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Go Bag Gear
Bags filled with survival supplies, known as "bug out" or go bags, are for disaster preparedness. Here are some important items to stock up on. Make sure your bag doesn’t weigh more than 35 pounds, or 25 for women. This allows you to carry it long distances, even with an injury. A waterproof backpack or duffel bag works best. Store it in a safe and easily accessible place.
- Water: it’s heavy and sloshes around, so three days’ worth will do. But for long-term survival, pick up a water purifier. Camping supply stores have portable filtration systems ranging from $10 to more than $100.
- Fire-starter kit: lighters, matches or a magnesium fire starter. Store in a waterproof bag.
- Food: enough for a week, plus utensils and a pot to cook with and utensils. Camping supply stores sell compact cookware.
- First aid kit: a store bought kit. If you have a medical condition, pack for that as well.
- Shelter: a tarp, poncho or tent that can serve as a temporary shelter.
- Clothes: almost anything but cotton. Cotton weighs you down when it’s wet. It also dries slowly, which can make you sick. An athletic fabric like Rayon will keep you warm and dry. Also, pack socks.
- Knife: a blade or a compact, versatile tool like a Leatherman or Swiss Army knife.
- Communications: a radio, cell phone, crank radio, and spare batteries will keep you connected to your group and the news.
- Map: A map of the Greater New York area will come in handy when you need to evacuate.
- Identification: a paper copy of your passport or driver’s license, or a memory stick with an electronic version will help first responders identify you.