Living in ignorance is not bliss, as people often say. When you don't know what is coming, or try to ignore it, then you cannot be prepared for the inevitable crises life throws at you. Unfortunately, disaster can strike at any time, and being prepared is critical for survival in a modern world with modern dangers.
On top of man-made crises, natural disasters happen all over the United States, which has the most diverse climate of any country on the planet. Hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, forest fires, you name it, the United States sees them all. In fact, places like Southern California get hit with 10,000 earthquakes every year. And when natural disasters happen, we are more likely than not going to be away from home. If you think about the amount of time you spend at work, out with friends, or running errands, you probably won't be safe at home when a disaster strikes. That's why it's important to have a get home bag. This survival pack should have all of the essentials to keep you safe and alive when you are not able to make it home.
To get started on your very own get home bag, here are three items that every bag should have.
A Few Days Worth of Food
Every survival gear bag should be equipped with non-perishable food (let's treat clean drinking water as a given). Whether you have canned food, dried fruits, or dried meals that just need water, you have to be able to eat to survive. You also have to be able to make the food last as long as you can because you never know when you will have access to food again once disaster strikes. That means you should focus on lightweight but high-energy food sources such as such as trail mix, jerky, peanut butter, chocolate, pasta, and dried fruits.
Your survival kit backpack should certainly have a multi-tool in it. It will provide you with a saw blade, wire cutters, screw driver, pliers, and even a small knife. These tools are applicable in a multitude of situations, and they can really help when you are in a pinch. You won't need bulky tools weighing you down when you have a pocket-sized multi-tool to save the day.
First Aid Kit
You never know what kind of mess you might get into during a disaster, so having a first aid kit in your survival bag is a must. Supplies like bandages, gauze pads, sunscreen, ibuprofen, and antibacterial ointment can get you through most injuries until you are able to get to a doctor or hospital when the disaster is over.
You should always be prepared for a natural disaster, as they can happen anywhere, at any time. Who knows when you will be able to get home next, so always carry a get home bag stocked with survival gear in case you get caught at work or at the grocery store when disaster strikes.