RSS

Selecting a Get Home Bag (GHB)

February 6, 2013

Bugging Out, Survival Kits

Selecting a Get Home Bag

The following article has been generously contributed by Alex Smith, author of Getting Home. It’s an exert from his book and has been republished with permission of the author. It does not necessarily represent the views of PreppingToSurvive.com.

Your GHB should stand out as little as possible, but let’s face it – you are going to stand out with a ruck on your back.  However, try to minimize your visibility as much as possible:

  • Avoid tactical bags (MOLLE, military surplus, etc.).
  • Avoid camouflage patterns.
  • No military/survival/firearms patches on your GHB.

Instead, opt for a pack that a hiker might wear.  Select from quality, brand-name bags with earth tones.  Remember it must be relatively comfortable when loaded, and you must be capable of carrying the load.

Sizing Your GHB

Before you choose your GHB, consider the following:

  • How long will it take you to get home?  How many miles are you from home?  How many miles can you hike (because you will basically be hiking with a pack) in a day?  Remember, walking is not hiking; hiking works different muscles and will exhaust you much quicker.  Your physical condition will dictate how far you can hike; some may be able to only hike 5 miles, while others might be able to hike 30.  Terrain will affect your progress as well.  Divide your miles/day into the total distance from home and you will know approximately how long it may take you to get home.  The following is a very rough guideline with regards to pack capacity (Note – CI = Cubic Inches / L = Liters):
    • Trip Length = < 2 Days:  Pack Capacity = < 3,000 CI (50 L)
    • Trip Length = 3 Days:  Pack Capacity = < 3,600 CI (60 L)
    • Trip Length = 4 – 5 Days:  Pack Capacity = < 4,900 CI (80 L)
    • Trip Length = > 5 Days:  Pack Capacity = > 4,900 CI (80 L)
  • Will you pack light or pack heavy?  Does your physical condition and preferred level of preparedness require you carry a lot or very little?  What use is a large pack if you are unable to carry more than what a small pack can carry?  Opt for the smaller pack and save several pounds in pack weight.
  • What is your body type?  By body type, we mean torso height, since that is what the GHB will interface with.  Measure your torso and determine what pack size will be most comfortable for you (requires help):
    • Locate your C7 vertebra (the bony protrusion at the top of your back when you lean your head forward).
    • Locate your iliac crest (the pelvic “shelf”):  Have your friend run their hands down your side until they feel your hip bone.
    • Have them place their hands on top of the hip bone with thumbs pointing inward.
    • Measure from C7 to the point that your friend’s thumbs “point” to. Now that you know your torso length, the following are some guidelines for your body type:
      • Torso Length < 15.5”:  Extra Small Pack
      • Torso Length 16” – 17.5”:  Small Pack
      • Torso Length 18” – 19.5”:  Medium Pack
      • Torso Length > 19.5”:  Large Pack
  • Gender?  Take a long look in the mirror and determine what gender you are.  Many brands offer packs that are designed specifically to fit the contours of the female body.
  • Climate?  The colder your climate, the larger the pack you will need.  Cold weather sleeping gear and clothing take up much more space.

GHB Options

Now that you have an idea of what to look for in pack size, let’s examine several options you have to improve fit and make the pack more comfortable:

