Gear Ties Vs. Zip Ties Vs. Everything Else

Posted by Katie S on Mar 24, 2020 1:08:53 PM

GearTies vs. Zip Ties

They may say, “you can’t have it all”, but every now and again there’s someone or something that we can all agree truly does. When it comes to utility tools, Nite Ize Gear Tie Reusable Rubber Twist Ties are exactly that – the “Belle of the Ball” and undoubtedly, the envy of all other utility ties.

If you’ve never used a Gear Tie, it may be difficult to understand just what a game changer they can be in your everyday life. If you have used them, then you, my lucky friend, are among the enlightened.

Why Gear Ties are better than Zip TiesMany people are used to grabbing a rubber band, tape, or a zip tie when you have a problem that needs wrapping or securing. Once you’ve learned the ways of the Gear Tie, you’ll never make that mistake again. Sure, rubber bands are cheap and convenient, they come free with your bundle of asparagus and might be ok for that job. But let’s be honest, other than making a rubber band ball to impress your friends, they lack in any other impressive abilities.

I will admit that duct tape has some pretty fun uses (and gets some notable press), and it is especially great for taping ducts… but let’s be honest, it’s not reusable and it leaves that sticky film on everything else. And okay, zip ties may have a certain sexy-Hollywood appeal associated with Liam Neeson films where he adeptly incapacitates bad guys with them. But a quick internet search will show you how even mere mortals can defeat zip-tie handcuffs like a boss (see here, just in case you’re ever taken captive via zip tie).  But most likely, your most memorable experiences with zip ties are of them popping, and then something that you worked very hard to put together breaking, or if you’ve ever worked trade shows, your memories may be filled with cutting hundreds of them apart at the end of a show and tossing them in the trash.

Enter, the Gear Tie. A truly better, more versatile, more eco-friendly option which will give you magical MacGyver-like problem solving skills in any situation.

GearTie Reusable Rubber Twist Tie

Gear Ties are made with a grippy, durable rubber exterior which makes them waterproof for indoor and outdoor use. That tough exterior is molecularly bonded to the bendable wire interior, so it won’t pull apart or let you down. With sizes ranging from 3” and 6” cord-wrapping Gear Ties all the way to 64” Mega-sized, doubly-strong Gear Ties, the possibilities of what you can do with them are endless. And the Gear Ties themselves are endlessly reusable – no guilt of adding anything else to our landfills. That is love. And that my friends, is why the Gear Tie really does have it all. We should all be so lucky.

Gear Tie Reusable Rubber Twist Ties

What is your favorite Gear Tie use or problem-solved story? Please share with us in the comments section below.

Topics: Gear Ties, DIY, Home, Organization, Tech and Gadget

Brand New Nite Ize Gear For All Of Life's Adventures

Posted by Cassie Ryan on Mar 2, 2020 3:34:09 PM

RunOff Waterproof Phone PouchNite Ize unveiled a variety of new innovative products during the Showstoppers media event at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, and they are now available to the public! Scroll through to see what we're excited to debut.

 New Products from Nite Ize

 

Our Family of RunOff Waterproof Bags Just Got Bigger

RunOff® Waterproof Phone Pouch

RunOff Waterproof Phone Pouch

Keep your phone protected, secure, and accessible whether at the beach, on the boat, or at the waterpark with the RunOff Phone Pouch. The clear, touchscreen-friendly material lets you use your apps, plus your front/back cameras – even underwater!

 

RunOff® Waterproof Phone Case

RunOff Waterproof Phone Case

This unique soft case protects phones from water, dust, and sand with a slim design that can fit in your pocket, or be attached to the included lanyard. Like the Phone Pouch, the clear material is touchscreen-friendly and allows for the use of your phone's front and back camera.

 

RunOff® Waterproof Tablet Case

RunOff Waterproof Tablet Case

Now you can use your device while protecting it from water, dust, and sand with the RunOff Tablet Case. Read an e-book at the beach, take photos on the boat, or watch a movie by the pool without worry of water or sand damage.  Integrated anchor points and a removable, adjustable lanyard keep your tablet secure, convenient, and accessible.

 

RunOff® Waterproof Small Packing Cube

RunOff Waterproof Small Packing Cube

Meet our newest, smallest member of the RunOff Packing Cube family. This bag is perfect for protecting and organizing everything from small electronics to mess-prone items like cosmetics. Waterproof, dustproof, and compressible, this small packing cube is as convenient as it is compact.

