Discussion in 'Self Defense Tactics & Weapons' started by RYANINMICHIGAN, Oct 9, 2012.



    Jan 29, 2012
    So I have been reading this massive thread about bail out bags or get home bags. Does anyone here have one of these in their vehicle? I am truly amazed and what these guys are carrying everyday incase SHTF. One guy keeps a M1 in the trunk of his car. I work 41 miles from my house and if I have to walk home it would suck but I could do it. But I don’t keep near what these guys do on me. I don’t carry food or water on a daily basis. There are times when I am traveling I do have a certain amount of stuff just in case, but that is when I am traveling in some pretty remote areas where the possibility of spending a couple nights is a very real. But not going to and from work. Just seems a little over the top to me.
  2. Country101

    Country101 Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2004
    NW AR
    It wouldnt be a bad idea to keep a little non perishable food and water in your vehicle, along with a weapon. A full out contingency bag is a little extreme, but if you are out in the country and get stuck or run off the road and get lost or whatever, a small stach of supplies is always good to have around. So a small backpack with some food and essential equipment(knife, food, pot(for the food, not for smoking :D ), firestarter, etc) wouldnt be a bad idea, but I sure wouldnt get too crazy with it. It would suck if you were in a wreck and all your gear was destroyed.

  3. aa1911

    aa1911 Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    I keep tools, first aid stuff, roadside flares/fuses, space blanket and food/water in all my rigs. Water is a no brainer but doubles as a backup coolant should you have coolant system problems.

    without water, you are relying on someone to come by and help you if you get stuck good for whatever reason; wreck, out of fuel, stuck, engine failure, etc... I don't want to rely on someone else for drinking water, so at a minimum I would keep a gallon or two of distilled water in your car.

    A weapon is always on me, I tend to throw a long gun in the family SUV if we're going anywhere also.
  4. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    Damn. Didn't realize it was that long ago. December of 06. Family going from HERE to THERE, but they had to drive through the mountains to get there. California. Car broke down. Apparently it gets cold and snowy in the mountains, even in sunny California. Daddy tried to walk out for help.

    The car was found nine days later. Mama and the kids survived. Daddy was found two days after that. He'd froze to death.

    You never know what's gonna happen.
  5. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    I have a GHB that I keep ready at all times. However, it does not stay in the car. When I'm not in the car, it's in the house with me. When I leave, it goes with me. I carry concealed at all times, plus a BUG, no long guns in the car. The wife has a Ruger LCP (Lil'P) that she carries. So we have extra ammo for all three, or four hand guns that we carry. Fire starter equipment. Para cord. Water bottle. Water treatment tablets. Cheap plastic rain ponchos. MRE's. Survival knife. Leatherman tool. Compass. Signal mirror, whistle, and a host of other things I think we might need to get us home. All in a back pack so my hands stay free.
  6. marlin795

    marlin795 Well-Known Member

    Aug 11, 2011
    Northern California
    I have a full out combo BOB GHB.

    All the survival gear I would ever need to survive for months. 5 days of high energy food, 6 gallons of water,200 rounds for both my shotgun and handgun on hand. If SHTF all I need to do is grab my multi-cams and my guns and out the door I go.
  7. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    my friend.. when the SHTF you will be the guy sleeping in your car on the side of the road, hungry and thirsty. I'll try to wave when I pass you.

    The entire point of a GHB or BOB is having it when you need it.

    If by only taking it when you when you think you will need it.. then.. well.. I hope yo can predict the future. and if so.. I need to get with you on some lottery advice and the next horse raise (wink).

    having a practical yet non over the top BOB/GHB is EASY.

    last year my buddies teenager made 'zombie apocylapse' prep boxes for 'the guys' that come over and go shooting..e tc.

    these were in flip open top 'tupperware' type boxes the same size as a shoe box.

    each kit had seperate ziplock bags in it stuffed with various items... some rubber gloves, a led flashlight, cheap knife, pack of twine, few feet of solid wire, pair of cotton gloves with ruberized fingers, some hand sanitizer and individual hand wipes. 3 1-use superglue tubes and a mini roll of duct tape and some sterile sealed gauze pads.

    they were cheap to put together as most of those items were 1$ items at a dollar store / harbor freight.. etc. putting together 4 boxes cost about 20$ boxes included. we got them at halloween last year so it was fun. 3 times in the last month i've gone into that box to use something. ( glue , flashlight, piece of tape ).

