The older I get the more I realize that I can’t carry 40-50 pound bags around anymore. 😉 Weight is most definitely a concern when it comes to bug out bags and get home bags these days. Overall, I’d say this post did a pretty good job of packing in the necessities while keeping weight to a minimum.
That said, the weight doesn’t take into consideration heavy items like a filled water bottle but, then again, I doubt most any pack list does.
I would also point out that a few important additions are missing, in my opinion, first and foremost are a mini flashlight (which I thought was odd) though he does include a headlamp which are certainly handy to have when hiking. Since you can get a flashlight that’s very small and relatively lightweight there’s no reason not to have one or two in the bag!
I also didn’t see a small tarp which I would definitely include. They have so many uses from shelter to rainwater collection you should certainly add one as they pack flat and don’t weight too terribly much.
I would also toss in a bit of money (dollar bills and some change) as you never know what or who you might encounter on the walk back home… maybe you can buy some supplies or bribe a guy for a ride.
Beyond that, I can say this guy is rather ambitious about his trek back home (32 miles by car) so I can understand about keeping weight to a minimum. Even if he can cut the distance in half, at about two miles on average walking pace it would take several hours to get back home. That’s a lot of walking for one day. Keep that in mind…
“This is my stab at a Get Home Bag after reading endless posts and recommendations, as well as experimenting with my camping gear. The total weight of my personal get home bag, minus water and handguns is 13.7 Lb.
There are a number of criteria I considered during this exercise:
Distance – how far will I likely need to travel?
Why – why am I’m being forced to walk home anyway?
Terrain – lakes, streams, rivers, roadways, built up areas, residential areas and sub-divisions.
Climate – Piedmont area of the Carolina’s, although I travel through the Appalachians and further south on occasion.
Flora/fauna – what sort of natural resources are available?
Most importantly – My own aching back…”