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Grab n-go Bag Essentials with links


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A grab-n-go bag can range from the bare essentials to a complete "bug out" set up. This slideshow gives you the essentials to consider and then you configure it for your particular location, possible emergencies, and situations. Links to everything are included.

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Grab n-go Bag Essentials with links

  1. 1. The Grab-n-Go Bag Basics Everyone Should Have
  2. 2. A grab-n-go bag is a staple of survival and emergency preparedness. It’s something you can take with you, and is your survival kit in your house, in your car, and at your work. It’s too late to prepare once the emergency is on you. There will also be a huge run of panicked people buying many of these same items, so get it together now so you have it ready. Please remember, there are an infinite number of emergencies, opinions, equipment, and needs. The following is a basic template for essentials we all need. What To Have Ready
  3. 3. • The Grab & Go bag should be tailored to your locale. •Try to get items that have multiple uses, rather than just one. •You must keep track of expiration dates on perishables, mainly food, water and medical supplies. The Grab & Go Bag
  4. 4. •This slideshow is just an overview. •More detailed explanations, along with links to specific equipment, are in the book: The Main Grab-N-Go
  5. 5. • How much can you carry? •If you aren’t experienced in backpacks, ask an expert at your local outdoors store. •After you finish this presentation and have gotten all you need, then you need a bag that will fit the gear. •No matter the backpack, have waterproof bags to put everything inside the backpack. Keeping gear (and yourself) dry is paramount in a survival/emergency situation. The Bag Itself
  6. 6. 4 full 500ml water bottles. This is your immediate emergency supply if you have no time to fill up your . . . Containers. Either a built in water supply such as a Camelbak or pockets/clips for water carriers. Most packs have external loops on which you can secure canteens and water carriers. Your first priority is to fill up this container with potable water or fill from your household water stash if bugging out. The four water bottles are to sustain you to get to that point. They also then become extra water containers. WATER
  7. 7. Empty compressible water containers. 2 gallons capacity. For after establishing base camp Purification. Lifestraw equivalent and two bottles purification tablets. Click on images below for links. WATER
  8. 8. •Fire is your friend in a survival situation. I know we’d all like to use that bow and stick, but for emergencies, a lighter is much easier. •I pack several lighters from experience. Windproof. •Stormproof matches in a waterproof container. •Click on images below. Lighters and Matches
  9. 9. Non-perishables for three days minimum. Food that doesn’t require refrigeration. Don’t have food that will make you thirsty. Plan for infants and special dietary requirements. Note expiration dates. Click on image for a good, 25 year expiration, supply from the company that made our Long Range Patrol meals in Special Forces. It’s what we have on hand and in our grab-n-go bags. Also good for camping. FOOD
  10. 10. I have a variety of ration bars (click on each for link): ER Bar Grizzly Bear Emergency Food Rations DaTrex 3600 Below are some before going into a ziplock bag and into my Jeep. FOOD
  11. 11. Having high protein bars is a quick source of energy and doesn’t require cooking. Trail mix is also good in ziplock bags for quick snacks. Click on images. FOOD
  12. 12. A small, portable stove. I use the MSR Dragonfly for camping and my grab-n-go bag. Make sure you have plenty of fuel. Click on image. FOOD
  13. 13. Pots to cook in with utensils. A simple set up that I use is below. FOOD
  14. 14. Know what the emergency broadcast stations are. Below is a hand crank radio/flashlight combo I have on hand and in all my grab-n-go bags. Click on image for link. Portable battery/hand crank radio.
  15. 15. A tent is valuable but takes up a lot of space and weight. At the very least, you need an emergency sleeping bag and a poncho. I have the emergency sleeping bag below in all my G&G bags and in all our cars. It’s inexpensive, light and small. A poncho can be worn, but also made into a shelter using 550/parachute cord. Click on images. Shelter
  16. 16. Being able to see in the dark is key. Batteries tend to be heavy and get used up but AAA are light and small. Consider the following array: Handcrank light (the one below also has window breaker, seatbelt cutter, USB cell phone charger); a headlamp for moving and doing things in camp; and a single AAA light I keep in a sheath with my Leatherman Click on images. Light
  17. 17. I always have the one on the left on my belt along with the single battery flashlight. It gets used every day. I have the vice grips Leatherman on the right in my Jeep and it gets used a lot. The flashlight was linked earlier. A Leatherman w/ small light
  18. 18. There are plenty of prepared ones you can buy. Below is one I have in house and in grab-n-go bags. Click on image for link. Make sure you have medications to last a week. Extra glasses, contacts, etc. First Aid Kit
  19. 19. I recommend adding some emergency quick-clot bandages to your first aid kit. I keep these in the kits and carry one on my bike. It’s been used and I can verify it works. First Aid Kit
  20. 20. Appropriate for time of year and environment. Socks. And more socks. Pants and long sleeve shirts of a material that dries quickly. I generally pack one extra pair of pants. A wool cap— most heat escapes through the head. A boonie hat— keep the sun off, protects your head. Clothing
  21. 21. Not just for weather but to protect your hands. In the field, I always wear gloves. The ones on the left are touchscreen. The ones on the right provide more protection. Gloves
  22. 22. A folding saw. A survival knife. Parachute cord. A Signal mirror. I have all below in my bag . Click on images. Tools
  23. 23. Snares are an effective, passive form of hunting that is also very secure. The steel cables also have other uses. An array of zip ties— you’ll find many uses for them, including, if need be, handcuffs. The middle ones are basic; the ones on the right are for major things. Snare Wire, Zip Ties
  24. 24. You can’t count on the GPS on your phone. Have a physical road map of at least your state. Download the contour map for your area for free, then print it out, or order the map sheets. I have a separate slideshare (linked at end) about free downloadable maps, how to read them and other pertinent information. Map
  25. 25. While we rely on GPS there are many emergencies where that might not be available. In that case, a compass is invaluable. I have the one below tied of to my survival vest. Compass
  26. 26. Tooth brush, toothpaste. Liquid, disinfectant soap (double bag). Foot powder. Toilet paper or baby wipes. Feminine Hygiene. Baby products Toiletries
  27. 27. Power will be out. ATMs won’t work Store computer systems will have crashed. It will be a cash environment for a while. How much? Enough for: plane, bus ticket to evac site; cost of hotel room for at least 3 nights; cost of 3 tank full of gas; food for family for two weeks; misc. expenses. CASH
  28. 28. What about your pet? Food, medications, water?
  29. 29. Bag Checklist
  30. 30. This was just the bare essentials you need to consider. More detail is in the book. Grab-n-Go Bag Your main bag is wherever you spend most of your time. For most of us, that’s at home. Have it readily accessible so you can literally grab it as you run out. You can also toss it in your car easily.
  31. 31. Print Book
  32. 32. The book on the left is how you prepare NOW. The book on the right, is your guide to surviving an emergency or catastrophe given you’ve prepared. The handbook in the center is a discounted, distilled version of both books with the most important basics - click on cover for any. Print Book
  33. 33. I highly recommend getting at least one print copy of the survival manual. During an emergency you can’t count on an eBook. It’s pocket-sized— shown next to my trusty, old Ranger Handbook. I keep one in the glove compartment of each car, in every Grab-n-Go bag and also give them as gifts— the gift of life. Click on image for print version Print Book
  34. 34. New York Times bestselling author, graduate of West Point, former Green Beret, and feeder of two yellow Labs, most famously Cool Gus. He’s had over seventy books published, including the #1 bestselling series Time Patrol, Area 51, Atlantis, and the Green Berets. Born in the Bronx and having traveled the world he now lives peacefully with his wife and labs. Sort of. Free book below available HERE