 

Paw-some New Pet Gear

NiteDog™ Rechargeable LED Collar

NiteDog Rechargeable LED Collar

Take the guesswork out of trying to spot your dog in a pitch-dark yard. This durable, light-up collar is available in two colors and four adjustable sizes, and features optical fiber technology that transmits light throughout its entire length in either constant glow or flash mode. Keep you best friend visible and safe – day or night – with the NiteDog Rechargeable LED Collar.

 

NiteDog™ Rechargeable LED Leash

NiteDog Rechargeable LED Leash

Keep yourself and your dog visible from dusk 'til dawn with this rechargeable and highly visible light-up leash. Like the NiteDog Collar, optical fiber technology transmits light throughout the entire length of the leash without loss of light output, and offers both constant glow and flash modes. Featuring a comfortable, padded handle with a built-in anchor point for clipping necessities, this durable weather-resistant leash is made to last.

Fun fact: Our (very cute) dog models are all Nite Ize family members and friends! Modeling our new NiteDog collars and leashes are Roo, Britta, Moose, Chewie and Duchess.

 

When You Need a Little Light...

BugLit® Rechargeable Micro Flashlight

BugLit Rechargeable Micro Flashlight

Our classic BugLit Micro Flashlight is now rechargeable! The bendable Gear Tie legs make this compact light easy to attach and stand anywhere from your bedside table to your camping tent. The BugLit has been putting the fun in functional for many years, and we couldn't be more thrilled to introduce this rechargeable option.

 

Radiant® 100 Keychain Flashlight

Radiant 100 Keychain Flashlight

At 100 lumens, this small-but-mighty flashlight is compact enough to fit right on your keychain! The included S-Biner MicroLock makes this lightweight keychain accessory easy to attach and detach when needed.

 

Radiant® Rechargeable Microlight

Radiant Rechargeable Microlight

The compact Radiant Rechargeable Microlight features four modes, a durable impact-resistant body, and is easy to attach to keychains, zipper pulls, and more using the included S-Biner.

 

Radiant® Rechargeable LED Glow Stick with Disc-O Select™

Radiant Rechargeable LED Glow Stick

Say goodbye to disposable glow sticks with this high-quality rechargeable LED glow stick that can be used over and over (and over) again. With no chemicals to worry about or batteries to replace, this long-life glow stick blends the convenience of rechargeability in an adventure-proof body. Keep it in your emergency kit, clip it to your pack for nighttime safety, or hit the summer festival scene with this versatile, waterproof glow stick equipped with an S-Biner for easy attachment/detachment. Disc-O Select allows you to choose from three colors, or color-changing Disc-O mode.

 

When You Need More Light...

Radiant® 170 Rechargeable Clip Light

Radiant 170 Rechargeable Clip Light

Turn your hat into a headlamp in seconds! The Radiant 170 Rechargeable Clip Light offers the convenience of rechargeability in a compact design that clips securely onto hats or straps. With 170 lumens of flood lighting that's perfect for tasks from backyard grilling to changing a tire. This dual-color light offers four modes, adjustable tilt, and a detachable body that can also be used as a handheld light, making it a great addition to your car kit.

 

Radiant® 170 Rechargeable Headlamp

NPL-Blog-Radiant170HL

Much like the Clip Light, the Radiant 170 Rechargeable Headlamp offers a high feature-to-value ratio with four modes, red and white LEDs, a compact design and the convenience of rechargeability. This headlamp is perfect for campouts, night walks, working around the house, or to keep in your emergency kit. This 170-lumen hands-free lighting solution is impact and water resistant, and features a body that can be tilted 180° so you can shine your light exactly where you need it. The detachable body can also be removed and converted into a handheld light!

 

INOVA® T7R™ PowerSwitch™ Rechargeable Focusing Flashlight

INOVA® T7R™ PowerSwitch Rechargeable Focusing Flashlight

The T7R lets you easily transition between a powerful 713-lumen spot beam to a wide flood beam with a simple twist. Featuring PowerSwitch technology, the T7R is rechargeable while offering the versatility of being able to run on two non-rechargeable CR123 batteries when needed.

 

When You Need a Crazy Bright Light...

