Echo-Sigma’s Get Home Bag

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A Get Home Bag “is designed to provide provisions and tools appropriate to help you get home (or other suitable shelter) should an emergency emerge while you are going about everyday life.” When I read this on the Echo-Sigma website, I got a better understanding that preparing for an emergency means thinking about how you might be at work, in your car, or away from home when disaster strikes. Since home is where most of us keep our emergency supplies, it’s important to be prepared no matter where we may be.

The Echo-Sigma Get Home Bag has a few days of supplies for one person who needs to get home to their primary emergency supply cache. You can get the backpack in black, red, coyote brown, ATACs, or MultiCam.

Here’s a list of items which come with the Echo-Sigma Get Home Bag:

    • 1 Compact Assault Pack by Condor Outdoor
    • 1 Hydration System (2.5 Liter) by Condor Outdoor
    • 1 Echo-Sigma 1-3 Day Provision Pack (Arid)
    • 1 Echo-Sigma Compact Survival Kit 
    • 1 Echo-Sigma Compact First Aid Kit
    • 1 Gerber “Vise” Multi-Tool with Pliers, Knife, Screwdrivers and more
    • 1 Waterproof LED Flashlight by Fenix (170 Lumen)
    • 50 Feet of Military Grade 550 Paracord
    • 10 Extra Large Zip Ties
    • 1 Coghlan’s Emergency Tube Tent
    • 1 Emergency Poncho
    • 1 Plexiglass Mirror for signaling help
    • 1 Thermal Sleeping Bag Cocoon by Survival Industries
    • 6 Premium AA Alkaline Batteries (guaranteed fresh for 7 years)
    • 1 Pair Leather Work Gloves
    • 2 N95 Rated Respirator Masks
    • 1 Pair of Protective Goggles
    • 2 Hand Warmers by Coghlan’s
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Even with all these items in the bag, there’s room for other items if the user wants to add more.


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  • Steve (TFB Editor)

    I need one of these (and probably a few for family who are even less prepared than I am).

  • Vernon Weiss

    Great package! I keep one in my truck and have one for our family van. One thought though. For our vehicle bags I use good sturdy packs in muted colors that do not have military colors. If things get bad you will blend in better, and that means less likelihood of running into trouble from someone wanting to take what you have.

  • Ren Alcantara

    Interesting choice of hardware. Any idea why they chose the brands they did? No hate, just curious.

    • Jack @ Echo-Sigma

      Hi Ren,

      Jack from Echo-Sigma here.

      We tried to strike a balance between economy, performance, reliability and brand recognition. We evaluated a lot of options and ultimately arrived at Fenix for flashlights and Gerber/SOG for tooling.

      We’re looking forward to offering more options in the future. If you have any questions or would like to make your own recommendation, feel free to contact me through our website.

      Thanks!

      ~Jack

      • David Hinerman

        Adding work gloves was a good idea. Please forgive me if I steal it. (grin) One thing I encourage people to add to a bugout or get-home kit is a small portable radio. (AM/FM/Weather if practical, but AM at the very least. It can be received at longer distances, especially at night.) In a large scale disaster, if you have to leave your car and head out on foot radio news can inform you of relief activity, areas to avoid, and approaching weather.

        • SHTMegafanMuch?

          How about just a smart phone?

          • David Hinerman

            I always have a smart phone already. But the battery charge doesn’t last very long. Plus a big enough disaster can bring down the phone network, while radio stations can still operate on emergency power.

      • MrT

        Have you looked at options to generate power? I have a really cheap made-in-china radio/flash light combo which sucks but it includes a hand crank generator with a 12v outlet, so I can plug my existing car chargers into it to charge something as a last resort. I am sure there are better hand crank or solar options out there, so I would be interested in hearing your ideas on power generation. (living in FL means we have plenty of sun to use solar) I also keep an old nokia no frills phone. that thing sturdy and while I doubt I can make voice calls in a true emergency, SMS is far more likely to go through. The biggest conceptual issue is keeping an active account on it. While you could certainly go with a prepaid SIM, my concern is that some of these low-end providers may not be around by the time I need them. So ensuring the SIM/account is authenticated by a major cell provider is key.

