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Off-Roading: What to Ride in 2013

Off-Roading: What to Ride in 2013

While there are many ATV and UTV manufacturers out there Polaris is one of my favorites!  They make a ton of great off road vehicles and I have driven several and loved them each time I rode them.  I also happen to think that ATVs and UTVs would make a great addition to any Bug Out Location or survival retreat as a work and utility vehicle and in some cases as a quick get away option as well.  It couldn’t be a better time to own an off-road vehicle — it’s more popular now than ever.  Now is the time to get that ATV for sale you’ve been eyeing and hit the trails.  Take a look at these 5 outstanding vehicles and let me know what you think of each of them in the comments below!

This working class off-road vehicle is completely redesigned from previous work vehicles by Polaris. Taking the pristine ProStar 900 engine, the Ranger offers the fun of the RZR with the efficiency of a work vehicle, including a motorized vertical-tilting dump bed. According to ATV.com, it can carry 1,000 pounds in the bed and tow 2,000 pounds. The vehicle also comes standard with LED taillights and headlights. The Ranger is not only quieter than most UTVs, it has a smooth ride that can take on tough terrain and weather conditions.

ATV.com reported that Polaris geared the new Scrambler toward “riders who want more power and a sportier ride in a four-wheel drive vehicle.” Such luxurious perks for this vehicle include exhaustion silencer, anti-kickback feature, rolled independent rear suspension, headlights and taillights and Polaris’ exclusive “On-Demand, True All-Wheel Drive.” With its sporty look and powerful drive, it’s sure to deliver a thrilling ride.

This is perhaps the most highly-anticipated off-road vehicle coming out in 2013. “The RZR lineup is a full family of sport vehicles, covering high-performance, trail and multi-passenger models,” Polaris reported in a release. “RZR continues to be the only Side-by-Side line with razor sharp performance for the ultimate combination of power, suspension and agility.” With a newly-designed transmission, larger air filters and the ProStar 900 engine, which revs 2,000 rpms higher than other RZR engines. The silky smooth ride makes it almost unbelievable that this 88 horsepower vehicle can get you up to an exhilarating 73 mph.

According to ATV Illustrated, Polaris added more power to all of their 850 cc Sportsman models and expects to see more power added to the Entry/Sport lines in 2013. The Premium, 2-Up and Value lines from Polaris continue to be the hardest-working, smoothest-riding all-terrain vehicles on the market in 2013. These lines include several standard and limited editions of the Sportsman XPs and Tourings. If you are looking for reliability and versatility, these vehicles are your best bet.

According to snowmobile.com, “An RMK is a simple snowmobile with power and grit. It is an in-the-trenches soldier that has your back and will not leave you behind.” RMKs are tough, reliable vehicles that let you stay in control and give a more confident ride. Both the 600 and 800 are OK for beginners to learn on as well as offering agility and toughness for more serious riders. While there are some differences between these and the Pro RMKs (they don’t have the Pro Polaris Quick Drive belt system or the Pro tapered handlebars), they cost significantly less while still offering much of the features of the Pros.

The answer to that question really depends on your situation.  If you live in the city and would have to go several miles on paved roads and possible through Police check points this may not be your first option.  But if you have a Bug Out Location or Survival Retreat and can preposition one of these bad boys at that site, this may be a great option.  Or perhaps you live in a rural area and just need something to be able to make a fast break and go several miles back into a more remote wilderness area or just need something that can get you to a friend or family members house.  Like I said before it really just depends on your situation.  But one thing is for sure.  Polaris ATVs, UTVs, and Snowmobiles are great vehicles and they are highly capable of saving you a lot of back breaking work. They can also move you from point A to point B in very little time with a high degree of mobility in all terrain situations. They are more fuel efficient that a full size vehicle. They can be stored in a smaller space.  They are also a good back up plan to a primary Bug Out Vehicle!

 

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Off-Roading: What to Ride in 2013

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Full List Of Gear I Currently Carry In My Vehicle:

Full List Of Gear I Currently Carry In My Vehicle:


This is a look at the gear and tools that I carry in my daily commuter car. My Vehicle Everyday Carry Gear includes tools, safety items, rope, tow straps, gasoline (don’t worry I emptied the can), etc. I’m not finished outfitting this vehicle yet so feel free to let me know what I have forgotten to include by leaving a comment below! I do plan to add in a Get Home Bag and a Vehicle Survival Kit as well as an Auto Possibles Bag with some extra auto repair items. Watch the review video below!

