Recommended “Go Bag” Items

In the event of an emergency you may need to leave the country quickly. Pack a bag with the following items so that, if you need to leave within an hour’s notice, you’ll be ready.


  • Medical/dental records, immunization cards
  • School records, report cards, test scores, and current samples of work
  • Current power of attorney
  • Birth certificates, naturalization certificates, marriage certificates
  • Passports
  • Driver’s license, auto insurance policies, auto registration, and title
  • Personal checks, check registers, latest bank statement
  • Bills/ address book
  • Financial records
  • List of doctors, dentists, lawyers
  • Household effects inventory
  • Household goods insurance policy
  • Family photos
  • Contracts


  • Medications (prescription and over-the-counter)
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Moist towelettes
  • Local map
  • Pen and paper
  • U.S. currency
  • Local currency (ATMs are likely to be down.)
  • Personal items and change of clothes
  • ATM card and credit cards
  • Cards or portable games
  • Rain gear
  • First Aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Signaling whistle