A “Get Home” Bag Could Save Your Life
When the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve, 2000, it signaled not only the beginning of a new century, but the dawn of a new millennium. A generation known as the “Millennials” were to be the harbingers of exciting new horizons for mankind. Yet on September 11, 2001, that vision of the future was forever changed when terrorists commandeered four commercial airlines and flew three of them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Since that day, the American military has brought the war on terrorism into the terrorists’ own backyards.
One particularly effective tactic was the use of U.S. Special Forces to eliminate high profile targets, which culminated in the assassination of Osama Bin-Laden during a midnight raid on his Pakistan compound by SEAL Team 6 on May 2, 2011.
The exploits of SEAL Team 6 and other elite units have been documented and romanticized in countless movies, television specials and video games. Members of these units often refer to a “go bag,” or a duffel containing all essential gear needed for a mission anywhere in the world that can be grabbed on the way out the door.
While the concept of a go bag isn’t a bad idea, it’s unlikely that you’re going to face a situation where you have to bug out and head to the high ground. As Kevin Michalowski points out in his article “What is in Your ‘Get Home’ Bag?” at USConcealedCarry.com, life for most people is much more mundane:
“But since most of us are a little bit more ‘Meal Team Six’ than we are SEAL Team Six, our needs are different. A big bag of survival gear is great if you are headed to the hills to escape societal breakdown, but the reality is much different.” (Read more at USConcealedCarry.com)
Your objective is to protect your family above all else. It would make sense to create a “Get Home” bag rather than a go bag, consisting of items designed to expedite the process of reuniting you with your loved ones.
The Get Home bag is a backup to the concealed carry kit and should only be considered as a last resort. If you look out the window and it looks like a scene from “The Walking Dead” or “Independence Day,” then it is time to rip open the Get Home bag. Some of the items you might seriously consider including are listed here:
- A powerful handgun, loaded with extra magazines
- Personal trauma kit
- Spare keys for home and each vehicle
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Spare eyeglasses
- Enough cash to get through potential bank closures
- Dependable lighter
- 50 feet of paracord
- 20-ounce bottle of water
- Rain poncho
- Survival blanket
If you are at the point where you’re using your Get Home bag, you are most likely encountering potential threats. The first matter at hand is to attempt to extricate yourself from the hostile environment. At that point, you can begin to use your bag of tools to maneuver your way back to friendly territory. Carry your bag where its contents are easily reached and store the bag where it’s secure, but accessible. A locked file cabinet is perfect while working and a corner of your trunk will provide ample security while driving.