Vehicle Kit Bag

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  1. IA Woodsman

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    I was asked by 5.11 to do a blog entry on my "Get Home Bag". I have been hesitant in the past to do these kind of things but I have decided to give it a shot.

    This is the link to the 5.11 blog
    Tactical 360

    The entry.
    You have heard us say it before, but we believe the best piece of gear you can own is between your ears — yes, your brain. Mindset is important and besides getting the proper gear one should seek knowledge. We asked retired SERE instructor, active Bushcrafter and full time firefirghter, Terry Barney what he carries in his “Go-Bag” and here’s what he had to say:

    “The more you know the less you carry”. The first time I heard this was from one of the most knowledgeable Bushcraft Instructors I know, Mors Kochanski. This simple phrase echoed in my head when I was putting together my kit bag that I keep in my vehicle. The “Get Home Bag” as some people call them is not a new idea. People have been keeping supplies and tools in their vehicles since vehicles have been around. In recent years prepping has become main stream. Folks from all walks of life are realizing that they might have to be their own first responder during an emergency. They have bought the latest and greatest gear from the internet, put it in a bag and stowed it in their cars where it sits waiting to be used. The equipment is only part of the equation. In my mind, training with your gear is the most important piece of the puzzle.

    So where do you get this training? There are schools that teach survival skills all over the country. They range from a tactical military style to full on primitive rocks and sticks. My advice is to do your homework and pick a reputable instructor with experience. You Tube is fine for some things, but having a skilled instructor looking over you cannot be replaced. Ok, you have taken a class or two and you feel pretty confident that you can provide for your basic needs, now what? Practice, practice, practice. The only way you become proficient with your new found skills is to get out and use them. Make fires in your backyard, get out on local trails with your pack, build shelters with 550 cord and space blankets. If you get comfortable with these skills, you and some friends can challenge yourselves to a group minimal gear overnight trip. This type of trip will make you realize how little gear you really need. Plus, it is a lot of fun.

    You have gone to a sweet survival school, you have practiced at home and with friends, now it is time to put together a lightweight multi-purpose kit. I have put my basic kit together for spring, summer and fall. For the winter I add clothing, rations and a lightweight sleeping bag in a small backpack. My kit takes into account good footwear and being dressed for the season. In other words, I don’t run around in flip flops and shorts just because I can turn the heat up in my vehicle. All that being said, this is a list of the equipment in my kit bag:
    Terry Barney Go Bag

    Heavy Cover Ti canteen , cup and cover

    Bushcraft Outfitters Multicam sil-nylon M.E.S.T. (multi-purpose emergency survival tarp)

    Mora sheath knife with a firesteel and light attached

    Petzl E-light

    First-aid kit

    Space blanket

    Whistle

    2 protein bars

    Water purification tabs

    Signal mirror

    Compass

    Map of the area

    UCO Stormproof matches

    Firesteel

    Several safety pins

    2 Sail needles

    Snare wire

    Quality wire saw

    Multi-tool

    25’ 100 lbs test cord

    Glock 26 and 3 magazines

    This kit fits inside a chest rig and allows me to swim, run, walk or shoot with no problems. Some of the gear is expensive, but for me it is worth it. As the saying goes, buy once cry once.
    - See more at: http://tactical360.com/survival-instructor-shares-his-go-bag-contents/#sthash.VIevMheO.dpuf


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    good timing. this topic has been on my mind all week.
     
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    Read this earlier today..... Great write up!!!
     
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    Good article. Thank you.
     
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    Great selection of tools and gear. Well thought out.
     
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    great set up. On the mest did you go with the silnylon or the ripstop. Ive been thinking about getting one they seem to have great utility.
     
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    Nice write-up, Terry. I think that's a wise approach to this topic.

    Of course I'm always fascinated to see what folks carry. That's a great setup.
     
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  8. IA Woodsman

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    Silnylon
     
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    That's hilarious.. 97% of my edc. Key difference. G23 and a flask.. Lol
    Great write up!!!
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  10. IA Woodsman

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    Great minds and such.
     
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    but its not 5.11 bag lol. Nice write up Terry
     
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    If the sales marketers at 5.11 were on their toes they’d be reverse engineering Terry’s chest rig right now :)
     
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    Right on Terry.. Great write up man.. I need to put together a better car based kit..
     
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    I setup a Noatak for just such a thing. Smallest bag I could find that can still carry a Bottle and Cup along with all my kit.

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    I love this kit!! Any chance you can include details on the contents?
     
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    Was packing my winter car kit today and it reminded me of a piece that I didn't see mentioned here but I think is vitally important in the winter.

    I keep my car kit in a large blaze orange dry bag. Why? If I slide off into the ditch in a snow storm and have to spend the night, by the time morning comes the car can easily be covered by snow and not visible. The purpose of the blaze orange dry bag, empty it out and put it over your car radio antenna. Then when morning comes it should still be visible and you can be quickly located by any emergency personnel.

