How to prepare: What should you put in a go bag?

Last night on GBTV, Glenn went into some of the threats that are facing the country. Let’s be honest, almost every episode of The Glenn Beck Program includes some kind of warning that the economy could collapse, terrorists could attack, EMPs could wipe out electronics, violence could erupt in the streets, famine could sweep the country, or worse.

What’s the worst case scenario for New York City? Watch below to find out!

Okay, so maybe it won’t get as bad as Ghostbusters (and certainly not Ghostbusters 2, which was bad for a whole different reason. Seriously, have you seen Ghostbusters 2? Just no where near as good as the first…..thank you for indulging this humorous distraction/film criticism. – Your lowly editor/writer/nerd).

But what can you do to prepare? Ok, Glenn has given a lot of ways over the past few months, but one thing he encourages his employees to do is have a 72 hour “Go Bag” so they can pick up and move in the event of an emergency. So, we decided to let you know what Glenn’s security team recommends to put in a “Go Bag”.

72hr Go-Bag Packing List

• 6 MRE’s (stripped down) • 3 1-liter bottles of water • Personal medical kit • Leather man multi-tool
• 1 large tarp • 1 large emergency blanket • Fire-starter sticks • Flashlight with extra batteries • 100mph tape (heavy-duty duct tape) • 500 ft parachute cord (550 chord) • Windbreaker w/ hood • Lighter & lighter fluid (zippo) • Metal cup • Baby wipes • Ranger handbook • Whistle • Notepad, pencil, pens, markers

• Change of clothes (climate/terrain/mission dependent) • Sleep roll • 1 pack bungee cords • Signal mirror
• 2 large ziplock bags of nuts • Family pack of chewing gum • Tactical ziplock bags (5)
• GPS/maps/atlas • Mobile phone • Hat/gloves/sunglasses • Sunblock • Bug repellent

Luxury Items: • Portable heating stove
• Sat Phone • Burner phones (multiple) • Personal tent • Hand-crank/battery/solar-powered radio • Extra food/water • Instant coffee / hot chocolate • iPod & ear buds • Reading material • Two-way radios with surv kit

They also recommend having a small hatchet for emergencies.

Obviously, not all of those are applicable. Who is really going to make sure to have an iPod in there? But if you need them…

Last night on GBTV, Glenn even gave out “Go Bags” from Food Insurance (a GBTV underwriter) to everyone in the audience. You can watch the clip below:

‘The Emergency Plus Kit’ from Food Insurance, which is focused on 72 hours of food, includes the following:
– lightweight, weather-resistant backpack
– 2 week food supply (3 entrees per day for 1 adult)
– Reusable heat source
– Quick heat fuel pellets
– Waterproof matches
– cooking tin
– water filter (treats up to 100 gallons)
– First Aid Kit
– Emergency all-in-one tool
– Flashlight/radio combo
– Dust/pollutant masks (2)

  • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Good if you can get them Glenn, not all of us can be ready to flee the cities; I am basically stuck here, so I have to deal with it diffierently. Still got a few things to get; and hopefully there will be a bit more time.

    • Anonymous

      Snow..a good start is just a few extra items every time you go to the store…but I know what you mean..we live the city and leaving might not be an option. God will see to us.

    • Anonymous

      Snow..a good start is just a few extra items every time you go to the store…but I know what you mean..we live the city and leaving might not be an option. God will see to us.

      • Anonymous

        Just remember we have to do our part and not rely solely on God to take care of us.  He’s pretty busy running the universe and has given us our agency to make choices for ourselves. 

    • w. Parker

      I’m from New Orleans, and with a 24 hour warning in many places, even 50 miles from the city took at times 4 hours to go one mile.  Cops flee, don’t count on them.  Local stores, emergency response, etc – forget it – non existant.  The few who stayed either couldn’t, stubbornly wouldn’t or were cold blooded thugs who wouldn’t think twice at shooting at national guard/the very few police or anyone they could steal from.  “To see is to believe.”…In a larger city such as chicago, NY, etc etc, and without any warning, God forbid..From what i’ve heard, i would suggest to anyone – food, water, ‘toilet paper”, a dog, a weapon and a network of “trusting” friends for starters. 

