Task #94 of 101.1001 is to pack an emergency go-bag. This started with Sis, who is obsessed with survival. She’s had an emergency duffel bag for a long time, and I bought her some survival stuff and a few MRE packs in the US last year.
Supposedly, a go-bag should have enough supplies to survive for 72hrs when evacuating from a disaster. Some people pack for longer, and there are dependencies for factors such as climate and location. Typical survival programs talk about surviving in the wilderness but realistically, I think my go-bag should cater for an urban environment since I live in a city. We can even buy ready packed emergency bags, even deluxe editions, for 1, 2 or 4 persons. Mine is from stuff I already have, supplemented by a few specialist survival items.
- backpack — one of the company swag I got from Communications, good regular size with outside pockets
- food — one MRE pack, cereal bars. gu, chewing gum, sweets
- drink — 500ml water, empty water bottle, lifestraw water filter, tea bags
- small keychain hipflask with whisky — because whisky is important
- medicine in a ziploc bag — painkiller, anti-histamine, band-aid, mentholatum, mask, tissues
- toiletries in a ziploc bag — toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, soap, shampoo, deodorant
- spare clothes — t-shirt, zip-off pants, hat, underwear, socks — I should find a lightweight jacket or something long-sleeved to add to the kit
- spare glasses
- notebook, pen, sharpie, chalk — the notebook has personal information, contacts, passwords and passport photocopy
- wallet with money and a few photos — photos for ID and to show people if I need to search for family or mm
- carabiner with keys for my place and parents’ place
- flashdrive with documents and personal information
- hand-cranked radio torch with USB port — supposed to be able to hand-crank enough charge to make phonecalls, which is all that is needed in an evacuation or emergency
- world adaptor, charger, cables for iphone, ipad, microusb
- small towel
- survival blanket
- survival pouch — flint, waterproof matches, whistle, parachute cord, ties, rubber band, sewing kit
- swiss knife, nailclipper — may want to swap for a leatherman
- survival quick guide leaflet
Everything packs neatly inside the backpack and I can carry it comfortably. I’ll need to grab the iphone if I need to run, and I’ll just have to contend with whatever shoes I have on me at the time. It’s not a perfect kit, but it’ll do if there really is an emergency. I could pack more, or use a bigger bag, but I decided a backpack is the easiest and most flexible.
I’ll check and swap out food items every year. The idea is that the bag will never be needed.