I commute 50 miles to and from work every workday.  The trek takes me over several passes (< 2000ft) so my GHB needs to be up to the task of a multi-day hike home should the need occur.

I’ve gone back and forth on pack size and contents over the past year and while contents are always subject to change, the size of the pack I’m using here is likely to be my final answer for a GHB.  The reason I say that is, in the past I have noticed a trend of taking the bag out of the car to make room for groceries, etc, when it was in a full size pack.

The current pack is small, lightweight and easily kept out of the way in the vehicle, which means it will be in the vehicle when it’s needed.  The best GHB is the one you have on you when you need it, right?

When you breakdown the purpose of a GHB, it’s not about comfort but essentials.  The shorter the distance to cover, the less essentials you will need.  Avoid the temptation to pack the kitchen sink!

I figure at most it should take me 4 days to hike home.  Google puts the walk at 17hrs straight (not accounting for elevation changes) and without issues.  I’m guessing that 12 miles a day can easily be done since 99% of it has to be down Interstate 5 due to terrain.  Best to be conservative here I figure.

The following contents of my GHB should be all I need to make that trek in some comfort any day of the year.

USMC 3-Day Assault Pack Contents:

    • Hennessy hammock rain fly
    • E-bivy
    • Small FB survival knife kit
    • SOG multi-tool
    • Boonie hat
    • Shemagh
    • Leather gloves
    • Skivvy Roll
  • FOOD
    • Lifeboat Food
    • Jolly Ranchers
    • 3ltr camelback
    • Lifestraw
    • Iodine tabs
    • TP & IBU
    • Boo-Boo Kit
      • IBU / Benadryl
      • Wetwipes
      • Moleskin
      • Signal Mirror
      • Lighter
      • DEET
      • Chafe balm
  • FIRE
    • Lighter in Boo-Boo kit and firesteel on Survival knife
    • Petro-cotton balls
    • (2) 22rnd G17 mags
    • SPARK NV Monocular
      •  Streamlight IR lite
      • (4) CR123 batts
    • 7x Binoculars
    • FT-817 radio kit in H2O bag
      • 6400aH 11.1vdc battery
      • USB charger
      • Multi-adaptor phone charging cord
    • Red Led flashlight
    • Topo Maps App on Android phone

Beside the bag, I carry the following on me everyday.

  • EDC
    • Glock G17 9mm & spare G17 mag
    • Surefire 6P with Malkoff P61 LED
    • Benchmade AXIS folder
    • Zebra light headlamp
      • (2) AA Batts
    • Bic lighter
    • Keychain
      • CC Stainless lite
      • Leatherman Micro
      • Photon LED press lite
      • 128GB Thumbdrive
      • USB Android phone charger cable
    • CAT-T Tourniquet

I also keep a fleece jacket in the vehicle at all times.

In the Winter I add the lightweight sleeping bag and gortex bivy from my USMC sleep system.

Some Pack Highlights


The SOL e-bivy is a “sweat in place” bag that sucks to use, but it will save your life in any temperature / conditions Southern Oregon has to offer.  A spare set of skivvies, T-shirt & socks (skivvy roll) will go a long ways in the morning after a sweat drenched night in the bag.

In fairer weather, just inverting the e-bivy and filling with pine needles / hay makes for a good ground pad and the rain fly can be used to wrap up in with the fleece jacket and shemagh.



Lifeboat rats are about the only thing that will survive in a hot car all Summer, MRE’s won’t last a year.  Not a priority survival wise in a 3-4 day scenario, but food is a big moral booster as anyone that’s humped miles on end can tell you.


Navigation is not an issue since it’s straight down the road, but I do have topo maps on my phone if I should need to detour and the ability to charge it several times via the HF radio’s primary battery.


I can communicate via NVIS on 80M with the FT-817 to my wife at home pretty much anytime of the day.   Cell service will likely not survive an EMP, the reason I became a HAM in the first place.  Information when everything’s falling apart is worth it’s weight in gold and being able to assure the wife I’m OK is important.


A Glock G17 and total of (6) mags should handle anything that comes my way easy enough.  Conceals well does not require me to keep a gun in the car all the time since it’s my EDC pistol.

A cheap Gen1 NV monocular (the Armasight SPARK is by far the best one out there) and IR lightis a game changer at night.  For $600 total you really should have one now, not when you finally get $3-4k saved up for that Gen3 setup we all dream about.

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