Should you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to get the hell out of dodge and make a run for it, a survival go bag will be essential to your survival while out and about. Having a bag equipped with all of the necessary supplies for you to live off of could be the differentiating factor between life or death for you, but with so much depending on the contents of the said bag, knowing what to put in a go bag is a decision-making process that doesn’t come lightly.
Survival go bags are one of the most important things that you can make for you and your team, and outfitting these bags with the best goodies possible is the make or break factor for their usefulness out in the wild.
There are a multitude of varying elements/items that you can put into a survival go bag, and today we’re going to be talking about a few of the most important ones that should be in everyone’s bag.
Even if you’re someone that tries to stay away as far as they can from medicine and prescription drugs, antibiotics are something that you should absolutely pack plenty of in any go-bag.
Most modern-day antibiotics are able to fight off 90% of all possible infections, and if you’re in a situation where you need to make use of a go bag, there’s a very likely chance that you or someone else in your group could become injured and in a situation where antibiotics could very well save their life.
Cephalexin, cirprofloxacin, and metronidazole are the three main antibiotics that we recommend the most, and while you can spend a bit of money on name-band offerings, there are plenty of others out there that work just as well and cost a whole lot less.
2. Canned food/can opener
In a situation where you’re needing to grab your go bag and head out of your home, chances are you aren’t entirely sure when you’ll have access to regular food and a kitchen to prepare it in. Because of this, canned food is a must for any go bag.
Canned food has an extremely long shelf life and typically can be eaten straight out of the can or with a little bit of heat from a campfire. It’s portable and durable, and although the contents may not be quite as tasty as a home-cooked meal, it offers for plenty of nutrition and energy to keep your body moving and functioning in the manner that you need it to.
And, if you’re bringing along canned food, you better make sure that you’ve got a can opener in your bag as well. This might seem like a common-sense thing to recommend, but you'd be surprised at how many people overlook this critically important tool.
Canned food requires a can opener in order to be open properly, so be sure to throw one in your bag along with your canned food so you don’t have to go through the headache of having canned food and now way to access it.
3. Lip balm
Believe it or not, lip balm (aka chap stick) is a ridiculously versatile tool that will make surviving in a disaster situation much easier on you and your entire group.
While you can obviously use lip balm for healing chapped lips (something you’ll ver likely encounter), it can also be used for starting fires, stopping small cuts from bleeding, preventing blisters, and a whole lot more.
Lip balm typically doesn’t take up a whole lot of space, and this is one of those things where a little goes a long way.
You don’t need to bring tons and tons of the stuff, but having a few containers of it will be extremely beneficial should you ever need to call upon your go bag in a serious setting.
4. First-aid kit
A first-aid kit is absolutely necessary for any go bag. Injuries may very-well take place while surviving out in the open world, and if you or someone you’re traveling with happens to get hurt, a first-aid kit will be required to help them properly heal and to prevent any disastrous infections.
First-aid kits are quite varied in regards to what they come outfitted with, but most of them feature some of the main essentials — including bandaids, scissors, wrap bandages, and more.
More compact first-aid kits will provide the bare essentials while also providing for more room for other items in your bag, while larger ones will come with more tools but also take up extra room that you may need for other items.
The LifeStraw is a fairly new invention, and it’s one that we now recommend everyone adds to their go bag. The LifeStraw is a tool that allows you to drink any sort of water directly from the source, and it allows you to do so by filtering out harmful bacteria and other harmful components.
Wandering around and find a small pool of water? Simply stick the LifeStraw into it and start sipping away. LifeStraw filters out 99.99% of the bad stuff that your body doesn’t want or need, and the effectiveness of this tool is absolutely mind-boggling.
LifeStraw is rated to filter out up to 260 gallons worth of water, and although we didn’t get the chance to test it out to this fullest extent, we full believe that it’s capable of doing so. This little tool can be a life-saver in certain situations, and it’s because of this that you can’t afford not to put it in your bag.
A sling shot is something that few people think about bringing with them in their go bag, but it’s something that we think is rather invaluable.
While you may want to bring along guns and other weapons for self-defense and hunting down food sources, a sling shot is a great tool for hunting small game without the need to waste any of your precious ammo.
We advise practicing using a sling shot at home before bringing it with you in a survival situation, but once you get good and comfortable with one, it’s possible to bag quite a lot of small game with just it and a rock or two.
Knowing exactly what to put in a go bag is one of the most frequently debated topics in the prepper world, so hopefully this guide helped to she some light on the matter. There are obviously other things that you should bring with you as well, but the 6 items on this list are a great place to get started. Pack what you need to keep you and your family safe and know how to use everything that you’re taking with you. Do this, and you should be ready for survival mode.