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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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