INOVA® T11R™ Rechargeable Tactical Flashlight + Power Bank

INOVA T11R Rechargeable Tactical Flashlight

At 5800 lumens (yes, you read that right), and the ability to project a beam over a quarter mile, the T11R is our premier tactical lighting solution. Shockproof and fully waterproof, this rechargeable flashlight features a built-in power bank capable of charging other electronic devices.

 

New Colors + Styles

S-Biner SlideLock Stainless Steel

Our S-Biner® SlideLock® Stainless Steel and S-Biner® MicroLock® Stainless Steel are now available in an eye-catching "Spectrum" finish!

 

BugLit Micro Flashlight

The iconic BugLit® Micro Flashlight now comes in four fresh new colors: lime, bright blue, coyote, and if you really want to get crazy, red/teal/yellow!

 

SlapLit LED Drink Wrap

You can now sport our popular SlapLit™ LED Drink Wrap in a USA flag pattern! Show off your patriotism as you sip that cold one.

 

Which new products are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments and be sure to tag your photos featuring a Nite Ize product on Instagram with #LifesAdventureKit to be entered into our monthly photo contest to win a Nite Ize Adventure Kit!

Topics: LED Flashlights, CES, Consumer Electronics, New Products, LED Pet Products, LED Dog Products, Home, Company News, Pets, LED Products

5 Ways to Make The Most Out of Your Leap Day

Posted by Taylor Orebaugh on Feb 20, 2020 3:13:22 PM

4 Ways to Make The Most Out of Your Leap Day

Once every four years, we get an extra day in February as part of our Leap Year, called Leap Day. As a result, we have a 366-day calendar year in 2020. What will you do with your extra 24 hours?

 

1. Hit the road with an adventure in mind.

Steelie Windshield Mount

An extra day means an extra chance to check something off the bucket list, whether it’s an adventure to a small nearby town, a hike to a hidden lake, or a sledding trip with the kids. If you’re planning to be around water or snow, bring a RunOff Waterproof Pocket to keep your phone, ID, and cards dry and accessible. Don't forget your Steelie to help navigate your way to adventure!

 

2. Clear out that cluttered basement or garage.

How to Organize Your Garage

Leap Day is your opportunity to take on that cluttered part of your home without losing time. Grab 3 boxes and label them “keep”, “donate”, and “trash”, placing items into their respective boxes as you make your way through the space. Once you’ve cleared out the mess, use Gear Ties to organize tangled cords and bundles, and large S-Biners to hang up old backpacks, tools, and supplies. 

Tip: If you struggle letting go of things, use Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method. Hold each item in your hand and see if it “sparks joy” or makes you feel happy. If it does, keep it. If it doesn’t, donate or toss it.

 

3. Get Moving.

SpokeLit LED Wheel Light

While it may already be the last day of February, there’s no time like the present to start working towards your health goals. Pull the bike out of the garage or take off on an evening run to get some fresh air and be active at the same time. You can even bring the whole family along to spend quality time together while working up a sweat. Clip a TagLit Rechargeable Magnetic LED Marker to your clothing or a SpokeLit Rechargeable Wheel Light to your bike so you remain visible to drivers when you're out after sundown.

 

4. Give Back.

LeapDay-GiveBack

One surefire way to make yourself feel proud is to volunteer for a cause you're passionate about. Volunteering opportunities are endless, but some ideas to get you started are helping out at a local food bank, animal shelter, or senior center, participating in a public spaces cleanup, or you can even opt to donate blood. Websites like VolunteerMatch and JustServe are helpful resources for finding projects and organizations in your area. You'll be amazed at how good you'll feel after giving back to your community.

 

5. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your extra day off.  

S-Biner Ahhh... Aluminum Bottle Opener

In the same way that Leap Day adds balance to our calendar year, this extra day can add balance to your life, too. If you’re always sticking to a schedule and on-the-go, this is your chance to recharge, guilt-free. Crack open a cold one (with an Ahhh... Aluminum Bottle Opener of course), recline that chair, and enjoy a free day of relaxation, binge watching, and maybe even a nap. And if you took our advice on #4, you definitely deserve it!

 

What are you planning to do with your Leap Day? Let us know in the comments and we wish you an adventurous, productive, or relaxing free day!

