· Water may get too heavy for little ones; put the largest bottle they can carry.
· Protein or fruit bars, granola or dry cereal, peanut butter, dried fruit packs, nuts, crackers, powdered milk, boxed juices, soups, hard candy
· Avoid high salt foods that increase thirst
· For diabetics, low blood sugar tablets, glucometer/supplies
· Three days of mandatory medications kept in plastic pill separators in a zip lock with names and dosing information on an index card.
· Baby wipes, sanitizing gel, toilet paper roll, feminine supplies
· Lip balm, insect repellent, sunscreen, travel size shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste
· Socks, underwear, rain poncho, sturdy shoes, change of clothing, hat, gloves
· Laminated list of emergency numbers and vital information (including medical history, usual medications, dates of birth) about each family member
· Personal flashlight, whistle
· A copy of important documents in a water-proof package such as marriage/birth certificates, credit cards, insurance information, house/auto details, driver’s licenses, Social Security cards, passports, etc.
· Portable first aid kit
· Extra credit card, cash
· Extra set of house and car keys
· All purpose knife
· Water purifying tabs
· Radio and batteries
· Phone chargers
· Camping lanterns
· Pet food/supplies
· Trash bags
In vehicles, be careful not to over-pack, but this is where you can store additional items for extended needs, such as:
· Tent, sleeping bags, more clothes and water, hand shovel, larger emergency kit, towels
· It is recommended to have 1 gallon of water per person, per day
The lists can get extensive and it is easy to overload bags. Remember that if the bags are too heavy, they may get left behind all together so think about absolute essentials for the packs and keep the totes for non-critical items that would be nice to have. Do not place the personal information in these totes as they are not guaranteed to be with you.
For more ideas, visit ready.gov
For nutritional counseling, Norman Regional Health System offers the guidance of registered dietitians. Those interested can schedule an appointment for an assessment with a referral from their family physician.