Minimalist(ish) Get Home Bag/GHB - Updated

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Minimalist(ish) Get Home Bag/GHB - Updated

Post by DurzoBlint38 » Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:35 am

I wanted to put together a GHB for my pickup truck. I had some size and weight constraints on this bag as my truck is an older standard cab Nissan Hardbody. I wanted a small bag to fit behind the seats and out of sight from anyone looking to break into cars. I also did not want to transfer bags from vehicle to vehicle as that gets old and at some point I will forget or not have the time and that's the day I'll need the bag. So now both of my vehicles have dedicated GHB's. OK enough chit chat, get to the pics man!

The bag is a mini BOB from LAPoliceGear.com, so yes it's a man purse. The whole thing weighs 7 pounds. I reweighed it and even after adding a few things it came out as 7 pounds. I added a carabiner per a suggestion to the outside along with a small Princeton tec squeeze light.
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Fire
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Tealight candle x 2
Water proof matches
mini Bic lighter
Ferro rod
Trioxane fire starter

Tools
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Zip ties x 15(ish)
6' of duct tape
20' pf para cord
Safety pins x 6
Mini pry bar
Swisstech tool
Kabar Dozier knife
Work gloves - in dif pic

Light
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Fenix E01 flashlight
12 hour light stick
2 spare AAA batteries

Food
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Power bar x 2 - 480 calories
Millennium bar - 400 calories

Signaling/communication
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Signal mirror
Whistle
Button compass
Coby "pocket" radio and 4 spare AAA batteries

Shelter
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Emergency blanket
Emergency poncho
Garbage bag x 2
Bandana
Gloves
Fleece hat

Water
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12 oz water bottles x 2
Potable Aqua tabs
Coffee filters x 5
Frontier filter straw
Whirl-Pak water bag
Sierra cup
16 .oz Platy bottle

First Aid
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Pepto x 2
Aleve x 2
Ibuprofen x 4
Tylenol Sinus x 2
Generic Sinus x 2
Antacid x 2
4x4 gauze pads x 4
Self adherent wrap
Gauze roll x 2
Medical tape
Nitril gloves x 4
Krazy glue
Band Aids x 8
Non Adherent pads x 3
Triple Antibiotic ointment x 3
Alcohol prep pads x 4

Comfort and hygiene
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Wet ones
Kleenex
Lip balm
Hand sanitizer

Writing
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Note book
Sharpie
Pen

Defense
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Pepper spray

Forgot to add these to other pictures
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Socks, synthetic blend
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N95 mask x 2
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$4 in quarters and $20 in paper bills. No it's not much cash but it will buy me some food, phone call, gas or a taxi ride.


While compiling this post I realized a few things I need to add and upgrade.
1. I need a better water system. Either a Platy bottle to save space or a real water bottle. The "water bag" I have in there wont cut it. Done
2. Cash, paper and coin. Done
3. Maps of my AO.
4. I live near Seattle so lots of rain. I would like to add a real rain jacket but don't have the room. I'll have to think on that one.
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Re: Minimalist(ish) Get Home Bag/GHB

Post by AnonEmous » Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:47 am

Looks fairly comprehensive; do you have a regular schedule that takes you a specific distance from home or do you have to prepare for everything from a 2 mile hike to a 40 mile trek?

Excellent idea to include the bandana, so many uses for that one piece of gear.

Small changes that I personally would make:
- add more latex gloves to the FAK (can get latex gloves cheap and seperate them in individual baggies; this is mainly helpful if you plan on helping others or needing others to help you; also beneficial if you witness a traffic accident and need to administer any help, if you choose to do so)
- swap out the gauze for two of Kerlix gauze (its 8 ply and comes 3.4 inches by 3.6 yards, great stuff, online deals beat drug store costs by at least 50%)
- add some moleskin for blisters from any long walk
- add a small 2oz. travel bottle of provode-iodine as a quick way to cleanse wounds or add a few more alcohol pads
- add some heavy work gloves or mechanix gloves in case you have to move debris

These changes should only marginally add weight of your bag.

I have that LA Police Gear bag in my bug out bag as a way to sub-organize items and keep them easy to find. Some people bad mouth La Police Gear quality, but I would aniticipate it would work just fine as you plan to use it.
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Re: Minimalist(ish) Get Home Bag/GHB

Post by Bender711 » Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:43 pm

Looks like a good bag! Anon's suggestions are good. Although personally I like the compressed gauze more than the Kerlix, for space reasons. I also prefer Nitrile gloves to latex, allergic reactions in some people and all that.

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Re: Minimalist(ish) Get Home Bag/GHB

Post by AnonEmous » Wed Jun 08, 2011 1:14 am

Bender711 wrote:I also prefer Nitrile gloves to latex, allergic reactions in some people and all that.
Yes, regardless of the material (and latex allergies can be a concern), I mainly wanted to point out that having multiple pairs of gloves in individual baggies can help with treating yourself, family members, or others. Overall, the preparations made and the weight of the GHB bag seem well within reason.