Topics: leap year, Garage Organization, Gear Ties, Leap Day, Adventure, Bike, DIY, Home, Organization, Fitness, runoff, waterproof bags, dry bags, Steelie

7 Gifts For New Parents That Are Ridiculously Useful

Posted by Katie S on Jan 15, 2020 10:56:55 AM

Ridiculously Useful Gifts For New Parents

There is little in this world more intimidating than becoming a new parent. And frankly, there’s only so much one can do to truly prepare emotionally for the sleep deprivation, endless diapers, and overwhelming feelings of love to come. Fortunately, there are a few useful items out there that do make the logistics of it all a bit easier. So, whether you’re looking to get equipped for your own baby’s arrival, or you’re shopping for a traditional baby shower gift (or for a manshower gift - yes, it’s a thing now), check out our suggestions for innovative Nite Ize-inspired presents for parents.

 

1. Pimp Their Ride

Nite Ize Your Stroller

No, I don’t mean the minivan. Every new parent’s saving grace is their stroller. Screaming baby? Time for a stroll. Need adult interaction? Time to stroll with a friend. Day or night, movement is the key to baby sleep, and sleep is key for parent survival. So, stroll. You can have the coolest whip in town with Nite Ize accessories. The HandleBand or Steelie Bar Mount keeps phones securely in place right on the handlebar. Oh you think I mean for texting and calls? No, no – that’s for the white noise app that will be soothing the baby to sleep along the way, and inevitably for then taking photos of the sleeping baby. Throw in a Radiant 125 Rechargeable Bike Light that attaches to a stroller handle or side bar to light the way on those late night walks. And lastly, throw in one of our super-sized S-Biners  – the easiest way to clip shopping bags, hats, water bottles and just about anything for quick access on the stroller.

 

2. Brighten Their Late "Nite" Activities

Radiant 100 Mini Lantern

Most parents share their bedroom with baby for at least the first few weeks for convenience of feeding, changing, rocking, shushing, and all those newfound middle-of-the-night hobbies. A nifty fact for new parents is that red light won’t disrupt you or baby’s night vision, and it’s less likely to wake up a sleeping partner. The cute, squishy Radiant 100 Lantern with both red and white light settings is a great option, or you can opt for a headlamp that also has red and white LED settings.

 

3. Make Diaper Clean-Up A Little Cleaner

Pack-A-Poo

Changing babies at places that aren’t really optimized for it can be awkward. When you’re somewhere that doesn’t have a diaper pail or easily-accessed outdoor trash can (e.g. an airplane, restaurant, or friend’s fancy house), it’s great to have poo-bags on hand to contain the smell before tossing the diaper. They're not just for dogs! The Pack-A-Poo clips easily to a diaper pad and is equipped with biodegradable bags. It also has a rotating core, so when baby inevitably grabs ahold of the bags and pulls them out, it’s easy to reel them right back in.

 

4. Kick the Baby Monitor up a Notch

Steelie Pedestal Mount

Steelie is great for attaching your phone to stroller handles, but isn’t exclusive to phones. You can use the Steelie Pedestal on your baby monitor or on the camera to help you get better angles.

 

5. Secure Everything

Secure everything with Gear Ties and S-Biners

With Gear Ties and S-Biners you can give all those oh-so-important toys and bottles easy attachment points to grab them quickly and not worry about losing them on the go.

 

6. Contain The Mess

RunOff Medium Packing Cube

Let's face it. Baby clothes (and parents' clothes for that matter) get dirty – often multiple times per day. When spit-ups or blowouts strike when you're out of the house, toss the soiled article in a RunOff Medium Packing Cube. The RunOff line of waterproof bags are best known for keeping water out, but they also do a great job of sealing messes in!

 

7. Just Hitch It

Hitch Phone Anchor + Tether

With the Hitch Phone Anchor + Tether, your phone stays attached to you. You can also clip the Hitch like a handle to hang a phone from your wrist when your hands are full. Later, it’s a great way to protect phones when toddlers reach that “grab-and-throw-things” phase.

Phone Hitch + Tether in action

New parents have always relied on advice from those who have gone before. Please help our community by sharing tips and tricks you’ve learned and your favorite Nite Ize parenting-hacks in the comments section below.

