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Old 03-28-2020, 05:51 PM
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I have been leaving a shotgun and ammo in my trunk for a while. No car break ins by me, I will bring it in each night. My car is in my driveway and locked every night. Better to be safe.
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My get home bags aren't worth that much.
Just some stuff to make a long hike home easier if it comes to that.
Deet, Headlight, large Schrade survival knife, small knife, manicure scissors, 5 hr energy, rain poncho, neck gator, water bottle, water filter, fire starters, block of datrex lifboat ration, small first aid kit, TP, cheap AM/FM radio and earbuds, compass, skeeter headnet, alum block, rebar multitool, water key, ball cap, spare socks, floss, needle, bic lighter, one has a goretex bivvy. I would throw the lithium power/jump starter in the kit along with maybe a gun and a couple more water bottles at time of departure.

I guess even that modest kit is worth some money. Maybe $350 plus the $40 bag itself, plus the cost of the gun if added.
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Not too hard if you have quality equipment inside, not Walmart specials.
Except that one doesn't need that much stuff for a ghb to begin with
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THE AMAZING importance of geography, as in where YOU live.

For 40 years I have been leaving vehicles unlocked and keys in them where I live.

Choosing where you live is a very important prep, maybe even more important than a remote BOL just because you will spend more time there and unless you are clairvoyant when things go sideways in all likelihood that is where you will be.
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Except that one doesn't need that much stuff for a ghb to begin with
Depends on the weather and terrain, etc.

Beautiful 65 deg F day is a lot different than a slog through 90 deg F driving rain, infested with skeeters, or across the Canadian tundra in 30 below weather.

or getting an ingrown toenail or stepping in a chuck hole and screwing up your leg, or...

Having a well rounded bag can help you out when things don't go your way.
Kinda the point of the kit.
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$1000 ghb?!

Why?

To me, a ghb should only ... get you home... Water, right clothes and shoes for your environment. More that a few hours walk? Then some food, maybe.I

If my walk was more than a few hours, I'd bring a bicycle with me in my car.
You assume only a few hours walk. If I'm at my office, it's about a 12 mile walk home. But, I have to make unscheduled and immediate trips up to 200 miles for work. I may leave home to go to the office for the day, and by lunch will be 150-200 miles away. What I refer to as a get home bag many would probably class as closer to an INCH bag. If you think about a hike of 150+ miles, it takes a hell of a lot more than just some water, clothes and shoes. Bicycle is not an option in my case.
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Not too hard if you have quality equipment inside, not Walmart specials.
Thank you! Everything in it was quality gear. Some of it probably too high a quality for a bag that probably would never be used.

But I look at it like this. If I'm using it, things have gone really bad. If I'm in the crap, I want quality gear that I can depend on. I'm gonna have enough problems without worrying about cheap, probably good enough gear.
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$1000 ghb?!

Why?

To me, a ghb should only ... get you home... Water, right clothes and shoes for your environment. More that a few hours walk? Then some food, maybe.I

If my walk was more than a few hours, I'd bring a bicycle with me in my car.
Depends on the person. In my case, my GHB is also my bug out bag. It has a rifle, ammo, hiking boots, water purification, etc. So yeah, $1000 is not much of a stretch. But I don't leave it in the vehicle unattended usually.
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Depends on the weather and terrain, etc.

Beautiful 65 deg F day is a lot different than a slog through 90 deg F driving rain, infested with skeeters, or across the Canadian tundra in 30 below weather.

or getting an ingrown toenail or stepping in a chuck hole and screwing up your leg, or...

Having a well rounded bag can help you out when things don't go your way.
Kinda the point of the kit.
Agreed, for the most part. However, you have the knowledge and experience to decide for yourself. I feel like most inexperienced people should focus on layers and water and that's it. Too much will just slow down most people while not adding real value
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You assume only a few hours walk. If I'm at my office, it's about a 12 mile walk home. But, I have to make unscheduled and immediate trips up to 200 miles for work. I may leave home to go to the office for the day, and by lunch will be 150-200 miles away. What I refer to as a get home bag many would probably class as closer to an INCH bag. If you think about a hike of 150+ miles, it takes a hell of a lot more than just some water, clothes and shoes. Bicycle is not an option in my case.
We might have different definitions because you don't need an INCH bag to go 150 miles.

