reuseable bag


i’ve been there. i don’t talk about it, but i have, as a child and later on. and this is a how-to i just had to give a friend in a similar situation. this is intended for anyone who needs it, but is mostly targeted towards people who have a car!!! 0:

okay. so. first things first. grab a backpack. empty it out, clean it, and make sure that it fits comfortably on your shoulders. you will be carrying it. then you will do this list:

  • make however many skivvy rolls you need. one roll = one outfit. google how to make them, they are necessary for this tutorial to continue.
  • tuck any brushes, tampons, pads, toothbrushes, toothpastes, combs, etc in the roll just before you do up the final bit. this way, it saves space. cutlery can also go in, tuck forks into spoons, and knives go on top of the forks. 
  • get a ziploc (or similar) bag. any toiletry that did not fit in the rolls goes in there. compress it down, take all of the air out of it, you don’t need it taking up too much room. put it flat on the bottom. 
  • get a ziploc (or similar) bag. each person doing this, gets one. dump your prescriptions (or non-prescriptions like advil, tylenol, etc) into it. no use carrying around a bunch of bottles when it can be one thing. do as above, put it beside or layered on top of the ziploc, flat on the bottom.
  • put the skivvy rolls on top. don’t be afraid to pack it in.
  • take the harddrives out of any desktop computers you cannot take with you, and slide them BETWEEN the skivvy rolls. google how to take them out.
  • find all of your jewellery. wear it. i don’t care how valuable it is, you’re not going to haul an entire box of it with you. wear the rings, the necklaces, the earrings, the bracelets… etc. you get the point!!! layer it up! who cares!
  • any extra keys, go on the necklace chains. 
  • find your personal coat with the most pockets. if it’s summer, make sure it ties comfortably around your waist. this will be something you also wear.
  • grab some hair ties or rubber bands (hair ties makes this tip better because you will have them!) and tie up any cords or chargers you may need that way, so they take up the least amount of space without coming apart in your pockets. 
  • documents, passport, etc, all go in the bag, wherever it may fit, NOT in an outside pocket. wallet goes INSIDE the coat. phone goes INSIDE the coat.
  • line your wallet with any identification and cash you may have, but, keep ¼ or so of it inside the lining of a pad, or, alternatively, in a skivvy roll, a random one. this is in case of petty theft.
  • line your pockets with anything else you may need, such as car keys, a document with phone numbers written down, etc.
  • pick a hardcover book, one that isn’t too heavy, but is large enough for the next step. 
  • take your photos out of their frames or albums. open the book, and on each page slide a different photograph in.
  • do the same with any bills, documents, or anything that may get ruined by being loose inside of the bag.
  • slide the book in on the part of the bag that is right up against your back, so it offers you support. 
  • any laptops can be slid in a similar fashion. chargers should follow the hair tie rule. 

now find a bag, such as a reuseable shopping bag. this is what you will pack, if at all possible:

  • pet items such as dog food, cat food, etc, in a ziploc bag. as much as you can. they can wear their collar(s) or harness(es), as well as their leash(es).
  • peanut butter, as much of it as possible
  • crackers, in the sleeves, not the boxes.
  • soup in cans is very heavy. condensed soup in packets is much easier.
  • packaged oatmeal, such as quaker oats.
  • coffee/tea, in sealed airtight plastic bags.
  • canned tuna. it’s a miracle.
  • dry noodles in bags
  • anything that will last for-fucking-ever.

and for any infants/minors with you:

  • if you have an infant, and do their skivvy rolls in a separate bag. their toys, pacifier, etc can stay with them, clip the pacifier to them if possible. 
  • any baby items such as formula can stay in their tin. they will spoil otherwise. in their bottles you can store water, if need be, for the meantime.
  • sippy cups get filled with water or needed drinks for toddlers
  • each child gets to take their favourite stuffed animal, toy, etc, as long as it isn’t big. it won’t take up THAT much room. if they have any school things they must have, tell them to leave them in their desks or lockers at school if possible

what to do before you leave:

  • grab anything that is of personal/emotional value. take it with you, but if it’s going to slow you down, give it to someone for safekeeping
  • any computers, televisions, etc you cannot take, can be stored somewhere, or, given to someone you know. selling them may not work in the time you have left and you may not be able to get another one quickly. easier to store it someplace for safekeeping.
  • fill up the laptops, tablets, phones, etc with media. you will be BORED and now is the time to ask that friend for their netflix password, or download movies, music, shows, make a list on the computer of things to watch
  • download as many apps as possible to help you out
  • write down and enter into your phones numbers of importance and locations to meet up at if things go wrong
  • make a codeword that is something you say if you are in trouble via text or phone call
  • bookmark survivalist sites, and any help agencies you can
  • make a bunch of fire tins if you can. 

now. for what you will wear:

  • dress comfortably. t-shirt, jeans or shorts (depending on the season), nothing fussy, but make sure that you are of a temperature that won’t make you sweat or freeze to death.
  • socks are important. wear comfortable shoes, something you like walking in that offers support. dress as much like you’re going to be walking a lot, because you will be. fashion is not as important as your life.
  • zip up the backpack. put it on. use ALL of the straps available to you. everyone gets their own bag. you can take it off in the car.

