September is National Preparedness Month.  This means it’s time to check the expiration dates on your beans, count up your bullets and make sure you’ve got all other bases covered.  Given the numerous natural disasters and large-scale riots protests across the country, it’s as good a time as any to cover (or discover) what considerations should go into building a “Go-Bag”.

First, let’s differentiate between a Go-Bag and a Bug-Out-Bag (B.O.B).  A Go-Bag is synonymous with a Get-Home-Bag.  This is a small to medium pack containing just what you need to get back to your castle.  A B.O.B is a much larger bag, packed with all the essentials for surviving multiple days on the move to a different location.

When building a Go-Bag, one should consider the season (weather), likely distance you may have to travel, what type of terrain you will likely cover and what style of dress will blend in.

We’re heading into Fall so the rainy season is here.  I don’t usually go to Portland unless I have to so I’m usually less than 30 miles from home with urban, rural and wooded tracts of land to cover.  In the Pacific Northwest, overtly tactical gear stands out but generic looking outdoors gear is common.  For my pack, I went with the ’90’s stylings of the Mountainsmith Divide pack.  Despite being some shade of tan and having a few Molle strips, it has a distinctively non-tactical look.  Comfortable and spacious enough as well.