We have discussed the subject of a Get Home Bag before on the Prepper Journal, but in light of the winter weather snafu last week in the South I thought it was appropriate to revisit this topic. What started out as a normal day for a lot of people ended up being a long night because they were either trapped in their cars due to snarled traffic from the snow and ice or they were lucky enough to sleep on the floor of convenience stores. It is times like this that cause me to think about what steps I can take to reduce the chance of an event like this impacting my family adversely. What would I wish I had with me if I was trapped on the side of the road and faced the possibility of having to walk home?
A Get Home Bag is one item you can have with you in your car that could have supplies to help you in a time such as this. A great Winter Survival Kit for your car would be another great option, but so far I have really only addressed getting yourself back home or making an individual’s life better if stranded. What if you were the parent of small kids and the roads were closed? What if you had two or three little ones and were looking at the possibility of walking somewhere because for whatever reason, your car wouldn’t work or the roads turned into a parking lot? What if we had an EMP attack and nothing worked? How would you go about planning your job of getting back home with small children?
How far away is home?
Everything is relative isn’t it? If you are stuck in the middle of the desert in August and home is 500 miles away, you have much bigger problems than someone who is only a few miles from home in June. Are you in a city with plenty of people/friends/cabs around for alternate transportation? What if none of those were available? Knowing your travel plans should dictate how you prepare for any potential event like this. For longer trips, I normally include a wealth of additional resources that I don’t normally pack on my daily commute but we are talking about a surprise event here, aren’t we?
The benefit of being to discuss topics like this is that we aren’t living in the moment of this crisis. Prepping in my eyes is planning for the future. Maybe these plans are based upon events in the past, or a concern about future events. For a single mother like JM, she is asking because she wants to be prepared ahead of time. To do that, you have to live like the event could happen. To be prepared, you must by definition have your preps with you when you need them.
What do you need to pack?
Mothers are the first preppers and I have even seen posts dealing with the subject of a diaper bag being just as stocked as a Bug out Bag. Usually, these bags already have enough supplies for a week out. There are diapers galore, several varieties of snack foods, extra clothing, medicine, toys etc. Mothers will generally have extra food, clothes and diapers for their children but what about these unexpected scenarios? How many times have you left the house thinking, I’ll be back before night time or we will be inside all day so no need for warm clothes? You have to start thinking to some extent like you might not make it home and pack that bag appropriately.