How to Build a 72 Hour Go Bag
In this post, I go over putting together a 72 hour go bag… Already have a 72 hour go bag? If you have let me know if I got it right, or if I am missing anything… I hope you enjoy, “How to Build a 72 Hour Go Bag”.
What is a 72 Hour Go Bag
It is recommended that every person have 72 hours of provisions ready in case of emergency evacuations or just emergencies where you need to leave your home asap. Having all your provisions in one bag or pack will make getting away much faster than trying to gather everything you will need at a moments notice.
What To Pack
Food, Water, Medications, Personal Care items such as Deodorant, Soap, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Hair brush, Blankets, Warm & Cool Clothing, for each person in your household. You will want to pack anything that you would need, keeping in mind that you may be carrying it yourself. For a more detailed list, you can click on this link to visit a past post for National Preparedness Month.
Before you begin gathering your stuff, you will need to think about how you will carry all your provisions. Are you going to use what you have, or buy something new? You should choose a bag or pack that is unique, one that when you see it, you will know right off that is your 72 Hour Go Bag. A bag that is unique will make getting away that much faster when you don’t have to think twice about which pack to grab. Paper and plastic bags could work temporarily but would not be very durable, and if you had to carry it for any length of time they would probably tear and fall apart.
Choosing a Pack
Some considerations for choosing a 72 Hour Go Bag or Pack
- Number of Family Members: You will need a pack for each family member capable of carrying a pack.
- Cost: In some cases, you will not need to purchase anything new, you may already have what you need. If you need to purchase new, what can you afford, will you need to spread out the purchases over several months?
- Durability: Is the pack you are considering durable? It will need to withstand the wear and tear it might go through in an emergency evacuation, by car, on foot, or other. Is it water resistant? In case you have to be out in the rain.
- Weight: How much does the pack weigh? Will you be able to carry it no matter what exit mode you might have to take? If it is too heavy you might give out before you have time to get away.
- Size: Is the pack big enough? Will the pack be able to hold all the provisions you will need for 72 hours?
- How is it carried: Packs now come with several ways to carry them; two shoulder harnesses, one side, or sling strap, and some come with hand carry handles. When you consider your pack, remember a shoulder carry would free your hands and many times is easier to carry than something you have to hold with your hands.
Where We Started
When we were considering our packs we began by looking at a company that was recommended by another Prepper, the company was Maxpedition. I fell in love with the Vulture II 3-Day Pack, but because it was over $180.00 before shipping from their website we decided to try another brand. Now it is available from Amazon for a little more than $120.00 with free shipping.
What We Went With
We went with a larger pack at almost half the cost. Rothco Global Assault Pack This pack is quite big, it weighs 5.8 pounds empty. It has many places to store and attach equipment and gear. My Husband thinks it is perfect for him, but that I might need a smaller pack, I am not so sure it is too big for me, though.
What Pack Are You Going With?
Do you have a backpack that you like? Share it with us, in the comments below, tell us what you are using.