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.
- 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.
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.