We are very limited with what we can carry on an airplane, but if you travel, then you really need an airport carry-on get home kit!
Airport Carry-On Get Home Kit
If you fly often for work or pleasure, then you should do your best to carry some form of Get Home Kit when you fly.
If you’ve followed our modular approach to my Survival Kits and Get Home bags, you can slide your EDC survival kit pouch into your backpack or carry-on luggage and it will provide you with a more effective kit than you had access to previously.
Can you imagine the frustration of being marooned in a far away city, wanting to get home to your loved ones, but having no supplies that would allow you to get started on that long journey home.
This list of gear isn’t all inclusive, since you are limited by what you can take in your carry-on bags. One item that you’ll need to scrounge up would be a decent knife, but you could look for that while you were already on the move.
We can’t have gear to cover every eventuality, but these are some good solid basics, that we can build on, if they are ever needed.
- Bandana or even better, a Shemagh
- Duct Tape – wrapped around an old hotel key card.
- Paracord – In addition to 50-100 feet of paracord in your bag, you may want to keep an extra Paracord Bracelet, clipped to your carry-on bag’s handle
- Military Rain poncho – This can act as your rain gear and your shelter tarp, or in a pinch you add a poncho liner or jungle blanket and you’ve got a weather-resistant sleep system.
- Compass – even a simple, cheap Ball Compass
- Small water filter – a Sawyer Mini (100,000 gallons) or a LifeStraw (264.172 gallons) would be perfect. (See how these 2 filters compare)
- Stainless Steel water bottle – This can save you from buying the $4 bottled water at the airport and can be used to carry and boil water if you find yourself stranded far from home! If you don’t go stainless steel, you still need a way to carry water so consider a Collapsible water bottle – or a Nalgene bottle. Remember to make sure it’s empty before going through security at the airport.
- Cigarette Lighter – You may not smoke, but if you have to get home on foot, it’d sure be nice to be able to make fire quick and easily. The Bic lighters seem to have a higher quality construction and reliability, over the generic gas station lighters.
- carry-on would be pushing your luck, then try the Super Sharpie Marker (very large heavy marker) – Good for marking things, and perhaps an improvised kubotan!
- Cell phone charger – you’ll want some form of battery backup charger and perhaps a hand-crank charger or solar charger for your phone.
- Extra medications – in case you are on the road longer than originally expected
- List of phone numbers – In case you’re phone becomes inoperable, you can still use another phone to call loved ones or emergency contacts.
- First Aid Kit (Travel Size)
If you have the space and can bear the extra weight, here are some nice to have items.
- SAS Survival Handbook pocket edition (any survival handbook will do, choose your favorite)
- TSA Approved MultiTool –
- A larger, light weight tarp for a shelter.
- Leatherman Sidekick Carabiner Multipurpose Tool – A carabiner with bottle opener and small wrench.
- Tactical Pen – The trick is to get one that doesn’t look like it’s a tactical pen. The Schrade Tactical Pen is a good choirce, for this very reason. If you think that carrying a tactical pen in your
There is never going to be an Airport friendly kit that will let you carry 100% of the supplies you’ll need to get home from a long journey, but these carefully chosen items should allow you a great start.
If we overlooked any items, that you think would be helpful, let me know!