Important Papers to Pack in Your Bug Out Bag

It's like that chore you know you have to do, but you just don't want to do it. But having said that, I realize it is very important, and I just need to make the time to finish it!

Collect copies of all of most critical documents and place them in a waterproof envelope like the one in the picture. Then you can add them to your bug-out bag. While you're at it, it'd be smart to make a third set for your safe or safety deposit box.

Another idea is to scan your papers into your computer, and save them on a flash drive Then you can store the flash drive in a water proof container or envelope. Of course, that assumes that you'll have a working computer to use  if anything happens. You can always save your documents on paper and on flash drive for back up. It's always best to have a back up to your back up.

What should you copy?

  • Birth Certificates
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Passports
  • Drivers Licenses
  • Insurance paperwork - home, car, umbrella, business, and life policies
  • Medical/Health insurance
  • Medical prescriptions with prescription number, issuing doctor and pharmacy listed
  • Doctor's contact information
  • Credit card statements with account numbers
  • Bank Statements with account numbers
  • Social Security Cards
  • The deed to your home
  • Your mortgage information
  • Car titles
  • Wills
  • Immunization records
  • Baptism records
  • A home inventory
  • Any appraisals you have for personal items
  • Investments - stock certificates, bonds, CD's etc.
  • Include some extra cash as well if you can
  • Important contact phone numbers

Also, throw in an extra set of keys to your house and cars, and bug-out location (if you have one), safe and safety deposit box.

I think I'm going to just set aside a few hours and get this checked off my list. How about you?

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