What About Getting Home?

As preppers we usually think in terms of sheltering in place or bugging out. But what if you’re caught at work, school or somewhere else away from home when disaster strikes? What about getting home? What should you have with you to survive?

Alex Smith (no relation) has written a book about that called Getting Home, and it’s a DestinySurvival Pick. Alex was my guest yesterday on DestinySurvival Radio. Alex describes himself as an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, etc. He says he’s saved by grace, and loved by an awesome woman. How can you beat that?

The Book

Getting Home is written for someone with beginning or intermediate knowledge of survival and disaster preparedness. Yet there are tips for those with more advanced knowledge and skills. Besides, sometimes it’s good for any of us to go over the basics. And this would be a good book to pass along to someone else who’s less knowledgeable than you are.

It’s not a lengthy book, yet it packs in a lot of info without being overwhelming. Chapters cover…

  1. Creating a robust Every Day Carry (EDC) kit
  2. Supplementing your EDC with a Daypack (DP)
  3. What to store in your office (or other facility while you are away from home)
  4. Selecting and outfitting your vehicle
  5. Selecting and outfitting a Get Home Bag (GHB)
  6. Creating Caches
  7. Getting Home: Tips and Tactics for Survival
When Alex discusses firearms–as he does at some length–or when he discusses various packs and their contents, he tells us what he uses. I appreciate this. While general recommendations are always welcome, I like to know what someone else is doing and why. That way I can make better decisions about what I should have.

Talking About Getting Home

Alex saw a need for writing this book and making sure it was written simply enough that the material could be grasped by anyone. He’s modest in saying he’s not a professional expert. But his extensive outdoor experiences have taught him much about what’s important and what isn’t when it comes to basic survival. This translates into guidance he can give as it relates to preparedness.

Getting Home is written to help you and me tailor what we need for our specific situations. Some of us work close to home, while some drive an hour to work. What you pack in your kits is determined by your particular circumstances.

Personal health and self defense are so vital to survival that Alex put them first in his book. In a nutshell, take care of yourself, and exercise your Second Amendment right to responsibly protect yourself.

Alex says self defense isn’t about killing someone. It’s about you being able to survive. Neutralize the threat and escape. If you finish off your opponent out of bravado, you’re committing a crime.

If you’re not familiar with the various ways to carry a handgun, you’ll appreciate Alex’s info on holster options. There’s quite an array of creative carry options for both men and women. Your clothing, climate and lifestyle should be considered when you choose what’s right for you.

While Getting Home includes very good lists of what to have in your various packs, be mindful of what not to have, too. For example, if your workplace prohibits firearms, don’t get yourself in trouble over having a gun or ammo.

Don’t expect your employer or even First Responders to take care of you if you’re stuck at the office for a day or two. The same is true if you’re stranded in your vehicle. Be responsible enough to be prepared.

What if you’re stranded with your children? Should you seek help from strangers? Alex and I covered these, too.

We also discussed what it means to be the “gray man.” He emphasizes several times in his book that your pack shouldn’t be camouflage. Blend in. Don’t stand out.

Would you believe Alex suggests packing tampons and comdoms? They do have their repurposed uses for survival in extreme situations.

If you get stuck on your route back home, would family or friends know where you might be found? Have you plotted out way points or notable landmarks for point of reference?

And what’s the deal with putting an apple in your mouth if you’re confronted by a shark? There’s a bit of humor in that one. But the last chapter of Getting Home deals briefly in general terms with several myths and sets the record straight as to what you should really do to survive.

Find Out More

Hear my interview with Alex Smith by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for February 21, 2013. Alex has a blog you can view it here.

Order Getting Home by clicking on its title wherever you see it linked in this post. That takes you to the page where it’s featured. Add it to your cart to start the order process.

How well prepared are you if you’re away from home when things start popping? Share any insights you have by leaving a comment below.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.