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 Post subject: College Students 'Grab & Go' Bag
PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:32 pm 
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This list was developed by a ReadyMoms Alliance member, who is also a teacher:

College Students 'Grab & Go' Bag

Note: “Go Bag” needs will vary according to evacuation plans and environments to be encountered. Plan bag contents accordingly but do not discount the fact that the best-laid travel plans may fall apart, requiring a student to be resourceful and well prepared for a variety of scenarios. Having a Plan A (for getting home) and a Plan B (for harboring in a safe place that’s easier to reach) is advisable.

Bag Choices:
Rolling bag, large duffle bag, backpacking pack -
consider possible routes and circumstances in
choosing bag type

Don’t forget:
• Wallet with ID, credit/debit cards
• Vital papers
• Cell phone
• Seasonal outerwear

Keep in the bag:
• Go Plans A, B, and C with Essential Contacts
(Develop fill-in-the-blank form.)
• Maps needed for Plans A, B, & C. Put these inthe gallon sized Ziploc bag, too. Handheld GPS helpful, but requires batteries, so maps are backup.
• Emergency cash (in small bills)
• Pad of large post-its or a small notepad, pencil and/or Sharpie (for notes and paper trail re whereabouts, left at points along the journey)
• Survival Guide (Suggestion: bookmark essential information in advance.)
• Surviving A Disaster, Evacuation Strategies and Emergency Kits For Staying Alive, by Tony Nester (64 pages, succinct guideto essentials, with a focus on bugging out)
• Survival: A Manual That Could Save Your Life by Chris Janowsky. (208 pages, covers essentials effectively, especially for colder climates)
• How to Survive Anything, Anywhere: A Handbook of Survival Skills for Every Scenerio and Environment, by Chris
McNab (320 pages, covers all environments, best illustrations)
• When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need to Survive When Disaster Strikes, by Cody Lundin (450 pages, detailed, matter of fact, entertaining)
Note: Keep all documents in a 1-gallon Ziploc bag so that they will stay dry.
• Cell phone crank charger with correct adapter for current cell phone
• Small emergency crank radio
• Flashlight or lantern (crank-style or pack extra batteries)
• Folding knife or multi-tool
• Sunglasses
• Folding binoculars
• Whistle
• Compass (Look for whistle/compass combinations.)
• Mirror (compact)
• Watch
• Fishing line, hooks, weight and bobber, lures suited to the area, and one small can of whole kernel corn if in crappy/bluegill country
• Camp saw or hacksaw and/or hatchet
• Work gloves
• Change of clothes (think layers) and walking shoes
• Extra socks and underwear (4 pairs)
• Strong, thin rope, such as nylon paracord and/ nylon twine
• Two lawn-sized garbage bags or barrel liners (for rainwear or keeping sleeping bag dry)
• Tarp or backpacking tent if student may have to bike or walk some manageable distance.
• Clear plastic sheet and aquarium tubing (for solar still, include directions)
• Two drawstring tall kitchen garbage bags
• Blanket or backpacking sleeping bag
• Space blanket(s)
• Water disinfection tablets or a small bottle of iodine (with instructions)
• Sturdy water bottle or canteen with wide mouth for easier cleaning (2 recommended)
• Box of gallon-sized Ziploc freezer bags for water collection and other uses
• Duct tape - travel-sized roll or partly used roll is best, to save space and weight.
• Nonperishable high energy foods - Crackers, peanut butter, single-serving jellies, dried fruits, trail mix, candy (M&Ms, jelly beans, hard candy), muesli or granola, instant oatmeal, instant rice, dry soup mixes, cocoa mix, tea bags, coffee, powdered milk, Tang. MREs or Mountain House meals offer another alternative.
• Matches (in Ziploc bag), lighter, Blastmatch, or other firestarter (not to be used in dorm)
• Heat Cell or EcoFuel (not to be used in dorm, but safe to use indoors, 1-2 cans), plus fold down cook stand.
• Also consider - minimum fuel camp stove plus fuel
• Mess kit (Cooking pot with lid, camp plate, cup, utensils)
• Small travel bottle of dishsoap or dish wipes
• Small pack of hand wipes or baby wipes
• 2 camp towels (one for body, one to dry dishes),
• 2-4 prewashed bandanas (multiple uses - washcloth, folded for potholder or water filter, headband)
• Travel-size soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush
• Roll of toilet paper
• Tampons and sanitary pads (women)
• Insect repellant
• Sunscreen
• Travel sewing kit, safety pins
• Basic first aid kit, including wrap and adhesive bandages, padded dressings, antiseptic, butterfly bandages, medical tape, tweezers and scissors.
• Medications (OTC and prescription)
• Latex or nitrile gloves (5 pairs)
• N95 masks and fit instructions (5+)

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 Post subject: Re: College Students 'Grab & Go' Bag
PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:18 pm 
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This is a very good list Readymom. Myself and my work partner conduct preparedness classes and BOB discussions and demo's for citizens in the county where I live (he was a military Search, Evasion, Escape, Rescue instructor in the military - he's now an Army reserve chopper pilot). I went through this list with a fine tooth comb looking for omissions, but didn't see any. It is a very good list indeed, and it's very thorough.

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