Why is a bicycle not an option?
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Depends on the person. In my case, my GHB is also my bug out bag. It has a rifle, ammo, hiking boots, water purification, etc. So yeah, $1000 is not much of a stretch. But I don't leave it in the vehicle unattended usually.
I have both a ghb and bob in my car. If something critical happens and i need to Get Home, my bob gets left in my car and i just take my ghb. It's ok to leave a bob behind

My bob is in my car in case i have to bug out with zero minutes to load up.
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I keep reading these kinds of threads and am unclear... Why do so many reject bringing a bicycle with them?
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I try to disguise things I have to leave in the car. I've used a childs backpack, or a box with a some books cover the items in it. Nobody wants a box of books.
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I keep reading these kinds of threads and am unclear... Why do so many reject bringing a bicycle with them?
My get home equipment did include a bicycle for the last 20 yrs I worked in the California desert.
A bike, clothes, and lots of water.

Today I live on a ranch in the Ozarks, and my get home bag gets used frequently, and I carry a lot more stuff in it. Its contained in a large hydration bag w/ gear storage, and I pack it allong when running the tractor, or when I get called out for SAR.

This is not a complete list, just the stuff I use frequently,

2 L Hydration bag, rain poncho, LED flashlight, Headlamp, spare batteries, trail food, VFD Radio, Kit gun, Leatherman wave, Lighter, First Aid Kit, Toilet Paper.
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Still curious what was in the 1000 dollar GHB

Tell us OP
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Still curious what was in the 1000 dollar GHB

Tell us OP
Since some seem to believe I couldn't have $1K tied up in it, here is a fairly complete list, along with prices looked up online to replace each item. There were various other misc items in there, but nothing of substantial value. As best as I can recall, this is a fairly complete list. Certainly there is nothing left off that was very expensive.

I had just guessed at over $1K, as the list shows, I was a little low on my estimate.

Kelty Raven 2500 Pack-$270
(3) Loaded mags for EDC-$115
Change of clothes-$45
Bushnell Equinox Night Vision Monocular-$200
Compact Binoculars-$50
IFAK-$50
Suunto MC2 Global Compass-$60
(4) MRE’s-$30
Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter-$40
Water Purification Tabs-$10
Silcock Key-$5
Streamlight flashlight-$100
UCO Headlamp-$40
Mora Garberg Carbon-$90
Rescue Bivy/Tarp/Cordage-$50
Nalgene Stainless Water Bottle & Cup-$40
Work Gloves-$10
Silky PocketBoy Folding Saw-$35
Leatherman Wave Plus-$95
Total-$1,335

Ferro rod/lighter/tinder
Hygiene kit-wipes/eye drops/OTC meds(Tylenol, allergy meds, Imodium, etc)
Printed maps of each county within 200 miles of my office, and a printed state map.
(3) Contractor Cleanup Bags
Rain Poncho
(2) Cotton Bandannas
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Good thing you didn't have a spare car and house keys in the ghb
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Maybe install a tile next time? \

Sew it between fabric layers.
When it is found, you can go retrieve your stuff and express your appreciation to the thief.

https://www.thetileapp.com/en-us/how-it-works

" If your Tile is out of Bluetooth range, you can check its last known location on the app. This information is automatically updated whenever anyone in the Tile community comes within Bluetooth range of your Tile."

So if the backpack is brought within bluetooth range of someone's cell phone with the tile app loaded, you will get its location on a map.

Looks like you can buy 1 tile for around $35. They showed a $25 one as well. Not sure what the differences are.
Don't know if they charge a monthly fee or not.

If I was leaving a $1500 backpack in a vehicle I would seriously look at some sort of tracker for it, unless you only park in safe areas.
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Good thing you didn't have a spare car and house keys in the ghb
A very good thing. Actually nothing in it that indicated identity, address, etc. And you can be sure that the new one I am putting together won't have any either.
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A thousand dollars? A Sawyer mini is $20 energy bars about $2 each if you get the long-life ones, [scratching head]

I don't think the entirety of my preps would equal $1K.
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