Man in New York City wearing a Get Home Bag

The Get Home Bag—Everyday Carry Items You Shouldn’t Leave Home Without


How is a get home bag different from a bug out bag?

A get home bag is designed to have the essentials you need to get home from your job or school. It may be lacking in some very long term survival items. A bug out bag is generally designed for at least 72 hours of survival and often for weeks.
A get home bag is usually lighter weight, with all items fitting in a standard-sized backpack. Those with very long commutes or that travel a lot for work may want more comprehensive bags than those that work or go to school less than 25 miles from home.

Is a get home bag really necessary?

There are many reasons why you might need a get home bag. Natural disasters, accidents on the road, or even just a vehicle break down could leave you stranded for a short to a moderate period of time. A get home bag ensures that you can meet your basic needs and remain more comfortable until you can get home or at least get to a comfortable and suitable place to stay until conditions improve.

What should I add if I often travel with children or pets?

If a child is old enough, you should have a small get home bag for them. You may have to include some supplies in your own bag to help take care of their needs too.  Pets generally don’t need much. A few days of food and a collapsible water dish might be a good idea. Some pets may be able to carry their own supplies with a dog backpack. Remember to be careful and not overload bags for kids or pets.

MEET Roman Zrazhevskiy

Roman is a notable figure in the sphere of emergency preparedness and has been featured in various news broadcasts, publications, and documentaries to weigh in on the subject. He has made multiple appearances on HBO, BBC, CBS, and other media outlets to provide insight on the critical importance of readiness under all circumstances. When he is not hard at work being the CEO of Ready To Go Survival and MIRA Safety, he enjoys riding his motorcycle, shooting, handball, and scaring his neighbors by taking out the trash in full MOPP gear.

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