One more recommendation: do you plan to stash any cash in it? Having a small selection of $1, $5, and maybe even a few $10 bills can be helpful.
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Re: Minimalist(ish) Get Home Bag/GHB

Post by DurzoBlint38 » Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:10 am

Thanks Bender and Anon.

Anon - The truck is not a daily driver but I do some times take it to work about 10 miles away. It is unlikely that the truck/bag will ever be more then 15 miles from my home.

The medical tape does double duty as mole skin I have used medical tape many times in place of mole skin and I find it works great and is a lot cheaper.

Work gloves are a good idea.

Yes I plan on adding some cash, see #4 near the bottom of my original post.

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Re: Minimalist(ish) Get Home Bag/GHB

Post by AnonEmous » Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:56 am

Yes, after I wrote that about the moleskin, I realized I did the same thing on vacation recently: used a 4x4 bandage to cover some irritating cuts on my foot and it held and worked just fine. Bandages or bandaids work just as well as a short term solution in a pinch. Forgot about your idea to include cash, my apologies.

In any case, you have a fairly decent GHB put together. I have found the true test of decent FAK, GHB, or bug out bags is that you regularly use supplies from it (as long as you replace them). You will probably find yourself reaching for it often in non-emergency settings, which probably means it is just what you need.
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Re: Minimalist(ish) Get Home Bag/GHB

Post by DurzoBlint38 » Tue Jul 19, 2011 12:18 am

Update

I have added a few items to this little GHB since posting this thread. I took some suggestions and added a few things I had always intended to add.

The Platy bag I had always wanted to add to the bag is now there and work gloves. No, not leather work gloves but these roll up real small and they are still a lot better then no work gloves at all.
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A pocket or mini radio. This will help me know what is going on around me in the event I need to abandon the truck. It also uses AAA batteries so it shares batteries with the Fenix E01 flashight. I added 4 more AAA's (only two are in the picture but I added more).
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A little Princeton Tec Pulsar 2 light in red. I got this thing on a really good deal and just didn't have anything else to do with it so I clipped it to the outside of the bag with a Nite Ize S Biner.
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Post by Jeffcee » Tue Jul 19, 2011 1:20 am

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Re: Minimalist(ish) Get Home Bag/GHB

Post by TMedina » Tue Jul 19, 2011 5:58 pm

I think you need a slightly larger flashlight to supplement the E01 - something with just a little more oomph than the E01.

You can stick to something in AAA since you already have the E01, or up to a single/double AA flashlight.

Also: a carabiner.

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Re: Minimalist(ish) Get Home Bag/GHB

Post by 2now » Wed Jul 20, 2011 12:32 am

Nice kit!

Not much to recommend that you have not already noted or other have mentioned.

So how about:
Small sewing kit?
upgrade the defense package?
debit card?
large tyvex envelope?
painters drop cloth to add to the shelter package?
wire
small hardware assortment [1 masonary nail, an eye screw, and a couple if nut/bolt/washer combinations

I like to add a plane iron to my kits to allow me to improvise a chopper.
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Post by 2now » Fri Jul 22, 2011 12:43 am

how much does the whole kit weight?
how large is it?
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Re: Minimalist(ish) Get Home Bag/GHB

Post by DurzoBlint38 » Fri Jul 22, 2011 5:16 am

2now wrote:how much does the whole kit weight?
how large is it?
Maybe you missed it but it says right at the top, its a mini bob from lapolicegear (manpurse) 7 pounds.

2now,

what would you suggest adding to "upgrade" the defense package? Keep in mind I can't have a gun in here becasue it some times goes to work with me and there is a small chance my car could be searched.

TMedina,

There is a coast lenser 8604 in the truck glove box. it kinda sucks, and that's why it lives in the truck. That being said it does have a much better throw then the Fenix E01.
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Re: Minimalist(ish) Get Home Bag/GHB

Post by Aceman » Sun Jul 24, 2011 8:21 pm

I like it!

Comment: I note all the fire gear is in one container. Might want to put one piece of fire gear, knife, and water etc....

In a separate bag. drop the minimal minimum in a pocket, the rest is in the bag. I keep a pouch with all of that clipped to my bag. Grab the bag, unclip and drop the pouch in a pocket.

You may already do that. Just thinking about one failure / loss and all your fire gear is gone.

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Re: Minimalist(ish) Get Home Bag/GHB

Post by DUNCAN » Sun Jul 24, 2011 9:03 pm

Niiiiice.....

I'm putting mine together with a Camelbak Mule hydration pack I just ordered. My inventory list is almost the same. I'll post some pics soon.

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