Maybe it is because I make at least part of my living with words but it drives me nuts when people misuse survival terms. Perhaps it is just a mild form of OCD, I don’t know. Either way, I thought I’d talk a bit today about the different terms we use for survival kits.
Get Home Bag
This is a kit designed to meet your needs while you travel back home or to another safe location if you’re out in the world when disaster strikes. It is not meant to sustain you indefinitely but just to keep you fed and warm until you can get home. I’ve also heard of these being called Just In Case (JIC) kits.
This kit is kept at home and is grabbed on your way out the door if you should need to bail immediately (fire, toxic spill, that sort of thing). Not only should it have what you’d need to survive away from home for a few days, but also copies of important papers and such. The idea here isn’t to live forever on the contents of the kit but just to give you what you need for a couple nights in a hotel or at a relative’s home.
Bug Out Bag
Sometimes called a Get Out of Dodge (G.O.O.D.) bag or I’m Never Coming Home (INCH) kit, this one is your “live by your wits for as long as possible” survival kit. The S has definitely HTF and you’re headed for the hills, possibly never to return.
Now, some folks may only ever need the Get Home Bag. Others may only ever assemble the Bug Out Bag and figure that will cover pretty much anything that could happen. To each their own. Everyone’s personal situation is different and only you can make the best determination of what’s right for your individual circumstance.
My suggestion is this. Assemble a kit to keep in your car, another to keep at home, and a third to keep at work (if you have a secure place to store it). This way, you should have all your bases covered, just in case.