Disaster strikes and you must leave home in a hurry. Look no further than the news to see proof of how likely this will happen. Are you and your senior loved ones ready for this? Here’s how to pack a walker go bag for calories, hydration, along with some evac comfort and safety.
A small walker-attached bag like the one above can hold the most vital items. Pack an additional small backpack (that even someone else can carry) and you’ve created a real safety net.
|1||Bag (for Walker)|
|2||32oz Water Bottle, Filled|
|3||No-Cook Emergency Food (Energy Bars, Fig Newtons, etc. in Waterproof Plastic Bag)|
|4||Basic First Aid Kit ( in Waterproof Plastic Bag)|
|5||Medications (for 2 Weeks in Waterproof Plastic Bag)|
|7||Travel Wallet (with Neck Strap and ID)|
|8||Small Notepad and Pen (2 of Each, in Waterproof Plastic Bag)|
|9||Wall Plug and USB Charging Cable for Phone (in Waterproof Plastic Bag)|
|10||Headlamp (in Waterproof Plastic Bag)|
|11||Dust Mask (N95 is Best, in Waterproof Plastic Bag)|
|13||Mini Hand Sanitizers|
|14||Toilet Paper (Flatten the Roll for Easier Packing, in Waterproof Plastic Bag)|
|15||Emergency Mylar Blanket|
|16||Documents (Medication List, Medical Info Including Allergies, List of Medical Devices and Model Numbers, Home Deed/Lease, Birth Certificate, Insurance Policies, Emergency Contact Info for Family/Friends - in Waterproof Plastic Bag)|
|17||Extra Waterproof Plastic Bags|
|18||Cash and Coins (Small Amount)|
|1||Foldable Wide Brim Hat|
|2||Wool/Fleece Beanie Cap|
|3||Shemagh (Large Bandana)|
|4||Bright Hooded Rain Poncho|
|13||Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Floss|
|14||Collapsible Bowl for Cleaning Dentures/Etc|
|15||Mini Travel Towels (2x)|
|17||First Aid Manual|
|18||Multi-Purpose Tool or Pocket Knife|
|19||Plastic Garbage Bags for Sanitation|
|20||Pet Supplies (Including Food and Vaccination Records)|
|22||Cold Weather Clothes|
|24||Extra Batteries (for Flashlight, Hearing Aids, Other Medical Devices)|
OPTIONAL ITEMS: A simple massage tool. Why? As we age, muscle cramps/aches can get so bad, it can mean the difference between moving to safety or giving up. Stack the deck in your favor and get the small, lightweight kind – no electricity needed.
Other possible necessities include plenty of wet wipes.
Depending on the person, packing some copies of photos with loved ones and a favorite book (small and light) can really provide some comfort in a time of crisis.
TIP: Make sure you stow your extra backpack right beside where you put glasses, hearing aids, medications and other medical devices.
That way, you can throw these items in the extra backpack in a jiffy.
Did I miss something? How does this list work for you? Let me know in the comments below.