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1. What is the Track Record for the Vehicle’s Make and Model?

1. What is the Track Record for the Vehicle’s Make and Model?

According to Benjamin Franklin, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” If you do not actively search for the best bug out vehicle, you may be failing at one of the most important parts of prepping. A bug out vehicle is more than just a car or truck that will get you from one place to another during a major crisis. You may wind up sleeping in it, cooking in it, and going through some of the worst events in your life while you are in transit. This article highlights 10 main points you should always keep in mind when evaluating bug out vehicles and which options may help you overcome the most challenges.

Your bug out vehicle should be dependable and reliable in all weather conditions. Basing your decision on what the salesman or previous buyer said, and a small test drive can easily lead you astray. Visit safercar.gov for a range of information on different vehicle models. Aside from recall information, you can also look at consumer complaints. Do consumers complain about fuel pump problems, computer issues, or other anything else that might break down at the worst possible moment? While every vehicle is bound to have a few complaints, there are also patterns for some vehicles that indicate they will not be good for bugging out.

A bug out vehicle should be able to go to any area at a moment’s notice.
It should have enough room for everyone in the group plus tools, supplies, and bug out gear.
Must be able to negotiate obstacles and rough terrain, plus navigate well in bad weather.
You should be able to carry out routine maintenance needs, and make minor to mid-level repairs without assistance from a mechanic or expensive computers.
Tools required for maintenance and repair must not be complex or expensive.
The vehicle should have good ground clearance to cross a desert and rough open ground.
If possible it should also be Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) proof.

Must have a strong aftermarket following. If it does then there will be plenty of cheap aftermarket parts and accessories available even after a disaster has occurred.
You should feel comfortable and confident when handling the vehicle. There will be enough stress from the situation alone. You do not need to add inadequate leg room, sticky seats, or other problems that will increase stress levels and cause driver fatigue to hit sooner.
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There are advantages and disadvantages related to both groups of vehicles. On the downside, newer vehicles have computer systems that can be hacked from remote locations by anyone that wants to shut them down. You will also find that newer vehicles have all kinds of codes that must be punched in after repairs or service are made. Without these codes, your vehicle might not run, or may not run correctly even though you did everything else right. That being said, newer vehicles require less maintenance and have better safety and handling features that might be important in certain terrains.

There is a great deal of controversy about whether older vehicles are stronger and better built than newer ones. Do your research carefully to find out about the materials used in the construction of the engine, suspension and drive train.  How easy it will be to obtain replacement parts. Both old and new vehicles can be plagued by a lack of available parts. A great deal depends on the model of the vehicle and how many other vehicles share the same or similar parts.

Two-wheel drive vehicles are fine for driving on well-paved roads and some gravel or well-maintained dirt roads. You still need a 4 wheel drive vehicle for getting over bumpy roads, muddy outback conditions, or other terrains that require more than a two wheel drive vehicle can deliver.
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When evaluating the cost of the best possible bug out vehicle and accessories, it is likely to be beyond your budget. Don’t give up on the perfect vehicle in exchange for something cheaper before you consider these options:

It is very tempting to choose vehicles that have been modified to improve ground clearance or other things that might seem useful in a bug out vehicle. While some changes may be useful, others are expensive and may prevent you from doing maintenance and repairs in the field. Overall, it is to your advantage to stay with stock parts and keep the vehicle as close to stock form as possible.

A vehicle with stock parts will be cheaper to maintain because it will be easier to get the parts.  You will have access to more information about the history of the parts and how well they stand up over time. By contrast, custom parts history may not be readily available in databases such as the ones housed at safercar.gov.

I am a strong believer that the bug out vehicle should have a diesel engine. Despite one or two disadvantages, the following is why I feel diesel engines are the best.  If you must store your fuel, diesel fuel with additives can last up to ten times longer than gasoline. Many diesel engines are multi-fuel engines and can run on other fuels such as home heating oils (don’t forget to strain them), kerosene, moonshine, and jet fuels if necessary.  Diesel engines are very durable. Their service life is about twice that of gas engines. Diesel engines usually give much better fuel economy than gas engines. Most older diesel engines designs that are mechanical should be EMP proof, or would have minimal repairs if needed.

For all their advantages, diesel engines will not work well in all climates. If you are going to travel through areas where temperatures are sub zero and freezing, these vehicles may not start up, or may not run at all. There are some accessories to help deal with this problem, however they require electricity to keep the engine warm through the night.

