Do you frequently take last-minute trips?
If you answered “yes,” do you end up running around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to gather all your stuff, praying that nothing important gets left behind?
If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “There’s got to be a better way!” you’re right. There is.
To ensure you’re ready for spontaneous adventures in the future, create your own “go bag.”
What exactly is a “go bag?”
According to YourDictionary.com, a “go bag” (also known as a “bugout bag”) is:
A bag or backpack with emergency supplies for use in an emergency evacuation and kept in a readily accessible location.
It typically contains everything you’d need to survive for seventy-two hours.
Sounds ominous, right? Well, that’s because bugout bags were created for use in the event of a disaster. Most people who have one at the ready have jobs that require them to be ready to travel at a moment’s notice.
For our purposes, a “go bag” will help us be prepared for impromptu overnight or weekend trips. We want to be able to “grab it and go.”
By making yourself travel-ready, you will allow more spontaneity into your life. (I know I can use more spontaneity in my life!;))
What’s the best kind of bag to use for a go bag?
The key to a good go-bag is to keep it relatively small and light. A backpack, small duffle bag, or carry-on is ideal.
There are tons of great options out there.
What should I pack in my go-bag?
The more items you can keep packed in your bag at all times, the better. These are the things I keep in my go-bag:
Toiletries* – The most important and time-consuming items to gather are your toiletries. Here are the essential toiletry items I keep in my “go bag” toiletry case:
- Toothbrush & toothpaste
- Shampoo, Conditioner, Lotion (I like to keep mine in these squeezable bottles)
- Glasses/Contacts & Contact Solution
- Aspirin/Pain Reliever
- Safety pins
- PJs/Something to sleep in
- Travel umbrella – I highly recommend sticking a small umbrella in your bag. I can’t tell you how many times I wished I’d packed one! There’s one in my bag now.
- Small First-Aid Kit
- Reusable Water Bottle
I have a small bag packed and ready to go and it’s been a huge help! My BF and I often decide at the last minute to take an overnight trip.
Having my go-bag packed and ready allows me to leave the house quickly, enabling me to spend more time experiencing new things and less time packing.