"Never let your gun suffer from separation anxiety, Always carry." ~ The Recoil Recitals

Monday, June 20, 2016

Get Home Bags (GHB), What should they entail and should I have one, or more.

A Get Home Bag (GHB) is something you should really consider having, possibly multiple ones for every vehicle you own or use. What is a GHB used for? What should I have in my GHB? These are questions that you may be asking yourself and I will try and help you answer them. As far as should you have one; I say most definitely. What should you carry in it; well that depends on you, but I will try and give you some ideas. Let's get started.
Click here for a printable GHB / BOB Checklist.

What is a GHB used for?

First, what is a GHB? Well, it is just what it says; it is a bag you carry with you, loaded with gear that you would need to make a trek home if you ever find yourself in an SHTF situation. It should contain enough gear and essentials to get you to a better situation; like home. I would say you should set it up for at least 48 hrs. If set up properly your GHB can be used as a Bug Out Bag (BOB) with a few extra additions. Rations to bump your time frame to 72 hrs. would be recommended for BOB usage. Other firearms and ammo would also be a great addition to change it to a BOB.

What should I have in my GHB? 

As the name states the first thing you will need is a good sturdy bag. There are plenty on the market to choose from; just find one you like and that will hold up. I use the Eyourlife sport bag, it is not expensive but it is sturdy. So now that I have the bag what do I need in it? Again, this will be tailored to your needs. As a minimum, I suggest you carry spare magazines and ammo for your EDC firearm. You will need a way to carry water, some type of rations would be useful. A knife, fire starting materials, first aid supplies, and communications equipment are a must. You may find that you would like to carry other items in you GHB and that is perfectly fine, just don't pack useless gear.
Click here for a printable GHB / BOB Checklist.

Here is a breakdown of my GHB / BOB:

Spare magazines and ammunition for my EDC, BUG and other firearms
Folding Buck knife
P-51 Military style can openers
Mess kit including utensils and cooking gear
Collapsible water bottle and wide mouth plastic BPA free bottle
Baofeng GT-3 Mark II Dual-band Transceiver
Waterproof matches and backup magnesium firestarter
Mountain Home freeze dried rations
Lenstatic Compass
550 cord survival bracelet with fire starter and whistle
Mylar emergency blankets
First Aid Kit
Emergency Stove with fuel tablets

*Please note that the links I have provided are for reference only, they may or may not be the exact product I use. Also, I do not endorse any of the above-mentioned products.
Click here for a printable GHB / BOB Checklist.

"Never let your gun suffer from separation anxiety, Always carry."

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