Hurricane Irene is again stirring interest in disaster preparedness, and as ExLg’s resident
gun nut shooting sports enthusiast, I thought I’d do a quick rundown of what I have with me as my personal “go bag”.
I’ve crafted a three-day kit for the unique needs of living in the Phoenix metro area, and the Paladin bag swallowed it whole. The purpose of all this stuff is two-fold: Get me home from work if a major social disturbance or disaster interrupts my normal commute, and something to take with me on trips outside of Phoenix that’ll keep me going for at least three days. And I like to have multiple copies of the same thing, if possible, following the idea of “two is one and one is none” in case one item gets lost or broken.
– Hydration pouch
– First Aid Kit
– Light sticks
– Paper+pencil (because pens explode and/or dry up)
– Firestarter, matches
– Survival blankets
– Trauma Kit
– AM/FM Radio
– Signal mirror
– Water Filter
– Water Tablets
– Solar phone charger
– Solid Fuel Stove
– Metal cup for heating water
– Molefoam pads for sore feet
– Coffee. Yes, you can survive without coffee, but why?
– Extra ammo (9mm and 5.56m)
Some Arizona-specific items include a trowel, plastic sheet and tubing for building a solar still (Yes, I know, they’re not 100% effective, but in the desert, some water is better than none), goggles and a dust mask for dust storms, sunscreen and a big floppy hat.
Yes, firearms are a part of my go-bag. I have a couple of small 9mm semiautos for concealed carry that will go with me if I have to leave, along with a lightweight AR-15 in case I need a rifle’s range and/or firepower. I don’t plan on needing them, but if I need them, I want to have them.
Everything fits inside a Paladin Go-Bag, and it’s fully up to the task of carrying all my gear, though I will say that the big interior pouch is hard to keep organized. A few mesh bags would be a good thing to have with this bag to keep all your little bits and pieces in one place.
And even better, it fits great inside the trunk of my car as well.
What should be in your go-bag depends on your situation, your needs and where you live. 72 Hours . org is a great place to start, though, and has some common-sense tips for everyone to follow, not just
paranoid right-wing gun nuts careful and cautious firearms enthusiasts like myself.
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August 26th, 2011 by admindude