Sometimes we just need a little time to ourselves. Consider packing a Go Bag, to be at the ready, when you need to get away for a little escape. Being ready with your favorite items will help you to make the most of your time to be alone.
Let’s say that you are a caretaker, and 24/7 you are responsible for making sure that your mom is safe and taken care of. Unexpectedly, one of your moms friends come for a visit and asks if she can spend a few hours catching up, and she suggests that you go ahead and take some time to relax. You trust this friend, and happily accept the kind offer to get out of the house for an agreed upon amount of time. Having a Go Bag packed, means that you can grab it and be out the door without the worry of making sure that you have what you need.
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller
So what should you do to make your very own Go Bag?
- Buy a bag or purse with lots of compartments – The compartments will allow to you give a home to all of your items so you can tell at a glance if you are missing anything. It will also ensure that you know that everything will fit comfortably inside the bag.
- Decide on what you want to bring – Your bag should be light enough to comfortably carry, so decide what items you can include that will help you to make the outings successful without weighing yourself down. For example, I love to write, so I make sure to pack a notebook and pens, but I include a composition sized notebook instead of a full 8 1/2 by 11 sized school notebook so it fits well in the purse. I also include 2 pens and a pencil so have something that always is ready to write. If you love photography, do you want your whole camera bag, or perhaps your Go Bag includes a mini point and shoot camera for ease of carrying. Think about how you can bring your passions to travel with you.
- List things to add at the last moment – Keeping a list of things that you want to add at the last moment makes it easy to remember everything with minimal fuss. Things like your wallet, your phone, maybe a tablet, keys, etc are things that you’ll want to have with you but they can’t stay packed in your bag.
- Include an extra set of chargers – If your Go Bag contains electronics, consider having an extra set of chargers if you get low on battery life.
- In case of emergency – In the caregiver example above, if you want a quick way for the person to be able to get a hold of you in case of an emergency you can have a few slips in your Go Bag for that purpose. Whether it is a small blank form that you fill in as you are just about to leave, or if you are comfortable having a card with pre-printed contact numbers, you will know that you are only a phone call away if anything changes. Likewise, be sure to get their number if you don’t have a landline to call at your home.
“Adventure is a path. Real adventure, self-determined, self-motivated, often risky, forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world” – Mark Jenkins
Now that you have your Go Bag ready, how about some destinations to choose from. If you are the type of person that loves to wander and stop when it feels right, that is Great. If you feel like trying to decide where to go on a moments notice would be too much pressure, go ahead and make a wish list of places to consider. If you like nature, list out a few parks, and directions on how to get there. Coffee shops are more your thing, find 3 new ones that you have never visited and add them to the list. If you never get the time to visit a museum or library add them as options, and note the hours of business so you aren’t disappointed when you get there and find out that they are closed. This list can be added to at any point when you think of another opportunity.
“Travel far enough, you meet yourself” -David Mitchell
I hope you have fun creating your Go Bag, and have opportunities to use it in the days to come. Feel free to leave a comment below about what items you will find helpful or what kinds of places you would like to go to give others some inspiration. Happy travels!