Topics: Mobile Device Accessories, Home, LED Products, runoff, Steelie

Holiday Decorating Made Brighter And Easier With Nite Ize

Posted by Katie S on Nov 26, 2019 9:48:19 AM

Holiday Decorating Made Brighter and Easier

It’s the hap, hap, happiest time of year! Let the holiday decorating, caroling, cocktail parties, and family gatherings begin. As everyone knows, with all the fun also comes stress. So, we’ve put together a few of our favorite Nite Ize tips and tricks to make sure you sail smoothly through this holiday season.

 

Perfect Light Placement Every Time

Gear Tie Foam Reusable Twist Tie

Sometimes getting those lights and garlands hung just perfectly can be an art. Make it simple with Gear Ties or cut-to-length Gear Tie Foam Twist Ties to attach those lights just about anywhere. Also, pro tip if you get a warm weekend in November, hang your light then! You don’t have to plug them in, but when the chilly weekends of December roll around, you’ll be glad to already have the job done.

And if you do get stuck hanging lights on a chilly day, just remember: nothing warms you up like a cold beer. With the Traveler Drink Holster, you never have to work without a beverage close at hand.

 

Dual CamJam Tie Down System
Don’t Be That Guy Who Leaves A Tree On The Highway

Twine is an imperfect solution for strapping trees to the roofs of cars. Don’t chance it with user error or failed twine that leads to a Christmas disaster on the highway. The easy to use Dual CamJam Tie Down System is easy to use and lets you achieve the right amount of tension to confidently keep your tree snugly in place for the drive home – no matter how far you have to go.

 

Trees Won’t Be The Only Thing Getting Lit

Light Up Your Punchbowl with NiteGems

Light up your holiday punch bowl with the floating, waterproof NiteGems. They can be set to a variety of colors so you can reuse them throughout the year for all your other holidays too or when you just want to add a bright pop to your beverage. If you want to get really fancy, make your own garnished ice cubes to float alongside your NiteGems, like these cranberry-and-rosemary ones:

Light Up Your Beverage with a NiteGem

And don’t forget about your beer and other-beverage drinkers – keep some SlapLit LED Drink Wraps around to keep hands warm and spirits bright all night long.

SlapLit LED Drink Wrap

 

Fill The Stockings, Then Light Those Up Too

Add SpotLit LED Carabiners to the stockings to color-code them or for a fun pop of color. You could even color code everyone’s gifts with their stocking light color as a creative theme.

SpotLit Carabiner Light

 

Save Your Future Self A Headache

When it’s time to clean up after the holidays, take a minute to wrap and organize your lights with Gear Ties – it’s worth an extra minute so you’re not sorting through a mangled mess of lights next year.

Organizing with Gear Ties

Share your holiday tips and favorite uses for Nite Ize products in the comments section below.

Topics: Gear Ties, Home, LED Products, Holidays, decorating

National Preparedness Month: How To Build A Home Emergency Kit

Posted by Katie S on Sep 25, 2019 1:45:03 PM

How to Build A Home Emergency Kit

Regardless of location, everyone should have at least a basic home emergency kit. Power outages are the most likely reason you may need back-up supplies, but your kit should be customized for the types of disasters most common in your area. With major disasters, public alerts or emergency personnel will tell you whether to evacuate or shelter in place – always heed these warnings, they truly are in your best interest.

My kit is built for four people for 72 hours, and it’s kept in our basement near the camping equipment which can be used to supplement it. When disasters occur, emergency services are overwhelmed with calls. The best way you can help them is by not becoming another emergency. Have the supplies needed for you and your family to get by for at least three days.

1. Water

I like this style of water pouch as it is packaged for a long shelf life and makes it easy to determine and regulate how much each person should get – two 4.4 oz packs a day. then I have the 25 gallon Aqua-tainer filled for washing and cooking. If you have a heads up that you’re likely in for a power outage, it’s a good idea to also fill up a bathtub with water. Then you have additional water to flush toilets and use for hand washing.

2. Food

Canned goods for emergencies

Ideally you have a stocked pantry when the power goes out, but it doesn’t always work out that way. For emergencies lasting longer than our pantry’s contents, I keep canisters of Mountain House freeze dried meals and a camping stove + plate and utensil sets in our kit. Mountain House has assortment packs for specific numbers of people for 72+ hours, but since we have food allergies in our group, I just picked a few individual ones that work for our needs and don’t sound like they will taste too bad with just boiling water added.

