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:
- On my person
- In my car
- 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
- 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.
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
- quart of oil
- full spare with the scissor jack and tire wrench that came with the car
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
- 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.
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.
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.