Make An Emergency ‘Get Home Bag’

Make An Emergency ‘Get Home Bag’

You may already have a 72-hour disaster kit or even a longer-term Doomsday survival kit, but what if you’re caught at work when disaster strikes? If you don’t already have one, create a survival kit that will help you get home from work and keep you safe for at least 24 hours.

Why do you need a Get Home Bag (GHB)? Most of us spend more time away from home than at home, and as The Art of Manliness points out, “just getting home can be a survival journey in and of itself” — whether the disaster is caused by severe weather, a blackout, terrorist attack, or other event.

Creek Stewart, author of Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit, outlines all the supplies he keeps in his GHB. Not surprisingly, these include water, energy bars and a multi-tool.

Some items you might not have thought of are a paper map, paracord, small signal mirror, and headlamp. His list is more extensive than the office survival kit we’ve noted before. Check out Stewart’s list to make sure you don’t miss any items that could make all the difference when you need to get home safely.

What’s in your Get Home Bag or office survival kit?

How to Build a Get Home Bag (+Book Giveaway) [The Art of Manliness]


  • Somewhat amused by the commenters in the linked blog post, suggesting that a Bible is essential. Unless you intend to use the pages as kindling, it’s merely dead weight.

      • So if I were to make a statement saying why don’t you do something offensive to a religious group in regards to something they hold sacred would you call that trolling? Well yes, I am making that point and trolling her (I think its a her) but the point still stands that what she is saying is deeply offensive to some. I think partly why you are also confused is because my troll in itself isn’t really offensive :p

        • It wasn’t a troll. I truly believe it would be an unnecessary weight. I don’t care if it offends. That wasn’t my intention, but if that’s how someone takes it, so be it.

          • Well with that attitude do you also go around saying racist or sexist or descriminatory comments? Dafuq… I do what I want… its not my fault that people get offended when I say x group of people should be beaten, shot and cleansed. Cheers for the logic Natnie

          • Errr, saying that a Bible would be useless in a survival kit is a statement of fact. What’s the problem?

          • Why is it a statement of fact? Define “survival kit” and “useful”. A swiss army knife can get you so far in survival, it’s the will to live that will be doing most of the work.

  • Yeah, maybe he should have said that the Koran was an essential item, or a motorbike repair manual, or a stuffed pheasant and some champagne. Honestly a bible is optional for most people, only essential to a select few.

    • Cheers for your Logic.

      Apparently if someone makes the point that it’s not essential to carry a non-survival related item, which has no practical survival related use in the event of a disaster, it means they’re a troll, or alternatively, want wholesome religious folk to be shot, beaten and cleansed.

  • Cmon guys, this is supposed to be lifehacker au.

    I’m Christian, and I think it is safe to say that the Bible does not qualify as survival equipment. That is absurd. A bible is certainly a luxury that I would try to include in my main zombie escape kit but really, why the fuck all the butthurt on both sides of the camp here?


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