  • Load-lifter Straps:  Found at the top of the shoulder straps, load-lifter straps prevent the pack from pulling away from your body, disrupting your balance.  When pulled snug, they should form a 45 degree angle with your shoulder straps and the pack itself.  The heavier your load, the more important load-lifter straps are.
  • Sternum Straps:  The strap across your chest.  Improves stability and balance.
  • Hip Belt:  The strap across your hips.  Improves stability and balance.
  • Pack Frames:  Internal (usually lacks ventilation), External (often heavier) and Perimeter (a hybrid that strives to combine the benefits of internal and external) Frames are all designed to direct pack weight towards your hips – one of the body’s largest bone structures supported by some of the body’s largest muscle groups (the upper legs).  Hikers and adventurers have debated which frame system is superior, but there is no clear winner.  Choose based on what “feels” better to you.  The heavier your pack, the more important it is to have a frame.
  • Pockets/Panels/Compartments/Attachment Points:  To easily access your gear, you will need a pack with a variety of storage compartments and attachment options.  Imagine choosing an old military-style duffel bag as your GHB and needing a pair of socks located in the bottom.  You will have to remove everything from your GHB to get those socks.
  • Ventilation:  Very important in hot humid climates, especially if an internal-frame pack is chosen.  In such a scenario, your GHB needs a ventilation system to prevent your back from getting drenched in sweat.
  • Hydration:  Most packs allow you the option of inserting a reservoir (such as a Camelbak).  Water is very heavy, but if you live in an arid climate with little access to surface water, you may be forced to carry much of the water you will need for your trip.
  • Padding:  Padding is important, especially if your pack is heavy.  Ensure the padding on your hip belt and lumbar pad is sufficient for your needs.
  • Durability:  Your pack could be the most important component of your GHB; buy a quality pack from a respected brand.  Be careful if you decide to purchase an ultralight pack.  Ultralight packs utilize lighter materials that are often not as durable.  Some brands to consider include:  Osprey, the North Face, Black Diamond, Kelty and Gregory.

In my new book, Getting Home, we discuss what to load your GHB with.  We also cover other topics such as:  Every Day Carry, the Daypack (such as a purse or a man’s briefcase, etc.), office preps, vehicle preps, caches and other tips and tactics.  Getting Home (ebook) is currently 99 cents, but will go up in price on Friday (probably 3.99); paperback is also available.  Grab it while it’s cheap!

Related Posts

,

56 Comments on “Selecting a Get Home Bag (GHB)”

  1. GoneWithTheWind Says:

    I would disagree with the concept that the bag must be larger and the load carried must be heavier when the time period of the expected trip increases. I certainly understand the need for more food and other necessities but the reality is the bag should be light and adequate for 1 day or 7 days. If you have ever hiked any distance with a heavy pack you will agree that the pack becomes your enemy and it tires you and slows you quickly. This effect could doom your goal of getting home in 4 days hiking. The weight takes a toll on your feet, your knees, your back and your shoulders. My goal when planning an extended hike is to have a pack under 25 lbs and preferably under 20 lbs and that includes any rainwear or cold weather gear. I can assure you that a light pack makes it much easier to walk/hike 20 miles a day and if necessary walk further. It makes a huge difference when you are dealing with altitude changes. Paring down your load isn’t easy, everything will look like necessites but the choice is do it now or do it 20 miles down the road. There was a reason why immigrants would leave household items along the trail in their Westward migration to California and Oregon.

    Reply

  2. nvchad2 Says:

    Good information, thanks for the post.

    Reply

  3. Heavy Bag Workout Says:

    Piece of writing writing is also a fun, if you bee familiar with after that you can wite orr else it is difficult to write.

    Reply

  4. hard sex Says:

    Piece of writing writing is also a fun, if you know afterward you can write if not it is complicated to write.

    Reply

  5. business funding Says:

    I will immediately take hold of your rss feed as I can not in finding your
    email subscription link or e-newsletter service.
    Do you have any? Please allow me recognise in order that I
    could subscribe. Thanks.

    Reply

  6. Excel courses Says:

    Hi there this is kinda of off topic but I was wanting to know if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to
    manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon
    but have no coding expertise so I wanted to get
    advice from someone with experience. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Reply

  7. именины женские в апреле Says:

    This post will help the internet viewers for creating new weblog or
    even a weblog from start to end.

    Reply

  8. Latoya Says:

    – Suppliers can track sales and purchasing data, depicting business potential order plans.
    The text messaging feature would make it easier for passengers to locate
    lost items and help dispatchers and officials manage their taxis in
    case of emergency. The first money machine I encountered was turned off.

    Reply

  9. company name generator with meaning Says:

    Hi, I think your website might be having
    browser compatibility issues. When I look at your blog site in Opera, it looks fine but when opening in Internet
    Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give
    you a quick heads up! Other then that, excellent blog!

