We want to see your “Go Bag”

Hit the jump for more details and submission guidelines. If you’re interested in submitting your go bag for this Thursday’s Show Us Your Go Bag screenshot tour, here’s what you need to do: Take a picture of your go bag contents and go bag: Empty out the contents of your go bag and lay everything out on a table next to your go bag and take a photograph. We only want one picture per go bag, so please get everything you want to show off in one shot. Write up a description of the contents of your go bag: The more detail you provide, the better. Let us know what your tools are, where you got your great go bag, etc. Send your picture and description to us: Compose an email to tips at lifehacker.com with the subject title Show us Your Go Bag, attach your photograph, and enter your description in the body of the email.
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What’s inside a Japanese quake grab bag?

People being evacuated after the Japan quake

Daran Cooper had been preparing a meal to celebrate his 48th birthday on Tuesday when he was distracted by a cockroach that his partner Carmen had been trying to kill with the spray. Taking the can from Carmen, Daran began spraying the bug, when the explosion happened. Lucky to be alive: Daran Cooper recovers in hospital after being treated for a broken arm and cuts to his head Destroyed: Mr Cooper’s flat in Torrevieja, with the frame of the balcony wall stripped bare following the blast Speaking from Torrevieja Hospital, Daran said: ‘I started spraying at the cockroach, and some of the gas must have got into the washing machine. ‘A moment later, there was the click of the wash cycle, followed by an almighty bang as I flew through where the wall used to be. ‘There was glass and all kinds of stuff in the air, but miraculously I stayed conscious all the time, and all I could think of, was that I had to protect my head.’ The blast totally ripped out the wall of his partially enclosed balcony, but Carmen escaped unscathed, while their five-year-old son Sebastian was tucked up safely in bed. Three children seriously injured in Maryland Memorial Day boat explosion that put another five in hospital Daran fell onto the pavement just next to a parked car.
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British man is blown out of his first floor Spanish flat when a can of bug spray explodes in his hand as he tries to kill a cockroach

Lucky to be alive: Daran Cooper recovers in hospital after being treated for a broken arm and cuts to his head

The widespread devastation caused by Japan’s earthquake and resulting tsunami has been a reminder that even a country well-prepared for such disasters cannot always avoid the brutal blows of nature. With more than half a million people living in temporary shelters and panic-buying leaving stores empty of supplies, people are being reminded of the importance of government advice, which tells them to have a survival “grab bag” permanently at the ready. So what sort of things should be in such an emergency kit? The Japanese government recommends a long list of items to its citizens, but it is down to the individual to take on board the advice and prioritise what is crucial to them. Portable toilets Sarah Ono, who lives with her Japanese husband – a disaster specialist – and their two children in Kochi prefecture on the southern Japanese island of Shikoku, has opened up her family’s three grab bags to show what she has at the ready for such emergencies. Thousands of Japanese people have lost their homes and belongings “We have evacuation bags in the house and the car – fireproof bags containing first aid, coins for public phones, as usually there is a loss of mobile phone service, enough food and water for three days and also portable toilets,” she explains. Sarah’s kit also contains survival equipment, such as a ground sheet and sleeping bags, a water container to fill up at temporary pumps, gloves to protect hands from broken glass, knives, torches and rope for escape.
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Gear Review: Maxpedition Bags for Bugging Out

I have a long history of wilderness wandering. Ive hiked most of the Appalachian trail. Ive hiked all over New Mexico and Colorado. I spent a summer in the Boundary Waters and the Quetico , canoeing. Ive lived for months at a time out of a backpack. But bugging out is different. Though weight is a factor, so is convenience. Backpacks meant for hiking can be incredibly useful if you think youll actually be walking. In the wilderness. The disadvantages are easy enough to see. These bags are big, which makes getting into and out of vehicles a challenge. They are usually bright colors, which can make it difficult to hide, should that be a concern. Our imagined bug-outs often end in zombie filled postapocalyptic wilderness wastelands. But they will begin, if the need should arrive where we work and live. Where we are now. For practical consideration, I suggest you have two bags. One, a backpack, will carry the basics. It should be modestly sized. Big enough to carry what you need, yet small enough that it wont be too cumbersome (or too heavy). As it is a backpack, it can be taken off. Left behind, if need be. The other bag should be closer to you. I like the big man purse designs, the modern day equivalent of the powder bag.It should keep many different things right at your fingertips. A sidearm, for example. Money. Your phone. This is the bag that you keep with you. Always. The absolute essentials. A small bag like this is more easily monitored and protected. Two bags are better than one. They will allow you to prioritize, and to better disperse weight. Here is my choice for the perfect combination. The Maxpedition Falcon II As backpacks go, the Falcon II is not terribly large. It has 1,520 cubic inches of interior space. The relatively compact design is perfect for moving in confined spaces. As there may be an urban component to a good bug-out, you might need to get into and out of a car, or through doors. And a smaller backpack, even when fully loaded, will take up less room while being stored. The Falcon IIs straps are sturdy. The pack has a waist band and chest strap. The webbing is thick, the stitching is strong, and every aspect seems perfectly designed for serious use. Im a bit of a zipper snob, and the Falcon IIs YKK zippers are built to take abuse. The main compartment opens completely, which allows for easy access to all of the contents. The downfall to this design, as many pack makers know, is that any weight in the outside compartments pulls on the big U-shaped zipper. The Falcon II has two straps on each side and a Y-shaped strap that provides a secure fifth connection. These straps take the weight off of the zipper and help to compress the load, which makes the pack much easier to balance.
Full content available in this article: http://www.guns.com/review/2012/09/20/grear-review-the-best-bags-for-bugging-out/

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