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Been re-organizing my Get Home Bag. Still things I need/want to get.
At this point I don't have any type of shelter. Whicih one do you use and or recommend?

My main purpose is for my Get Home Bag so not looking for a long term tent. Option 1 Coulghan's tube tent, cheap light weight easy set up.
Option 2 vinyl/plastic tarp, also cheap a bit heavier and more set up involved.
Option 3 camo poncho, bit more expensive but not too much, heavier and more set up involved.

I'm leaning towards the poncho because of multi-purpose use.

I need your info to help me decide.

Thanks
 

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Poncho, you can set it up like a tarp,Use it in the rain,And at night when your camping you can see better if anyone or thing is approaching, Which you carn't do with a tent.I do like a tent on the mountains.:D
 

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i carry 2 ponchos,can be fastened together for a larger shelter,one worn and one for shelter in bad weather,one shelter one ground cloth,fastened together and stuffed with leaves/straw is light duty sleepingbag.
 

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It's gets cold in Jersey at night, especially if at all windy. I'd recommend either the tarp or the poncho, but also having a small wool blanket or at least a good thermal sweater with you as well.

I used to do spring and fall camping trips at Allaire State forest & in the Pine Barrrens as a kid, and I remember being very happy that I had a sleeping bag!
 

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It's gets cold in Jersey at night, especially if at all windy. I'd recommend either the tarp or the poncho, but also having a small wool blanket or at least a good thermal sweater with you as well.

I used to do spring and fall camping trips at Allaire State forest & in the Pine Barrrens as a kid, and I remember being very happy that I had a sleeping bag!
Even with "global warming" the 51st state still gets it's share of cold weather. I already have a sleeping bag that rests in the back of the Jeep. Very easy to strap to the bottom of the GHB.
 

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Well I picked up an extra (already have on with my tent) 8 X 10 Camo tarp yesterday.
I was at an auto parts store picking up some stuff for a project and while wandering around I found a whole display of tarps.

Got a camo 8 X 10 for $6.99. For that price I couldn't pass it up. Has grommets already installed, although I haven't opened it yet so not sure how many or where other than each corner,

Still debating whether to get a tube tent or/and a poncho.

Tube tents are cheap, light and very compact. I can find them everywhere for less that $10.00 so I might just get both the tube tent and poncho.

Can anybody point me in the direction of a good, well proced poncho?
 

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Been re-organizing my Get Home Bag. Still things I need/want to get.
At this point I don't have any type of shelter. Whicih one do you use and or recommend?

My main purpose is for my Get Home Bag so not looking for a long term tent. Option 1 Coulghan's tube tent, cheap light weight easy set up.
Option 2 vinyl/plastic tarp, also cheap a bit heavier and more set up involved.
Option 3 camo poncho, bit more expensive but not too much, heavier and more set up involved.

I'm leaning towards the poncho because of multi-purpose use.

I need your info to help me decide.

Thanks

maybe this will help! i carry a 8x10 camo tarp

 

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problem with tube tent is mostly what you find now are thinner plastic and are either bright orange or bright yellow, if you can find the old style that are clear 6 mil plastic would work, you don't need to attrack everyone's attention with your tent, so either your tarp or poncho.
 

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Been re-organizing my Get Home Bag
Poncho. The idea is to get home, not go camping.
I agree. When I first starter preparing, I had everything but the kitchen sink in my GHB. After taking it out for a test hike, I quickly pared my weight down. I have gone to a smaller backpack and carry just the minimum:

2 liters of water (I usually have another liter nearby, so 3 total)
Hat
Gun Shot Wound (GSW) kit
Poncho with liner
Whistle/Compass combo
Extra pistol mags x2
Small snack (for morale)
Water purification tabs
Big knife (USAF survival knife, sheath & stone)- the price was right, but I need something better.
Multitool (Leatherman)
Mini maglite (I am going to replace this with a LED headlamp)
Toilet paper

If the SHTF and I am on foot, my plan is to get home to my family or lead my family back home as quickly as possible (i.e. minimal stopping). I plan on avoiding all confrontations. I am in Southern California, so my main concerns are hydration (hot weather) and other people (30 million people within 100 mile radius). I am not too concerned with nasty weather or wilderness survival. I regularly hike with my GHB, which I highly recommend.

YMMV
 

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I would have to go with the poncho too. As stated above it is multi purpose. You can also use it as a small raft, if you have to cross any water obstacles. Use it to make a stretcher, etc. Think about getting a poncho liner as well.

A poncho can do anything that a tarp can do, but a tarp makes a bad poncho.
 

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I have been debating this myself, but I think that the poncho/tarp is quite the option.

I haven't yet found a poncho I'd like to get/use for this purpose, but I am looking. I would use it for my BOB, but also for my recreational hikes (several days). It saves me from having to get much rain gear (cheaper and less stuff).

I am not sold on SilNylon (the silicon impregnated stuff). Perhaps others could comment, but it doesn't stay water resistant with too much pressure, and it wears down very easy. After a few uses wind can blow through it, and water with force (as in heavy rain, or using it as a ground cover) will allow wetness through it.
 

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I use a bivi bag, its gortex and fast.
 

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I just love the sounds of the highway in the background :p
 

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I tried the "tube tents decades ago" something about the raining inside the then waking me up turned me off on using them note: condensation on the plastic. Personally I carry a couple of 55 gallon trash can liners and a 9x12 plastic painters tarp along with a poncho liner. The 55 gal trash can liners can be used as emergency rain coverings as well.
 
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