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06 July 2020

What's in my Grab and Go Bag?

Stripes Books sent me a review copy of The Rules by Tracy Darnton.

I raced through The Rules, reading it in a single day. It's the Prepper Thriller that I never knew I needed in my life. I loved Amber's story and I loved how she has all of her reasoning behind what she has prepared at all times, but also has a little spark of defiance against her upbringing with impractical non-essentials.

What's in my Grab and Go Bag? The Rules Tracy Darnton

Inspired by The Rules, I'm sharing my own grab and go bags, with a little twist. I have a chronic illness so I always have a hospital bag ready to go just in case. I also utterly adore being outside and exploring and often on a Friday after work I would just up and away on an adventure.

So here we go, this is a peek inside my grab and go bags and a little bit about why I've included some of the items.

What's in my Grab and Go Bag?

What's in my Grab and Go Bag? The Rules Tracy Darnton

There are some things that I keep on a table next to my bag or in my handbag at all times - the things I feel are absolutely essential. This includes my lovely dragon skin medicine bag, which also houses a letter about my existing conditions and a toothbrush. I also have a compact first aid kit that lives in the car.

Always On Me

  • Medicine Bag
  • Portable Charger and Cables
  • Ear Phones
  • Scrunchie
  • Roll-On Perfume
  • Lip Balm
  • Misting Fan

I usually use a hair stick for my hair, but that's not really suitable in some situations so I switch it out for a scrunchie. That way I'm not jabbing myself in the back of the head or accidentally piercing an inflatable sleeping mat.

Grab and Go Hospital Bag

What's in my Grab and Go Bag? Hospital Bag

This is probably my most important piece of preparedness, and I was beyond thankful in March and April this year when I was in and out of hospital. Having this bag ready at all times means that if the worst happens and I end up in hospital, if I can't get the bag myself then it's easy for someone to bring it to me.

In The Bag

  • Slippers
  • Nice Pyjamas
  • Metal Free Comfy Bra
  • A Good Book
  • Notebook and Pen
  • Hand Cream
  • Roll On Deodorant
  • Soothing/Moisturising Face Spray
  • Mints
  • Tissues
  • Spare Undies (not pictured)

I very specifically pack my nicest pyjamas in my hospital bag - I always feel very judged by my nightwear on a ward, and it helps that they're 100% cotton so I can stay cool. I tend to end up needing MRIs and CT Scans so my metal free bra has had me about weeping with joy in the past. When you're in hospital it can be pretty terrifying but the extra layer makes me feel so much better. Also, it has dinosaurs on. Rawr. 

The air in hospitals and the constant washing of hands really dries my skin out, so I have hand cream that I apply regularly and some soothing mist that I can spray on my face to refresh myself with.

I pretty much always have a book on my person any way, or my kindle, but I make sure that the one in my hospital bag is something I'll be totally gripped by, because I need that distraction. Then I have a notebook and pen because I have a few cognitive and executive function issues and it helps to write everything down, especially if I've been given painkillers. 

Grab and Go Adventure Bag

What's in my Grab and Go Bag? Adventure Bag

This bag just has the essentials that I really need if I'm running off last minute because I found an excellent deal at lunch time on a Friday.

I like to keep things light for my adventure bag and keep spare space in my bag as I'm a bit of a magpie and if it's a break to a city like Edinburgh I'll come back with all sorts of souvenirs. Also I pick up snacks at the station, because who doesn't love a makeshift train picnic.

I'm quite sad that I haven't been able to use this bag for a while, and I can't wait to be able to grab it again in the future when I head out on an adventure.

In The Bag

  • Outdoor Trousers
  • Walking Socks
  • T-Shirt
  • Notebook and Pen
  • Torch
  • Factor 50 Sun Cream
  • 96 Hour Deodorant
  • Antibacterial Wipes
  • Tissues
  • Spare Undies (not pictured)

The Outdoor Trousers are one of my absolute favourite things to wear any time because they have so any pockets, but they're also showerproof and light-weight enough that I can comfortably wear them even during the summer. The walking socks mean I can rock a bit of a cottagecore vibe while not getting blisters, and the t-shirt is mostly because I always need a spare.

I have very rarely gone without a shower, as even the most basic camp sites tend to have one, but on those rare occasions that I have the super-long-lasting deodorant was a godsend. The anti-bacterial wipes are a just in case thing, I think I've used one in an entire year. I have quite fair skin and burn easily so although I apply factor 50 daily anyway I keep this one tucked away for when I'm away from home.

I have a special little notebook where I list my adventures and my plans and little moments I'm especially grateful for. It's holding up remarkably well considering how often it's rained on.

Do you have a Grab and Go Bag?


  1. People always make fun of me because I carry so much stuff around with me, but like you say, having a hair bobble or lip balm is such a lifesaver! I, too, have an adventure bag that's sadly neglected. Sigh. Oh well, there will be future adventures. Thanks for a great post.

    1. You never know when you're going to need it, and I figure it's better to carry a tiny bit more with you.

  2. Lip blam, perfume, purse and phone charger as always such essentials for me! x

  3. I don't since I've been at home, but in the beforetimes, I always kept all my prescription and OTC meds in my purse, plus tissues, chapstick, and phone charger in addition to wallet, keys, and phone.

    1. Yes! I haven't needed them much while I've been at home but having them ready makes me feel more hopeful and prepared.

  4. I love this! I especially love that you have a grab and go adventure bag! Ready for adventure at any opportunity is a wonderful way to live life!

    1. It means I can just GO, it's one of the best things I've done putting one together.

  5. I literally just finished reading The Rule and it has inspired me to set up a grab and go bag! Great post!

  6. I always pack A LOT of things in my bag just in case but I definitely want to make some more grab and go bags like you have described, they sound super handy and would put my mind at ease for different situations!

  7. This is such a good idea! I typically keep my medication and essentials in my bedside table drawer, especially as I'm staying at home at the moment. I definitely should sort out a grab and go bag for the future!


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