These are the items that FEMA/the Red Cross/Cal fire and many other Fire centric organizations including the national fire protection Association recommend when putting together an emergency go bag. We have also added in a handful of other items that we feel are useful as well.


Be aware that the majority of the toiletry items are travel size, and should be stored in Ziploc bags so they don’t leak.


  1. Strong & durable Flashlight, loaded w/ batteries and extras

  2. Headlamp loaded w/batteries and extras

  3. Spork (or a plastic knife, spoon, fork)

  4. Multitool

  5. N95 or KN 95 mask’s

  6. Goggles (surround type, complete coverage)

  7. water - 1 gallon per person per day 48 to 72 hours avg

  8. Travel size toiletries: Kleenex, toilet paper, sunscreen, eyedrops, floss, brush or comb, body soap, hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, hand cream, hand sanitizer, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, tweezers, First aid kit, burn cream, at least five pairs of surgical nitrile gloves, and Q-tips

  9. scissors

  10. A Compass

  11. A thermal mylar alarm blanket

  12. a thermal mylar or regular BIVVY sack

  13. An emergency whistle

  14. A plastic jar with lid

  15. A small towel &/or clean rags

  16. A pair of carabiners

  17. Rain poncho

  18. Travel size bottle of liquid laundry detergent and a Ziploc of fabric softener sheets.

  19. Roll of quarters for laundry machines


Your personal items to add to the go bag:


  • Any and all prescription medication including inhalers for you and your pets.

  • Reading glasses, eyeglasses, contact lenses and contact solution

  • Two changes of clothes including 3 pairs of underwear/ 3 pairs of socks

  • Feminine hygiene products

  • Advil/Tylenol/antacid

  • Protein bars, can opener/canned food

  • Wallet, cell phone, cell phone charger, Social Security cards/passports

  • 2 sentimental items for each person in the house