  • Anonymous

    As New Orleans showed we are inadequately prepared to drain our cities of people: Poor infrastructure, traffic lights, bottlenecks and inevitable breakdowns and crashes. Be prepared to stay OR hoof it. Might be good to have a friend that lives in the countryside so you wont get shot at if approaching a residence

    • Lee Anne Guryn

      All New Orleans taught us was that people were complacent and too dependent on the government for help.  IF people had evacuated when told they would have been fine.  For those folks who did not drive the city should have had those buses that got covered in water take those folks out (and it would have saved the buses as well)

      • w. Parker

        You’re 100% correct…the majority who stayed were unable to leave – the rest were armed cold blooded thugs who wouldn’t think twice about shooting at national guard or police – the very few police that stayed and didn’t scatter and leave the city, in their police cars!.  I’m from N.O. but didn’t stay.  Even with a 24 hour warning, traffic leaving the city was such in some places took 4 hours to go a mile.  I can only imagine in a city as NY, and without any warning, it would be complete “hell” and the influx of people leaving and going into other areas would be spreading – “hell”, complete chaos….

  • Anonymous

    You’re forgetting the most important thing.

    Handgun, caliber of your choice. Get proficient with it.
    Rifle, caliber and mechanics of your choice.
    Plenty of ammo.

    You will need it in case of an emergency, especially in the US. It’s the US, not Japan.

    • Sam Patterson

      And a Military style Molle tactical type vest harness – can carry many magazines gun & 223, gps, pistol/holster, knife, phone, canteen, 1st aid pouch…  on front and Food Insurance pack on back
      Strike Phenix Gear  Ranger Joes …

    • J

      I’m sure he did not forget. If he endorced guns as part of the do kits then that elevates his status to levels the left would attempt to shred. Oh there is that nut job saying we should all go live in the woods have guns and shoot things and ….. see. Having personal armed protection and trained in it is an underlying unsaid.

  • Irina Krasnyuk

    What to do in case of emergency? Stay on the roof and you will get proficient on it.

  • Ryan Frederick

    what i would do. i guess kiss my butt good bye because i have no plan.

    • Anonymous

      Well Glenn just gave you a starting point so get to steppin’. :-)

    • mossman67

      Turn to!!

    • Anonymous

      Are you stuck in a city, do you have the mobility to leave the city, or do you live in a rural area?

      • Ryan Frederick

        i do live in a rural area,

        • Anonymous

          I’m assuming you’re in the U.S. Northeast, southeast, northwest, southwest, or dead center?

          • Ryan Frederick


          • Anonymous

            Rural Northeast – Surviving winters is one major concern there. Depending on the degree to which “chaos” ensues:

            Water is the first priority. Fortunately for you, you wouldn’t have to carry much living in that part of the country. You can resupply at a lot of fresh water sources. Just make sure to boil any water get from a stream or river (don’t take pond or lake water). The tough part for you is the seasonal differences. If it’s winter you’re going to want to have lighter fuel and matches/lighter. There are plenty of wooded areas in the northeast so you should be able to find plenty of wood to burn. During late fall, winter, and early spring you’d want to emphasize carrying/storing more food – foods that last – dried fruit & nuts, MREs if you can get them, canned and jarred foods if you’re staying put.

            A Swiss Army knife or Leatherman tool would be a good investment if you don’t have one already. A modest sized but high quality jackknife. A small cast iron pan is a must. A steel canteen is a must. A high quality sleeping bag is a must.. Matches & lighter, or a tinder kit if you know how to use one – are a must. An air filter mask (grade depending on what you can afford and how much room you’ll have in your backpack). At least one 300yd spool of fishing line is a must. Fishing hooks are a must. First aid kit is a must. Super durable socks are a must. Salt. At least 100 feet of lean durable rope. A “how to” survival guide (or Ranger manual). And one weatherproof tarp or one man tent (if you’d be by yourself.).

            There are plenty of optional things: A flashlight isn’t a bad idea, but because of the bulk and weight make sure to get a small LED flashlight. In the late spring, summer, or early fall in the northeast you should be able to forage and get food easier so you could afford to have other items here and there…

            As for a plan – You say you don’t have a plan. Are you thinking of supplies or where to go or simply how to get where you know you do want to go? Do you live with family or near family or are you on your own? Do you live on a farm?

        • Anonymous

          Ryan, you’re already 80% ahead of the game. You live in a rural area, you have many natural resources, you just need guidance. Go to or some of the other good sites for how-to  knowledge & books, get seeds and learn to put out a garden.

          • Ryan Frederick

            thanks for the link.