    Reply

  10. electrical supplies toronto nsw Says:

    When I initially commented I seem to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now
    each time a comment is added I receive four emails with the same comment.
    Is there an easy method you are able to remove me from that service?
    Thanks a lot!

    Reply

  11. Reliable Web Hosting Says:

    Appreciating the time and effort you put into your site and detailed
    information you provide. It’s nice to come across a blog every
    once in a while that isn’t the same unwanted rehashed information.
    Great read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my Google account.

    Reply

  12. Grudzień 3 Says:

    Helpful info. Fortunate me I found your web site unintentionally,
    and I am stunned why this twist of fate didn’t happened earlier!
    I bookmarked it.

    Reply

  13. Game of War: Fire Age Cheats no Survey Says:

    At this time it looks like WordPress is the preferred blogging
    platform out there right now. (from what I’ve read) Is that
    what you are using on your blog?

    Reply

  14. http://sports-illustrated-photo-shoot.tumblr.com Says:

    Hello There. I found your blog using msn. That is a really smartly
    written article. I’ll be sure to bookmark it and return to read
    more of your helpful information. Thanks for
    the post. I’ll certainly comeback.

    Reply

  15. HardX Says:

    First of all, be sure to examine the structure of the bikini in comparison to your
    body shape. We simply love HardX. Also sure to please romantic
    wives-to-be, Jewel gowns boast effortless youthful elegance,
    classic silhouettes paired with modern trendy embellishment and traditional laces, creating a sense of heightened
    romanticism. Hard X now, The first weekend in May is the 2012
    Nitro Champs, which promises to be spectacular.

    Reply

  16. Willis Says:

    It’s going to be finish of mine day, but before ending I am reading this great paragraph to increase
    my know-how.

    Reply

  17. PA Says:

    It’s perfect time to make some plans for the future and it is
    time to be happy. I have read this post
    and if I could I want to suggest you some interesting things or
    suggestions. Maybe you could write next articles referring to this article.
    I want to read more things about it!

    Reply

  18. How To Get Free Minecraft Server Says:

    If you want to see how you can find a great hosting company then this information is ideal for you.
    In the host name field of that entry, you should enter your Blogger
    address. Log into your Ubuntu Linux web server if
    you haven’t already, using the username and password we setup earlier, and enter
    the following command:.

    Reply

  19. Best Racing Game Says:

    Overall, Need for Speed Rivals is a joyful,
    arcade style of racing game that is actually a breath of fresh-air
    when you look at some of the more serious racers out there.
    In career mode, make a car with level 3 NOS and turbo. When pressed if he was referring to the PS4
    version of the game, Nilsson said, ‘I think that both consoles will look pretty much
    on parity, but one of them might stick up a little bit.

    Reply

  20. make money now Says:

    Excellent goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff
    previous to and you are just extremely wonderful.
    I actually like what you have acquired here, really like what you’re stating and the way in which you say
    it. You make it entertaining and you still care for to keep it smart.
    I cant wait to read far more from you. This is really a terrific site.

    Reply

  21. toronto personal injury attorney Says:

    Because the insurance industry is regulated state by
    state, it’s best to know the auto insurance laws in your state.
    400 million in had been payed out in compensation by insurers.

    Some need extensive investigation before the chances of success can be properly
    estimated.

    Reply

  22. k100 mod Says:

    I’m not sure where you are getting your info, but
    great topic. I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more.
    Thanks for wonderful info I was looking for this info for my mission.

    Reply

  23. toronto Music Says:

    It’s wonderful that you are getting thoughts from this article as well as from our argument made here.

    Reply

  24. Good Dental Health Says:

    Hi colleagues, how is all, and what yyou want to sayy on the topic
    of this article, in my vioew its actually remarkable in support of me.

    Reply

  25. cheapest web hosting services Says:

    This is the right blog for anyone who wants to understand this topic.
    You realize so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I actually
    will need to…HaHa). You certainly put a new spin on a subject which has been discussed for a
    long time. Wonderful stuff, just great!

