Sometimes, unexpected events occur in life, making it important to have a grab and go bag packed and ready. If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, floods, or just like to prepare for the worst, this bag can essentially save your life, provided you pack the right items. You have to keep it basic; it is not a vacation bag that should be full of make-up, shoes and other non-essentials but lucky for you, kits are available that provide good starting points and some bare necessities.
Surviving for Two
The ULTIMATE Ready Evac Kit for two offers plenty of supplies, from communication devices to warm sleeping gear. It includes items such as ponchos, body warmers, a multi-function pocketknife, a nylon rope and waterproof matches. Additionally, this grab and go bag also contains a:
Some of the other items in these kits are unnecessary, such as the playing cards or sewing kit, giving you the option of taking them out and replacing them with something more useful, like extra batteries, CB radios or starter fluid.
As for food, depending on your ability to ration and your level of self-control, you can have either two days of three small snacks or six days of just enough to provide sustenance. This means, if you really are in an emergency situation, you probably have to hunt your own food or one person must carry a second pack full of high calorie bars and freeze-dried meals.
Despite this downside, the bag does come with a fair amount of water, as well as purification tablets so you can drink from a lake, river or other water source. This is not a bad deal, considering your body can last longer without food than it can without water. However, if you prefer to have extra supplies or are traveling in a larger group, Guardian does offer a grab and go bag with additional equipment.
In addition to getting a basic survival pack, you might also want to consider purchasing a Wise Food Storage Survival Kit, especially if you are not traveling alone. This kit is helpful because it not only provides you with more food and extra emergency supplies, but it also gives you cooking and eating utensils. Inside this handy grab and go bag, you can expect to find:
This kit also has a total of 44 servings of foods such as tortilla soup, stroganoff, granola, pasta and cereal. The fact that some of the supplies is the same as the survival kit means that you have the option of leaving the additional equipment in the bag, just in case, or taking it out and replacing the empty space with items you feel could be more beneficial to sustaining your life.
If you like to spend a lot of time in the outdoors, on the road or simply prepare for life’s unexpected events, then investing in a grab and go bag is a smart idea. However, it is important to keep in mind that this bag is only a starting point and is unlikely to last more than two weeks. Each person should have their own bag and if possible, carry a smaller second bag with extra food and water. Hopefully, you are never in a situation that requires you to use your emergency kit but if you are, at least you have a head start.