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Ready to Go: The Ultimate 72-Hour Evacuation Bag Checklist

by ORL Marketing | Aug 17, 2023

A "go bag" or "bug-out bag" is a pre-prepared survival kit designed to sustain you for at least 72 hours when evacuating from a disaster. The idea is that it should be packed and ready to go at all times, enabling you to leave at a moment's notice. Here's a list of items to consider packing in your go bag:


  1. Water: Minimum of one gallon per person per day for at least three days.
  2. Food: Non-perishable food items like energy bars, canned goods, and freeze-dried meals.
  3. Manual can opener (if your food includes canned goods).
  4. Battery-powered or hand-crank radio.
  5. Flashlight with extra batteries.
  6. First-aid kit: Bandages, antiseptics, pain relievers, prescription medications, etc.
  7. Whistle to signal for help.
  8. Face masks to filter contaminated air.
  9. Personal sanitation items: Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
  10. Local maps.

Personal Documents and Money:

  1. Copies of important documents: Passport, driver’s license, social security card, insurance policies, medical records, bank account details, etc., in a waterproof bag or container.
  2. Cash in small denominations and coins (ATMs might be out).
  3. Credit card.
  4. Emergency contact numbers and a backup list of addresses.

Clothing and Shelter:

  1. Warm clothing: Consider the climate of your area. This may include gloves, hat, rain gear, and sturdy shoes.
  2. Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person.
  3. Tent or emergency shelter.

Tools and Supplies:

  1. Multi-tool or knife.
  2. Glow sticks.
  3. Duct tape and plastic sheeting for makeshift shelter or window sealing.
  4. Fire-starting supplies: Matches in a waterproof container, lighter, or magnesium fire starter.
  5. Compact mirror (for signaling).
  6. Chargers for any necessary electronic devices. Consider a solar-powered charger.
  7. Rope or paracord.

Communication and Navigation:

  1. Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery.
  2. Compass.

Special Considerations:

  1. Prescription medications.
  2. Glasses or contacts and solution.
  3. Baby supplies: Formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, etc.
  4. Pet supplies: Food, water, leash, etc.
  5. Feminine hygiene products.

Entertainment and Morale:

  1. Books, cards, or small games.
  2. Pictures of loved ones or other sentimental items.


  1. Extra keys for your car and home.
  2. Bug spray and sunscreen.

Lastly, remember to check your go bag at least once a year and replace any items that may have expired or deteriorated over time. It's also a good idea to customize your bag based on your personal needs and the specific risks and challenges of your geographic location.