Sunday, October 25, 2009

Bug-Out Bags - List of Suggested Contents

Adult Bug-Out Bags (one for each adult)

Flashlight(s), extra batteries, or light sticks

Emergency radio (portable) and batteries

Keys - for home and car(s)

Money - change and small bills

Glasses, contact lenses, etc.

Medications - minimum 7 day supply

Comfortable boots or shoes - include extra pairs of socks

Comfortable clothing for at least 3 days - include extra underwear

Coat, windbreaker or jacket

Whistle, mirror or other emergency signaling device

Knife with pocket sharpener and/or multi-tool

Matches (waterproof) and /or lighter(s)

Emergency water purification/filtration supplies

Paper and pencil(s)

Emergency phone number list, out-of-state contact name and number

Lists of people to notify in case of an emergency or if you are hurt or injured

Copies of important documents: insurance, identification, social security, etc.

First aid kit

Personal grooming items: Brush, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, washcloth, face towel, shampoo, lotion, razor, lip balm, nail clippers, sanitary products, sunscreen, etc.

Toilet paper and tissues

Zip-lock bags or plastic grocery bags

Good book, playing cards, puzzles or games

Work gloves, several pairs of latex or Nitrile gloves


Tarp(s) or plastic suitable for use as a ground cloth

Dust masks and disinfectant wipes

Pry bar, hammer, etc. (These may be needed to remove debris)

Drinking water – stored separately (include a minimum of one gallon per person)

Food items (canned, dehydrated, snacks)

Snacks (granola bars, trail mix, etc.)

Handicapped or Senior Citizen Bug-Out Bags (one for each senior citizen)

Food for any special dietary needs.

Batteries for hearing aids, wheelchairs, or other medical devices, etc.

List of model and serial number of any required medical devices

Special supplies: oxygen, catheters, syringes, etc.

Current prescriptions for eyeglasses or contacts

Personal sanitary items

Infant and Children Bug-Out Bags (one for each infant or child)

Baby formula, disposable bottles, etc.

Diapers and wipes

Instant baby cereal or jars of baby food

Bowls and spoons


Several changes of clothes

Light jacket


Medicine dropper

Pedialyte or other electrolyte replacement solution

Tylenol or other needed medications

Shoes and socks

Toys, books, games, stuffed animals, etc.

Authorization to Consent to Treatment of Minor Form

Pet Bug-Out Bags (one for each pet)

Food and water – at least a 3 day supply for each pet

Food and water bowls

Collars and leashes for all pets (both dogs and cats)

Muzzles, harnesses, etc. for pets

Treats and pet toys

Blankets or towels for each pet

ID tags and license number

Additional name tags

Pet carrier or crate for each pet which is labeled with pet and owner’s information

Name, address and phone number of veterinarian, animal control agency and shelters.

Emergency contact numbers of people to take care of your pets or animals if you can’t.

All pet vaccinations and medical records. Make sure they are current and up to date.

Allergies or other, detailed instructions for any specials needs your pets may require.

Personal protection items were not included in the list of suggested contents and will depend upon your own personal preferences in this area as to what you may consider appropriate depending upon your circumstances.

Staying above the water line!



Mayberry said...

Good Lists RW. Methinks these are gonna be needed in short order...

Joshua said...

Since this list includes some survival type items (whistle, signal mirror), I think it should also contain fire-making materials (matches, lighter) and water purification tablets/filter/SteriPen. Also included should be a comprehensive compact survival handbook. This would cover wild food, water purification, fire making, first aid, signaling and other basic skills.

In addition to copies of important documents I would include a small USB flash drive. These are inexpensive and can store scanned copies of hundreds of documents, far more than would be practical to carry. Additionally they can store photos of family and friends, for both identification and sentimental purposes. And if leaving the home due to natural disaster, photos and documentation of important lost items could be invaluable when it comes time to talk to the insurance company.

riverwalker said...

To: Mayberry

Very possible.


riverwalker said...

To: Joshua

I missed a couple of important items and will amend my list. Most of my survival type items are included in my vehicle emergency kits.

I use a flash drive for some items but hard copies will probably be better if the power is out and the computers are down.

Thanks Joshua!


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