The Venerable, Ubiquitous Get Home Bag (GHB) Ah the Get Home Bag (GHB). A version of the Bug Out Bag (BOB), but not...quite, the same. So, much to my potential eternal embarrassment, I am on reddit and hey, wouldn’t you know it they have a prepper “sub-reddit”. If you don’t know what that means, don’t stress, it’s really not important but it is salient to this thread. I’ve found that the GHB/BOB/INCH discussion is much like the AR-15/AK-47 discussion...and I use the term “discussion” loosely. We’ve also had many threads on this, and other bags, and like the r/prepper subreddit, I’ve noticed that they all seem to head in a specific direction and then peter out...for a very specific reason which I’ll get to below. I’m not trying to create a “thread that will never die” but I would like to have this discussion, and put some guide rails up around it...ground rules if you will. Nothing is carved in stone and every post doesn’t need to just be a list, it’s all about discussion, but I would ask the following (sorry, I’m a lists guy): Please, PLEASE don’t say “it depends...what works for me may not work for you” and then back out of the thread. That’s a cop out and really unhelpful. It doesn’t move the conversation along and doesn’t advance anyone’s knowledge. While it may be accurate and technically true, it’s a waste of even the minuscule bandwidth necessary to download the text. Instead, please… Outline what you use. Everyone’s bag is different, we get that. Heck, even my bag from month to month and stage of life differs...assuming I take any time to update it. But, and this is the point I’m trying to make, ALL insight into what goes into everyone’s bag(s) is helpful, useful information. No, I’m not diabetic, but I still get glucose crashes and something you (a diabetic) put in your bag might be something to keep in mind for me. I’m not on any prescription meds at this time, but family members are and while I would obviously remember to put some in their bag, in the heat of the moment I may not put any backups for them in my bag if I’m just thinking about my bag at the time...etc. Give an idea of what the item(s) cost. I’m going to try to actually build (and re-build) my bag a couple of times and be very thoughtful about what I put in, where I got it, what it cost at the time and what it would cost for a replacement. If you know of a link to an item, and it’s a competitive price on Amazon or one of the other affiliate vendors for the Monkey, take a few extra minutes to add a link to it so others can actually go out and buy what you are recommending if it suits their needs. Post pictures of items if you can, even if they aren’t yours. Most things in the bags came from somewhere and the Internet is nothing if not replete with images. You don’t need an imagur account and they don’t have to be of your equipment if you are technically limited (or challenged). I’m not asking or suggesting that you break OpSec. If you do upload a picture, I’d suggest (but don’t require) that you disable location tracking on the device taking the picture. I’m not imposing a price limit. If you can afford it and it’s the tool you use, go for it. If you want to do a “least expensive” or a “dollar store” GHB, that’s fine too! You don’t have to buy it all or have it all already. Most of us will have at least one thing already that doesn’t need to be bought (socks!). That being said, I do ask that there be a couple of actual rules (and will work with the mods to enforce if things go pear shaped): First and foremost, even before the right/wrong discussion, this is a GHB...a Get Home Bag. This is NOT an INCH, you ARE coming Home (the H in GHB). This is not a hunting bag, although you may use it for that. This is not a BOB, you are getting home, not heading for the hinterlands. If your GHB has elements of the others, great, but not in its entirety and lock, stock and barrel. This IS: I’m at work/the mall/on a hike at the local nature preserve/on a business trip (local) and I have to get home without my car. Something that you could stash in your car and grab if needed...or Something that you carry into work every day This IS NOT: Your Bug Out Bag (I know, I just said that) I’m at home and have to leave (although they may be the same bag) My fellow monkeys, it’s been nice knowing you, see you on the flip side 7 year survival in a Bag You are not “right” They are not “wrong” This is a combination of personal bag choices and discussion about what might be helpful to change. Posts like “you need more ways to start a fire” or “you don’t have enough ammunition” or “you’ll never be able to carry that” aren’t as helpful as “Have you considered adding a second (or third) fire starting tool”, “An additional 50 rounds would only weigh X and might be a not overly burdensome insurance policy” and “How much does that weigh? I’ve found that I can hump x lbs around the block but after a couple of miles, the bag broke me”. If you are going to correct someone, it really, really, REALLY needs to be on a fact and not an opinion (with the exception of firearm/ammo choice...please, just don’t). For example, discussing calories provided by a specific food and time to sterilize water would be corrections. Most everything else will fall into personal preference rather than hard, documented fact and while discussion is encouraged, pissing contests are not. ************** Welcome to TOTM March 2019. The post above was written by @DarkLight prior to him taking leave. I am posting it as it was given to me. Being Survival Monkeys we all should have a bag that always goes with us everywhere, everyday. What is in yours? Have you looked in it lately? Have you dumped it out and spotted an item that is not longer needed? What about your family? Do they each have a bag? Have you done inventory of their GHB lately? Yesterday @DKR posted a thread on a hiking bag. It was so well thought out that I know I will be dumping our GH's out on the floor this weekend and repacking. There will be some items that I need to purchase. Lets discuss the GHB, must haves, what you have and why you have that item. Everyone here should have something to add to this TOTM. By sharing info, we are teaching each other. I personally am hoping to learn someways to lighten my bag.