Recommended Go Bag Items


  • Updated medical/dental records and immunization records for each family member
  • School records, report cards, test scores, and current samples of school work
  • Current power of attorney
  • Birth certificates, naturalization certificates, marriage certificates and copies of each certificate
  • Passports and copies of passports
  • Driver’s license, auto insurance policies, auto registration, title and copies of each
  • Personal checks, check registers, latest bank statement
  • Bills
  • Address book including phone and email information of family, friends, colleagues, etc. – both locally and stateside
  • Financial records
  • Health insurance cards and information
  • List of hospitals/clinics, doctors, dentists, and lawyers – local and stateside
  • List of airlines operating in country and contact information for each
  • Household effects inventory
  • Household goods insurance policy (if applicable)
  • Family photos
  • Contracts


  • Medications (prescription and over-the-counter)
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Moist towelettes
  • Local map
  • Pen and paper
  • Local currency and U.S. currency (ATMs may be down.)
  • Personal items, personal hygiene items and change of clothes
  • ATM card and credit cards
  • Cards or portable games
  • Rain gear
  • First aid kit and supplies
  • Flashlight(s), batteries and extra batteries
  • Signaling whistle

NOTE: This list is meant to be a guide and is not exhaustive. It is important that you consider the needs of each family member and plan accordingly. In addition, you may wish to combine/duplicate Shelter-In-Place Kit items and Go Bag items.