Airport security can deter you from bringing along adequate prepper supplies but having an airport go-bag can save you. Your wallet can take a sizeable hit, you can miss your flight, or you can have your trip categorically ruined if you get detained just because of a piece of gear you unwittingly packed inside your bag.
Traveling by air has gotten a lot more complicated than it used to be. Not only are the counter and security lines getting longer and slower, but also the available choices for travel gear seem to diminish with each passing day. Considering all the scrutiny continuously being added to the airport, it’s best to be sure and plan what exactly you should take with you in your airport go-bag. With that in mind and these 10 must-have items for your airport go-bag, you’ll be ready and safe during your travels.
Airport Go-Bag Essentials You Need to Carry
Item #1: Your Backpack, of course!
I recommend using backpacks or rucks with good staging areas for each piece of your gear. I suggest it to be:
- A more compartmentalized gear so it will be easier for you to get something you need.
- Light so it is easy and convenient to carry around.
- Spacious to have a room in your travel go-bag for your comforts. Find out what additional gear you will need and account for when choosing a pack.
Item #2: A Water Purifier
These foreign places may not be foreign to us in a regular sense but they are certainly foreign to our digestive systems. Having a water purifier is not just for emergency situations but it is certainly handy to have in your go-bag for your everyday traveling needs.
Item #3: A Tactical Flashlight
Having a good tactical flashlight gives me a bit more confidence in my readiness while traveling. I practice often with my tactical flashlights. With the proper training, you have one heck of a self-defense tool that can save your life!
Item #4: Some Backpack Body Armor
Look no further than recent events for validation of a body armor’s importance. Get the best you can afford and be careful with all the knock-offs available. The last thing we want from our preparedness effort is a false sense of security.
Item #5: A Tactical Pen
You can cause ten times the damage than an ordinary pen if you plan on utilizing a real tactical pen for self-defense. It looks like a black pen and nothing more. I can carry it in my pocket and just about anywhere, no one looks at it twice.
Item #6: Some Paracord
Serious survivalists never underestimate the value of basic cordage. Paracord is light and packs easily. Most of us have paracord bracelets, belts, and other gadgets made from paracord. Having a few feet on extra cordage in your travel bag is always a good idea.
Item #7: Small Dry Bag(s)
I keep a small dry bag in my travel go-bag because of this, along with some incidentals and tech gadgets in it. Anything can happen while traveling so it is a smart idea to protect your sensitive gear from the elements that may render them unserviceable.
Item #8: A Spork
Yes, a spork. Those I use are made of titanium, making them lightweight as well as hypoallergenic. Your immune system gets taxed enough while we travel. Any additional germs picked up from utensils left out in the open, countless fingers rummaging through them and you can see why a spork is a good piece of gear to have with you.
Item #9: Electrical Tape
You know what they say about duct tape – it fixes anything. In our case, it repairs gear and builds temporary structures to make use of. To avoid confiscation and being questioned in an international airport, you can use electrical tape. It has similar applications to what the duct tape offers and a smaller profile.
Item #10: Ferro Rod
Everyone is aware that matches and lighters are illegal on a plane. So in lieu of this, we carry a small Ferro rod. It is incredibly lightweight and blends well with the pack. I use various Ferro rod necklaces and like to show them as a necklace to whoever is inspecting my travel bag.
Check out the full tutorial video on the items you should place in your airport go-bag by Coach Helder below:
I keep other items in my travel bag I consider a staple. But I’m continually testing and reviewing gear. When I find an item that works better for me, my skill sets, and the situation at hand, I upgrade my travel go-bag accordingly. Also, having cool gear is awesome but there is a caveat: you need to know how to use it and how to use it well! Get familiar with every piece of your gear in your go-bag and you’ll be good to go.
Do you have additional insights or suggestions you’d like to share? Please feel free to comment on the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on January 15, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.