Surviving being away from home when SHTF!

Hello, my friend and welcome back!  I have been thinking a lot about people who might be caught away from home when SHTF.  It seems no matter how much you prepare, there is always the chance you could be caught away from home and faced with a perilous journey to try to get back.  I have a few thoughts on this that I want to share with you today, so grab a cup of coffee my friend and have a seat while we visit.

Even if you work from home like I do, you will from time to time take the road to go shopping or just visit a friend and could wind up several or maybe hundreds of miles from home when SHTF.  This is something that we all need to prepare for and take very seriously because your very life could depend on how well prepared you are for just such an event.

We all know this, so why is it that so many of us fail to prepare or under prepare for it?  I think it’s because we travel so much on a day to day basis, (to the store and back, etc.) that we become complacent and adopt the idea that we have plenty of time to prepare.  Another common attitude is “I only work 5 miles from home so I can get home in a matter of hours, so why fill my trunk or the back of my vehicle with things I will never use?”  Though many of us do have get-home bags in our vehicles, many are ill prepared for facing a journey of more than ten or twenty miles. 

People fail to realize that there is a lot that can happen that could make that trip of only a few miles take several days to actually complete.  Things such as Martial Law, a sudden Plague outbreak, and many others that would force you to move stealthy and avoid everyone.  This could force you to walk many miles out of your way to get home safely.  In such a case, those two Power Bars and a bottle of water won’t do you much good.  The whole idea here is to be prepared for whatever happens, not just something small or simple.

You will want to prepare intelligently, not just assume it will be easy.  So how do you do that?  It’s actually kind of simple.  You plan for the worst-case scenario, in the least expensive way.  You buy inexpensive items to put in your trunk, so you can leave them if they are not needed.  If the situation requires you to need something like a one-man tent or several bottles of water and an axe for example, then you will have them to bring with you and if not, leave them behind until such time as you can possibly return and recover them.  If you can’t, then no big loss. 

There are also the disposable sleeping bags that take up very little room and add only a small amount of weight to your pack.  I would also add several SOS survival food bars which would provide you with the high calories you will need to travel long distances on foot.  A simple Life Straw which could help you to get water on your way home.   Other items such as a compass, string or twine, and a first aid kit will be needed if you face a long journey. 

Remember the basics of food, water, shelter, and heat.  I would also add to this, a weapon of some sort, to defend yourself with.  Never underestimate the value of a good hunting knife or machete. I would have at least one of these, as well.  Because you can’t know just what will cause SHTF, you need to prepare for the worst and pray for the best.  This includes the items in your get-home bag.

If you have a wife and kids, then don’t forget to prepare for them and your pets as well.   If it’s winter, be sure to have plenty of warm, dry clothing and socks with your get home gear. Frostbite can kill you! Don’t leave it up to chance, prepare now, don’t wait until it’s too late.  Be prepared for whatever comes your way if SHTF happens when you’re on the road and away from your preps. 

Well, that’s it for today and I hope you have enjoyed our visit.  Until next time my friend, stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared.  God Bless America!

-Sarge-

Sarge

Prepper, Patriot, and Proud U.S. ARMY Veteran.

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5 Responses

  1. Illini Warrior says:

    your GHB also needs to double as your “extended stay at work bag” – there’s plenty of SHTFs where the smart move is staying put ….

  2. Matt in Oklahoma says:

    This article is spot on.
    I’ve seen a change from survivalist of the 80-90s to the preppers of today from about 2005 in the belief that they will be home or somewhere that allows them to bug in/out without delay. Older folks believed they would probably be elsewhere and have to fight hard to get there. The mentality of this seems strange as we have become more mobile over the years.
    I’ve had preppers show up to meetings and training sessions with absolutely nothing. No weapon, no go bag, I mean nothing. It was so frustrating I quit going to anything since 2009.
    It’s a lifestyle not a hobby. Be real and prepare for the real.

  3. John W Hauk says:

    Very thoughtful article