Midwest Marco shares with us his “Get Home Bag”, the opposite of a Bug Out Bag which is all about what you need to get away from home as fast as possible. He writes …

I call it my “Get Home” bag and carry it in the back of my truck. It’s hopefully enough to get me home if the truck can’t. The centerpiece is my new H&K VP9. List of materials:

UTG Multi-Functional Tactical Messenger Bag
H&K VP9 with TruGlo Tritium Night Sights
Total of threee H&K Mags
Bagmaster clip-on holster
Extra ammo hollow point & FMJ
H&K Benchmade folding knife
Gerber 01471 Suspension Multi-Plier
Streamlight 88851 Poly tac LED Flashlight
Aquamira – H20 Capsule Miraguard Antimicrobial Water Bottle and Filter
Small roll black duct tape
Leather work gloves

Not shown
50 ft black paracord
Extra led flashlight & batteries
Baseball cap
Sharpie, notepad
Red Cross First Aid Kit

A truck bag has been on my ever increasing todo list.

It is not quite “get home”, but if you are putting together a generic truck bag, I recommend a couple of pairs of cheap shooting glasses and a pack of disposable foam ear protection. They cost only a few bucks but might save a friend from hearing loss next time you go out shooting or hunting (or when helping a buddy with DIY work involving powertools).

If you have a gun-centric “get home bag” or “truck bag” send us a photo and list of items. Click the image below.





  • Don Ward

    Of note. Car thieves LOVE “bug out” and “get home” bags. Unless you have your cool tactical bag stashed and locked somewhere out of sight, that has smash my windows and rob me written all over it.

    • john huscio

      That’s what center console compartments are for…..or duct tape it under your seat

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    I’m guessing you live in a smallish town.
    Nobody in a large urban area would dare leave all that in their vehicle 24/7.

    • das reich

      I’m guessing you live in Tel Aviv.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        No but I had a bagel for breakfast.

        • das reich

          Or maybe Haifa

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Wow, somebody can read a map of Israel.
            What do you want? A cookie?
            Go away, dummy.

      • Old Fart

        You are an insult to the victims of nazism as well as to our fathers, grand fathers and great grand fathers who fought against it. You have no business on this web site and should be banned indefinitely for going by a name like that.

        • das reich

          Look at how well Europe is doing now- being overrun with brown untermensch- you were warned by the Great AH himself.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            What is it Hitlers birthday or something?
            Seems like a rash of these idiots lately.

          • Anonymoose

            TFB- Nazism not firearms.

          • Anonymoose

            Best gril. <3

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            I bet the he’s an Illinois Nazi.

          • Grindstone50k

            You should follow his lead.

        • He uses many names and keeps coming back and I ban him every time. He’s just a pathetic sick individual.

          • Old Fart

            The down sides of the internet…. Maybe you could contact his ISP, cell phone provider etc? Perhaps it’s pointless because of public access to the net. I guess we just have to make sure none of us is feeding any trolls…

          • Beaumont

            Have you read WhiteKnockers’ full profile? It’s very revealing.

      • Your attempts at “propaganda” are hysterically bad. I’d wager more than a few shekels that you’re actually a JIDF member.

  • Vitsaus

    Even in the best case scenario, a crook might think you’ve got a laptop in the bag, grab it, then Mothers Against the Constitution get to pad their stats on all the guns available on the streets.

  • USMC03Vet

    You should include some bottle caps for your journey through the wasteland to get back home.

  • Mark

    Just curious, but who actually lives in enough day to day fear that they might not be able to get home unless they have this kind of gear? I guess if you live up the side of a mountain that might make sense, but I can’t see any urbanite or suburbanite needing to tote around that gear. I love my guns, but my day to day life is pretty safe. Am I a fool for thinking that? (that was mostly a rhetorical question).

    • Cymond

      Everyone’s needs are different. I’ve been mocked as a paranoid pepper by someone who didn’t know me at all. I’m a suburbanite, and my trunk bag is designed to fit my needs. I have a little food & water, an led flashlight, spare batteries, 2 pocket knives, and a spare change of clothes. I also have a few basic woodland survival tools crammed into a nalgene bottle. No gun in my bag because my wife doesn’t have a CCW permit, and if rather be safe than sorry.

      • WFDT

        Even paranoid peppers get a-salted sometimes. Tee hee.

      • Rock or Something

        It actually blows my mind when strangers ask me if I have jumper cables then can borrow to jump start their dead car. If I had a nickle for every time someone borrowed it from me…well I would have like 30 cents. But still, point being, even with an item as small, inexpensive and unobtrusive like jumper cables, many people just don’t keep it in their vehicles.

