Here is a go bag or survival bag that I have put together over the past year. It is ever evolving, but I have tried to be very mindful when choosing items so they can have the most impact and multiple uses. I normally throw it in the car when we are headed out of town and also when it is time to camp, everything is in one convent carry bag.
I will say this, if you do not have outdoor experience this is not a shopping list. These are tools that will help with comfort, and survival if needed. You need the knowledge and experience to utilize the tools to suit your needs. I have been an avid outdoorsman for quite some time. One thing I do regret, is not following through to the end with my Eagle Scout rank. I had everything in place and my Eagle project approved, just never took over the finish line.
Here is a photo over everything that is in the bag itself. I will be going through the items by pocket.
The bag is from LA Police gear, and it a great bag for the price.
LA Police Gear 3 Day Pack
Step 1: The Main Compartment
The main compartment top to bottom, left to right
-Columbia down jacket is a stuff sack
-Two Yards of Bargain bin fleece from the fabric store in a stuff sack
-The ductwork insulation bubble warp underneath the items above I got at Menards, similar to this. It is good insulator when sitting on the ground or a makeshift ground pad
-The Crown Royal bag has a 6x9 ripstop nylon tarp I made with fabric from fabric store.
-LA Police gear bag
Step 2: Food
Food (top to bottom, left to right)
-Two bags of oatmeal
-Two packages of Ramen
-Flask with Whiskey
Step 3: Camp Stove
This was made from a 50 cent aluminum water bottle from the thrift store. The top and bottom cut off, the top pounded into the bottom to create a reservoir for fuel and holes drilled around the outside of the bottom to let the flame out. It works well to boil water. The fuel is Heat (fuel treatment) from the yellow bottle.
The stainless steel cup is also a dollar purchase from the thrift store.
Step 4: The Maxpedition Fatty
The Maxpedition Fatty
This, in itself, is a small survival kit and probably what gets used most from this bag. It is in a small enough bag it can be taken and attached to a belt if everything else is lost or has to be left behind.
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel
Fox 40 Sharx Whistle
Victorinox Swiss Army Classic
Streamlight Nano Light
Sewing machine bobbin
-One bobbin filled with dental floss
-One bobbin filled with 60lb spectra
NiteIze Figure 9
A Square of Heavy Duty Tin Foil
Empty film container with 3 Vaseline soaked cotton balls
One Bandanna, wrapped with hair tie
SAS Survival Guide
Aquamira Fontier Emergency Water Filter
One set disposable ear plugs
25 Feet of Paracord
Lanyard for whistle and fire steel
One Emergency Mylar Blankets
Breast Milk Storage Bags
-Two Green tea bags and a coffee filter
-Band-Aids and Alcohol swabs
Step 5: Front Pocket
Front Pocket (top to bottom, left to right)
-2 Platapus water blatters
-Small empty stuff sack
-Backup head lamp
-Bag with band aids and alcohol swabs
-Small Swiss army knife with light
-Leatherman multi tool