Evacuation List

The following items are what make up your Evacuation List and Car Kits in our Emergency Preparedness Plan.

This section includes measures to take when evacuating your home including a list of important things to grab and instructions to build a car kit. You never know when you may be stranded on the road, so make sure to keep your car prepared for emergencies.

Car Kit

In case you need to leave in a hurry, can’t access your 72 hour kits, or get stuck in your car while traveling, a main focus on being prepared for “evacuation” is to have a well-stocked car. Here are a list of the basic minimum items we would include.

  • Water (mylar pouches or cardboard boxes are best for extreme temperatures)
  • 72 hour kit food, high calorie meal bars, or other snacks
  • Cash ($20-30 in small bills and include some change)
  • Diapers/Wipes if you have kids
  • Emergency blankets/hand warmers (or an old spare comforter)
  • Jumper cables
  • Car shovel/pick
  • Pocket knife
  • First aid kit
  • Radio
  • Package of batteries (for flashlight and radio)
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Spare clothes/walking shoes for small children
  • Coffee can heater

For more tutorials and checklists for Car Emergency Kits check out these links:
Assembling a Car Emergency Kit from Food Storage and Survival
VERY thorough list including a printable checklist (really love this one)
Building an Emergency Car Kit (for littles) from The Busy B Homemaker
Different lists for different scenarios, great way to think and plan
Mommy Emergency Kit from Food Storage Made Easy
#10 Can Kit full of baby essentials in case you forget a diaper bag
Emergency Car Kit from Your Own Home Store
Another very intensive post full of ideas based on categories
How to Create an Emergency Kit for Your Car from Mom With A Prep
Simple list organized into categories
Car Emergency Kit for Tools from Food Storage Moms
List of non-food items to keep in your car kit
Car Emergency Kit for Food from Food Storage Moms
List of food and water items for your car kit
Creating an Emergency Car Kit from Imperfectly Happy
Good list with lots of ideas
Prepper Road Trip Part 2 from The Backyard Pioneer
Good list specifically if you are planning for road trips
5 Items to Include in Your Prepper Car Kit from Ed That Matters
5 basic categories of items to include after food and water
Winter Vehicle Maintenance and Emergency Kits from Common Sense Home
Very helpful post, love all the ideas for winter preparedness
Packing Survival Junk in Your Trunk from Survival Sherpa
Another great list full of ideas of items to include
Best Bug Out Vehicle Checklist from Bug Out Bag Guide
Lots of information on “bugging out” in your vehicle plus a great checklist
Vehicle Preparedness Checklist Generator from Survive Hive
Select the items you want to include and generate a printable checklist

Evacuation List

The last thing you want to be thinking about in an emergency where you might not come back to “home” as you know it are the important keepsakes. Compile a list of items you would want to grab if you had the room and time.

When disaster strikes the last thing you want to be thinking about is what to grab. Fill out a grab list and tape near the exits to your garage so you won’t have to figure out what to grab during a crisis. Here are some things you may wish to include on your list:


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How to Create an Emergency Car Kit

  • Charisse Tryon Merrill

    I linked up to this post as well on my post “How to Make an Emergency Plan” under the “Car Kit” portion. I love that you provided your own list, but also provided a list to many others to help give them further ideas to adjust it to their specific situation.

  • Ms. CJH

    I am so glad I found this site! I lived through the Northridge quake in 1994 and have seen how my “neighbors” would behave after not having water and electricity for 3 days; it is not pretty. I don’t mean to scare anyone, but the saying “Three days to ‘animal'” is very true. The quake, like many natural disasters, caught so many of us by surprise, including my family. When my family was preparing to evacuate the Gulf due to a predicted hurricane, my cousins were only marginally prepared. Lesson learned.  I have been meaning to get back into disaster preparedness, now with the check lists and some real-life experience I am ready to prepare in case of an emergency that knocks out power, water, and gas lines for a few days. Thank you for this valuable resource.

  • Hi, 
    I have some experience with hurricane evacuation, and I liked your article guys and very interesting, which is very helpful for all people. 

  • Pandora_robin

    We keep all our photos on CDs. They are in a hard sided case that hold about ten disks. We got it at Walmart for less than $10 a few years ago. I even scanned in photos that my mother had of family that have passed away. In an emergency we just grab it and put it in our B.O.B. I’m also in the process of having all our home movies converted to CD too.

  • KenSC

    I have some experience with hurricane evacuation and you should add to your list road maps of your state and any state you may be traveling through. Highways shutdown when they become full and the back roads may be your best or only way out. You should also have pliers and a tire plug kit. After a storm you will get flats and the kits sell out quickly. Remember you want to get to safety not be trapped in your car. Your photos are one of the most important possession you should take.

  • Randy C.

    We keep all of our photo negatives and important papers in a fire safe. This includes will, trust, insurance documents, contact list with phone numbers and addresses, and lastly extra money. If your leaving home you’ll possibly need cash for gas, food, & hotel/motel. The entire safe gets emptied and placed into a tote that sits on top of it. One other thing to make sure and grab are any prescription medications.

    • OutdoorsMom

      Photo negs will melt in a fire safe–they are only designed to keep paper from combusting, but get too hot for plastic negs and photo discs.

  • Randy C.

