If a disaster were to hit right now, are you dressed for it? If you have just enough time to grab your Get Home Bag, how far could you really walk in the shoes on your feet?
This is something I often see overlooked when people post lists of the contents of their kits. They have several ways to make fire, enough food for a few days, a water filter or two, but little or nothing in the way of practical clothing.
Most folks spent a third or more of the day either at work or commuting to and from. This means you have better than a 30% chance that you’ll be at work if disaster strikes. People who work in the trades (carpenters, construction, plumbing, etc.) are a bit better off in that their work clothes are going to be durable. However, you white collar workers in your suits, ties, and skirts are going to be hurting units if you have to hit the trail in your work clothes.
With my job, I’m fortunate in that the dress code is “business casual.” I can get away with cargo pants, comfortable shirts, and walking shoes. On occasion though I do have to put on a coat and tie. Either way, I’m covered as I have two bags in my trunk. One is my Get Home Bag and the other has a complete change of clothes. Short sleeve shirt, flannel shirt, cargo pants, socks, undies, boots. If something happened that necessitated me to head out on foot, I’d either change first if circumstances allowed or just grab both bags and change at the earliest opportunity. If I’m changing on the run, I’d just ditch the fancy clothes and not even try to bring them along.
If you’ve not done so already, I’d highly suggest you add practical clothes to your bug out kits.