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Go Bag (Bug-out Bag)

A bug-out bag (BOB) or in a more common term, Go Bag is a portable kit that normally contains the items one would require to survive for 72 hours when evacuating from a disaster, although some kits are designed to last longer periods. Other names for such a bag are a 72-hour kit, battle box, grab bag, GOOD bag (get out of dodge), personal emergency relocation kit (PERK), or quick run bag (QRB).

The focus is on evacuation, rather than long-term survival, distinguishing the Go Bag from a survival kit, an aviation or a boating emergency kit, or a fixed-site disaster supplies kit.


The suggested contents of a Go Bag vary, but most of the following are usually included. They can usually be sorted into several categories.

  • Essentials (necessary for the human body to survive)
    • Air filtration mask
    • Water and food to last for at least 72 hours.
      • Water for drinking and cooking.
      • Water purification supplies or water filtration system.
      • Non-perishable food.
  • First Aid
    • Enough medicine to last an extended evacuation period.
    • Medicine for indigestion, stomachache, nausea, and diarrhoea.
    • Sanitary Supplies (Women).
    • Hand sanitizer.
  • Shelter, Clothing and Warmth
    • Essential clothing
    • Weather-appropriate clothing and UV protection.
    • Bedding items such as sleeping bags and blankets.
    • Fire-starting tool.
    • Standard camping equipment, including sanitation supplies.
  • Literature
    • A disaster plan including location of emergency centers, rallying points, possible evacuation routes, etc.
    • Professional emergency literature explaining what to do in various types of disaster, studied and understood before the actual disaster but kept for reference.
    • Physical maps and travel information.
  • Tools and Navigation
    • Battery or crank-operated radio.
    • Lighting (battery or crank operated flashlight, glow sticks).
    • An external power-pack or small, portable solar charger (to keep the phone charged).
    • Swiss Army Knife
    • A Multi-tool
    • Duct tape and rope or paracord
    • A mini shovel, axe/hatchet, or a combined version of the two for more portability
    • Folding Saw
    • Super glue, which can also be used to suture wounds.
    • Tarpaulins for shelter and water collection
    • Wire for binding and animal traps
    • Small Fishing tackle
    • Signal mirror
    • Emergency whistle
    • Rubber tubing
    • Trash bags
    • Aluminum foil
    • Paracord
    • Compass
  • Defense from most dangerous animals or people if required.
    • Knife with a sheath
    • Pepper Spray
    • Slingshot, pellet gun, blowgun or other small game hunting equipment.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Pet, child, and elderly care needs.
    • Physical cash and change, as electronic banking transactions may not be available during the initial period following an emergency or evacuation.
    • Positive identification documents, plus any medical ID cards if you have them. Those with allergies should have a MedicAlert or similar ID.
    • Copies of medical records for each person in the family.
    • Printed copy of any insurance information such as home and contents insurance.
    • Copies of birth certificate
    • Passport