    We keep all of our photo negatives and important papers in a fire safe. This includes will, trust, insurance documents, contact list with phone numbers and addresses, and lastly extra money. If your leaving home you’ll possibly need cash for gas, food, & hotel/motel. The entire safe gets emptied and placed into a tote that sits on top of it. One other thing to make sure and grab are any prescription medications.

  • M Gerenday

    Another item for your evacuation list is a plastic poncho to use as your private porta-potty on the side of the road if stuck in traffic.

  • M Gerenday

    Another item for your evacuation list is a plastic poncho to use as your private porta-potty on the side of the road if stuck in traffic.

  • D McP

    Your contribution to everyone is blessings. Thanks for caring. HalleluYAH!

  • D McP

    Your contribution to everyone is blessings. Thanks for caring. HalleluYAH!

  • Those are some great additional ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  • Cynthia21918

    You can buy inexpensive fabric car toppers that strap on to the roof of the car's exterior. I suppose that you could clear out your front “drawer” storage compartment on the passenger side and at least have money and emergency contat information in there, a spare credit card, batteries, a flash light and some medication like tylenol and a few bandaids. you can also put emergency things into fabric or metal lunch boxes and each child or adult has to hold a lunch box full of supplies on their lap while driving along.Those are the best ideas I can think of right now. I have a fabric car topper that I'm not using, to bad I don't know you or i'd give it to you! 🙂

  • Sylvia Gw

    Never mind, found the video, thanks!

  • Sylvia Gw

    What is a “coffee heater”?

  • Sylvia Gw

    Never mind, found the video, thanks!

  • Sylvia Gw

    What is a “coffee heater”?

  • Andie Smith

    What is a “coffee can heater”?

  • Andie Smith

    What is a “coffee can heater”?

  • Andie Smith

    What is a “coffee can heater”?

  • Anonymous

    Our car is too small!
    Our family barly fits.
    We can’t go to the store and pick up food if we have all that in the car!
    Any Ideas?
    Thanks!

    • Anonymous

      In your case, I would think that small bug out bags, or mini-backpacks, would work. Always have them ready to go, and bring them in the car with you, keeping them on the floor if you can. That way you’re set up for an emergency, but you’ve got smaller packages to deal with.

    • Cynthia21918

      You can buy inexpensive fabric car toppers that strap on to the roof of the car’s exterior. I suppose that you could clear out your front “drawer” storage compartment on the passenger side and at least have money and emergency contat information in there, a spare credit card, batteries, a flash light and some medication like tylenol and a few bandaids. you can also put emergency things into fabric or metal lunch boxes and each child or adult has to hold a lunch box full of supplies on their lap while driving along.Those are the best ideas I can think of right now. I have a fabric car topper that I’m not using, to bad I don’t know you or i’d give it to you! 🙂

  • fiona4jmj

    In your case, I would think that small bug out bags, or mini-backpacks, would work. Always have them ready to go, and bring them in the car with you, keeping them on the floor if you can. That way you're set up for an emergency, but you've got smaller packages to deal with.

  • Jencuevas

    Our car is too small!
    Our family barly fits.
    We can't go to the store and pick up food if we have all that in the car!
    Any Ideas?
    Thanks!

  • You'd also want to insulate them as with Jill's problem of living where it's too hot.

  • You will want to leave an inch or two space in the top of the bottles to leave from for expanding. Also, we have heard that using mylar bags for water storage is an excellent solution for car kits. It solves the problem of chemicals from the plastic leaching into your water.

  • Anonymous

    I live where it is very cold. The water in my car kit would surely freeze and cause the bottles to expand. Any suggestions?

    • You will want to leave an inch or two space in the top of the bottles to leave from for expanding. Also, we have heard that using mylar bags for water storage is an excellent solution for car kits. It solves the problem of chemicals from the plastic leaching into your water.

      • You’d also want to insulate them as with Jill’s problem of living where it’s too hot.

  • GinaSond

    I live where it is very cold. The water in my car kit would surely freeze and cause the bottles to expand. Any suggestions?

  • Fiona

    Jill, how about keeping those things in a cooler? Even a cheap styrofoam one would insulate things, and you could cover that with a quilt. Put the batteries in a ziploc bag to prevent issues, and tweak the food items to things that can handle the heat if necessary. Hope this helps!

  • Regarding a Car Kit: I live in Phoenix, AZ. It gets very hot here in the summer time (110+). You can imagine how hot it can get inside the car. What do you recommend I do? I feel like I can’t keep the car kit in the car without is getting ruined. But, isn’t the point of having a car kit to have it with you when you are out and about in the car? I’m very very new to Emergency Preparedness. 🙂

    • Fiona

      Jill, how about keeping those things in a cooler? Even a cheap styrofoam one would insulate things, and you could cover that with a quilt. Put the batteries in a ziploc bag to prevent issues, and tweak the food items to things that can handle the heat if necessary. Hope this helps!

  • Regarding a Car Kit: I live in Phoenix, AZ. It gets very hot here in the summer time (110+). You can imagine how hot it can get inside the car. What do you recommend I do? I feel like I can't keep the car kit in the car without is getting ruined. But, isn't the point of having a car kit to have it with you when you are out and about in the car? I'm very very new to Emergency Preparedness. 🙂

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