Go-Kits: Build One Better

Survival kit, go-kit or bug-out-bag. Called by whatever name, it is smart business to have one. In fact, every member of your family should have his/her own. Here are some things that no go-kit should be without.

  1. Hand-crank flashlight (lower beam range, but does not need batteries);
  2. Emergency candles or glow sticks;
  3. Hand-crank emergency radio (best is an all-in-one radio & flashlight and power source)
  4. At least 4 heavy duty carabiners
  5. Matches, lighters and cotton
  6. 1 bag protein drink mix (preferably soy-free vanilla powder)
  7. 10 Resealable plastic bags (5 gallon size and 5 quart size)
  8. 2 50′ nylon rope
  9. 25″ duct tape
  10. 4 20-gallon plastic garbage bags rolled tightly (compact by wrapping with thick rubber bands, which will also be useful in survival situation)
  11. 2 50-gallon plastic garbage bags rolled on outside of 20-gallon bags
  12. 5 or 6 N-95 face masks(on inside of face mask, pack band-aids, roll tape, and medical supplies to conserve space)
  13. Band-Aids, medical roll tape, absorbent feminine mini pads (see #9 for packing inside face masks)
  14. Small sewing kit (2 needles, 2 pins, thick and thin thread with small scissors, which can also be used for medical supplies)
  15. Cotton handkerchief folded flat;
  16. 2 Thin tarp (available at dollar stores)
  17. Roll of snare wire or similiar
  18. Lightweight long-sleeve shirt and lightweight short-sleeve shirt
  19. Undergarments and wool or heavy easy-dry socks
  20. Working gloves and mittens
  21. Light fleece and long underwear
  22. Hat with brim (pack clothes tightly inside hat)
  23. Poncho (for rain)
  24. Wool blanket, padding (for ground) and sleeping bag/rolled
  25. Canteen
  26. Toothbrush/toothpaste
  27. Aspirin, Aleve or Ibuprofen (pain reliever)
  28. Soap/wash cloth
  29. Machete and multi-tool
  30. 1 fork; 1 spook; 1 knife (preferably strong metal)
  31. Compass and map of area
  32. Edible plants book/leaflet for your area and survival guide (book or manual)
  33. Sunglasses
  34. Emergency whistle
  35. Notebook, pen, pencil (preferably carpenter style)
  36. Pepper spray and handgun/ammo
  37. Small fishing kit (or at least fishing line, hook and bobber)
  38. Cell phone, cord and hand-crank charger/power bank
  39. Two-way radios (hand-crank)
  40. Shoo Goo (for repairing leather shoes/other items)

It may not seem possible, but these items will fit in (and clipped onto) a large, hike-style backpack. You may have other items to include or you may wish to replace one or more of the items listed above, but this is a good start for a large, survival bag that you can grab and take with you in an emergency situation.

Note: Protein shake mix (powder) is suggested as your emergency food source because a 30-meal bag can be stretched out to 60 meals. It is packed with vitamins and minerals, takes up less space than emergency food packs and can be mixed with water. Emergency food need only get you to a place where you can forage and/or hunt for both food and water. Also, survival books (the good ones) are worth their weight in gold. Your survival book should address finding clean water (or purifying it), building shelters, finding food, medical emergencies, et cetera.


Author Jana Brock (pen name) has extensive training and years of professional experience in emergency management, domestic preparedness and teaching citizen preparedness. However, this information is not all inclusive. Reader should prepare according to his/her needs. Additional research on personal preparedness is advisable.


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