The Ultimate Get Home Bag List

You’re sitting in the office and typing away when the power goes out. You hear the sirens in the distance.

At first, everyone is quiet. The manager comes out to say there has been some kind of disaster. Public transportation has been temporarily shut down.

There is no power. Every store and restaurant are closed until whatever is going on is over and done with.

You walk out to your car, grab you get home bag, and start walking. Who would you rather be: the people stuck in the office overnight or the person unafraid to go home?

Keep reading to find out everything you need for your get home bag list.

What’s a Get Home Bag?

You may be familiar with the term “Bug out bag” as well as the “bug in bag”.

They are substantially different. Both of those setups are for about a week either stuck in your home or having no other option but to leave it.

The get home bag is for when it’s the only place you want to go. It’s to give you enough supplies to last 1-3 days. Here’s what you need.

The Get Home Bag List

1. Backpack

This is at the top of our get home bag list for a reason. Your backpack should be light, durable, and above all else, waterproof.

2. Food and Water

You’ll want at least a liter of water (preferably in a metal container, in case you need to boil it to make it safe for drinking or cooking). For food, go with high-calorie snack or protein bars and other foods that are light, easy to eat, and will give you sustainable energy, such as sardines or tuna.

Use plastic wear to lighten the load. Push comes to shove, you can make an eating utensil out of pretty much anything.

3. Protection

A handgun if you can legally carry it with plenty of ammo. You’ll want an everyday carry (EDC) knife for protection and utility uses such as clearing a jammed round in the chamber, cutting paracord, etc.), as well as a quality survival knife.

4. Fire Starting

Keep it light and simple. A waterproof survival lighter like the free Everstryke Pro and some weatherproof tinder will be fine  Remember, we’re on the fly here. Don’t weigh yourself down.

Watch this cotton ball fire starter video so see how quickly you can start a fire with a ferro rod, a cotton ball, and some petroleum jelly:


5. First-Aid

This kind of goes without saying. If you want to be prepared for anything, this should probably be one of your first buys.

6. Flashlights

At the very least, you’ll want a head lamp. They’re light and keep your hands free to work. We all suggest a small and lightweight EDC flashlight (this one’s free).

7. Cash

When the power goes out, Mastercard won’t be accepted everywhere…

8. Emergency Items

An N95 face mask, an emergency mylar blanket, a lightweight tarp, and at least 100 ft of paracord. Being ready for anything means being ready for everything.

9. Hygiene Items

Just because there’s a disaster doesn’t mean we can’t stay fresh and clean. Toothbrush and paste, wet naps, bandana. If you want to bring toilet paper and have room for it, by all means.

10. Clothes and Shoes

You never know what the weather is going to be like in a disaster. Be prepared with weather appropriate clothing and footwear.

11. Radio and Navigational Tools

This could be the only way you have of knowing what’s going on around you and how to best avoid it. These products are all light and easy to pack.

These are the essential items for your get home bag. They pair nicely with the bug out/bug in versions. However, it’s really important to keep them separate. As an example, don’t use one first aid kit for each edition.

What did you think of our get home bag list? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check out more of our free survival gear while you’re at it.