We have been getting a lot of questions lately about GOOD Bags…also known as Get Out Of Dodge or Bug out bags, among other names. Depending on your needs, age, where you work, proximity to GOOD location (if you don’t have one, you should probably get on that), you probably have or will need items in your bag that are very different than the next persons. But what does a skeleton GOOD Bag look like?
Well, what do you absolutely need to survive for 72 hours? The idea is to have what you need to get home from where you are if an acute disaster strikes, or to get out of town for a couple of days if the area you live is not safe.
Here are at minimum some things you may want to consider adding to your bag.
- Extra Ammo and extra magazines for your pistol and rifle (if you don’t have one of these, get them before the prices go any higher)
- Tactical First Aid Kit
- Food for 72 hours (think light food with a lot of calories, a small jar of peanut butter is great)
- A good knife for cutting and protection, if needed. I prefer to carry two, one folding knife for protection and another skinning type knife.
- Water bottle (filled)
- Water purification (I personally love the Berkey water bottle I use for everyday use, it’s my water bottle and purifies water right in the bottle while I drink)
- Flashlight (w/extra batteries)
- Headlight (w/extra batteries)
- Navigation Tools: Compass (Map of the surrounding area (should be detailed enough to follow on foot also)
- Tarp or light shelter material. Parachute material cut down to a good shelter size is great, its quiet, its super light)
- Extra clothing (including water-proof clothing)
- Socks and Underwear- imagine how nice it feels to change your socks and underwear after a day of walking-not to mention the hygiene factor)
- 2 forms of fire starter that you know how to use.
- Some type of sleeping bag (my favorite are the Wiggys bags- they are small and rate at under 0 degrees depending on the one you get)
Whatever you decide to include in your GOOD Bag, it is always important to make sure you know how to use these tools and well.. in a high stress and possibly dangerous scenario, you will not want to be pulling out directions. So practice with them. You will find it makes for fun camping trips to discover new uses for things in your bag!