and in the car goes this:

  • blankets and towels get laid on the seats as if they are covering them. you can do this with more than one. fold them so the seatbelt parts are still left exposed.
  • washcloths can be rolled into your backpack or tucked into any car pockets
  • sleeping rolls should be rolled up and secured in the back of the car.
  • any larger baby items such as the carrier. your baby may have to sleep in this. i’m sorry. but make it as comfortable as possible.
  • water bottles/containers. fill them up and use the cupholders
  • pillows go on everyone’s laps. bags go between the legs. it’s not very comfortable but it is once you have a pillow to lean on!
  • any bikes you own, strap to the car with bungee cord or rope, they will be your transportation
  • ANY CAMPING EQUIPMENT YOU CAN GET YOUR HANDS ON!!!! a tent, a camp stove, firestarters, anything. 
  • layer your pots so that the biggest one holds another, and another, and keep going. bring any cooking stuff you can. you’ll need it.
  • strollers get flattened and you put everything on top in the back.

what to spend your money on (dollar store edition):

  • a lighter, two or three if they’re the really cheap kinds
  • tealights can boil water.
  • paper plates and bowls. do not buy plastic cutlery you will get really fucking angry at it just pack your own
  • a charger adapter that works with your car for each electronic device
  • twine/rope/etc
  • camping equipment that you do not have
  • plastic clothespins if you do not have any
  • any toiletries

things you can score for free and thus should not worry about:

  • peanut butter and jam packets (store in glovebox)
  • straws
  • salt/pepper packets 
  • sugar packets (store in glovebox)
  • ketchup/sauce packets 
  • napkins (store in glovebox)
  • wifi (mcdonalds and libraries and some campgrounds have it)
  • showers and toilets (campgrounds will supply it)

what to do now:

  • find a place to camp that is cheap and/or free. i find trailer parks to have a few of these campsites for the cheapest, or provincial/state parks!! hole up there for as long as possible. make sure there is wifi for obvious reasons
  • make an adventure of it. pretend you’re at the end of the world, that you’re stranded, that you’re on a TV show, anything to pass the time. keep the atmosphere lighthearted.
  • spend your daylight hours going to work/school, and come back to the site. anyone who is not working, or who cannot do that, should be using the wifi to look for housing, using the phones to call around
  • don’t despair. contact any help agencies you can. try to frame it as best as possible for the risk of any minors being taken by social services and the like.
  • entertain yourself with the books, movies, etc on your laptop/tablet/phone.
  • try, whenever possible, to get out of the area and use the free services such as libraries, parks, playgrounds, etc that are available to you. you don’t have to sit around all day, you can go out and have fun. bikes are better, as it saves you fuel.
  • wash your clothing but don’t use the dryers. instead dry it at your campsite yourself using some twine and clothespins
  • it’s not a bad thing to eat from the dollar menu if you have to. 
  • keep watching survivalist videos and picking up tips. there are many useful ones such as dakota fire pits that i did not know when this was happening to me.

i hope that this helped you guys learn how to survive <3


You know, at some point, I will stop having a bag for everything, but for now bags are just convenient. Here is my list of convenient hangbags:

1. THE TUTORING BAG. I tutor a 3rd grader after school, twice a week, so I have extra pencils, a sharpener, reading material, colored markers and even bandaids and hand sanitizer. Some of the students I tutor come from homes where such applies are limited, so I carry what I can to provide it.

2. MY 9th GRADE ENGLISH BAG. I hate taking home work, but when I do, I need a tote of that. A backpack is too big, a purse is too small, so I use a toteback I recieved when I attended an After School program conference.

3. MY ACTUAL HANDBAG. I hate being one of those customers who waits in line and then holds up the line because I have to say, “My wallet in my other bag.” And it really was. It also contains my make-up bag (which seems almost unnecessary because I only wear lipstick).

4. GYM BAG. Sometimes, after work, I head to the gym. Sometimes I need to change into my gym clothes at school because a Parent-Teacher conference took longer than expected and other times I am stuck in traffic that the best thing I can do is pull over and head to the closest gym. This bag needs to be replenished often.

5. OVERNIGHT BAG. I am not in that comfort zone with my boyfriend to leave my belongings at his house, so I have an overnight bah for those random occasions.

6. MY LUNCH BAG. Every Sunday it is pack and make my lunch day. Every day of the week I pack that bag and carry it with me to my classroom. I do not have a fridge in my class, at least not yet.

7. MY LAPTOP BAG. Because my mind is always on the go, and so is my Chromebook.

8. THE TRASH BAG. Whether it’s shopping for food or supplies, I find random plastic bags in my car, classroom, or hidden in the corners of one of the other bags. Which brings me too…

9. THE COLLECTIOM OF REUSEABLE BAGS. In my efforts to reduce clutter, I collected and invested in reusable bags which, ironically, make a clutter of its own.

10. THE UNIVERSITY BAGS. And, on top of that, I also am a student who needs to take classes at an University that is 30 minutes away. I do not want to confuse it for any of the above bags, so I have one for its own.

I am sure there is some sort of Lifehack to minimize the travel of totebags, but until I figure THAT out, this is what my bags are for. Whew. A bag per responsibility.