3. Crank Radio/Charger

I like this one from Eton, it’s the same one I keep in my Car Emergency Kit and it can be charged via the solar panel or the hand crank. The radio will keep you informed on the status of the disaster in your area, and it can also be used to charge your phone and flashlights.

4. Lantern, Flashlight, Headlamp + Batteries

Radiant 400 Lantern

Nothing makes a power outage feel scarier than just sitting in the dark. Keep your lights and lanterns charged or with spare batteries nearby and keep at least one of them in a spot that you can easily find in the dark. I have the Radiant 400 Lantern which will run for almost 800 hours in low mode (and no, that’s not a typo!). I have the Radiant 300 Rechargeable Headlamp for hands-free use for whoever is cooking (or dealing cards), and then two 3-in-1 Flashlights so the kids can have their own and feel more empowered as well.

5. Warm Sleeping Gear

How to build a home emergency kit

We have our camping sleeping bags in the basement, but I have added SOL Escape Bivvies to our kit. They can be used on their own or layered with your sleeping bag to increase its warmth rating.

6. First Aid Kit & Manual

Hopefully you won’t need this but if you’re injured during a disaster situation, emergency response teams can be delayed or unable to reach you, and you’ll be glad to have a comprehensive kit with instructions on hand.

7. Hygiene Items

Bath Wipes make a great addition to your kit so you don’t have to use much or any of your water stores for basic self-cleaning. Also handy – a 5-gallon bucket with a toilet seat, lid, and TP. Ideally you’re not stuck in your basement, but if you might be and if you don’t have a bathroom down there, you’re going to need a bathroom solution – enter, the bathroom bucket.

8. Entertainment

How to build a home emergency kit

A deck of cards or a travel game set can do wonders to keep everyone calm and distracted.

9. The Extras

A knife or knife multitool for utility, duct tape to seal windows and fix anything that breaks, and a GearLine and extra Gear Ties to keep you organized in an unfamiliar situation.

10. A Sturdy, Well-Labeled Container 

How to build a home emergency kit

I have our kit in a large wheeled bin with a handle. Most importantly, I have bright yellow labels on it and have communicated to our family members where it is, just in case I’m not home if it is needed.

 

I hope you found this information useful and that you will move “building my kit” to the top of your to-do list. If you have suggestions for items to add to this list, please note them in the comment section below.

Topics: Emergency Preparedness, Home

National Preparedness Month: How To Build An Emergency Go Bag

Posted by Katie S on Sep 11, 2019 1:53:48 PM

Building Your Emergency Go Bag

A Go-Bag (also commonly referred to as a Bug-Out Bag) is a pre-packed bag that will be your lifeline in case of an emergency evacuation situation.  Unfortunately, I found out the hard way exactly why a Go-Bag is an essential item to have packed and ready in your home. It was the middle of December about ten years ago when I found myself standing outside our Bay Area apartment building with 60 other families watching flames chew through the wooden siding and smoke billowing in every direction. With all of our cars trapped in the building’s basement garage below, we had nothing to do but watch. I was wearing hot pink fleece pajama pants, rain boots with no socks, and a too-light jacket for the unseasonable cold winter we were having. Heat from the flames notwithstanding, it was a chilling moment in every sense of the word. Somehow, despite living in earthquake country and working for a company that specialized in medical and survival gear at the time, I had just never gotten around to building a Go-Bag – it was somewhere near the bottom of my to-do list. You can bet, it immediately moved to the top.

So, here are my recommendations for your Emergency Go-Bag. Mine is built for four people (two adults and two kids) for 24 hours. Given the type of disasters that are most likely to occur where we live (grass fires or floods), we should be able to reach a friend’s home or red cross shelter in 24 hours on foot. If you live in earthquake or hurricane territories, I recommend having enough supplies for all family members for 72 hours as those disasters can take out a much larger area of infrastructure at once. A coat closet near the front door or other place that you would pass on your fastest way out of the house is the ideal spot to keep your bag.

Without further ado, here is the list:

1. Water

I like this style of water pouch as it is packaged for a long shelf life and makes it easy to determine and regulate how much each person should get – two 4.4 oz packs a day. I have water carry bags as well as water purification tablets in case we need more than the pouches I’ve packed.

2. Food

RunOff Waterproof Pocket snack bag

If you are only packing a 24-hour kit, food is not technically essential, however eating can help you stay warm and keep you mentally and emotionally stronger. Plus, if you have kids, you know that snacks actually are essential for everyone’s sanity. I like the classics like energy bars and dried fruit, they have to be replaced more regularly than emergency ration bricks, but they are significantly more palatable.

