Choosing an Emergency Bag
When planning for emergencies, and possible evacuation scenarios, many different variables must be considered. Different situations have different needs. You may not always be at home when one arises.
For that reason we have developed the modular BOBB Four-Part Emergency System which helps you to keep the gear where you will need it most, and when you put it all together gives you the full kit.
Choosing a Bug Out Bag or Go-Bag can be a little overwhelming at first. One way to do it is to assemble the items you will put into it FIRST, then you know what kind and size of bag you need. However its sometimes easier to start with the pack, and start adding items to it. Its really up to your preference.
The Four-Part Emergency Kit System
Next to each individual product we list in the tutorials which follow is one or more of the colored labels you see below. These are to give you an idea of where that product belongs within the BOBB Four-Part Emergency System. More than one label indicates that the item can either be duplicated or placed in one or the other bags. We leave that decision up to you.
Keep in mind that we have the Custom Bag Builder Tool, a useful web app that lets you assemble kits from items which we've vetted and tested. Save time by not having to search around the internet for the right stuff. When you've built the kit you want we've included a link that sends all the products over to Amazon and you can purchase them there.
1: Everyday Carry (EDC)
Small items to cover basic needs for a 12 hour period goes in an Everyday Carry Bag. If you don't have a vehicle you drive daily, consider carrying it with you inside a backpack or purse. Included here is lighting, cutting, fire, water carrying and purification, money, an extra phone charge, and small first-aid items which all fit into a small pouch which can be attached to a belt.
Read our Everyday Carry Tutorial.
2: Get Home Bag (GHB)
A Get Home Bag carries some of the larger items that wouldn't fit in an EDC but which are still really important to have close by. It should cover you for 24 hours with water, food, pandemic and weather protection, lighting, a larger cutting tool, basic sleeping and shelter needs, and a change of clothes. This would be a small sized backpack or sling bag.
Read our Get Home Bag Tutorial.
3: Bug Out Bag (BOB)
The heart of your emergency kit. A Bug Out Bag is typically stored at home for each family member. This is a 72-hour evacuation preparedness kit, for use when you are forced to leave your home quickly and you don't know when you might return. This bag will be pre-assembled and ready to go BEFORE an emergency. Food, cooking utensils, blankets, shelter, clothing, lighting, tools, radios, entertainment and distraction items belong here.
4: I'm Never Coming Home (INCH)
An I'm Never Coming Home Bag covers you if you cannot return to your house, or are unable to find acceptable long-term shelter. This could mean weeks or longer. They come with you in a vehicle and may get left behind if the vehicle has to be abandoned (hopefully not!) You may wish to have a folding wagon available for that scenario. Keep these packed and ready to be quickly thrown in the back of the car.
Read our INCH Bag Tutorial.