The Go-Bag or Bug Out Bag. What do you put in yours?

Go-bag. Bug out bag. Disaster kit. Emergency preparedness kit. There are a lot of names for it, but the basic idea is: the perfect emergency bag that you pack today and hope you’ll never need.

We live in a world with terrorist threats, environmental calamity, and other dangers. It never hurts to be prepared, especially if you’re politically active now. The US Justice Department tried to get the names and identities of people who liked an anti-Donald Trump page and went to anti-Trump rallies. Attorney General Jeff Sessions refused to rule out arresting journalists for doing their jobs. This current US administration may be the most dangerous for the politically active. So maybe you need a way to disappear for a couple of days or weeks. That means you need a go-bag.

But what should be in your go-bag?

Well, when it comes to preparedness, few individuals compare to a fugitive on the run. Former fugitive Dan “Tito” Davis spent years on the run in Latin America and abroad, a story he details in his new book, Gringo: My Life on the Edge as an International Fugitive.

And for more than a decade, he always had a go-bag prepared in case of emergency. So, let’s take a look at how to build the ultimate go-bag, according to a 10-year fugitive.

1. Clothes

Extra socks, underwear, pants, shorts.

2. Consumables

Canned food and energy bars are both handy and don’t take up too much space.

3. Swiss Army knife

4. Sleeping accommodations

I carried a trucker’s hammock. The truckers hang it below the truck, underneath the 18-wheeler to sleep, since they don’t have the cabs or the living quarters behind the cab down south.

5. Jacket / sweater

That took up a lot of space, but sometimes you stay in a place that’s damp.

6. Toiletries

Along with toilet paper. In South America you never leave home without it, like your American Express card here.

7. Cash and IDs

I conceal money inside of markers, as well as an additional stolen passport. I would never cross the border with more than one passport, so I was sure to leave it somewhere, with either a travel agent or a lawyer. They would then send it to me if I needed it or if I had lost the passport that I was traveling on. Needless to say I couldn’t go to the embassy and get another.

8. Incidentals

I also had a small flashlight, earplugs, a towel, some flip-flops, and a very very light blanket.

All of this fit into a 120 Liter pack.

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