The Contents of My Go Bag

Go.jpg – T-shirt.
– Socks.
– Goggles.
– Goggles with lights.
– Flashlight. (Actually I moved that to my daily backpack after seeing the movie Cloverfield. Now, when a monster rampages New York and I am hiding in a subway, I will be able to see the smaller monsters that fell from the big monster when they come after me.)
– Toilet paper.
– Duct tape.
– Face mask thing.
– Matches.
– A tube of first aid stuff that they gave away at some City thing I went to on emergency preparedness. Not sure what is in there. It will be a surprise.
– Extra pair of glasses.
– Scissors.
– Screwdriver.
– Sharpie pen.
– Power bars.
– First Aid manual.
– A whistle.
– $100 in mostly small bills, because stores may not have change in an emergency.
– Gauze pads.
– A plastic bag containing info about my cats, out-dated forms that say they had their rabies shots (must get current forms) and a list of hotels that take cats.
– Tags with my cats name on them and my name and cellphone number.
– A plastic bag with info about me, birth certificate, social security number, phone numbers of family, friends, doctors.
– First aid kit, the zipper on the bag is broken. It’s got prescriptions, girl stuff, sun block, toothbrush, floss, Motrin, more gauze, bandaids, and lots of Imodium because my worst fear in a terrorist attack or tornado is to have bathroom issues and no bathroom.

I used to have an extra pair of sneakers and a pair of jeans in there, but I don’t currently have extra sneakers or jeans to spare.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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3 thoughts on “The Contents of My Go Bag

  1. When I first read this post, I had in my head that this was your “Go Bag” for your upcoming trip to Boston. The third and fourth items had me thinking you perhaps were taking a guided tour of the “Big Dig”? but as the list went on… “Good gawd girl, what the heck are you going to be doing there???”
    ahhh… now I get it….

  2. I am so upset with myself right now. I just realized that if something is to happen to me, I am not prepared at all!!!! Guess what I’m doing this weekend? I’ll make sure that I’m prepared for EVERYTHING that could possibly happen 🙂
    Love your postings! Keep writing!

  3. Ever since you mentioned ages ago that you had something called a “Go Bag”, I’ve been wondering what you keep in it. I’ve been thinking that I should put one together and seeing what you have in yours is really helpful. Here’s a couple of additional things that I would put in mine: a wind-up emergency radio (to listen to reports on where to head for food/shelter/first aid) and a couple of big plastic garbage bags (to use as a rain poncho? groundsheet? who knows?). Anyway, thanks for this very helpful post!

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