Get Home Bag contents list

Please don’t look at this list as complete or all-inclusive.  This is a starting point and will be revised over time.  Not everyone will need all of these items.  The more experienced will need only a few.  I will be discussing my reasoning for individual items later on in this series.   Thank you!  TEP

  • Basics
    • Knife, folding
    • Lighter/back up
    • Flashlight
    • 550 cord (Para cord) (multi-purpose)
    • Sunglasses
    • Fresnel lens (multi-purpose)
    • Maps
    • Compass
    • Walking shoes/boots
    • Mylar blanket
    • Duct tape (multi-purpose)
    • Multi tool
    • Electrical tape (multi-purpose)
    • Zip lock bags (multi-purpose)
    • Nitrile gloves (2 pair, good quality)
  • Clothing
    • Change of clothes, functional
    • Socks
    • Underwear
    • Seasonal layering
  • First aid
    • Band aids
    • Moleskin (big piece/pieces, for blisters)
    • Anti-diarrheal
    • Benadryl
    • Ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve
    • Aspirin
    • Visine

Prescription drugs – One-day supply x estimated days of travel + 1

Food – One-day supply x estimated days of travel + 1

  • Energy bars
  • Jerky
  • Pemmican
  • Nuts
  • Water
    • Carry what you can
    • Katadyn VirusStat, Sawyer mini or similar
    • Coffee filters (pre-filtering water) (multi-purpose)
  • Shelter
    • Poncho (multi-purpose)
    • Poncho liner
  • Hygiene
    • Wipes
    • Body/baby powder
    • Toilet paper
    • Wyzee wipes (multi-purpose)
    • Toothbrush (if travel will be more than 1 day)
    • Small mouthwash (if travel will be more than 1 day)
    • Dental floss (multi-purpose)
    • Hand sanitizer
  • Safety
    • N-95 masks (2)
    • Leather gloves
  • Optional
    • Knife, fixed blade (necessary for longer trips)
    • Binoculars (If your journey will be 2 days or longer)
    • Walking stick
    • Bivy bag
    • Life straw
    • Camo netting
    • Items for Field Expedient Early Warning Devices
    • AM/FM/SW radio
    • Cell phone battery pack
    • Ham or GMRS radio
  • Morale
    • Spiritual material of your choice
    • Notes from family, photos (for longer trips)
  • Seasonal
    • Summer
      • Hat
      • Insect repellant
      • Sunscreen/block
    • Winter
      • Insulated clothing
      • Long underwear
      • Heat packs
      • Sleeping bag (extreme cold weather, overnight travel)
      • Watch cap
      • Insulated gloves

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