1. How much should the ideal Go Bag weigh?
If you’re not accustomed to carrying weight, it shouldn’t weigh more than 10% of your body weight. So if you’re weighing in at 150lb, you should be aiming for 15lb.
If you’re fairly athletic, you could use backpacker rules and bump that up to 20%, or 30lb if you’re 150lb. Remember that a gallon of water weighs about eight pounds. If you carry one gallon of water in your bag, you can carry just over 20lb of other items.
2. Will I be able to survive a zombie apocalypse with my Go Bag?
Your running ability is probably a much better predictor of your odds of surviving a zombie apocalypse, regardless of the survival gear you have on your back.
If you’re worried about having your brain eaten by the undead, you should add a helmet to your Go Bag. In a non-zombie emergency, the pre-packaged options should have everything you need for a few days: food, water, shelter, warmth, lights, and a way to get info from the outside world.
Humans might be scarier than zombies during a genuine apocalypse scenario, so remember to proceed with caution even if the person you’re approaching isn’t trying to bite your skull.
3. Do I need a weapon in my go-bag ?
Many experts do suggest having a weapon in your Go Bag to help you defend yourself, but your comfort level should dictate which weapon you choose, if any. For example, a knife is an important survival tool with lots of non-combative uses, and most Go Bags contain one. A slingshot might be a good option if you want a non-deadly weapon with range.
If you choose to include a weapon in your Go Bag, make sure you know how to use it. If you haven’t practiced, the weapon might be counterproductive. Also remember that your Go Bag will be sitting in your house until it’s time to evacuate. Only consider weapons and items you’re comfortable having in your house.
4. Do I need to revisit my go-bag often?
If you’re buying a pre-packaged option, most items in an emergency Go Bag will have a shelf life of 5 years or more. That includes the food and water. However, it is recommended that you check your bag annually.
We hope these pre-packaged go-bag FAQs have answered your questions and make you feel more confident about your odds of surviving dire circumstances. If you’re still dragging your feet, there’s no time like the present: check out our top picks and grab your go-bag today.