go bag


variants or less commonly go-bag
plural go bags also go-bags
: a bag packed with survival supplies and kept ready for use in case of an emergency that requires rapid evacuation : bug-out bag
I could stow away some bottled water and canned food, assemble a go bag—practical preparations that could come in handy in the event of a long electrical outage or the like.Scott Hines
With hurricane and wildfire seasons under way, summer is a good time to consider packing a go-bag of emergency supplies.Melissa Kossler Dutton

Examples of go bag in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Call it a bug-out bag, go bag, or survival kit, this stash can support four people for up to three days. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, 4 Sep. 2023 From basic survival to first aid, here’s what to pack in your hurricane go bag to keep your family safe. Francisco Guzman, USA TODAY, 30 Aug. 2023 Your emergency go bag needs to have these essentials in case of wildfires — Kayla Nguyen, knguyen@oregonian.com Our journalism needs your support. Kayla Nguyen, oregonlive, 28 Aug. 2023 Wildfire season preparedness is much the same for seniors, with experts recommending making sure homes are prepared, evacuation plans are tested and in place, and go bags are packed. Jose R. Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 12 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1991, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of go bag was in 1991

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“Go bag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/go%20bag. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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