Grown-up activity workbook

Making a go-bag

This is a short pdf guide to making a go-bag – a backpack that you can grab and go in an emergency. It includes a detailed list of things to bring and a step-by-step guide to putting it together. I think it will take about ten or twelve hours, spread out over a couple weeks.

Go-bags are the topic du jour around here, so I am hopping on the bandwagon. As with the finance planner, I am trying to copy the style of the great children’s activity craft books, so that this onerous, grown-up activity is as simple and enjoyable as making a kite.

I think my go-bag is somewhere in the middle of the road in terms of what I have read elsewhere. This version assumes that you don’t have a car, so I’ve tried to keep it pretty lightweight. However, it does include four liters of water because everybody says that water is the number one thing to keep in reserve. For my own kit, I just filled up old plastic bottles with tap water.

In my version of the go-bag, you finish up by writing a little checklist on a piece of cardboard. There’s always a few things that you can’t put in the go-bag – like your mobile phone – and so this gives you the peace of mind that you won’t forget any of these last-minute items.