    I do lots of farm work and driving to jobsites for construction work. I almost always have a few bottles of watter rolling aound in the back seat. For the same reason.. I almost always have a can or two of nutritional drink/protien shake and a box of healthy meal bars. I can't always run off the farm and hit lunch.. so sometimes it's a choclate protien shake and a fi-bar etc.. :)

    that pretty much is an emergency get home kit...

    Looking at the recs and whatnot.. x days or xx days of food someone needs.. and the various ways to go about storing it.. I can tell you one thing I do.

    at my house.. I keep a good supply of those nutritional drinks/protien shakes.

    they take up the same space as a bottled water.. and are food+drink.

    in most cases the experts tell you not to eat if you are dehydrated.. you need fluid for digestion. having a meal you can drink is not the same as having surplus water.. but if packing space is limited and you need 3 days worth of emergency food and water.. a case of shakes and some extra water takes up about the same space as the water alone.. minus bulky food. easy to eat on the go... don't have to unpak and prepair it like some of the milspec and civiliat flat packed ration meals.. especially the dehydrated ones..

    ps.. I ALWAYS got a firearm with me... that's a no brainer... add to that a good tool kit in the vehicle.. and I got a chance anyway... better than a smack and poke with a sharp stick anyway..

  8. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    even here , the land of gun control i have a BOB to get me to a cache, from there i head to another cache
  9. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    But a good stick is still necessary.
    Don't rule it out.
  10. Clipper

    Clipper Well-Known Member

    Mar 21, 2010
    Amarillo, TX
    Outside any town here in the High Plains, it can be very lonely. I have always carried a sleeping bag, spare batteries, several cans of Slim-Fast and water bottles just for that time when I get snow bound. Even I-40 can be closed due to weather, I don't even think of it as a Bug Out Bag, just a survival bag if I really need it.
  11. tcox4freedom

    tcox4freedom Well-Known Member

    I have a two day supply of food & water, paracord, duct tape, ponchos, first aid supplies, fire starter, flashlight (w/xtra batteries), compass, dry socks, hat, bandana, knife & extra ammo (jic) I've also learned that an extra coat or blanket comes in real handy during the winter time.

    Get stuck on the highway in a snow storm or hurricane evac for 19hrs+ and you'll see the value of a GHB.

    Last edited: Oct 9, 2012
  12. 25yretcoastie

    25yretcoastie Member

    Aug 27, 2011
    Fort Pierce Fl
    I hope everyone knows that distilled water is the worst water you and drink, you get almost value from it and 0 minerals. Just reg cheap bottled water is the best and is good for several years long after the use by date.
    My nickles worth
  13. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    when you are dehydrated.. distilled water is fine.

    in a critical survival situation.. minerals are the last thing you should be worrying about.

    if it REALLY concerns you.. toss a multi vitamin in your BOB.. or a salt pack.. or a gatorade mixer packet for your distileld water.. :)
  14. 25yretcoastie

    25yretcoastie Member

    Aug 27, 2011
    Fort Pierce Fl
    But why use distilled in the first place ? Bottled water is every where now and cheaper than distilled.. Wish someone woulld have told me 20 yrs ago to buy bottle water stock.
  15. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    many places sell distileld bottled water... our local store moust ahve 3+ types of bottled.

    reverse osmosis.



    filtered mineral added,

    some sort of treated water too..

    ya get what ya get.

    the cheapest stuff is the filtered water usually.. it's what i get.. figure it's got to be as good as drinking from my garden hose.. ;)