    • Grindstone50k

      Some people made moderate preparations, such as having a spare tire, a first aid kit, a blanket, etc. Some people make no preparations and don’t plan beyond what’s for dinner. Some people make absolute worst-case scenario preparations. It’s all sliding scale. It’s not meant for day-to-day use. It’s meant to be there that one day, which may never come, when having it will be beyond extremely helpful.
      Kind of like carrying a concealed gun for self defense.

    • MadMonkey

      My bag has the gear that will allow me to make my way home from anywhere that I would be in a typical day. You never know what will happen.. it’s not fear, it’s preparedness. If I was afraid I just wouldn’t leave the house.

    • USMC03Vet

      Bro, you never know when 2 black SUV run you off the road and you have to survive the gun battle, wounding one of the guys, then using your duck tape and back up knife to interrogate the guy you shot in the leg to find out where the bomb is. Good thing you have that flashlight and multitool so you can defuse it saving the country from Russian separatists and make your way back home to your daughter, Elisha Cuthbert.

      When duty calls. You better be ready to answer the door.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        In this scenario Elisha Cuthbert is NOT my daughter, dude.

        • Dave

          yeah, its more of a Girl Next Door scenario with her for me…

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      In a Red Dawn type scenario you’re gonna need that pocket knife.

    • john huscio

      Situations like Katrina, the LA riots, ect.

    • RAN58

      Sounds like you live in a condition white world Mark. I used to think like you did about 3 1/2 decades ago. But after experiencing two earthquakes (Northview and Loma Prieta-aka the world Series earth quake), tropical storms, snow blizzard and a tornado while living as a suburbanite and working in an Urban setting, I grew in to the realization that it is good to have some emergency gear available. And now after working 3rd shift in a rail yard located in an industrial/scuzzy part of a city, I’ve seen what our urban centers produce and the importance of carrying concealed.

      So I would say that it’s not about fear, it’s about being prepared (and my gear changed with the needs of the season and my locale).

  • 6ShotsOr5?

    Who cares if it’s all really needed … Another good excuse to buy some more cool gear! Now that I have a special new place to stash one, I guess I need to buy another pistol or two or three along with another blowout kit, a knife, multi-tool…

  • Sulaco

    The comments on smash and grab car theft was my first reaction as well, but everything except the guns and ammo are not a real problem in most car trunks. A bolted on or welded on security box in the trunk would be my answer. Trucks would be more problematic depending on the interior cab configuration and viewability (yes I know not a word) from the outside…

  • Edeco

    Yeah, I don’t like leaving artillery in the car. Not that I’d blame someone for a gun getting into the wrong proverbial hands if they did and it got stolen. You know, no need for a witch hunt, the thief would be solely to blame. I’d be thinking folding bicycle, but for my own purposes I’m not that worried.

    • Anonymoose

      Don’t leave it in plain sight, and don’t cover your car in NRA or other gun-related or right-wing organizations’ bumper stickers. Also, they make safes that bolt under the driver seat and can’t be removed without taking the whole seat apart. It is a good idea to keep a multitool, larger knife, and medical supplies, etc, on hand though. I would have gone for a larger fixed blade knife (like a Ka-bar or Glock 81), bigger flashlight, and a larger pistol than a 15-round mid-size 9mm, though, or at least packed some higher capacity mags (HKparts.net carries 20s and 30s for the P30 and VP9).

      The folding bike is a very good idea, too, but I’d keep that out of plain sight as well.

      • Edeco

        Well, it’ll be tough but I think I can resist the NRA and right-wing bumper stickers 😀

        But yep, good advice.

  • John

    Where are the spare house keys, dog treats, pre-filled water/soda bottle, extra money and cell phone at?

    A good attempt, but it sorely lacks the basic essentials for more than a twenty-minute walk home. 4/10.

    • Ripley

      You use the gun to aquire the rest of the essentials from someone more prepared.

  • Don Ward

    Bag is lacking the most vital necessity. And that would be FireCLEAN! For the times you need to pan fry up any koi, park squirrels or long pork that you happen to shoot on the Long Trek Home.

  • ozzallos .

    And here I was thinking a PAP m92 with a couple of ready mags of 7.62 to “get me home”. Or if you were concerned about the weight, an Extar 556/PLR16. Not only do you get the light years more formidable caliber and the capacity options that go with them, but they all cost less too.

    I’ve never understood this. If you’re paranoid enough to envision a scenario where you need to “get home”, why in the world would you limit yourself to such a substandard defensive option?

  • Ripley

    “I am just trying to get home to my little girl’s birthday party and if
    everyone will just stay out of my way, nobody will get hurt.”

  • WhiteKnockers

    Wow you live in a pretty screwed up place. I have neighbors, nice folks. Why do you piss people off so much you feel the need to pack heat?