The First 23 Things I Put In My Survival “Go Bag”

M.D. Creekmore

I've been interested in self-reliance topics for over 25 years. I’m the author of four books that you can find here. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about prepping, homesteading, and self-reliance topics through first-hand experience and now I want to share what I’ve learned with you.

14 Responses

  1. Jack says:

    Spot on, MD. The 72-hour bags we put together and are stored at the kid’s school for emergency use are certainly way too heavy for a small child to use as a bug-out bag. The purpose of those kits is to keep the gang well fed, well supplied with water and comfortable until Parents can retrieve them or send transportation to pick them up. They are trained however to find their own way to our home or Grandmother’s home in the opposite direction as a last resort. They would have to shed a good portion of their gear to make the hike. You are correct about parental nerves. I had to carefully choose the gear and plan the practice sessions with the kids. It was a challenge with kids of small stature from a different culture than my own. The only consolation is kids worldwide take comfort in many of the same things. For serious bugging out, I would do far better at sea, away from people and out of the operating range of local small craft. I would also have a huge tactical advantage on the open sea but this is a different subject. I also agree 100% about tailoring your kit to your individual needs and location. Back home in the North East US, we had a few cases of EEE, triple E or Eastern Equine Encephalitis every year or so. Not a big worry. Here in the Philippines, we have a lot of other serious “bugs” to be concerned about. In my location, mosquito-borne dengue fever is supposedly almost non-existent in this part of the province. A small child one street over from us wound up contracting the disease just a few weeks ago. There have been other cases. “Skeeter ” nets and insect protection is super mandatory for those enjoying the woods and jungles or bugging out here. Superior water treatment is a top priority unless you are way up in the mountains with little human activity. We equipped our eldest, 12-year-old Andoy with a money belt when school began. He has far more cash than needed for everyday use but we think he can leverage this to purchase supplies at Sari Sari stores near the school that may remain open (they almost never close here) or it could be the means he uses as “team leader” to bring his siblings safely home. Better to have and not need than to need and not have. I could go on and on as we have many ideas about this subject. I will close by saying thank you MD for yet another great brain-stimulating article.

  2. INPrepper says:

    I have a couple of Wingman multi-tools that I have been using for a few years. They are pretty good economical tools. I like my Swiss Tool X better but for some reason I always have a Wingman on me where ever I am.

  3. G.Go says:

    We have our go bags but plan to use them in only severe cases where we can not stay at home. We also have go bags for our pets.

  4. Crazy Joe says:

    Still laughing ……… ” and his wife thinks missing an appointment at the nail salon is the end of the world as she knows it. ”

    Ah yes , Modern Society Syndrome controls another human . I know the type all to well .

    As far as the 72 hour ( 3 day ) BOB ….. I prefer a 120 hour ( 5 day BOB ) . Depending on the season I can stretch it out to 10 days in the same mid size backpack .

    I always wondered about the fixation on 72 hours these past 20 years .

    I feel adding a thing or two can get one to that 4th & 5th day in the same small or midsize backpack .

    Each season I add or subtract a thing or two . The only problem is I eat the Slim Jim’s before they should be rotated .

  5. ShirlGirl says:

    My get home bags also contain knee, ankle, and wrist braces since I’ve had a few falls this year and would be walking uneven ground. At my age it seems important to support my joints before or after an jnjury.

  6. mom of three says:

    In the last 10 years, since I started reading your sight I went from a 4 &8 &17 year old to a 14, 18, and a married 27 year old step son , a lot has changed and my bags have changed along with them. Hubby, and are 10 years older too but have stayed in pretty good shape we have done more camping found products that work well, for our area. I have a to go bag for our cat, it’s good to travel with your animals, with samples of dry cat food, soft food and a bowl for her to eat out of and she is fine in a travel box to keep her safe. We also have two places to go to if we had a grid down, or a natural disaster. I have seen changes in our local goverment they are doing drills for all the different issues that could happen in are area, we did not see that 20 years ago so I do believe people, and some goverment locals are waking up to disaster prepareness.

  7. Ed says:

    I totally agree with 22 of your 23 items, you are a way off base on the cash, add another zero and you are getting closer for what you may need.(1,000.00) also include a roll of quarters.

  8. Frank Vazquez says:

    I feel that for myself, the best approach is to use one of the shoulder bags (Tactical messenger bags, field bags, etc.) I own to create an urban/wilderness kit that has everyday items such as tissues, a little bit of toilet paper, wipes, and the usual everyday carry items plus a poncho or bivy sack and plastic sheeting or large trash bags to create a shelter.
    My thinking is that it’ll get me started on creating a kit and in the habit of carrying a bag with me all the time, so I’ll have “it” if I need “it” and not end up in a situation where all my stuff except for my pocket knife and a small flashlight is back at my house.
    And of course I would have more gear in my car for handling or dealing with evacuation, bugging out, and to provide more supplies than I have or could carry on my person. I’m not usually more than 5 miles from home, so my EDC kit doesn’t need to be a large or heavy backpack.

    I have lots of survival stuff, but now I need to build my kits. Keep up the good work and I’ll be reading your articles.

  9. NANN! says:

    Thanks for this, M.D. While I’ve had my BOB at the ready for years, and updated it regularly, I very recently made my escape from NY and landed in the south (AL). I hadn’t given a thought to getting new local maps. I still have old ones in my BOB and vehicle. I also need to figure out how to keep my food preps at a safe temp, etc. I basically know nothing about this area, and feel like I’m starting over after about 20 years of prepping. I’ll be watching your blog much more closely.

  10. George says:

    Another great article, thank you. I have our vehicle kit, get home bag at work and 72 hours kits ready but the best advise I read, which you’ve reinforced are evacuation bags. We live in an old wooden home in an urban area and realized having to bail out from our upstairs bedrooms due to a fire is a likely risk. Our upstairs bags have cash, meds, hygiene kits, clothes , flashlights and most importantly car keys. We all keep our cell phones on chargers beside our beds so grabbing our kits and phones and scrambling down our roll up ladders would be a safe way out for us. My biggest fear is having to do this when it is -30 out. On another note I broke my wrist on a fishing trip this summer and learned quickly how vulnerable you become in a wilderness environment and later as you recover. It was a humbling experience for someone who thought he was well prepared. Keep up the great work.

  11. AXELSTEVE says:

    We need to remember that every list has a exception for people since we are not the same, no 2 people are for that matter. M D `s list is a very very good one though.

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