By Paul Barnett, Communication Assistant/ Bookkeeper
Many families are familiar with the concept of having a getaway bag or emergency kit packed and ready to go in case of unfolding disaster. This comes in handy if an emergency should strike and you’ve got to get out at a moment’s notice without any warning to gather things you might need on the road. This is not a long-term emergency survival bag but one that will get you through 2-3 days.
Sturdy shoes (tennis), 2 pairs of socks, 2-3 pairs of underwear, long pants, shirt, jacket, gloves, hat. You may want to update your choice of clothing every three months to match the season.
Toiletries & Personal Items
Travel Size items can be purchased at most department stores. Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, soap in a re-closeable plastic bag, mouthwash, 8-10 assorted band aids in a plastic bag, antibacterial cream, 3-4 rubber bands, tweezers, small scissors, hair brush, comb, mirror, chap stick, medication (a four-day supply of each prescription in the original bottle), cough drops, vitamins, eye drops, bottle of your favorite pain mediation like aspirin, female supplies, packet of antibacterial wipes to use as a wash cloth, an empty plastic bag for wet or dirty clothing, flash light & extra batteries, a small sewing kit, safety pins, small roll of toilet paper, tissue paper, eye glasses and contacts, address book with e-mail address and phone numbers of family contacts.
Odds & ends
Password protected USB flash drive of important documents such as driver’s license and medical insurance cards, pocketknife, matches, extra car key, small can opener, multi-head screw driver, and small wrench. Notepad and pen, small roll of duct tape.
Food & Water
Because water may leak, place several bottles of water in a separate bag or stored for easy access. Cereal bars and protein bars, dried fruit, nuts, and tins of tuna or other protein. For animals pack a box of quart plastic bags for their waste, as well as a 3-day supply of food and treats.