We have one for each family member and they vary slightly. Some things we only need one of and some needs are different for different members of the family. We are in hurricane territory, so thats more what ours are geared towards.
Basically we all have duffels that have:
3 bottles water - The disaster guides say you need 3 to 5 gallons, but those wouldn’t fit in our individual bags, so we have them at the house but probably wouldn’t grab’em on the way out the door if there was a disaster. We just have one quart bottle of water per person per day in our individual bags.
Food - each person has a #10 can filled with:
3 packets of instant oatmeal various flavors
1 packet hot cocoa
1 packet spiced cider
3 Lipton soup packets
3 individual wrapped beef jerky
3 of those tiny cans of chicken with the peal off lid
3 of those tiny cans of tuna with the peal off lid
3 little packets of melba toast
3 little kiddie size fruit chewy type sweets
1 peanut butter cracker package
1 mini packet m & m’s
6 very small disposal bowl/cup type things (Like you’d see a small soup served in at a chinese takeout.)
The men/boys also have their choice of ravioli or beef stew up to 3. They don’t fit in the #10 can so they are just extra in their bags.
3 little packets from jason’s deli that have flatware, napkin, salt and pepper, mustard & mayo packets.
It’s a tight fit but you can get all that stuff in one can and get the lid to stay on.
A complete change of clothes
An old towel
One of those tiny silver heat reflective blankets
One of those tiny airplane blankets new in the orginal packaging . They were free due to a logo change and they were small enough to fit in the bag and don’t take up much space.
A rain pancho
A flashlight and one extra packet batteries. Dad’s bag has one of those super duper ones, everyone elses are just regular sort.
One of those halloween glow sticks
A ziplock with toilet paper and a tall kitchen size trash bag
A gallon ziplock with an old but clean face cloth, hotel size hand soap, trial size toothpaste and toothbrush, two of those little two packets each of tylenol & advil and a chapstick. I have a comb and brush, tiny travel tissues, a couple of scrunchies to pull back my hair, a small sewing kit and girl things. The guys have a disposable shaver.
A small ziplock with a family photo, golf pencil, tiny notepad, calling card, 20 dollar bill, roll of quarters and a short list of contact phone numbers and addresses.
A trash bag large enough to pull out and enclose the duffel
In addition to all that HubbySthrnAccents’ duffel has:
Fancy does everything pocket knife
One of those radios that winds up and doesn’t use batteries
A 100-hour mini lamp.
old bucket hat
My duffel has:
A big tag on the handle to remind me to gather prescriptions and get “the answer book” Its one of those notebooks with all our “important papers” in one place.
Sunscreen and insect repellant
An old set of study scriptures
Small family size first aid kit, with water tablets
A box of (3) therma heat packs
3 tiny hand held mini fans and some mini binoc/opera glasses. These are sort of joke items, it’ll make everyone laugh if we’re under that sort of stress and I whip them out.
TeenSthrnAccents duffel has:
One of those boy scout flint firestarter doo dads and a ziplock with dryer lint
A does everything if you’re lost type compass
A small tarp and rope that he’s quite handy at making a tent out of
A small folding army/boy scout type shovel
A swiss type pocket knife
A small ax
An old bucket hat
3 zipper bags with dog food and three extra waters for his dog, a leash, and an extra towel.
And he doesn’t know it but I tucked a three packet of those little fiddle with it manipulative type puzzles, in case it’s not fleeing and working but sitting and waiting type time.
FourthSthrnAccent duffel used to be ToddlerSthrnAccents, and had diapers extra toddler food, toys and that sort of stuff. After he died I couldn’t really unpack it. After a few years I managed to get the clothes and toys out, but we still pack a fourth bag. It doesn’t really have clothes or individualized items, but it’s got the other stuff.
I probably forgetting something but that’s what I can think of without hauling them out to look.
About twice a year we lose power for a couple of hours due to severe weather of one sort or another. We get the duffels out and check the food then and if it needs rotating or new batteries we make a list and replace it next shopping before we put the duffels away again. The outage serves as a timely reminder of why we have them and it keeps everything “fresh” and occupies everyone for awhile during the outage. When the kids were little and growing fast we’d get a kick out of making them try on the clothes that were packed for them. They were usually outgrown until it dawned on me to pack sweat shirts and sweat pants.