Re-Post: Essential Skills: Getting Home – Pt 3

Timely re-post, 3rd installment.

Putting it all together, when you’re making up your ‘Get Home Kit’, it will most likely be made up from several components that include clothing, sustainment, and personal defense items.  It most certainly won’t fit into one small or medium day pack, especially when the weather turns colder.  Right now in my vehicle, I have a small storage container that contains the following:

  • Boots
  • Coat & Liner
  • Silk Long Underwear
  • Socks (seasonally appropriate)
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Pants
  • Belt
  • Shirt
  • Sunglasses or wind goggles (seasonally appropriate)

The pack contains all other items, so when I grab it, I don’t have to think about it.  I stow it next to the storage container and I’m off.  I can add or delete any other items I might deem necessary for a single trip as circumstances warrant.  For example, if I’m traveling to or through heavy snow country or winter storms, I may include snow shoes, trekking poles, heavier gloves, insulated pants, water purifier, utility pot, a small stove (the 120 hour emergency candle doubles as a stove), comfort foods, small shovel, hatchet, etc.


Whatever you put together, as another professional, JC Dodge over at Mason Dixon Tactical, is wont to say, “ounces make pounds and pounds make pain,” so make sure you can, in fact, carry it.  Over-packing is a serious drawback, and as such, let your decisions be based on NEED v. WANT balanced against your environment and trip plans.  Wirecutter provides a good explanation of what his kit includes, here.

overpacked ruck

Your fitness level is directly related to your probability of making the trip home on foot.  Remember that, and take appropriate measures.  Don’t plan on being able to drive, though every mile put behind you in your vehicle helps immeasurably in your effort to get home to protect your ‘precious cargo’.  Discipline in your fitness regimen will save you from regret during the ‘real thing’ when you’re trying to get home and just don’t have what it takes.


Keep the primary objective in mind at all times:  GET HOME WITHOUT INJURY IN ORDER TO PROTECT PRECIOUS CARGO.  Only pack and carry what you actually need to achieve that objective.  And during the trip, every thing you do should be guided by that objective as well.


reunited family

6 thoughts on “Re-Post: Essential Skills: Getting Home – Pt 3

  1. Pingback: DTG Essential Skills “Get Home” Series | Mason Dixon Tactical

  2. anonymous

    Eye protection definitely, especially for night time hiking. Getting a branch in the eye would be a disaster so at the very least some type of safety goggles would be a very good idea. Someone had mentioned using swim googles for a compact solution – I’ve never tried that, but worth mentioning and trying.

  3. Y

    The problem with swimming goggles is that if a branch glances off the bridge of the nose it could shift the googles away and then strike the eye. A full face shield would not only protect the eyes well, but also the mouth. A sharp stick in the teeth must hurt like Hell. That pain could also lead to screams of pain, which could alert human or animal enemies.

  4. revjen45

    For a SHTF knife may I recommend the Glock – it’s light. easy to sharpen, takes a good edge, and available with a double milled saw on the back.

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