  • Evan Marchese

    Don’t forget prescription meds, a deep supply of any that you rely on.  A very significant percentage of our drug supply is manufactured in Europe and the dollar won’t be worth spit there.   And for god sakes at least own a combat shotgun, plenty of ammo and know how to use it.  They are legal in some form with no permit in every jurisdiction that I know of and easier to master than a handgun. Tahrir Square will be on main street and the cops/military are going to be too busy to respond in time to 911 calls other than to clean up the mess.

  • Anonymous

    Check out Great info for being prepared in the city. Also, 40 days and 40 nights gives planning guide and shopping list.

  • Anonymous

    If you pack MRE’s, you can buy heaters (to warm them) at your local surplus store and don’t forget  MRE’s don’t last long in heat so store them someplace cool if possible.  I have my 72 hour kit in my car just in case I can’t get home.  I also have a larger packed rolling container if I get evacuated from my house.  Do your internet research now before Slate/Google take down all the sites as being anti-government or they encourage hoarding or mass hysteria or whatever other nonsense they can think of to discourage preparedness.

  • Dave W

    bug out or bug in . . . list is the same . . . one of the biggest things we as individuals need is being part of a small group. my thought. An individual can exist but very well bit a group of 5 to 10 is a force. 

  • mark balduzzi

    You can do this yourself with a visual DIY “How To”  and get plenty of frank discussion on personal preparedness and safety without the advertising at ICE4SAFETY.COM 

  • Anonymous

    We live in a rural area.  We raise a garden & have chickens for eggs.  We can fruits, vegs, & some meat.  Our pantry should last us six months or more.  We have a well for water.  But how can  two people protect themselves from the hordes of low-lifes who would be coming out of the cities like cockroaches?

    • Ray Taylor

      Mossberg Maverick 12-gauge 8-shell pump Shotgun sells for about $200. 
      I believe it’s also available in 20-gauge, which is more comfortable for a petite lady to handle.   Ten boxes of shotshells sells for about $100.   That’s a $600 survival kit.    

    • w. Parker

      In a disaster, you would be considered as living in paradise.  Even without a disaster, you are living in paradise…Do you like dogs?  I would suggest a couple good dogs a weapon for each, and count yourself the lucky few IF a bad disaster should come

    • Anonymous

      mj, you do what you can and if possible you look for folks that you can work together with to ensure everyone is protected. We, as a country, have forgotten how our forfathers survived the building of this nation. They relied on one another, not the government to get thru harsh weather, thugs/outlaws, and other emergincies.

    • Anonymous

      If you can hide your home/farm from prying eyes do so. Plant trees if you have to. Come up with a way to disguise the entrance to your driveway in a hurry. Prepare for a time when you may want to eliminate your driveway entrance. Know your neighbors well. Have a system of keeping in touch with them in case of emergencies. Building a good relationship with the neighbors is just a good general rule of thumb. Read “Drums Along the Mohawk.”

      • Anonymous

        Maybe make a cheap and portable shielded fire position for unwanted visitors approaching ,who think they can fire some shots to your side position  of a open window and bullets will pass right though  thin wooded house walls l! During World War Two armour half tracks had steel thickness from one quarter inch to half inch for protection. Have a dolly or truckee to move refrigator  with 3 two by four frames mounted on it ,drill holes for holding rods ,then hang heavy tow chain by rods going though the links ,you have two layers top you can adjust links lengths in middle to give you a fire postion opening and longer lengths to cover sides of opening,the bottom covers from chest down,so you have three layers of quarter inch thick steel links  should deflect or stop bullet,especially if the chain swing and gives a little on bullet impact,I would add thin plywood backing then buy steel sheet metal sheet one eight thick ,first metal sheet be template for drill holes for 3 additional layers ,be hung on two heavy nails with heads cut by bolt cutters until screw in the rest of screws. This should act like the chain male over knight armour because without it metal tip arrows go though on direct impact and you have more steel  in front of you than a halftrack!!!  I would keep rifle barrel  inside while firing not to reveal your position,and have false positions with open window and false boomstick handle to look like a rifle barrels showing more arm people for your unwanted visitors to think about before starting trouble ! A armour vest be great,but this system you can shape it to your needs  and decide on the size,  If they holding your house  or your collective neighbors under sieze with a little imagination you can change the dolly or truckee into to two man tank ,have additional side protection,and top cover for truckee operator ,if he strong truckee operator he can easyly move 300 pounds of armour steel protection the other man be stoop down firing from the fire port,one thing  back side be wide open and expose to fire!!  Just  some far fetch ideas thanks for listening!