Overall, the worst vehicles for bugging out are electric vehicles and hybrids. These vehicles simply don’t have enough power in the motors or the engines. They also have too many computer parts and have expensive batteries that are hard to replace. If you have a hybrid or electric vehicle as a family car, you’d be better off trading it in for a full gasoline engine vehicle until you can get something else that you can reserve just for bugging out.

If you are budget conscious and concerned about fuel availability, you may be very tempted to choose lighter weight vehicles. While these vehicles may do just fine in city driving or even in small towns, their drive trains, engines, and transmissions are no match for off road driving, high-speed driving, and many other conditions that you may have to deal with while bugging out. When it comes to your bug out vehicle, you are better served by choosing a vehicle with a heavier engine and heavy duty axles. You may not get as much mileage to the gallon, but at least you will not get stuck because the vehicle cannot navigate over difficult terrain.

This is a great place to look for a good bug out vehicle at a reasonable price. Most of these vehicles are diesel in the 6.2-liter class. You will usually find that they might not be extremely fast, but they will have a lot of power and be very dependable and durable. They are usually set up to tow a heavy trailer.  As a bonus you may find a vehicle that is sold together with a trailer.

Color and Paint Condition – Let’s say you found the perfect truck or car for your bug out needs, but it is painted carnation pink with blue racing stripes. While everything may be perfect under the hood, those colors are bound to stick out like a sore thumb no matter where you go. Bug out vehicles must not draw attention or be easy to remember by anyone that sees them. The color of the vehicle and paint condition should match the areas you plan to drive through. If you do find a vehicle that is the wrong color, have that redone. You should also carry along some paint and other gear that can be used to make the vehicle look muddy, rusty, or anything else that will blend in with the local area. For example, if you are driving from an area where rust develops to a drier climate, that rust will mark your vehicle as foreign to the area. In this case, you would add a light covering of thinner paint to make the color underneath look faded. By the same token, if you are traveling out of a desert area into one that gets a lot more rain, you would want to make the paint look less faded, but with a few rust spots here and there.

Vehicle Design and Features – while you may think a lift kit will make it easier for off-road driving, it is also very easy to remember by other drivers. If you have to make changes to the vehicle that decrease its ability to blend in with the local traffic, then pick another vehicle.

Towing Hitch Type – standard ball hitches may be easier to find, but they can come loose on rough terrain and cause the trailer to flip over. This can ruin both the trailer and the vehicle towing it, not to mention cause a road hazard that will draw unwanted attention. Pintle type hitches are safer, heavy duty, and will not let the trailer jump out of the hitch. Usually, you can get these trailers and hitches much cheaper at a military surplus store.

Secondary fuel tanks – choose tanks that can extend your driving range as well as ones that can accommodate different fuels.
Improve front and rear bumpers by strengthening them to take greater impacts without damaging them.

Install brighter lights so that you can travel safer on strange or twisty roads during the night hours. Remember, brighter lights will not necessarily increase the distance you can travel without over running the lights, but it can help illuminate the sides of the road where deer may run out from.

Roof top cargo racks. These racks allow the vehicle to carry more cargo on the trip.

Add a CB radio or a Ham radio

Have full tire spares. If you have a blowout you must have a full tire to replace it with. An emergency spare tire is not strong enough or safe enough to drive off roadways.

Your bug out vehicle is just as important as every other piece of equipment in your stockpile. Choosing the best vehicle is as much about doing research on fundamental elements as it is having a good idea about all your travel needs. If you have any comments on how you built your perfect bug out vehicle please post them in the comments section.

Bonus Tip: Another potential option for bugging out could be to rent or buy a Recreational Vehicle (RV). RVs have a ton of great features and they are specifically built for living out of for short periods of time.  My recommendation would to to first rent an RV and see if this is a good choice for you.  If you are looking to rent an RV checkout this site. If the rental goes well you may want to consider buying an RV.  These days RVs are built to last and will provide many years of good times and great vacations as well! Plus you may even be eligible for a tax deduction of you finance it.

For further reading see below:

Basic Guide For Ready To Go Bug-Out Vehicle

The Best Bug Out Vehicle for YOU! (PHOTOS)

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I am an Eagle Scout and a retired police officer. I love the great outdoors and I am very conservation minded. It is my wish to pass along to other generations what I have learned in my lifetime. I am a champion marksman with handguns, rifles, and shotguns. You can read more of my articles on Survivor’s Fortress. Follow us on Twitter.

