Start with the go-bag. We recommend building your hurricane go-bag using a tactical backpack. Shoulder straps will keep your hands free and tactical backpacks have more organization and compartments for designated supplies. Let’s do a quick review of the basic supplies you should have in a bugout bag or go-bag for hurricane evacuations and emergencies.
Emergency Supplies to Keep in Your Hurricane Go-Bag
1. First Aid Kit
First aid items are essential for any hurricane go-bag. They come in handy for minor injuries and can be a lifesaver in an emergency. A well-stocked first aid kit includes gauze wrap, bandages, antiseptic wipes, adhesive tape, cold packs, instructional cards and booklets, gloves, shears or scissors, and tweezers. It's also a good idea to include a thermometer, pain relievers, and antihistamines. A first aid kit carrying the right equipment and medicine to temporarily treat a serious injury or sickness is a must-have.
2. Personal Hygiene Items
Your go-bag should also be able to fit a small travel bag inside for personal care items. A toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, and floss (an underrated supply in emergency situations) are good things to have packed, just in case. Clean, dry clothes can also make a difference when it comes to good hygiene. Waterproof or water-resistant jackets, tactical boots, blankets, and sleeping bags will work to protect you from the harsh elements. You may want to check out the TD Shaolin Zip Facemask Hoodie or something similar for a jacket that has a built-in mask in case of poor air quality.
3. Canned Food & Can Opener
A healthy supply of nonperishable food can be a lifesaver. If the situation lasts a few days, canned goods such as meat, fruit, vegetables, and juice may provide the proteins, vitamins, and other nutrients needed to operate at full capacity. Consider storing packaged foods like energy bars, nuts, seeds, and jerky for quick nutritional solutions. It would also be wise to pack a can opener as this tool is often forgotten and essential to being able to get into your canned foods.
There's never a wrong time to start putting a hurricane go-bag together. You may even have multiple go-bags depending on the situations you are most likely to encounter. When it comes to enduring hurricanes and heavy storms along the eastern United States, preparation is always key. Integrate these must-haves for your hurricane go-bag as soon as possible so that you'll always be prepared for any situation, stormy or sunny skies, any time.