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Get Home Bag / Survival Kit

With the events happening around Coronavirus (covid-19), I have been asked to give an inventory of my Survival Kit or Get Home Bag.  I no longer have a Bug Out Bag because honestly, what most people put in their Bug Out Bags is simply impossible to carry.  I stopped relying on gear and more on skills and training. That being said, gear makes things easier so I do still carry items in my car or on my body at all times. Here is a list of the pack contents that I put in my vehicle when I leave for longer trips. If I am just running to the store, I rely on my EDC, my whits and my skills.  


I carry 2 survival kits in my vehicle. The first has everything that I think is a necessity. I will call it my fast pack and is built so that I can travel quickly and with a minimum load.  The second kit, I will simply call my Survival Kit or Get Home Bag. It has all of the extras that will make life easier.  


This is my kit. I dont expect you to agree with me. I dont expect everything in my kit to cover all of your needs. Everything in my kit covers my needs.  Know yourself. Know your limitations. Know your skills. Know your needs and then build your kit. I know what I need and I know that I could drop the majority of the stuff in this kit and still survive but it wouldn’t be easy or fun. I prefer easy!


I also carry 2 car kits but I will not go into those kits in this list.  One of these kits has vehicle items that would help me repair my vehicle. The other has extra food, water and misc “survival items” to outfit others should they need it.


The list below details only the items my previously mentioned kits, that I would grab if I were to abandon my vehicle somewhere. The car kits I would stash near my vehicle or just leave there if I had to get away fast.


I did not build these kits because of COVID-19. I have had them for years. I use them all the time. I train with them all the time. I know every item in the kit intimately and I know how to use each and every item. I am also Wilderness First Responder trained so I know how to use everything in my Trauma Kit. 


EDC – Every Day Carry – On my body at all times.

  • Wazoo Stash cap
  • Wazoo – firestarter necklace  
  • Wazoo – Viking sharpening stone
  • Firearm – Pew pew
  • Bark River Bravo Necker II
  • Driver’s license plus something else that has my name and address on it.
  • $20 cash plus misc change (no you cant borrow $20)

Lightweight Fast Pack – Necessity Survival Kit


A good Backpack

Small, durable and comfortable


A Good Knife

Primary Knife – Benchmade Bushcrafter

Secondary Knife – Bark River Bravo Necker II


(Recommended Knife Substitutes)

Primary – Mora Garberg

Secondary – Mora Bushcrafter



  • Multi-tool (Leatherman Wave)
  • 50’ Paracord
  • 2 Way Radio (walkie-talkie)
  • Readyman Wilderness Survival Card
  • Small Lock Picking Set
  • Signal Mirror
  • 10’ Copper Trapping Wire
  • Sewing Kit


Fire Kit

  • Ferro Rod
  • Bic Lighter
  • X10 Cotton balls w/ Vaseline (homemade)
  • X3 Emergency Firestarter’s (homemade)


Water Kit and Food

  • Sawyer Mini Water Filter
  • 38oz Klein Kanteen (Single walled metal Canteen)
  • Space Saver Cup
  • Food Bars – Cliff, Lara, etc… (at least 200 calories)



  • Headlamp (white light and red light)
  • Extra batteries
  • 12 Hour Glow Stick



  • Fleece or Wool Beanie (cold weather cap)
  • Work Gloves
  • Shemagh  (large cotton scarf)
  • Wool Socks
  • Mylar Blanket
  • Military Rain Poncho (quality poncho with grommets)
  • Warbonnet Black Diamond Over quilt (warm blanket or lightweight sleeping bag)


Navigation Kit

  • Compass
  • Garmin  eTrex 30x
  • Topographical  Map or City Street map of area you are traveling trough
  • Notepad
  • Pencil
  • Map/Navigation Protractor


Trauma / First Aid Kit

  • Benadryl
  • Ibuprofen
  • Baby Aspirin
  • Your Prescriptions
  • Rubber/Nitrile Gloves
  • Gauze
  • Surgical Tape
  • Blood Stopper Pads
  • SWAT-T Tourniquet
  • CPR Mask
  • OPA – oropharyngeal airway (common adult size and child size)



Large Survival Kit / Get Home Bag

Everything in the first pack – Plus the following


Large, comfortable backpack big enough for everything in the first pack plus



  • ESEE Jungles – machete or hatchet
  • Cold Steel – Mini Tac Skinner
  • Knife Sharpening Stone (small)


Fire starting Kit

  • Large Ferro Rod – 6’ x 1/2”
  • X10 Cotton balls w/ Vaseline (homemade)
  • X3 Emergency Firestarter’s (homemade)


Water Kit

  • Sawyer Mini Water Filter
  • Camelbak w/ Inline water filter
  • Water Purification Tables


Food Kit

  • Small Cooking Pot
  • Spoon
  • X2 MREs or Freeze Dried Meals
  • 2400 Calorie Food Ration Bar
  • 500 Calorie of Cliff Bars
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Coffee
  • Seasoning or Hot Sauce


Shelter / Clothing

  • Hiking Boots
  • Long Underwear (shirt and pants)
  • Shemagh  (large cotton scarf)
  • Bonnie Hat
  • Ball Cap
  • Fleece Cap
  • Military Woobie  (lightweight Blanket)
  • Warbonnet Superfly Tarp (lightweight ripstop camping tarp)
  • Large Black Trashbag
  • Neck Gator
  • Mylar Blanket
  • Sunglasses



  • Ear Plugs
  • Sewing Kit
  • Fishing Kit
  • Silky F180 – Folding Handsaw
  • Taser/Stun Gun
  • Large Lock Pick Kit
  • Electrical Tape
  • Extra Batteries
  • Rechargeable Cell Phone backup battery
  • Solar Charging Pack
  • X5 Carabiners
  • 50’ Paracord
  • Small Handheld Flashlight (extra batteries)
  • USB Rechargeable  Headlamp (w/ white and red light)
  • Monkey Fist (look it up)
  • Camo Face Paint
  • SERE Kit (razor, mini saw, handcuff key)
  • Extra Ammo


Hygiene Kit

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Soap
  • Finger nail Clippers
  • Sun Screen
  • Bug Spray
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wetnaps


Trauma Kit

  • X2 Cat Tourniquets
  • Trauma Sheers
  • Tape
  • 10’ Duct Tape
  • Gauze
  • Ace bandage
  • Splint
  • Nitril Gloves
  • Cake Frosting (for diabetes)
  • Honey (for energy boost and natural remedies)
  • OPA – oropharyngeal airway (all other sizes)

Get Home Bag / Survival Kit is written by Jason Marsteiner for

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