I put together a go bag a few years ago, but it’s not that great. The bag is oversized and has too many pockets. It has a tarp I’ll never use for shelter. I might’ve been better off with a family size camp stove than my little MSR Pocket Rocket deal. And I don’t have any hot meals (yet) for it.

Since I recently ordered a sling for daily carry, I’m working on a holistic preparedness approach, comprised of:

  1. On my person
  2. In my car
  3. At home

(If I worked in an office, that might be number four; shelter-in-place without a workplace stash does not make for a fun mental space.)

On my person

I ordered a Bellroy Sling in forest green. It’s 7L so I think it’ll be plenty roomy without being too large. My planned load out is akin to this:

  • Fisher Space Pen and small notebook
  • lip balm
  • eye drops
  • hand sanitizer
  • sunglasses and microfiber cloth
  • mints
  • AirPods
  • keys with pill holder (1 ibuprofen, 1 acetaminophen, 1 aspirin, 1 diphenhydramine; also a loose loratadine-pseudoephedrine or two)

Additional items could include:

  • Anker battery backup and cables—it’s huge, so probably only if I’m expecting a long day. Otherwise it’s with my home bag.

In my car

I finally purchased a basic roadside kit and fire extinguisher to keep in the car, and I’ve refreshed my first aid kit. The last thing to add is a bag with a change of clothes and basic toiletries.

Roadside kit

This is in the cargo area.

  • blanket—the one that came with the kit isn’t great. I may put the better one from my existing bag in the car.
  • reflective triangle
  • screwdriver, pliers, multitool
  • jumper cables
  • tow strap
  • headlamp
  • quart of oil
  • full spare with the scissor jack and tire wrench that came with the car
  • gloves

First aid kit

This and the fire extinguisher sit under the front seats, accessible from the back row.

  • bandages of various sizes
  • roll of gauze
  • alcohol prep pads
  • ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin, diphenhydramine
  • Bactine

Overnight bag

  • change of clothes
  • jacket, gloves, beanie
  • toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, contact lens solution and case

Unfortunately, I don’t have a backup pair of glasses. I would feel much better having a backup pair in the car in case the contacts are bothersome. I considered keeping the case in my daily bag, but without solution it’s useless.

I need to add non-perishable snacks here.

Up front

In the glovebox, I have a couple pens, a tire pressure gauge, pen light, napkins, and my recent service records. In the console there’s a canister of Wet Ones and spare bulbs. And since the start of pandemic I’ve kept a pump bottle of hand sanitizer in the driver door. And of course, my iPhone charger and a spare USB port are always ready to go.

At home

Our pantry is well-stocked, so this is focused on equipment. My bag at home currently looks like camping gear. Again, since this is meant to be a holistic approach, the concept is to augment what’s in the car.

  • Sangean MMR-88 emergency weather radio—it uses weird Nitecore 18350 batteries (need to buy more)
  • Black Diamond ReVolt headlamp
  • Rechargeable AA and AAA batteries (need to buy more)
  • USB quick charger for those batteries
  • trowel, tissue, garbage bags
  • copies of important documents in a sealed bag
  • First aid kit from Adventure Medical Kits
  • Personal camp stove, fuel canisters, and mess kit
  • Miscellany: fire starter, lint, water purification tablets.

I’d like to buy a few freeze dried Mountain House meals—the lasagna and beef stroganoff are both good.

I’m always re-evaluating and tweaking, so if you have any suggestions let me know.

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