This large, 10 compartment carry on bag is elegant and practical. Made of deep oiled cowhide leather, this all purpose travel bag is great for travel with luggage or as overnight bag. The leather is top grain and rugged with a saddle bag look. A real head turner!
- 100% top grain cowhide leather
- Size 17″ L x 6.5″ W x 12″ H inches (43cm L x 16.5cm W x 30.5cm H)
- Color: Natural Saddle Brown
- Large square main compartment with wide double zipper top closure
- Triple portfolio style compartments with accordian mouth openning
- Front flap pocket with organizer and zipper
- Dual leather tote carry handles
- Flat studded bottom for easy packing and stability
- 2 large pockets with wrap around zippers
- 2 side wall pockets
- 1 front pleated pocket with wrap around zipper
- 1 front wall pocket with zipper
- Rolling luggage handle slide strap
- Leather zipper tabs for easy grabs
- Double leather tote handles with 8″ inch drop (20 cm)
- Adjustable and remobale long leather shoulder strap with grip pad
- Antique brass tone hardware
- Lined with soft durable fabric
- Padded lapotp center divider
- 2 inner pocket with zipper
- 3 inner wallet pockets
- Weight: 4.8 lbs (2.7 kg)
First let me start off by saying that your Go-Bag or Bug-Out Bag should not be your only, or main source in a survival situation. You should have other supplies ready to keep you and your family sustained for an extended period of time.
The idea of a Go-Bag or Bug-Out Bag is to have supplies ready at a moments notice should you have to leave or evacuate from your home, or other location. These supplies should be packed ahead of time and hopefully placed into a backpack so it is comfortable to carry since you may be traveling a long distance.
In most cases you would not have time to gather the supplies needed during an evacuation, so it is best to have them ready to go at all times. I see many people intending to use a go-Bag as their main source for survival if everything goes south. I can’t stress enough how important it is to keep your go-Bag separate from your regular supplies.
In addition, every member of your family, or party if you have one should have their own bag. Even children should have their own bags so long as they can carry one. We’ll discuss go-Bags for kids at another time.
Now that we have covered the true purpose of a go-Bag lets discuss what you should put in it. First the bag should be a good solid bag, preferably as mentioned earlier a backpack. If you have to leave on foot, or become stranded a backpack is the easiest bag to carry.
What should you put into your bag? While many people argue about what items and brands are best to carry, we are just going to stick with the basics.
Here is a basic list of items you will want to consider including in your go-Bag:
- Cash – plenty of it because depending on the event credit cards may not be useful. Consider having about $1000 or more (the more the better), and try to make them all $1.00 bills, that way you never need change. A couple of quarter rolls could come in handy for Public phones, vending machines and laundry. But, don’t carry so much it weighs you down or clangs together. Do not “flash” your money around, unless you like being robbed, and never take it out until you must. I suggest carrying different amounts in various pockets and keeping several “Throw Away Bills” in case you do get mugged or threatened, throw that onto the ground so you can make a fast get away.
- First Aid Kit – a decent well-stocked kit, including a couple of weeks’ supply of any prescription medications you need. Keep everything in plastic bags that have tight seals.
- Sewing Kit. Include in this non-waxed floss and a U-shaped leather needle. Include extra needles, thread, buttons and if you can, fabric.
- Clothing – Wool is best as cotton is useless once it gets wet; add thermal wear, underwear, socks and carry extras of everything.
- Crank style Flashlight and glow-sticks. Keep string at least 5 feet in length so you can drop glow sticks or lower flashlights into holes or pits to see, and easily retrieve them afterwards.
- Crank style NOAA weather/AM-FM Radio. If you use one that takes batteries, carry extras. My personal recommendation it the Eton FR300 which has an alert mode.
- Food and water — Carry enough to get you where you want to go, plus a little extra. Carry a small hand operated can opener and eating utensils if you can.
- Lighter, waterproof matches and another source to light fires, such as a strike based fire starter. Always best to carry extras here as well.
- Hand and feet warmers — 2 per person if you can.
- Good sleeping bag, water proof if you can find one. Keep in stuff sack or plastic garbage bag to keep dry.
- Good air or foam mattress if you can, the extra layer will keep you warmer at night.
- Wool blankets, not a must if you have a sleeping bag, but great to have.
- Emergency Mylar Space blankets.
- Good rain poncho — one that covers you and your backpack is best.
- Rope — Carry several, great for many things, from shelter, to rescue.
- Duct Tape.
- Tarp(s) — can double as emergency shelter if you don’t have a tent.
- Dust Masks carry several per person.
- Maps — local and the location where you want to go.
- Leather work gloves.
- Folding saw.
- 2 knives.
- Moist wipes are great for many things and keeping clean when you can take a complete bath or shower.
- Compass/GPS (good to carry 2 compasses if just for reassurance).
- Gun and ammo if possible. Note: if you are going to a shelter you will not be able to bring these items.
- Fishing hooks, and fishing wire, a couple of sinkers and floats will be good too.
- Important documents, license, passport, etc.
- Pen and paper. Also include a large crayon to mark your way. Chalk also works if you want to let someone friendly know where you are going, but will wash away after it rains.
- Other items that you can use for bartering.
This is a great list to get started with and you will have to make adjustments based on what type of load you can carry, how far you are traveling, and who is traveling with you.
Copyright © Keith Erwood, 2010 All Rights Reserved Worldwide.
Keith Erwood is the Owner and Principal of Continuity Corp a risk management business specializing in enterprise resilience through robust business continuity, disaster recovery and emergency preparedness planning. Keith has authored numerous articles on preparedness issues and is the Editor in Chief of the Disaster Preparedness Blog [http://disasterpreparednessblog.com]. Keith also speaks on preparedness issues, business continuity, disaster recovery and preparedness in general.
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