    • M

      Lots, and lots of ammo.  Make a few like minded friends and create a network if you can.  Bring family to your place to provide more security if you can.

    • Chuck Teal

      Suggestions: plant the biggest, thickest, thorniest hedges you can find around your property, beneath your windows and at the entrances (so no one can hide just outside the door), and run a tangle of barbed wire and stakes through the perimeter. As the shrubs grow they will hide the wire. Do it neatly and make an attractive (keep it trimmed) natural fence that should slow intruders down. Arrange it so intruders are ‘channelled’ into narrow passages and paths that can be more easily monitored. However, do what you can to remove obstructions that could block your view from the house. You want to keep THEM in the dark, not you. Set up batery-powered motion-detecting perimeter lights, high enough to make it difficult for someone to reach but not so they can crawl underneath the sensors.

      Have several ABC dry chemical fire extinguishers around the house. In addition to suppressing a fire, they also provide a pretty good instant ‘smoke’ screen and you can blast the faces of a mob coming through the door to buy time and blind them temporarily.

      I’d also recommend getting a battery backup (perhaps with solar panels) to run your water pump silently (no noisy generator. Install blackout curtains and tinted safety film on the inside of all windows to provide shatter-resistance. Lots of other things you can do but those are off the cuff.

    • Anonymous

      pull together with others around you form a larger group with a plan.

  • Anonymous

    The “Foxfire” books are a great addition — for living off the land, an indispensible knowledge source.

  • Anonymous

    Hah! Now that’s a gift.

    I’m going to have to go to Texas and buy tickets to see the show if that’s what they’re handing out. :-)

  • Anonymous

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    • SoThere

      Thanks for the advertisement Deb.

  • Ina Lynn Jurey

    Reading material … spell it out! A Bible & a how to survive in the wilderness book replete with pics of edible plants & first aid, etc.!!

  • Destrecht

    It says leatherman, but The Gerber multi tools are really good as well.

  • Anonymous

    A 12-pack and a bag of pot should do it.

  • Anonymous

    I would add  a small bow-saw ,length 1ft 6 inches or 8,very light,easy to use,and compact be easy to built a shelter,raft,fire wood,clearing road for your vehicle, If going to survive in wildness for a while maybe a tent style on native Indian TP design you have warm and a cooking fire ,consist fire even in rain help keep animals away,I think sizes run 2 to 3 people or larger,just cut your heavy poles from trees,tent might be heavy wind proof canvas ???? For summer can lift the bottom up and have like silk socken mesh a very small fire create draft to cool tent for the night sleeping and smoke from top keep mosquito from entering!

  • Anonymous

    To MarsBarsTru7 ,Now far fetch ideas to hide driveway , 1.)From the road only have a litte driveway pavement showing  before curving behind some brushes or trees 2.) cover expose pavement with loose dirt brush out tire track coming and going 3.) entrance from road some heavy boulders that with a jeep with trailer hook and heavy chain can pull back center boulder when leaving ,then from other side pull back in place, maybe have string of boulders along the road so your driveway don’t stick out, 4.) after the curve have a dip in road way so when you look you see thick impassable brushes  really it’s a low to ground trailer or wagon with large brushes in pot,the dip in road will hid pots and trailer impassable from passerby view so they keep going ,just move trailer back and forth for vehicle passage!! To get rid of your farm driveway or road completely and fast just anchor the trailer or block the wheels,then use your Jeep or tractor with chain pull off bush maybe break pot first to awaiting hole can use chain to get bush in upright position then fill in with dirt add water!! You may only have to plant 10 or less brushes to peramently hid and block your driveway or roadway! P.S you won’t waste time digging up brushes to be planted!! If in a rush just put bushes on pavement a cover roots with dirt make a small moun the bushes should last a little while ,and when safe and you have time you can break up pavement and dig a hole for new brushes???

  • Anonymous

    Go on-line or youtube and search ‘Faraday cage’.
    They are simple and inexpensive to create.  I have made several and squirreled away several devices from inexpesive watches to emergency and two-way radios and a small innexpensive laptop.  Mp3 payers and a few other items with micro chips.  These protective shells protectect the devices from destructive EMP>

  • Anonymous

    Ok so I follow all the recommended preparations here and then they attack! How will I deal with all the dead bodies in my driveway? If I use my loader and back hoe how deep should I bury the dead? Below frost line at least? (We don’t want zombies too, have enough to deal with right now) How much lime is needed in each grave? Would one big grave be best or would individual graves lining my driveway be more of a deterrent to the other hoards of attackers?
     Hey just messing with you….I’m locked and loaded and sitting on 10 cases of spam.

