The idea of keeping an “INCH Bag” is a practical one. Even if, in case of emergency, your big-picture plan is to bug in, there is still a possibility that you will find yourself in an emergency that requires surviving away from home, at least initially. BugOutBagBuilder.com posted about building and keeping “I’m Never Coming Home” bags and allowed us to repost here.
Duration: 1 week or More
Long-Term catastrophic emergencies: house fire, tsunami, earthquake, hurricane, super storm, military strife
MUST HAVE Gear:
Water, Food, Clothing, tents, tarps, stove, tables, chairs, sleeping gear, batteries, lights, tools, cordage
The “I’m Never Coming Home” INCH acronym is not as bad as it sounds: YES, eventually you will be going home. But what will you be facing when you get there? Is it a tornado that just ripped through your neighborhood? An earthquake or fire? So in the event you aren’t going to be able to use your house for a while, you should consider your long term needs – for periods lasting from 3 days or 3 weeks or even months. This is a bag or bag(s) that you will keep packed and ready in the garage and throw in the car when you split. These also serve double-duty as our car camping bags.
G.I. Mossad Tactical 100-Liter Duffel
Specs: Sturdy canvas bag with a waterproof bottom, padded shoulder straps, 3-zippered outside pockets, an inside security pouch, vinyl reinforced carry handles, and lashing gear rings. 34″(L) x 12″(H) x 15″(W).
5.11 Tactical CAMS 2.0 152-Liter Duffel
Specs: This bag features HD over-sized wheels and bottom skids, rugged corner guards on all corners, double self retracing handles, a MOLLE/ALICE-compatible interior, adjustable inside loop-sided dividers, reinforced, rigid ends and bottom, lockable YKK® zippers, name tape and flag holders, mark-able name strips, foot studs with lashing pass-through, and a business card holder and document pocket. 40″(L) x 15″(H) x 15.5″(W).
OverBoard Waterproof 60-Liter Duffel
Specs: If being stuck outside for a long period of time is something you want to plan for, then having a waterproof duffel may make a lot of sense for you. Especially if you live in an area where precipitation is common and sudden or if flooding is an issue you may face. These bags can take short term drops into the water and can keep your stuff nice and dry. An added upside is increased insect protection as well. 26.5″(L) x 12.6″(H) x 10.5″(W).
Rubbermaid Action Packer Cargo Box
Price: $30 to $130
Size: 8 – 48 Gallon
Specs: These are perfect if you have a pickup truck, trailer, or cargo shelf on your vehicle. Very tough, not the flimsy stuff that will fall apart in a month, designed by Rubbermaid to last. Weather resistant, stackable, lockable. Has divots on the bottom where you can drill in attachment bolts for semi-permanent attachment. Easy to store in the garage then toss into your Bug Out Vehicle.
Pro Tuff Bin
Size: 53 Gallon
Specs: Much loved and well deserved, for these are true workhorses. Very rugged and weather resistant. Great to sit and stand on as well. Can be locked with 2 padlocks.
Plano Heavy-Duty Sportsman’s Trunk
Size: 108 qt
Specs: Not as durable as the Action Packer, but it is half the price and it has wheels. If you aren’t planning on moving it around non-stop it should be more than adequate for your INCH needs.
What goes in it:
- One or more Tents
- A few Tarps
- Cooking Stove and Propane Tanks
- Cast Iron Cookware
- Propane and Electric Camping Lights
- Chairs and Tables
- Sleeping Pads
- Wool Blankets and bed sheets
- More Paracord, Gorilla Tape, and Clothes Clips
- Multipurpose Axe and/or Machete
- Lansky Dual Grit Sharpener
- SOG Entrenching Tool
- All the Food you can reasonably carry
- Toilet Paper