  • J Marshall

    Anyone else think $250 is a bit high.

    • milo

      well yeah it seems like it is, and until i see what is the first aid kit contents, im not budging from my trauma kit i custom built with a friend.

  • Rob

    Maxpedition, much?

  • Agent_Orange

    Wow, talk about ripping off of the Maxpedition bag design! Never buy Crap.. er, Condor gear.

    • JMosesB

      I agree. Condor is chinese made crap. This looks like a Pygmy Falcon without the side mesh pockets.

      • Eugene

        Looks more like a copy of the Falcon 2 myself..

  • jeffwong

    What is in the provision pack? Food? Why is it arid? How does it taste?

    • Jack @ Echo-Sigma

      Hi Jeff,

      This is Jack from Echo-Sigma.

      The provision pack contains all of your food and water in the kit. Currently we have “standard” and “arid” provision packs. Standard comes with an MRE and lifeboat ration bars for food. The Arid version removes the MRE and adds extra ration bars and more water. MRE’s are temperature sensitive so you don’t want to keep them in the trunk of your car for a long time. The Arid pack comes standard in the GHB due to it’s intended use.

      We use APACK MRE’s and Mainstay rations. We selected both after doing a good bit of taste testing to find the best options. I regularly eat an MRE off the rack for lunch and my midsection is starting to reflect that fact…

      ~Jack

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=723255531 Rick Brasche

    we’ve already made these for the office, those of us who are prepared for the major and minor disasters CA always experiences. We had a significantly different idea about carrying: we do not use any backpack that looks “tactical”, “prepper”, “police” or “military”. Because that only draws attention of what Law Enforcement is active at the time. I went with a black and bright green daypack from REI, my coworker stashed his in an orange one. Looks more like something a middle school kid would have. The stronger, “tactical” stuff is at home for when you gotta bug out.

  • simon

    - One miniature combination Russian phrase book and Bible
- One hundred dollars in rubles
- One hundred dollars in gold
- Nine packs of chewing gum
- One issue of prophylactics
- Three lipsticks
- Three pair of nylon stockings.

  • allannon

    The load looks pretty decent, but mine:

    Is less “tacticool”; I used a 20L hiking daypack, which looks more or less like the hiking-styled bookbags people get for school.
    I have an actual sleeping bag, rated to 30F (in a stuff sack, about the size of a grapefruit)
    I put in a lightweight silnylon tarp for shelter
    I have 3 changes of socks and underwear (in ziploc bags, stuffed down with some paracord)
    Some good rain gear
    Firestarting (homemade woodgas stove, striker, vasoline-impregnated cottonballs)
    Cooking (cheap tin set)
    I rotate through (homemade) foodstuffs like jerky, with some chocolate for energy
    I have water pouches and a purifier (rule of threes: you can survive 3 hours without shelter, 3 days without water, 3 weeks without food)

    I’m kinda thinking about adding straps and a hammock, so I could get off-ground if I want.

    Mostly it gets used for comfort items at BBQs. ;) But it’s there if needed.

    I doubt my cost was much higher, with some careful shopping and use of household items (I make jerky and dried fruit anyway).

  • http://www.facebook.com/tfoutz Tim Foutz

    Over priced and uses cheap products. Make your own it costs less and you can use top of the line gear. I don’t care for molle loaded packs they draw attention. I like BAD for duffels. http://www.badbags.com/ and Tom Bihn and Red Oxx expensive but great gear and made in the USA. Don’t buy Condor it is Chinese slave made junk. Message he for other bag and gear info I am working a large number of reviews your tube. i will begin posting them next week. Almost all bags and gear reviews. http://www.redoxx.com/ http://www.tombihn.com/