“The truth is of course is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time.” – David Bowie – Little Tassie Prepper

“The truth is of course is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time.” – David Bowie

It has been some time since I went through my get home bag.  I took a little time on Sunday to examine the contents and I was a little disappointed.

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It’s old, and looks bad, yet it is mine… oh, and Kitty won it in a raffle, so it was free too.

  • I have run out of my spare batteries.  I think I last used them when I had a flat tire earlier in the year.
  • My torch was missing.  I found it later, my eldest son had taken it to use.  He had then screwed around with it and it doesn’t appear to be working.
  • My CB Radio batteries were flat… in fact, everything which needed batteries were flat
  • My rain poncho was missing… I found it later in my cupboard.  I am not sure how it got there.
  • The Map I have in my map is for Collinsvale.  I need to get a new map.
  • I have eaten all the food in my bag.  You know, it is a long drive home each day, and sometimes I get hungry.

 

In making my bag I have decided to look at a worst case scenario… that I can not drive home and for some reason I need to walk.  I have estimated that it would take me over a day to walk home, so I will need more equipment then I would have needed to walk back to Collinsvale.  I will need food, water, some sleeping equipment, and some tools to help.  To that end, I have decided that I need to update my bag and make some preparations.

  • I have placed a Portable mobile phone battery in my bag.  I can top up my phone if it goes flat while I am out and I need it.  To be honest, this happens to me a lot. I use my phone constantly, listening to podcasts, music, etc.
  • I am placing a “ration pack” in my bag, with enough food for 24 hours.  Rather than using an army one, I am making my own.  I may include instructions or contents in my next post.
  • I have replaced my rain poncho into the bag.
  • I have recharged my c.b radio, and placed the home radio on its recharge stand, so it will be ready for use if needed.
  • I have bought a new map, showing the way for me to walk home.
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This is basically what I have been carrying. A couple of things I need to replace, some I need to dump totally, and I need to add more. Oh, and that book… Doomsday Preppers, is something Kitty bought me. Still reading it.

I have placed a sleeping bag in the back of my car.  I have my eye on a couple of light weight ones, yet they are more expensive than I can afford.  For now, this one should do the job.

I want to buy a lightweight camping hammock.  I have seen some that are small, don’t weigh more than a kilo, and have a protective insect screen.  This would be an awesome way to sleep.  I can’t really afford to buy one of these, so I will have to make do with other solutions.  I was given a woven hammock for Christmas, and with a little work I might be able to make this usable.

As good as my backpack is, I think I am going to need a better backpack.  I have been eyeing the Maxpedition bags for a long time now… maybe I will get one soon.

Water Purifier.  This is pretty important.  It is a long walk home, and I don’t want to have to carry all the water that I would need, especially as I would be passing multiple fresh water rivers and streams.  I will need to find one of these.

The other above items, as well as the tools (such as a knife, foldable shovel, and whatever else) can be easily stored with the spare tire in my car.

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