The “Get Back Home (GBH) Bag” is the one full of the things you might need if, say, you were stranded somewhere and had to walk back to base - or, in my case, out of the city office and back home. I’d like to keep some really basic “urban survival” gear in my daily commuter bag, and I’ve just had a Crumpler Local Identity backpack repaired (for free under Crumpler’s lifetime warranty) so it seems like a good one to design around. Following the category system I’m going to add to the Bug Out page, my GBH bag has (or will have): Essentials #1

  • water - metal water bottle
  • food - high-calorie trail mix
  • shelter - NA
  • heat - fire-lighter
  • comms - ?
Survival #1
  • medkit
    • small daily carry medkit with ibuprofen, anti-histamine, band-aids, lip balm, …
  • navigation
    • mini-compass on
  • lights
    • small CREE led torch
    • red LED flasher/tail-light
  • equipment
    • mini Army knife
      • NOTE: In NSW, under the Summary of Offences Act 1988, Section 11C: “A person must not, without reasonable excuse (proof of which lies on the person), have in his or her custody a knife in a public place or a school.”
    • Fisher space pen
Role-specific:
  • electronics
    • USB cables (USB-C, micro-USB)
    • external USB battery
  • hygiene
    • deodorant
    • mints
  • clothing
    • beanie, gloves, neck gaitor, fresh socks
    • gym gear
  • money
    • 2x $20 in different spots
    • a couple of bucks in $2 and $1 coins