    Reply

  26. der beste chat ohne anmeldung Says:

    What’s up, yes this post is genuinely good and I have learned lot of things from it on the topic of blogging.
    thanks.

    Reply

  27. crucial marathon running Says:

    It’s enormous that you are getting ideas from this post as well as from our discussion made here.

    Reply

  28. Ivory Says:

    Hello to every one, the contents present at
    this web page are genuinely awesome for people knowledge, well,
    keep up the nice work fellows.

    Reply

  29. diseño web low cost Says:

    you’re truly a excellent webmaster. The website loading velocity is
    amazing. It seems that you are doing any distinctive trick.
    In addition, The contents are masterwork. you’ve done a great activity on this topic!

    Reply

  30. cartier love bracelet pink gold price Says:

    This excellent website definitely has all the information I needed concerning this subject and didn’t know who to ask.

    Reply

  31. Mose Says:

    You’ll find all the hot girls and all the sexy bikinis in one showcase.
    We simply love HardX. Moreover, if you are looking for that perfect piece of
    Jewish jewelry and that works as a lucky talisman as
    well, then there can be nothing more apt then the kabbalah red string bracelet.
    Hard X now, The first weekend in May is the 2012 Nitro Champs, which promises to be spectacular.

    Reply

  32. agen bola terpercaya Says:

    This is the most recently news at Soccer, what are you going to do.
    In addition, you can also bet on the rest of the
    games that are being played around the world. Apart from the leagues,
    there are international tournaments like world cup and the
    Asian Cup that draw crowds.

    Reply

  33. best web hosting companies reviews Says:

    This is a topic that’s near to my heart…
    Many thanks! Where are your contact details though?

    Reply

  34. http://Nettur.rst.com.pl/1632/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&U=87323 Says:

    The endangered and rare Margalla leopard can be located there.
    If a page load takes too long, your visitors will leave your
    website in an instant and go to the next
    one they find in the search engines. Most of time, it is pretty easy to find
    a web hosting company that will do this.

    Reply

  35. Free Bitcoins Says:

    Very soon this web page will be famous amid all blogging visitors, due
    to it’s fastidious articles

    Reply

  36. ptc news live today Says:

    I was recommended this website by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this post is written by him as no one else know
    such detailed about my trouble. You’re amazing!
    Thanks!

    Reply

  37. color screen Says:

    I am actually grateful to the owner of this web site who has shared this impressive article at at this
    place.

    Reply

  38. free webcam site Says:

    Usually I do not read post on blogs, but I would like to say that this write-up very compelled me to check out and do it!
    Your writing taste has been surprised me. Thanks, very great
    post.

    Reply

  39. http://alturl.com Says:

    Why users still use to read news papers when in this technological globe
    everything is accessible on net?

    – cliquez ici
    – cliquez ici
    – cliquez ici
    – cliquez ici
    – cliquez ici
    – cliquez ici

    Reply

  40. The way to earn money with clickbank Says:

    So if you have ever asked yourself “What is the fastest way to make money. My favorite way of testing products is actually testing products. You can run one or more marketing campaign to get the buyers like:.

    Reply

  41. farmville 2 hack no survey download Says:

    Nice blog right here! Additionally your web site quite a bit up very fast!
    What web host are you the usage of? Can I am getting your affiliate hyperlink on your host?
    I want my web site loaded up as quickly as yours lol

    Reply

  42. call of duty ghosts hack no download Says:

    Each one requires a special style of play when it comes to which
    weapons you use and how you navigate the maps. Video games and computer games are known to improve hand-eye co-ordination and help players gain many skills.
    The main reason consoles are so repetitively marketed
    is that preventing piracy is the only reason for their
    present existence, and explains how the convergence of the GPU and
    the CPU is the next big thing in the gaming industry.

    Reply

  43. luxury holidays Says:

    Wow, thjis paragraph is pleasant, my younger sidter is analyzing these things, thus
    I am going to let know her.

    Reply

  44. http://thissideofmind.blogspot.tw/ Says:

    Hola ¿te importaría dejarme saber que alojamiento web trabaja con ?