    Just what I do :)

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    Like that...thanks for posting.

    This is my folded up but deployable orange bag....
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    Very well thought out kit. My question is what do for water in winter. I am not sure I want to let my $150.00 ti canteen freeze up solid in a Minnesota winter, sittin in the back of my jeep. Do you leave the canteen empty figuring on melting snow? Not trying to be a smart a**, just curious on your thoughts on this.
     
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    Don't want to hijack IAwoodsman's thread but here is what I do. For water I have an old arctic canteen (any metal canteen could do) that I keep half full to allow for freezing. Additionally part of my winter kit is a metal pot for melting snow. If snow isn't available the frozen water in the metal canteen should be able to be melted down via fire and give you at least a bit of hydration.
     
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    I think $150 buck canteens are best carried, not left in the Jeep....
    I carry bottles of water, keep them in a 6 pack cooler....and if they freeze and break...no bigy....water goes to bottom of cooler.

    Actually had several freeze solid enough to drive nails with...never did break.....not saying they might.
     
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    Winter car kit questions are coming bump :)
     
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    Inform me on the best quality wire saw.I keep a Bahco in mine,but still am interested.
     
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    I got a very aggressive and strong one from Coleman Military Surplus. It is the only place I could find them.
     
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    Thanks
     
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    Awesome post and just the sort of thing I've been looking for to help with putting together the same thing. Many thanks and very best regards.
     
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    From a guy who also packs a G26, why carry two extra G26 mags when you could carry two G17 mags? I figure that if I'm changing mags, I might as well reload 17 rounds instead of 10.

    Just a thought.
     
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    Great write up!

    Any particular reason you went with the MEST and not a poncho?
     
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    Question: are you carrying the Heavy Cover Canteen in the chest pack, or on a sling, your belt...?
     
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    @IA Woodsman - Just curious, what is the brand of chest rig you carry? Do you also use the chest rig when you carry a pack? Does it hinder or improve your balance point (if you carry with a pack)? Thank you.
     
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    It is a Hill People Gear Kit bag. As long as you dont overload it, you dont even notice it.
     
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    At the time of the write up, I did not have a silnylon poncho.

    I use a sling.
     
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    I had similar items in my car bag,but need to put together a new one now that my car was just stolen.I'd like at least a 40 S&W for a sidearm,but no job as of yet.
     
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    Read through this last night and slimmed mine down immediately after I realized I had a bunch of crap in there I didn't need including 2 extra flashlights, two extra knives, 50' too much paracord and a FAK that was way too big for the intended purpose. I feel good being able to use what I have confidently. Only changes / additions are a bic lighter, small esbit stove, a heavy trash can liner, a few zip ties and some gorilla tape around an old credit card, a Nalgene nested in a ss cup vs. the ti canteen and a G27 instead of a 26.
     
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    Similar kit to mine but also carry chlorine dioxide tabs for water purification. My pack isn't nearly as strong, the OPs post leads me to a more compact and stronger pack. Thanks.
     
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    Like most of my posts, I try to articulate what works for me. If you are more comfortable with a heavier backpack, by all means use what works for you. The only thing I really try to harp on is training with the gear you carry. Train on nice days, rainey days, nighttime, spring, fall, and winter. That in my opinion, is the best way to develop your own load out.
     
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    IA Woodsman, I feel you might have misunderstood my post. I think my old Dana super light day bag isn't substantial enough. Just too light for get home or bug out. If it tore and dumped, I'm screwed. A few pocket compartments would speed access to things, keep it organized. So honest, your first post on this has made me finally rethink my adoption of an old daypack I had on hand instead of being purposeful in the selection. Thx again for the good insight.
     
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    I can't even keep a set of jumper cables in either of my rigs without them getting stolen. I'd hate to leave anything else of value in there when I'm near civilization. I do keep a 5'x7' blue tarp and a quart water bottle in the back though. That should be enough get home gear.
     
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    Until it's not.

    That's not really a lot of anything to get you home or if you have to stay the night in your vehicle. I mean, if it works for you, go for it. But it seems woefully under-prepared to me. What if you're injured in a car wreck that leaves you stranded? No FAK. What if you need to make a fire to keep warm? No firestarting materials unless you salvage from your vehicle (which is more than doable). What if the temperatures drop into the single digits, or lower? Nothing to keep you warm such as blankets, extra jacket, fresh pair of dry wool socks, etc.

    Since you have an issue with jerks stealing from your trucks, perhaps a lockable, secured box behind the seat, or bolted to the cargo bed of the truck?
     
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    Its all good, I was not really trying to single out your post. I was just trying to spread my point of view on training.
     
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