Go Bag Contents: The Complete Expert List

You are at work and suddenly without warning a message flashes across your cell phone screen. Not too much later, an alert bulletin teleprompts across the bottom of the T.V. monitor.  For most, panic sets in. Although you are on adrenalin with concerns of family member’s safety and location, you are not as nervous as the others around you.

Why? Unlike the crowds walking around dazed and confused wondering what to do next, you and your family have already planned and prepared for just such an emergency.

You are ready to face this crisis situation head on.  You head to your cubicle/office/ locker. There lies your fully equipped but discreet Go/Get Home Bug Out Bag to use as you head towards your planned destination.

EAS-Emergency-Alert-System-11-5-11Most people fail to plan for any probable future threat. Among potential perils is the real possibility of an evacuation either forced or voluntary occurring during your normal average day.

This is a passing thought for those unprepared and therefore they are most likely to become unfortunate casualties.  Aware that you may not momentarily reach home or find a safer location, you made contingencies. The Go/Get Home Bag, combined with your EDC gear and possible Bug Out Vehicle (BOV) bag, is a powerful empowering response to a disaster where you will likely have to rely on yourself to get home.

                                                                           Defining the Go Bag
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So let’s get to the basics! The civilian Go Bag is often called Go/ Get Home Bag (GHB). It is designed to contain all of the necessary emergency preparedness items you will need to get you through your particular circumstance.

This is the bag presented in this article.  It is usually packed with enough gear and supplies to last for one to two days or long enough to get you safely home or to your planned Bug Out Location (BOL).  The following video by the City of New York helps illustrate the concept of the Go Bag.

Although this clip gives a concise but decent review on the The Go/Get Home Bags, I think this particular bag commonly gets mistaken for the 72 Hour/3 Day Bug Out Bag (BOB).  Although it is true that all emergency type bags/gear or kit have the implicit goal of providing the user all the necessary equipment needed to make it through a disaster, these bags however differ in strategy.

The Go/Get Home Bag is stored at your away location, in a locker, cabinet, under a desk or wherever your bag is secure, to help get home or to a safer location. On the other hand, the 72 hour BOB is secured at home to use if the need arises to evacuate from your immediate position to arrive at a safe Bug Out Location within a one to three day period.

So by default, the quantity of survival supplies would be greater in the 72 hr. BOB than the Go/Get Home Bag.  I hope the distinctions between these bags are clearer. But why are certain types and quantities of the content items found exclusively in your Go/Get Home Bag? Read on my fellow go baggers!

Common Types of Container/Bag used for a Go Bag

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Although I will discuss at some lengths the research approach I uniquely applied in creating.

The Ultimate Go Bag List, I will briefly present the types of bag or container I found commonly used as an appropriate Go/Get Home Bag.  I examined various ready-made GHBs from sites such as Amazon so I could identify common bag types.  Those types were as follows;

1. Miniature Backpack
2. Safari Vest/Jacket or Safari Jacket

3. Shoulder Pack/Haversack/Man Bag
4. Day Bag
5. Waist Pack/Bum Pack/Fanny Pack

Of these mentioned above, the fanny pack seemed to be the most popular. Remember the object is to make you Go/Get Home Bag unimpressive so not to attract would be thieves! Do not be a target…blend into the chaos around you. Looking prepared may garner attention of looters.

 The Master List for the Go/Get Home Bag

The list I present here was a compilation of various source materials from 15 top experts with experience in the fields of emergency preparedness or survivalism.  The items in each of the ten emergency preparedness categories presented are the objects mentioned by these professionals as the must have gear and supplies for your bag.

Whether you decide to assemble your own bag or purchase a bag with the contents full of survival gear, it is always important to try and get a prepper products that are lightweight, compact, discreet and  have redundancy qualities (multi-use functions) as much as possible.

The categories and items listed are organized in order with the top item or category being of the highest priority.


For those who prefer to purchase a ready-made Go/Get Home Bag, I will provide a chart of options. If you decide to take this route, keep in mind that the list above will provide you with the necessary information on the items you may want to add to your bag. Remember packing more items than you need means to risk hauling nonessential items.

 Ready-Made Go Bags

ProductBob RatingPricing
Fanny Pack with Every Day Carry Kit for Emergencies Disaster Preparation or As a Bug Out Bag (Pink Camo)4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0074Z9YCY?tag=aboblist-20
Emergency Zone Deluxe Survival Kit for 1 Person4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0074Z9YCY?tag=aboblist-20
Ready America 70070 Emergency Kit 1 Person, 1 Day Hip Pack4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0074Z9YCY?tag=aboblist-20
Emergency Survival Kit Fanny Pack - 1 Person4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0074Z9YCY?tag=aboblist-20
Ready America 70080 Emergency Kit, 1-Person 3-Day Bag4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0074Z9YCY?tag=aboblist-20

The Chart Explained

Knowing BOB capacity best illustrates the amount of gear that can be stuffed in and around your BOB. Converting cubic inches into gallons is used to help you visualize the total space available in your BOB. Remember gallon is not to be used to illustrate weight but to give you a mental picture on space capacity (ex. 2 gal. means 2 gallons of water will fit snuggly in the bag).

The price symbol “$” reflects the cost of that item when compared to the calculated average price of all the products on the chart.  The total “$” shown indicates how much more or less the cost was for that particular item when compared to average.

The BOB Score was devised by using various measurable factors and comparing them to the other items on the chart.  The score took into account; Bag Quality, Size, Price, Quality of Gear and Number of Emergency Categories that were fulfilled as mentioned by survival and prepper experts in the Bug Out Bag List from ABobList.com.