I totally agree with you; it is vital to take care before investing in bug vehicle and thanks for making easy to us, this helpful for the people like me who love the outdoor life. 🙂

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1. What is the Track Record for the Vehicle’s Make and Model?

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Get Home Bag Contents:

Get Home Bag Contents:

A Get Home Bag is essentially the little brother to the Bug Out Bag.  The Get Home Bag is lighter and smaller and built for quick movement to assist you in one purpose, getting home!  The Get Home Bag is meant to be left in your primary every day use vehicle and it just sits and waits until needed in an emergency.  In July 2011, I initially wrote an article about my Vehicle Every Day Carry items and included in that list was a Get Home Bag.  Here is an updated look at what I currently carry in my Get Home Bag.  I highly recommend keeping a Get Home Bag in your vehicle in case it breaks down beyond repair, gets stuck in a ditch or for whatever reason you just have to leave the vehicle and go on foot.

All of the gear in my Get Home Bag fits nicely in a small backpack and it all weighs about 22 lbs. But once you put on the tennis shoes, socks and drink the water, the weight drops a few pounds.  A little heavier than most will be used to carrying on long walks, but it isn’t over whelming and will give you plenty of resources to deal with a wide variety of situations.

While most all of the items in a Get Home Bag should have multiple uses the extra cell phone battery, the cash, prepaid calling card and emergency credit card are in all likelihood the most useful in most real world emergencies (non-SHTF type scenarios).  If you had a long walk the extra socks and tennis shoes would also come in very handy, especially if you have to wear nice dress clothes to work.  High heels or dress shoes aren’t fun on long walks. Well, I’m not personally aware of the comfort level of high heels, but my wife tells me they aren’t great…

Check out this newer article with a couple of recent videos on the topic of Get Home Bags!

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my only problem with this is leaving it in your car — too many break-ins in the city but overall it is a fine bag…

Duct or Gorilla tape. Small roll you roll up yourself doesn’t take much room.

David, Good Point! Leaving it in your car is certainly a risk. If you could take it in and leave it at your desk that could certainly be an option too. Personally, I would probably forget to take it with me back to my car everyday, thus not having it with me if I needed it on the ride home. I guess there are always trade offs. Thanks! JJ

Dennis, Good thought! How could I have forgotten duct tape! THANKS. jj

I keep 30 to 50 dollars in rolled quarters in my bag. They’re a bit of added weight but vending machines love them. I also have one of the maylar blankets and a camo nets sold for hunting blinds. The net does double duty as a bug barrier and a degree of camo if I have to shelter for the night.

JJ this is a great list. Certainly missed a few items in my bag. Multiple currency denominations is somthing I think will be key to carry – unless you have something to barter with.

Mike, Great idea on the denominations. Certainly couldn’t hurt to have a couple small barter items as well. I wouldn’t carry too much though because my goal for this bag is to try and keep it as light as possible so I could move as quick as possible to get home. Good stuff though! Thanks. JJ

Ishimo, Good call on the rolled quarters. Easier to break up for smaller transactions. I suppose I could even get a roll of junk silver half dollars in their as well like Survivor Milke suggested for possible Barter if it were ever needed. Thanks! JJ

You don’t have a Jolly Tank in your bag! Lol

LMAO…that is funny! I don’t technically carry it in my GHB. But I do have a couple in my glove box. I should good ahead and throw a couple in the GHB as well since they are so light and easy. Thanks for pointing that out!

What do you use for water in your GHB?

Cheers JJ

Carlos, Will do! I had plans to do a post on my Bug Out Bag, but with Creek Stewart’s book release recently, I thought I would wait a bit. Let me know if you want to see anything specific! Cheers JJ

Those sneakers in the picture are an excellent idea – esp for women, what with the shoes we wear. I would suggest one of those “Shake Lights” instead of a battery-dependent one, though. And I also didn’t notice an emergency blanket or bivy on the list…

TETE,
Good call on the Shake light / Chem lights. That would be great lightweight addition. You could also throw in am emergency bivy as well, I had one of those cheapo ponchos in mine which sort of took the place of a emergency blanket, I just added it because I had it laying around. But an emergency bivy or blanket like one of those made by SOL (http://www.adventuremedicalkits.com/product.php?catname=Shelter&prodname=SOL%20Emergency%20Blanket&product=145) could easily take its place. It is all personal preference really, just remember to keep it as light as possible because the goal is to be able to move as fast as possible back home, more gear does slow the pace. But all of your points are excellent and could certainly be added with a minimum of weight. Thanks! JJ

You might add at least (1) 55 gal trash bag for multiple uses. From a flotation device to cross rivers, to shelter, poncho, water tote, and much more. I carry (2).

