Urban Get Home Bag
This is a topic and project that’s been on the back of my mind for a few months now. Here is the scenario, you’re about to leave work when there’s a huge earthquake, fire, or some kind of civil unrest. You quickly realize that driving home won’t be an option as the streets are congested or a hazard and you need to hoof it back on foot.
For some, this could be a hike along the trail. But for many it’s an uncertain trek through densely populated cities, and I fall in the latter category. Putting together an urban get home bag was something I put off for a while as there are so many items and possible pieces of gear to bring. But, I’ve finally started the process and am excited to share with you all what items I am keeping in my bag, as well as the pack I’m using to haul everything.
The Load Out
First, let’s talk about the Vanquest products! Everything is inside an IBEX-26 in wolf grey. This pack is a great option for a small overnight pack that is highly functional and comfortable holding a good amount of weight. I also wanted a grey pack as that seemed like the best route to go to keep a low profile and not stick out.
I’m using a Sticky Cube-Small to organize a very basic tool kit. A screwdriver with multiple bits, pliers with cutters, a crescent wrench, a box cutter with disposable blades, a multi-tool, and a couple tubes of super glue. While it’s a basic kit, I am not planning to build a table or replace a bathroom toilet. It’s simply meant to give me the ability to get resources I wouldn’t otherwise have access to without them, for the purpose of survival or sustaining myself.
My trauma kit is from Urban Medical Gear staged in the FATPack 5×8. They put together some incredible trauma kits and we are all about their gear. Check them out if you want to see some great pre-staged Trauma packs (mostly staged in our FATPacks).
I’m keeping some various items like a headlamp, disposable respirators and a silcock water key in a FTIM 5×7. This is going to be my miscellaneous kit for quick access items and regularly used items. I plan to add a few more pieces of gear and expand it as necessary.
Below is a list of all the pieces of gear that I’m putting in this kit:
- Crow Bar
- Screw Driver w/ 2 bits
- Pliers with cutters
- Box cutter
- Crescent Wrench
- Zip ties (2 sizes)
- Urban Medical Gear Trauma Kit (FATPack 5×8)
- Tarp (6’.5”x8’.5”)
- Keychain flashlight
- Stainless Steel bottle
- Folding Knife
- Small fixed blade (please check local laws about keeping a fixed blade concealed in a pack)
- Bivy sack
- Small notepad
- Packable Towel
Whether you are ready for the apocalypse or just getting a basic kit started, it’s always a good idea to be prepared and organized for when you need it most!