3. Emergency Radio and Charger

I like this little one that Eton makes for the American Red Cross because it doesn’t take up much space in your pack and it has radio functionality plus you can charge your phone or rechargeable headlamp from it, just make sure you have the correct charging cords packed.

4. Lights

Nite Ize Headlamps

At the very least, pack a rechargeable headlamp like the Radiant 300 which can be recharged as you go using the Emergency Radio from item #3 above. I also have the Radiant 2-in-1 Lantern which pulls double duty as a flashlight and lantern, and the 3-in-1 Mini Flashlight so the kids can feel in control with their own light as well.

5. First Aid

First aid kit

I keep the UltraLight Watertight .9 Kit in my bag because it doesn’t add much weight, but it’s packed with high quality, well thought out medical tools, and has enough room for me to throw in a couple items to customize it for our family. I also keep N95 respirator masks in my kit. In the case of major fires or earthquakes, air quality often deteriorates to harmful levels. If your biggest concern is the next Superbug, these can also help you rest easier.

6. Survival Essentials

Again, weight is a consideration so items that are multifunctional in small packages are key. You have to be able to carry all of this on your back. I keep the Pocket Survival Pak Plus which kills a lot of birds with one stone. It has fire starting tools, a whistle and signal mirror, knife, water-purification tablets, duct tape (for gear repair, clothes repair, really anything repair), and much more.    

7. Emergency Blankets + Bivvies 

I have two emergency blankets and two emergency bivvies so everyone can wrap up warmly if we are sleeping out for a night.

8. Emergency Shelter

Prep2-shelter

I recommend a lightweight, heat reflective tarp that can act as an extra blanket or as a shelter. Make sure to get one with grommets (like this) and pack nylon cording so you can easily rig it up.

9. Extra Layers

RunOff Waterproof Bags

Your emergency blankets can be wrapped to keep everyone warm on the go, but I recommend packing up an extra set of clothes for everyone. I use a Large RunOff Waterproof bag that acts as a compression sack and keeps all of our extra layers dry in the pack.

10. Cash

Emergency cash

There’s no guarantee that you’ll have the ability or wherewithal to grab your wallet on the way out the door, keep cash in your go bag so you can purchase essentials or pay for a night in a hotel/motel if you can.

11. Emotional Support Items

Emotional support items

When thinking about survival, your mind probably goes to the food, water, shelter basics, but the truth is your mental state is equally important. Something as simple as a deck of cards can be a great way to calm your mind and bring levity if you’re holed up in a red cross shelter for the night. Disasters can be particularly difficult on children as they have a harder time processing the rapid change and understanding why this is happening. Our kids are still little and they each have cherished “loveys”. We have extras of these for traveling, laundry time, etc, but we also have an extra for each of them packed away in our go-bag along with one of their favorite books. I have no doubt that these items would bring immense comfort to them in an emergency.

12. Hygiene Items  

Bath wipes, a roll of TP, and dog poop bags…not just for the dog. Let’s just leave it at that, and you’ll be covered until you can get settled into a shelter or friend’s home.

13. Rain Protection

In a worse-case scenario, everything you own is now being carried on your back. Don’t let it get soaked in a rainstorm to boot. Throw in ponchos and make sure at least one is big enough to cover you and the pack. I also keep certain items in waterproof RunOff bags inside the pack for extra protection like my cash, batteries, food and clothes.

14. A Sturdy Pack…or Two 

Prep2-backpack

Once you have all your items laid out, you’ll have a better idea of the pack size you’ll need. Ideally you have an old one in the basement that would love to be given a new life as your Go-Bag. Because ours is packed for four people and pretty heavy, I keep a second smaller bag rolled up and clipped to the side of the pack. This way, assuming my husband and I are together, we can get clear of the emergency and then split up gear into the two packs or cut leg holes in the smaller pack to use as a kid carrier. I also have a bunch of S-Biners, Carabiners, and Gear Ties clipped and strapped to the pack so if we have time to grab extra items, I can quickly clip or strap them to the bag on the way out the door.

If you have suggestions of what to pack in a Go-Bag based on your experiences, please leave them in the comment suggestion below.

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