We all need one. Especially if we work outside the home. If you work inside, at least I know first hand you work twice as hard, hang in there. For the rest of us that spend 80% of our time away from home, we need some tools to get home.
But first we need a plan. Some plans are as simple as “I’ll head East to the tracks and follow them home.” Some plans need more thought. Especially if you’re going to be linking up with people, or picking people up on your way. The first consideration is how far can you get with transportation? You can get a lot farther faster in a car. The other consideration is when to ditch it. My guideline is: as soon as the car comes to a stop, and all the cars around me are stopped, I’m out. No waiting to see if they move, no messing around. Pull off to the side of the road if able and bail out, if you can even pull off to the side. I’m also not going to walk on the side of the road. I’m going to move off the main roads and into the fields, streets, or whatever adjacent terrain there is and roll out. Heading in my general “home” direction.
You, like me, may have a mountain, river or other huge terrain feature in your way. Plan for it in all seasons. If you have to ford a river plan on having a boat. Foot fording in winter is a failure to plan. Don’t have a boat or can’t afford one. Know where to get one nearby. Cable cutters are worth their weight. An emtrenching tool has a ton of uses, and an oar is one. Another alternative is a dry suit, if you happen to have one laying about.
Mountains may be easier to go around than over. If not, Look for railroad trussels, tunnels, and other pass throughs. Sometimes you’ll get lucky in your map recon and spot one. Make sure its usable. Taking the time to do an actual recon of the area while things are calm camt be understated. Having a clear head and seeing things with fresh eyes will give you an advantage in judging which way is best or if this route is even an option.
Going underground can have its advantages. Many cities have hidden ruins beneath them that can serve as passage ways. Beware, these may be filled with all sorts of people both good and evil, or some inbetween.
So what does all this route planning have to do with a get home bag? Everything. With a plan comes the equipment list. Got a river, cache a boat or dry suit. Got a mountain pack hiking boots. Mission drives equipment.
So, what’s your plan?