    He cargado un blog en 3 completamente diferente navegadores
    y debo decir que este blog se carga mucho más rápido más rápido que
    la mayoría. ¿Puedes sugerir recomendar una buena alojamiento web
    salón precio ? Muchas gracias , se lo agradezco !

    Reply

  45. Marquis Ayre Says:

    When someone writes an piece of writting he/she
    maintains the thought of a user in his/her mind that how a user can be aware oof it.
    So that’s why this article is outstdanding. Thanks!

    Reply

  46. kserokopiarki Says:

    Strona świadczy o dobrych wydarzeniach, zapraszam do dyskusji

    Reply

  47. Game-Compass Says:

    Genialer Text. Fast so genial, wie das Daddeln von Computerspielen auch.
    So verrissen Gaming auch hingestellt wird, so steht ja glücklicherweise fest,
    dass das Daddeln von Computerspielen, eine gewisse Reife des Gamers vorausgesetzt, förderlich für den Geist des Gamers
    sein kann. Beim Daddeln von Games lernt man in erhöhter Frequenz zu Entscheiden und seine Prioritäten zu verteilen. Die meisten Computerspiele vermitteln darüber hinaus
    noch Basiswissen über Management und fördern die kognitiven Fähigkeiten des Gamers.
    Sogar die verpönten MMORPGs können doch in einigen Fällen den an den Haaren herbeigezogenen Effekt des Abdriftens in eine virtuelle Realität} umkehren. Der Gamer
    kann wohl auch einigen wenigen verkommenen Subjekten begegnen, jedoch findet der
    Spielende manchmal exakt in seinem favorisierten Spiel Gleichgesinnte.

    Summa summarum: spielen ist das Beste überhaupt! Ungeachtet des Spiels und auch auf welcher Plattform.

    Reply

  48. IBCGuerart Says:

    Intercombase French translation services for your business and industry in over 40 major world languages within your deadline and budget by professional native speaking french translators!
    IntercomBase.Com – English to German

    Reply

  49. tunele foliowe Says:

    Bardzo odlotowy post, badawcze wpisy zalecam wszystkim lekturę

    Reply

  50. xvideos Sex Videos Download Says:

    Having read this I thought it was really informative.

    I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this informative article together.
    I once again find myself spending a significant amount of time both reading and leaving comments.

    But so what, it was still worthwhile!

    Reply

  51. aaa Says:

    Hello There. I discovered your weblog the use of msn. This
    is an extremely smartly written article. I’ll make sure to bookmark it
    and return to learn more of your helpful info. Thanks for the post.
    I’ll certainly comeback.

    Reply

  52. excel 2010 Says:

    It’s awesome to visit this web site and reading the views
    of all mates regarding this post, whille I am allso zealous of getting experience.

    Reply

  53. Communication plan Says:

    Incredible story there. Whatt occurred after? Good luck!

    Reply

  54. Agen Bola, Bandar Bola, Casino Online, Agen SBOBET, Agen Bola Terpercaya, Bandar Bola Terpercaya, Agen IBCBET, Judi Bola, Agen Bola Terbaik, Bandar Bola Terbaik, Judi Bola Online, Agen SBOBET Terpercaya Says:

    Hey there, I ran across your web blog by using The search engines even as hunting for a very similar topic, your web site emerged, this indicates great. I’ve truly added to favourites features|included in our favorites.. Agen Bola, Bandar Bola, Casino Online, Agen SBOBET, Agen Bola Terpercaya, Bandar Bola Terpercaya, Agen IBCBET, Judi Bola, Agen Bola Terbaik, Bandar Bola Terbaik, Judi Bola Online, Agen SBOBET Terpercaya

    Reply

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Making a Homemade MRE (Meal Ready to Eat) | PreppingToSurvive.com - February 19, 2013

    […] when I go backpacking or spend the weekend in the woods. I also keep several of them with me in my Get-Home-Bag that travels with me everywhere. Here’s an example of a breakfast homemade MRE that […]

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: