How to Make a Go Bag (And Why You Should Carry One)

I always carry a go bag in my car! It’s a habit I developed when I was a police officer. There are many different kinds of “go” bags - some are for everyday emergencies you could experience while out in your car, while others are more specific to leaving town quickly. The point is, they prepare you to handle situations quickly and safely! The options of what you can include in yours are endless, but I’m sharing a few “musts” in today’s post!

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TACTICAL GO BAG
TACTICAL GO BAG

First off, decide what type of bag you need to make. For me, my go bag serves as a first aid kit and provides supplies for if I get stranded or need to leave my car behind. Next, you’ll want to choose a bag that is of a reasonable size and is easy to carry! I use this single strap molle bag - the molle (what the webbing type is called) straps allow me to attach additional exterior pouches if I wish. It is easy to carry and attach to my body so that my hands stay free, and is small enough to fit comfortably in my backseat.

TACTICAL GO BAG

For me, there a few “musts” that need to go in a bag. These would include a CPR mask, combat tourniquet, gloves, medical scissors, and quick clot. These are to provide immediate care for breathing and bleeding! From there, choose items that might help you solve a problem or handle a emergency situation quickly. I carry rope, zip ties, hand warmers, water, Gatorade, a protein bar, all purpose tool, electrical tape, anti-histamines, ibuprofen, sunscreen, bug spray, a flashlight, extra contacts (I’m blind without them), band-aids, gauze, and a few other essentials!

TACTICAL GO BAG
TACTICAL GO BAG

Depending on your bag’s purpose, you may also want to include baby formula, a change of clothes, important medication you or your family members take, hair ties, eye protection, or dog food. Think of the worst possible situation you could find yourself in and make a list of things that would instantly make that situation better. You’ll never think of everything, but do the best you can!

TACTICAL GO BAG

This past summer, while helping my sister-in-law and brother-in-law move some items to their apartment, my car keys got pushed off the backseat, out the door, and down into a sewer by the curb. It was my fault for leaving them in a spot where they could be pushed in the first place, but all was not lost. I had my go bag! I asked my brother-in-law to snag me a wire hanger from the dry cleaner inside his building, cut it with my all purpose tool and bent it to form a long hook. I lowered it down into the sewer, turned on my flashlight, and after some fiddling, was able to pull my keys up!! I felt like MacGyver - except kneeling on the street in a dress on a 98 degree day haha. Though this wasn’t a life or death problem (my husband could’ve driven a spare set out to me), it did help me avoid unnecessary headaches! Crisis averted!

TACTICAL GO BAG

Do you carry a go bag already? Share some of your must-include items in the comments below. If you’re planning to make one after reading this post, I’d love to see how it turns out! Shoot me an email or tag me on social media to show me what you decide to include! You can shop my items by clicking the links throughout the post or using the images below. Stay safe!

XOX Laura

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