Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Prudent Prepping: Get Home Bag, 2020 Style

 The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.

What can I say about a GHB? Plenty as it turns out, thank you very much! While the basics are there (a bag!), this year offers up some different problems that anyone tailoring a new bag, or even redoing an existing bag, should consider.

The Bag
This bag is a Mardingtop 25L Tactical Backpack Molle Hiking daypack. Yes, it's a big variation from my style of bag and the previous versions I've built, not just the color but the style as well. This was purchased for someone with a very slight build who is a fan of the color purple.
From the Amazon Ad:

  • Zipper closure
  • MATERIAL- 28 Liters. This military backpack is made of 600D polyester. YKK Zipper.
  • HYDRATION COMPARTMENT- This assault pack with hydration compartment and can hold a 2.5 Liter bladder, the tube is fed through the top of the bag near grab handle.
  • MOLLE WEBBING- This rucksack can hang on small items, or for attaching additional pouches or gear. Backpack also has 2 webbing strap with buckle underneath to hold a bedroll, tent, sleeping bag or anything else.
  • WAIST BELT DESIGN- The waist belt of this bug out bag is stitched in, but you can slide them into the middle space behind the back padding support. It's a pretty snuggle fit and won't slide back out on its own.
  • DURABLE & MULTIFUNCTIONAL- This molle backpack with chest straps to cope with the weight so that it's well used as a 3 day assault pack, bug out bag, survival backpack, army backpack, trekking backpack or day pack. Suits for Hiking, Camping, Trekking, Traveling, School or daily use.
The size and features of this bag check all the needed boxes for its intended user.

What's Going In
Taking into account the current pandemic and the bag's future user is in patient care, Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) is first.

Tzumi Wipe Out Pack 
 From the Home Depot ad:
  • Face mask and latex gloves filter airborne and surface germs
  • Ideal for use in large gatherings, offices and while traveling
  • Includes hand sanitizer and wipes that kill 99.9% of bacteria

Very simple and very basic; just as intended. There may be a need to share this material, and having everything sealed up and ready to use is important. Color and packaging in your Home Depot may/will vary from what is shown above.

These masks differ from the first package in that this version is washable. I am wearing this particular brand after Corporate ruled out gaiters. From the Home Depot ad:
The Community Wear Face Mask offers protection both indoors and out. It is made of very comfortable and durable materials. The masks can be used by both men and women of all ages.
  • Provides protection from airborne particles
  • Washable fabric material
  • Intended for indoor or outdoor daily use
  • Suitable for adults and children
  • Ideal when traveling through busy markets and places of recreation
I've no complaints, other than I'd like a stouter nose bridge stiffener/bendy thing.

Tommie Copper Kids Face Mask 
Still going with the idea that having material to share is Good Planning, this is the last item for the week. This will possibly be a disappointment to many of you, but West Coast stores seem to have these in stock, but a UPC search fails. I see them merchandised in quarter pallet free-standing displays.

I haven't opened the package to check sizing, but the labeling says "For children aged 5-9" so I'm going to guess very small. Everything else lines up with the information shown on the adult mask package, so there should be no problems.

Recap and Takeaway
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NOTE: All items tested were purchased by me. No products have been loaned in exchange for a favorable review. Any items sent to me for T&E will be listed as such. Suck it Feds.

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