What I do for Duct tape is take about 6 feet of the role and wind it around a pencile. That way it takes up much less space in my bag (and I have something to write with).

SpringPrepper,
Good Stuff! the 55 Gallon trash bag is a great survival item!

Thanks

JJ

great list, only discrepancy is a full water bottle in a car over night in a northern winter climate will freeze and can rupture, though leaving it say 3/4 full or less willl help prevent that. minor issue, unless your bottle burst/leaks. One other thing i might add would be a nalgene collapsable wide mouth bottle that can be rolled up when not full and a back up water container. Great list, most of which i dont have yet sadly.

Doug,
That is a great point about the full water bottles in a cold winter night. I hadn’t thought about that. I lived in Nebraska where the winters get pretty cold and never had a problem, but you are right I was probably lucky! Thanks. JJ

A couple of sharpies they write on anything. When you have to leave a quick note to someone. or leave a breadcrumb so someone can follow your trail.

Doug, Great addition! I totally overlooked that. Thanks. Jj

Having several weapons myself, being an avid hunter, I always put the safety of my weapons at high priority, making sure they don’t get into the wrong hands, which is why they are always locked up in a secure gunsafe at home. I understand americans are not so careful with their weapons when you leave them laying around in your car in parking lots where anyone can break in and take your bag. This might be the reason why it’s so easy for the “bad guys” as NRA calls them, to get their hands on guns like yours, because you people just don’t use your head when you throw your guns around like this.

I REALLY hope you at least bring your gun with you at all times, while leaving the rest of the bags contents in your car. Anything else is reckless and basically begging criminals to get their hands on your gun.

I think you may have a misperception of the actual crime rate in most of America. I have been driving for more than 20 years and my vehicle has never been broken into. Also just so you know it is legal in America to store a weapon in your vehicle and I do so regularly. Guns are easy enough to get ahold of in America that a criminal really doesn’t need to risk breaking into a car to get one. Here in America if a criminal were to see a vehicle they “thought” had a gun in it, they would likely think twice about stealing it out of fear that the owner would see them and take care of business with his other weapon that he was carrying on his person. I suppose you guys probably don’t have that problem in Norway.

Find it funny that you say you should check to see if the fold up baton is legal, but you don’t say the same about the gun. I also agree with one commenter that leaving a bag with a loaded gun in your car is probably not the smartest thing to do.

Scott, I mentioned the baton’s legality because I figure many people are not aware that they are restricted for law enforcement use only in some states. As far as leaving a loaded gun in a car goes if you don’t feel comfortable or if you live in a high crime area, don’t do it. As with everything I post and write about these are my suggestions and opinions. Things that I have learned and applied personally over the past 20 years. Feel free to adapt and change as needed.

I like this list; the only change I would personally make is to swap out the camp saw for a machete. I keep a machete stowed in my car’s trunk all the time, and it’s incredibly handy. It can act as a saw, hatchet, hammer, knife, small frying pan with the addition of some tin foil, and the obvious self-defense application.

I’d say though, that the baton is only useful if you know how to use it, hence my mentioning of a machete, which is fairly self-explanatory. You only get the full mileage out of an asp if you know how to use it to subdue with joint locks and pain compliance techniques.

A machete would certainly be a good call, no doubt. I could probably fit a British Golok in the pack I am using, but wouldn’t fit a full length machete. But could probably strap it to the side o the pack. Thanks!

Stumbleupon pointed me at this page– excellent idea! I’ve been meaning to put this type of bag together myself.

Maybe I’ve just spent too much time backpacking, but I’m not sure I like the question “what am I missing?” without the question “what am I carrying that’s not necessary?” after it. For example, if you’re carrying a poncho and a tarp, why carry an umbrella? Do you really need to carry a club/firewood? There are much lighter and smaller firestarters out there, as I’m sure you’re aware. Why do you need such a huge knife, when you’ve also got a folding saw? Wouldn’t a smaller one suffice? If you do add a machete, what would that let you take out? Communication is important, but with your cell phone included you’re carrying three different radios, one of which isn’t small. Do you need them all?

