For me, part of living an abundant life is being ready for the curves life throws at you. Or as ready as you can be. That means being flexible and prepared for the unexpected. When stressful events occur, being organized and prepared can really help maintain a peaceful, calm outlook, even in the midst of chaos. This is so important in these situations. So can you grab all of your important papers quickly? Your priceless photos? Your daily mediciations? Clothes, food and water for 3 days? How about a way to cook your meals, a plate and utensils, a way to filter water, or a knife and multi-tool? These are just some of the things you will need to have with you when you evacuate your home, or if you are caught away from home in your vehicle during an emergency.
Living in southern California, I have experienced many natural disasters: earthquakes, including the ’94 Northridge quake, floods and fires. One year we had all three of these within a one month period. I know, what’s up with that? Thankfully we’ve had no hurricanes, although some storms seemed mighty close. Power outages have at times been frequent with hot summers and Santa Ana winds. Last year I had to evacuate my home for a few days due to fire threat. So I am trying to be better prepared for these unexpected events. Here’s where the backpack becomes an extremely handy place to store items for when you need to grab it and go.
Choosing a Backpack
Choosing the right backpack really depends on how you are going to use it. If you want it for camping and hiking, or situations where you might be on foot for any period of time, you will be looking for different features than if you just want something ready that you can throw in the car and go. Or keep in the car, for that matter. If you are in an urban setting and want to be inconspicuous during possible civil unrest (like we’ve seen recently in Ferguson, MO), you won’t want to draw attention to yourself and will be looking for something that blends in and does not look military.
Choosing a backpack also depends on the funds you have available. The prices range from quite reasonable to very expensive (from my point of view). What is right for you will not be right for others. I’ve got my eye on several backpacks, and wanted to share them with you. If you are new to the whole 72-hour go bag thing, it is really a good idea to prepare one, whether you live in an urban or rural area.
Maxpedition Vulture-II Backpack
Paratus 3 Day Operator’s Pack
Every Day Carry Ultimate 3 Day Tactical Backpack
Or, if you are looking for something already packed for you and really budget friendly, check this out:
Ready America 70280 Grab-‘n-Go Emergency Kit, 2-Person, 3-Day Backpack
Here are some resource articles that will give you an idea what to pack. I really wish I could win the giveaway below, but since that is not possible I will continue to save for one of the above.
Emergency Car Kits
Go Bags (aka Bug-Out Bags) and EDC (Everyday Carry) Bags
Military Grade Backpacks
In the meantime, enter the contest below. One lucky winner will receive an amazing back-pack, courtesy of the group of bloggers listed in the Rafflecopter. As you click “Like” on the form, visit their pages and get to know them. Every time you like, comment on or share one of their posts, you are supporting their page. We all appreciate you so much.
Maxpedition Vulture II Backpack Giveaway!
Whether you use this backpack for camping, hiking, cross-country skiing, or as an emergency pack, you are sure to love it. On the off-chance that you already have too many quality backpacks, this would make a fabulous Christmas or Hanukkah present for someone special!
Enter to Win
This giveaway is open to residents of the United States only. Entrants must be age 18 or older to enter. Giveaway runs from 12:00 am MST October 25th to 12:00 am MST November 2nd. Winner will be drawn November 2nd and emailed. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email before another entrant is chosen, so check your spam folders too!
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