood with it, use it as a wedge or shim for popping open a door or window, and as a last resort for self defense.
-compass/map of AO
You may know the way home but what if that route is a no go. Maybe you need to go around town or maybe you need to get off the beaten path and follow some local woods or river valley. A map of your area along with the knowledge to use it with a map are key.
-tourniquet
You got an uncontrollable bleeder, it's gonna need a quick fix. Learn how to use one.
-monocular (10x25)
or a set of binoculars, you may need to see ahead to see why that bridge is blocked or why traffic is backed up.
-flashlight w/spare batteries
redundancy with the headlamp above but two is one, one is none.
-chemsticks
same as above, great as a back-up light source, signaling, rescue, etc...
-signaling mirror
signaling for help and can be used (in the right conditions) as a fire starting aid.
-booboo kit (pocket 1st aid kit)
this is a small 1st aid kit for small cuts, blisters, and meds.
-notebook w/pen & sharpies
taking notes, passing messages, etc...
-pocket constitution
I'm a believer in having a copy of this with me. Know your constitutional rights, Lord knows we need them.
-small American flag
Well, because it's America.

Everyone's bags are going to be different due to multiple reasons including AO, time of year, destination, purpose, etc...

So, what's in your bag and why!
 

240Geezer

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#2
I need to put together a bag for the wife’s car.
The pack rat in me gets me some things from the recycle table at the dump.
Small packs, water bottles, and misc.
Perfect for handouts or light duty vehicle use.
For some reason she needed something and didn’t have it in the car last week. It dawned on me that while I may be “McGuyver” , she doesn’t have a clue mostly.
So I’m doing that today.

Also my med supplies are woefully inadequate/ depleted as shown when a female worker took a Dixie off the back of her dump truck. Nothing serious but I used up a bunch of gauze, etc. on her scrapes and cuts.
 

The Branch Manager

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#3
I'm gonna put this video right here because it's very important info on how "I heard" can get you killed. Folks, I cannot stress enough how much you need to test every piece of gear you're committed to carrying.


BTW, this is pastor Joe Fox. He's largely responsible for my current path. If you don't like church but need a good sermon, I find his shofar mountain just what I need.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR8rQYOrUrungyRJko8FCrQ
 

sauced07

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#4
Things in my bag change but I keep them organized by purpose and importance and kept separate.
For instance, my compass, flashlight, pad/pen, can opener, leatherman and water treatment tabs are in a small maxpedition pouch. That will either clip on my belt or go in my pocket.
Next, in a molle canteen pouch is my food tabs, SOS bars, small stove with fuel tabs and other assorted items. That also can mount on my belt.
My extra snivel gear stays in the pack. If I lose the pack I still have my basics.
 

The Branch Manager

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This is a thought that an entire sub section could be dedicated to-

For some reason she needed something and didn’t have it in the car last week. It dawned on me that while I may be “McGuyver” , she doesn’t have a clue mostly.
So I’m doing that today.
"We" can't always be counted upon to have our mcguyver available. If your wife, adult child, SO, travel companion, leabian lover, etc doesn't know how to use that bag of stuff, it might as well be full of dirt. I try to keep simple, flow chain type BRIGHTLY COLORED notecards up top where there are sure to be found. At home I've got the binder system, but I have travel companions often that couldn't administer my EpiPen without a drawing simply because they've not ever needed to use one. Basically, if you can't shoot and I'm out of the fight, you better know how to fix me right quick.

Unsure if an actual derail, but feel free to move my stuff anytime y'all wish. I'm easy like a drunk prom date, and jay can actually make my ideas get into word form.
 

sonofliberty

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I don't have a GHB because I am rarely more than a few yards from my home. I do have an extensive EDC that is always on me unless I am asleep(in which case everything is preloaded in the next day's clothes), swimming(then I only have a van door key and a dive knife on my calf) or taking a shower,
My van is essentially my BOB and more
The only "bag" I have is my INCH bag in case I have to abandon the van for some reason.

but I have travel companions often that couldn't administer my EpiPen without a drawing simply because they've not ever needed to use one.

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You know, AFAIK I have no allergies but one of those would be nice to have. Can you get them without prescription?
 

Jayclimber

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#9
Also, a small saw and small shovel.

One thing I don't think has been mentioned about water - I keep water in the jeep but what if it freezes? You can't drink ice. So I keep an aluminum GI canteen 3/4 full, and a small butane camping stove. The stove can be used to either melt the ice in the canteen, or heat the inside of the vehicle if I'm stuck in the winter. Or heat the MREs in the canteen cup, or boil water for drinking.
This would make a great separate thread under BOB's... Vehicle Kits...
 

240Geezer

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I don't have a GHB because I am rarely more than a few yards from my home. I do have an extensive EDC that is always on me unless I am asleep(in which case everything is preloaded in the next day's clothes), swimming(then I only have a van door key and a dive knife on my calf) or taking a shower,
My van is essentially my BOB and more
The only "bag" I have is my INCH bag in case I have to abandon the van for some reason.


You know, AFAIK I have no allergies but one of those would be nice to have. Can you get them without prescription?
That’s a firm no.
 

240Geezer

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#13
That is too bad. So many things that will be useful in SHTF we can't prebuy. If I take EMT classes and get certified, can EMTs carry them for emergency use? EMT is already on my list of skill sets to gain, just wondering if there may be fringe benefits from doing so.
Probably depends on the state but to my knowledge that’s a yes. Epinephrine comes in other dispensable forms for medical use.
Drip or injection.
 

harbinger

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#14
I'm in the process of updating my GHB/BOB and an making a bag for each vehicle instead of shuffling around all of it. I've gathered alot of bags and the stuff that gets put in them the last couple of years.

More of a what do you think post than anything else.

I have$20 in quarters (2rolls) and while not back breaking I see less opportunity to use coins as time goes on. for the weight I can carry more in paper. If I had to buy something on the road I doubt $20 in quarters would help. No more pay phones and less and less vending machines in random places. If the power is out the vending machine won't be working anyway if there is power most of them take bills now anyway.
Does anyone else carry coins?