What's In Your Bag?

What's In Your Bag?

Go-bag, Survival Bag, B.O.B. (Bug Out Bag), Shelter-In-Place bag. What you call it doesn’t matter. What you put in it can mean life or death.  Certainly, the contents are somewhat dictated by the situation you’re preparing for, however, there are a number of items that should be found in EVERY bag, and in EVERY situation. Below is a list of category 1 items that should be found in any survival kit. You can never have too many of these items and we recommend you intentionally have multiples as a backup in case the primary item fails, breaks, or gets lost. Also, as your life may literally depend on these supplies, we recommend you purchase the most reliable, highest quality products you can get your hands on.

CAT 1 Items

  • Medication (7-day supply) – any items to meet your specific medical needs (allergies, blood pressure meds, insulin, Epipen, inhalers, etc...)
  • Potable Water – Store 1 gallon per person per day, use purification tablets, or use a handheld purification system
  • Water container – water bottles, large collapsible container
  • Shelter – Siltarp, tube tarp, appropriate clothing, rain suit, survival blankets
  • Firestarter / matches / lighter – butane lighter, Swedish Fire Steel, matches, Vaseline covered cotton balls for tinder
  • Multi-tool – a knife, multi-tool, axe or saw
  • Duct tape
  • Headlamp / Flashlight – headlamps are great for keeping your hands free while you work.
  • Cordage – mil-spec paracord has nearly endless uses, is strong, and takes up very little space
  • First Aid Kit


Next on the list are category 2 items. These are items that are less essential to immediate survival, yet could be critical to your long-term needs or overall comfort. Cat 2 items may also vary depending on your situation, environment, and what sort of disaster(s) you are preparing for.

CAT 2 Items

  • Food – Always keep on hand a supply of foods with a long shelf-life. Store enough for 2-3 meals per day per person for at least 3 days.
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio – NOAA weather radios are especially useful in natural and weather related disasters
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (List of medicines, medical info, proof of address, deed to home, birth certificate, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone w/charger
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra Batteries
  • Extra cash
  • Extra set of house and car keys
  • Manual can opener
  • Whistle
  • Signal mirror
  • Mess kit / cooking equipment
  • Compass
  • Extra clothing
  • Energy bars / freeze dried meals
  • Pocket chainsaw
  • Small fishing kit
  • Snares
  • Zip-ties
  • Wet wipes
  • Sillcock key
  • Pry bar
  • Lip balm
  • Safety glasses
  • Work gloves
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper
  • Tent or tarp for shelter
  • Towel
  • Hammer and nails


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