  • Anonymous

    To Go Bag: I spent 6 weeks in  fed Disaster team in Katrina and Rita, I too have a togo bag Please Include Lg Jar peanut butter, Cracker Good meal with protein and fat. Also Firearms also arent allowed depending how you travel I used a wiffle ball and a small aluminum baseball bat. Geat for down time and a wonderfull weapon which slides in the bottle holder of my back pack.Also an immerson heater and instant coffee if you can find  generator you can make hot water for oatmeal soup and coffee

  • JJ Smith

    Weeks ago someone said to add “toilet paper,” and that bears repeating here. I’d add alcohol (not the drinking kind) and bleach and peanut butter.

  • Anonymous

    You forgot to add a Glock 17 to the bag. And some ammo.

  • Anonymous

       Without real planning bug out bags can be a false sense of security unless the crisis is a short and localized one. What are you going to do when your 3 days (or however much you have) of food ran out 5 days ago and you and your family are starving and thirsty? Why didnt you make it to your planned destination outside of your city? You did have a destination where you knew someone that expected you didnt you? And a route that wouldnt be choked with all the other refugees leaving? And blocked by idiots who didnt have enough gas to get anywhere but in the way? You do keep your vehicle fueled dont you? You wont find much that fateful day. My minimum is half a tank and I am not going anywhere. What about your tires? Is your vehicle reliable and able to navigate your planned and predriven route? Does your family know where to meet? Can you defend yourself or will you have to give everything you have to the first group of bad boys that you meet? Including your wife and daughter. You may even be tasty with a little barbecue sauce. What about the people at your destination? Are you going to mooch off of them or have you helped them and yourself by storing necessities ahead of time? My preparations are for myself, my family, and the friends I have made those preparations with. Nothing personal but you are not getting anything from us but the chance to move on without getting shot. If my choice is helping strangers too dumb and lazy to help themselves or watching my grandkids starve, you are likely to stay hungry.

         If something this drastic was to ever happen though, uncle Barry and the rest of the federal government can be depended on to take care of you. Just fort up in your homes and apartments until you are told what to do and where to go. Honestly, depending on the emergency, that may be the best choice for those not willing or able to make plans to evacuate. It could save you from a horrible death out in the world. Some ramen noodles and oatmeal purchased now are cheap and can keep you alive if you have water. A deck of cards will be worth its weight in gold. FEMA has plans in place and places for you to go. After all, that is their job. Isnt it??

         Many of you wont like this post but the intent is that it may save you some grief or even your life. Good luck.

  • Anonymous

    He didn’t mention medications, prescriptions most importantly but even some OTC drugs might prove handy.  What if there’s a baby involved?  That’s another whole bug out bag right there.  Or the elderly? I’m into this stuff, but the real trick is knowing what YOUR situation is.  Why do they even say parachute cord, bungee cord, duct tape?  What am I suppose to do with those things?  If it’s that bad, then also add a pocket water purifier.  And flashlights with batteries?  Really?  Why not go solar lantern/flashlight and not worry about batteries?  (I now own almost 20 various models and swear by them.) 

  • yallready

    These are some great tips from everyone. Thanks for sharing. For someone new to prepping building a Bug Out Bag can seem like a big task. Everybody you read about has been tweaking theirs for months or even years and has a pile of gear built up. It’s hard to know where to start, but if you cover just all of the basics in a survival situation you will still be much better off that 99% of the people.

    We started with one of the kits from and added copies of important papers, extra clothing and an emergency radio too. It takes only a few minutes to pick out a kit that works for your family and have it shipped to you, instead of driving all over town trying to find all the items you need for a good bug out bag. Then spend a day reviewing the contents and adding your extras. Put it in the hallway closed by the door and it’s ready whenever you need it. Total time spent probably 2 hours = Lifetime of Peace of Mind!

  • Hudson Eldridge

    We live are in rural, western Maine. I would assume owners of 2nd home properties would run here,followed by their predators. All gun makers (Glock, Ruger, Smith and Wesson) are beyond their one year production capacity at this time. Don’t forget to include a long range rifle with a scope.

  • Todd

    Actually, if I may add my two cents. A handgun is great. I carry and so does my wife. However, we have kids. So, if you want a multipurpose item for hunting and even protection I suggest a good slingshot..and make a slingbow. Easy to do and very efficient for hunting and self defense if necessary…Better than throwing rocks :)

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