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INCH - I'm Not Coming Home Bag

An INCH bag is what is resorted to if the disaster / emergency is so bad that it threatens to destroy your location / life and there is no chance of safely returning to your home. Hence the INCH acronym (I’m Not Coming Home). Sometimes the line between BOB and INCH can blur but in general the INCH is the most extreme side of the evacuation bags that often goes hand in hand with a mindset of survival no-matter what it takes. These bags will almost certainly be large, reinforced with a rugged frame and materials.

INCH Bag GearThe contents of the INCH will usually mirror the BOBs and then some. The INCH will contain more of everything, possibly to the extent of high-tech items like a GPS, Night Vision, plus a rifle and spare ammunition. Other ancillaries include survival tools that can help you live off the land to set up a new home elsewhere are a must. Again there may be variations, especially if there is an area pre-prepared ahead of time.

It’s generally not a good idea to just take off into the wilderness without knowing where you have in mind to relocate to. People without a plan and just take off with an INCH have a good chance of eventually running out of food unless they are very skilled at bushcraft and can scavenge what they need.

INCH Bags in action

If you have a truck and it breaks down en route to a bug-out location (in the midst of an emergency etc) some survivalists will have an INCH bag pre-packed and ready to go. INCH bags are not for the unprepared - if part of a survival plan you should be up to a high standard of fitness to travel with one. Make no mistake, in an urban area bug-out, with a crowd situation you are the man/woman with the goods and may become a potential target. While carried weaponry will help unless there is a survival group of you the odds could well be a downfall.

 

The INCH Bag Lowdown

INCHs are heavy (often used with a vehicle or cart), comprehensive, but can give an excellent chance of surviving the very worst of situations. Inch Bag FullThe most recent examples of INCH bags being required would be the New Orleans flooding and before that the Asian Tsunami’s of 2005.

Survival Tip - Many preppers also will refuse to Bug-Out of their Bug-Out-Location (BOL) having just used a BOB to get their also. Indeed if they are bugged-in and prepared they may want to ride-out the disaster come what may. If a home base location is properly prepared it may be wise not to rely on an INCH.

The items you put in are ultimately up to you, work with it, practice with it, excel with it!

Everyone in the prepper / survival scene has their own opinion, meaning there’s a variation here and there. What this means is YOU should get working at putting an EDC and BOB together – see how it works, how it fits and revise it for your surroundings. Then consider if you need an INCH bag for if the troubles REALLY hit the fan!

 
 

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