With all the earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, weather-related power outages, and other disasters, this is the perfect time to think about our emergency Bug Out Bag. Help does not come immediately, so everyone needs to do their part and be prepared.

We once lived in an area, where we had to be out a moments notice due to the area being prone to flooding. That really had my anxiety out the roof, so I started thinking: how can I help my family in an emergency situation?

We made an emergency plan, collected easy to access supplies and packed a small bag with clothing items for each family member. We found this is an excellent plan whether we have to stay put or get going. I am not an expert prepper, but here are a few things that I like to have on hand in case of an emergency.

Useful Survival Supplies

  • ID Documents
  • Cash
  • Hand Crank Radio (list of your area radio stations written down)
  • Power Source (source to charge phone, radio or electronics etc.)
  • Walkie Talkies
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Matches or Fire starter alternative
  • Candles (or a kid-safe option battery operated candles)
  • Duct Tape
  • Trash Bags
  • Manual can opener
  • Camper stove (pots)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Toliet Paper
  • Paper Plates and Utensils (save water for drinking)
  • Baby Wipes
  • Small toys or activities for kids (legos, boardgames, books)
  • 1 Backpack for each family member (clothes, tolietries etc.)
  • 1 Gallon Bottle for each family member (water)
First Aid Kit with essentials for entire family. We take ours on all our road trips.

First Aid Kit (This is also the kit I carry on every road trip)

  • Liquid Bandaid or Bandages
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Thermometer
  • Bug Repellent
  • Neosporin
  • Chapstick
  • Alcohol
  • Tweezer
  • Ibuprofen
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Medicine
  • Knife, Scissors, Multi-tool
2 weeks - 1 month of food supplies, marked with expiration dates and rotate throughout the year.

Food (2,000 calories per day)

  • Tomatoes
  • Corn Kernels
  • Pasta
  • Quinoa
  • Nut Butter
  • Dried Fruit or Canned Fruit
  • Tuna
  • Protein Bars
  • Rolled Oats
  • Canned Soups
  • Crackers
  • Granola or Oatmeal
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Dehydrated Milk
  • Dried Bone Broth or Bouillons
  • Beans canned or dried (lentils are great!)
  • Herbal Tea (ginger, green tea)
  • Honey
  • Coconut Oil

Have a printed copy of emergency numbers, and contacts as the internet could be down, or unavailable. Have emergency plans and evacuation meeting places in case you are separated. If you live in an urban area or apartment, store your Useful Survival Supplies in a Rubbermaid, Water in plastic gallon bottles (glass is heavier and can break). Keep the Food in the pantry for ease of rotation.

I know this is a scary subject, but not as frightening when you have your #$% together. Remember, help does not come immediately, and with your family taking care of, you may be able to help others during an emergency.

Here is a downloadable checklist to get started today. Keep it simple, don't go crazy buying things. Remember, there is no way you can be prepared for everything, and you can only carry so much if you are forced to leave your home. Do your best for you and your family.

This site does not use affiliate links, which means no commission is earned if you make a purchase via the link go directly to the vendor’s website. All the items on this blog post were purchased with my own money and are not sponsored. Just sharing our family emergency plan and bug out bag in hopes you will be inspired to start planning with your family.