What’s the intended purpose of this bag? What situations do you intend it to prepare you for? How far does it need to take you? How comfortable do you really need to be in the event that you have to use it? As your bag gets heavier and more expensive, it gets less practical. You’re more worried about theft, it takes up more space in your vehicle, it’s more difficult to find things inside of it, and it’s more weight you have to carry around in what will probably be a stressful situation to begin with.

Again, don’t get me wrong, this is a great idea and I’m completely behind it. It just seems strange to me to suggest a “small, just get me home” bag and proceed to put an umbrella and a baton in it.

This type of a 2 way radio can have up to 14 channels
and can catch various frequencies for these channels. These radios can either work on analog technology or a digital technology.
The family radio service radios are very affordable as they mainly cater to
the needs of the families.

I keep everything neatly in an ALICE Pack that i got at a yard sale for $15. the rubberized lining made for rainy NAM keeps everything very dry as long as i keep it maintenanced good, there are thick shoulder pads for long… LONG walks and a butt/lumbar pad for those as well. it has many useful and unique abilities that others here might figure out if they get one themselves like the ability to hold just about anything as long as its got a carabeener, Ive actually had to use it once for an emergency in the woods so im in love. just thought i’d letcha know. P.S. awesome pack btw, the contents would look sooo much better in an ALICE.

I have a couple of ALICE packs, they are about the toughest pack for the cheapest price!

Thanks for posting that, what is the range?

Why so many stuff ? And much of it is for the same purpose. The use of a gun can be discussed, but 2 magazines? It’s not a lot by skipping one, but the other could be stored in the gun (it’s safe, right?), thereby not using more space than the gun itself.
Generally, I think you could easily cut down half.

JJ, Bob made an excellent assessment (14 Feb) of your GHB but you gave him short shrift. What’s up with that? If you keep this post open, the bag will grow to 100 lbs by 2020. What is your plan to avert this?

Bob,

All great points and after reading your comment I decided to readdress my GHB and did up a couple new videos on it. The links are below. Please feel free to take a look. I will get them into a post as soon as I get the time. Thanks again for your input! All great suggestions. Cheers JJ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lup6PHN5Wek

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJoNDLcdVcQ

jomar,
Thanks for reminding me! I responded to his comment with the 2 new videos that I did on the subject because of his comment. I just forgot to go back and let him know. This blogging stuff can get pretty busy! Thanks for keeping me straight. Cheers JJ

when the SHTF I don’t think youll need to worry about a cell phone

Great ideas on most items, while road maps are great, in some scenarios, the roads will not be your best option for travel. I would also include topgraphical/satellite maps of the area between work and I home. I would personaly have to travel approximately 50 miles home, and there is a large urban area between my job and my house. Thre are several areas that I would want to avoid even under ideal conditions, much less under dire circumstances. I keep maps showing the terrain and areas I may have to use as alternate routes including railroad tracks and utility easements. I would also include pepper spray and possibly a stun gun not only for protection agaist two legged antagonists but the four legged stray dogs I may encounter. Everyone will have to adapt their get home bag to their particular circumstances and environment.

Excellent points! Thanks!

One of the things that i think is missing is a hat.

Stumble upon brought me here – I’d like to add that I think you need more water / food preps… Sure this is a GHB, but (always think of the but) what if home isn’t there? Or what if you’re path is constantly obstructed and you take longer? Just my only thought; more food / water.

Well my other thought: entertainment…. A deck of cards and 4 dice don’t weigh much, and the mental stability they bring is worth the weight (and trading possibility)

Good stuff! Thanks for stopping by!

Good suggestion!

something everyone forgets to do is change/charge batteries at regular intervals. check dates and op tests should be marked somewhere visible in your daily routine. 5 minute bag check could be the difference between a ride home and a 30 mile hike home.

Yeah I’ve got a ton of extra unused credit cards laying around I’ll be sure and throw one in there

My husband keeps telling me we need to have a small pack like this in both of our cars. He’s not wrong, but I think he’s hinting that I should go out and get all the items. End result: we are, and will probably remain, unprepared.

Well if you need help coming up with a list of items for a car survival kit just email me @ RealitySurvival on Gmail. And I would be happy to help you out! Seriously! wouldn’t mind at all.

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