Here's the list:
  1. Shoes, Socks, Shirt
  2. Bandana, Hat
  3. Glasses, Sunglasses, Contacts
  4. Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Floss
  5. Feminine care products
  6. Sunscreen, bug spray
  7. Anti-itch cream, burn cream
  8. Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Tylenol
  9. Allergy medicines
  10. Personal medicines, well labeled

Your emergency Go!Bag needs your personal touch. We've got you covered with the 10 Essentials, but now you need to think about your personal safety and comfort. Here are the things you put together at home, with a few of our recommended products to make it easier.

The first set of personal items for your GoBag:

You might run out of the house in the middle of the night without shoes or warm clothes. So all the experts recommend including the following items:

  • A spare pair of shoes. (I have an old pair of sneakers in my bag, but you really just need something with a hard sole to protect your feet.)
  • A pair of socks. (See above. Really important to be able to keep your feet warm and dry.)
  • A long-sleeved shirt. (I have a really lightweight silk sweater. It packs well, keeps me warm, and is also really comfortable in mild weather.)
  • Glasses. Sunglasses, reading glasses, any prescription glasses and contact lenses if you wear them. There are worse things than not being able to see, but not many.
  • A bandana or scarf. (A million uses beyond a fashion statement, a bandana can wipe sweat or blood, can be used to protect your face, or as a sling.)
  • A hat. (Many experts recommend a floppy hat to keep sun and rain off, I have one that rolls up and packs tight, plus a wool cap for warmth.)

These take up some space, which is why we recommend a GoBag for each adult member of the household (including teens) and one for up to 3 or 4 smaller kids. Not a bad idea to add a plush toy or something to cuddle for smaller children as well as a few toys to occupy them.

More personal items your First Aid Kit doesn't have:

These are all really self-explanatory, but make sure you don't forget to throw these in your GoBag.

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Bug spray.
  • Feminine care products. These go without saying.
  • Anti-itch cream. Benadryl ointment and Cortisone ointment for itching. I carry both because sometimes one works better than others depending, and even with bug spray I'm one of those folks that bugs really love to bite. Plus stress can cause skin reactions, so it's nice to be able to get some relief.
  • Burn cream. Good relief for sunburn as well as any other mild burn.

The medicine kit you need for your GoBag:

First of all, make sure you label all your meds properly. Make a not of when they expire, and update them once a year. If you downloaded our Emergency Plan, we'll send you a reminder email once a year. If not, you can sign up for our newsletter below.  Sometimes the worry of expired medicine prevents folks from putting this together. Don't be that person! Far better to have expired meds than be without. You don't have to buy anything special, a box of Ziplock bags works fine. (We use these).

Suggestion: When you label your personal medicine, put your name on it, what's it's for and the dosage. You might also include the name your family calls you in case you are unable to speak.

Here's what I keep in my Go!Bag:

  • Ibuprofen.
  • Tylenol.
  • Benadryl.
  • Aspirin.
  • Allergy medicine.
  • Personal meds.

Here are some great products we recommend and use:

Now don't forget to stay hydrated!

Read our article about water here: Water is life

About our methodology

We spent hours reviewing materials from FEMA (the US Federal Emergency Management Agency), the Red Cross, the Humane Society as well as a host of other government and non-governmental organizations to put together the checklist of necessary items. We then spent many more hours reviewing products. We look for quality, completeness without overkill, high customer ratings, and price. We read the customer reviews and note their experience. And of course, these are the items we personally bought.

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