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Things to Pack in a Go Bag


◊ ATM & credit cards

◊ Checkbook

◊ Multiple currency

◊ Safe deposit keys

◊ Government Travel Card

Medical Items

◊ Medical and dental records

◊ Immunization cards

◊ Glasses & contacts

◊ Prescriptions

◊ Medications

◊ Small First Aid kit

Personal belongings

◊ Clothing

◊ Toys and games

◊ Pet items

◊ Cell phone

◊ Chargers for all electronics

◊ Small toiletry kit

Food and water

◊ Snacks

◊ Water


Passport(s) & Visas

◊ Marriage, birth, adoption and naturalization certificates

◊ State Department ID

◊ Driver’s license

◊ Auto insurance policies, registrations and title if applicable

◊ Power of attorney & will

◊ School records

◊ Pet records

◊ Household effects inventory


Things to Pack in a Stay Bag

Personal belongings

◊ Small toiletry kit

◊ Change of clothes

◊ Sensible shoes

◊ Towel

◊ Sleeping bag

◊ Pillow

◊ Entertainment items

◊ Chargers for electronics

Medical Items

◊ Small First Aid Kit

◊ Prescription medication

◊ Over the counter medications

◊ Glasses & Contacts

Food and Water

◊ Reusable water bottle/water

◊ Snacks

◊ Meal items:

  • Microwave meal
  • Soup
  • Tuna packets/cans
Emergency Items

◊ Flashlight, LED

◊ Laminated list of emergency phone numbers

◊ Laminated building floor plan

◊ Multi-purpose tool

◊ Whistle

Post Specific items

Situations at post are unique. You should carefully consider items that would be beneficial to you in your situation.

◊ If you are in an earthquake zone, you might consider

  • Work gloves
  • Dust mask

◊ In flooding prone areas, you might consider

  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellant
  • Tarp

U.S. Department of State

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