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The Go Bag

emergency bag go bag living safely at home prepared seniors planning tips May 19, 2022
packing a go bag can make emergencies less terrible

Imagine your husband was packing for you for five days. Would you have everything you needed or wanted? I know I could pack my husband’s bag (and better than he could himself) but God helps me if he packed mine. The last time you were in the hospital it took Steve three visits to remember your earphones. Cameron would be pretty hopeless, and Alison would agonize over making sure it was perfect, and if you are in the hospital she’s already worried so she doesn’t need the extra stress. Having a “go bag” is also handy for unexpected weekends away, or the basics for when you have a longer trip. But in case of emergency, it can make things easier. Use a roomy bag with a shoulder strap, this way someone helping you get where you are going can sling the bag over a shoulder and keep their hands free. 

Here is the list of what should be in your bag: 

● A weekly pill dispenser – date this so you know when you filled it up, medicines can change. If you do it today and don’t use your bag for six months or a year, it could be filled with pills you don’t take anymore or missing something vital. 

● A list of what’s in your medicine dispenser and why you take it. 

● Underwear – put some pretty stuff in here, as you may be in a place where privacy is not assured. 

● Comfy PJs that are warm and modest. You don’t necessarily want to be wearing that red and black lace thing if you are in a shared hospital room. 

● A warm scarf. If you feel crappy, having a warm neck is the difference between levels of misery, and many large buildings are drafty. 

● Socks. 

● Slippers. 

● Copies of paperwork, power of attorney, contact numbers, etc. 

● Dry shampoo. 

● Sweaters. 

● A change of clothes. 

● Unique toiletries – a favorite lipstick or lip balm, moisturizer, and cleanser are all good to have, hospital brand stuff is not exactly luxury. 


● Hairbrush. 

● Toothbrush. 

● Facial wipes. 

● Deodorant. 

● Lotion. 

● Glasses. 

● Hearing-aid batteries. 

● Entertainment options – a good book, tablet, or hand-held hobby like crocheting – there is nothing worse than boredom! 

● Chargers for phone and tablet. 

● Earphones. 

● Writing materials – a notebook and a couple of pens. 

● Contact list or a link if it's online. 

● List of regular health care providers. 

● Faith items – a Bible, prayer book, or rosary – if it’s your thing. 

● Denture cleaning supplies. 

● Small bag for securing jewelry or other valuables. 

● A small amount of cash. 

● Comfort items like copies of family photos. 

● Granola Bars, snacks, water, and drinks. 

● You may also need copies of the following documents: 

● Insurance card (front and back, as authorization numbers, often are on the reverse). 

● Medicare/Medicaid card or health card. 

● Medical power of attorney or durable power of attorney. 

● Living will, do-not-resuscitate order. 

● Organ donor affidavit if applicable. 

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