What to Include on Your Emergency Evacuation Packing List

While this packing list may not be about travel in the fun way that we generally promote on Her Packing List, it’s one that is definitely overdue. Planning ahead helps. It helps you to have a hassle-free trip, and it helps you when you’re in an emergency situation.

Deeds, titles, and registrations. Proof of ownership for real estate properties, vehicles, etc. – Insurance documents. House insurance, medical/health insurance, car insurance, 401k, etc.

Electronics. Laptops, chargers, extra batteries, and other electronics. – Clothing. One to two sets of shirts and pants, outerwear, and underwear. – Toiletries. Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, towel.

Personal items. Wallet, car keys, identification cards, passport. – Medicine. Prescription and over-the-counter medication, Epi-pen, first aid kit, etc. – Food and water. Preferably in easy-to-open containers and non-perishable.

Children’s necessities. Food, clothes, toys. – Pet’s necessities. Food, water, and food bowls, litter box.

Keep your list in a visible area that you always see so that when an emergency happens, you know exactly where to look for it. We suggest keeping a copy in multiple locations, and especially near the front door.

If you live in an area where there are frequent calamities (like in a prominent hurricane zone), or if you have a family member with health conditions that lead to surprise hospital visits, it might make better sense to pack a grab bag.

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