The idea of getting a kit or backpack together with emergency supplies, usually enough for 72 hours, is not knew and people have been creating them for many years for many different reasons. Your kit might be for earthquake prepardness, or a kit to store in your tornado shelter. But they can be called mant different things, but they essentially mean the same thing – a kit or bag that has enough supplies for you (and your family, depending on your situation) to survive for 3 days (or longer).
If you are looking for information online, or are looking to get started by purchasing a pre-assembled kit, it can be called one of many different things:
- Bug out bag
- Go bag
- Emergency kit / bag
- 72 hour kit / bag
- Evac (evacuation) bag
- Earthquake kit
- Natural disaster kit
- SHTF (shit hits the fan) bag
- GOOD (Getting out of dodge) bag
- INCH bag (I’m never coming home)
For the most part, they all mean the same thing. But as with anything you purchase, there are many different levels of quality and what they contain. This is why many people end up putting together their own kits instead of buying something pre-assembled, especially since you can tailor your own bag to what is necessary and/or important for you and your family.
Wanting to start your own ki, but as still a bit of a beginner? Here is a quick guide to the most important things to have in your go bag.