What You Need in a Stay At Home Bag

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I may not be the weather girl that you wake up to each morning on your local news channel, but it’s fairly obvious that over the past several decades that there has been an increase of disasters, along with increased intensity. This can be a troubling subject to think about, but one that should not be ignored. Keep reading to discover what you need in a stay at home bag. In case you missed this post: How To Make A Survival Bed Pouch With A Pillow Case

These may seem similar to a bug out bag or 72-hour kits, but they are different. They contain much less because you are home. Some of these items need to be used when we are instructed to stay home. Pandemic: What You Need To Shelter In Place Please remember, sometimes we have to see or read about a topic before it totally sinks regarding what we need to do to be prepared. We can do this, my friends.

In case you missed my Get Home Bags:

What You Need in a Stay at Home Bag 

If you were sitting down watching television one evening and an earthquake were to strike, causing devastation and a power outage, would you be left in the dark because you were unprepared? Don’t be left scrambling around for important items, especially if your circumstances aren’t providing you with the time to do so.

What you need is a stay at home bag ahead of time that can be a huge lifesaver for a number of disaster situations. Here’s a glimpse of some of the essentials you don’t want to be caught without.    

Before You Get Started…

The first thing that you need to consider when you are gathering supplies for a stay at home bag is to think about how many people your bag will have to support for a minimum of three days. A stay at home bag will look slightly different for everyone based on whether you are a single adult, single parent, or married with children. 

Stop and think for a moment about each of your family member’s needs. Do any of them require prescription medications or a ventilator for their asthma? Does your baby’s diet require a special type of formula? Those are essentials that you need to take into account when considering your family’s personal needs. 

Preparing for the right disaster scenario is your next priority to think about. Based on where you live, if your area is more prone to earthquakes or wildfires, your bag may look different from one living on the east coast that experiences hurricanes.

But there will also be items in your bag that would be vital following any disaster situation. If there’s a chance that you’ll have to evacuate, it may be in your best interest to create a portable stay at home bag that you could quickly throw in the car. 

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

Every stay at home bag should come with a first aid kit. It should include several different sized bandages, gauze, an antibiotic ointment, as well as pain reliever. It wouldn’t hurt to add allergy medicine, tourniquets, cream for burns, and other first-aid items that you can think of. 

In case you missed this post on my First-Aid Kit, this may help you decide what you and your family need for a few days. First-Aid Kit Ideas

Spare Clothing

It’s important that your family stays warm and dry following a disaster. Each family member should have at least one set of extra clothing, including socks and underwear. An extra pair of tennis shoes or boots may also go a long way to help you stay warm and comfortable.

When you have smaller children, plenty of diapers and wipes are another thing to consider. Comfort while sleeping is another thing to think about. Emergency blankets are also effective and much easier to stow away instead of sleeping bags.

Games, Books, Paper (Entertainment)

Games and Cards

It’s interesting, as we have been quarantined lately or in years past, we realize we must have things to pass the time when the power goes out. Or even if we have power, for that matter. If you have small children or grandkids, we must be prepared to help the family keep busy.

Cooking or baking can be awesome if we have power. Plain paper, markers, crayons, stickers, and colored pencils help pass the time as we try being creative. Puzzles are awesome, all different sizes would be great to entertain all ages. Some of the best brownies have been made in my SunOven! Baked Brownies in a Sun Oven

Food Supply 

When a disaster strikes, there’s the possibility that you won’t be able to make it to the grocery store. Be sure to stock up on non-perishable food items that don’t require a lot of preparation. Keep it simple. Gather foods, such as protein bars, nuts, dried fruits, beef jerky, and some of your family’s other favorite foods.

At the very minimum, stock up a three day supply that will sustain you (around 1,500 calories a day per person). Don’t forget baby food and pet food if you have small children or a pet to take care of. If you have a stocked pantry, I applaud you. In case you missed this post: Canned Foods I Highly Recommend You Store

Drinking Water 

Glass of Water

A number of different disasters, such as flooding, earthquakes, and fires can tamper with your clean water supply. Your family’s water supply should be considered to be of extreme importance, it’s one storage item you can’t go without for too long.

You can buy purified water at your grocery store in 5-gallon jugs or store your own water. You’ll want to gather at least four gallons per person for each day, for a minimum of three days.

This way you can use it as drinking water and for sanitation (washing hands and dishes). Please don’t count on your water heater to supply clean water in a disaster, there is a good chance your local water system becomes contaminated.

Some preppers choose to store their water supply in plastic barrels that can store large amounts of water for a much longer period of time. If there’s the possibility that you need to evacuate and you can’t take all your drinking supply with you, a Lifestraw will allow you to drink water from any available water source. If you have a larger family, a Platypus GravityWorks filter may be a better option.       

Can Opener

Make sure that you don’t find yourself with cans of food and no way of opening them. A can opener is an extremely important tool to have in this situation. 

Butane Stove w/Extra Canisters

You may no longer have the comfort of using your kitchen stove or a microwave to warm your food. With a butane stove, you’ll still be able to enjoy some normalcy during this time.  

Personal Hygiene

Bathroom Sink

Personal hygiene is the one consideration that’s most often overlooked, but is one that should not be taken lightly. Without cleanliness, there’s the possibility that you could get sick following a disaster. Plan on gathering enough sanitation wipes, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, women hygiene products, garbage bags, and other hygiene items that you often use.  

Flashlights or Lanterns

Lighting is also one issue to think about using when the sun goes down. Gather enough flashlights for everyone in your family. I don’t like the dark, my friends. Sunshine makes me happy and so do flashlights and lanterns. Goal Zero sells my favorite Flashlight! Goal Zero Flashlight

Please get extra batteries if you buy the battery type flashlights. I have at least a dozen solar flashlights because batteries go bad so quickly where I live. Goal Zero Solar Lanterns

Extra Batteries

Be sure to have plenty of extra batteries for your flashlights, radios, walkie talkies, and other battery-powered necessities.  

Hand Crank Radio

Information can be vital to your situation to let you know of your need to evacuate, or whether you need to continue hunkering down. 

2-Way Radio

If for whatever reason someone has to leave your home, a 2-way radio can keep your family connected to each other if cell phones are no longer an option. 

Whistle 

A whistle can alert others when you are trapped inside your home or when you can’t holler loud enough. I have several like this one: Emergency Whistle

Tools

There are a few tools that you’d want to have on hand as well. A multi-tool is an extremely useful tool that provides you with a handful of different functions. Zip ties, duct tape, an ax for cutting wood, and a wrench for shutting off gas lines are also very handy to have. 

Final Word

Being prepared is always the smart way to go. You may find it impossible to cram all of these items into a single bag, and that’s okay. What is important is that you keep these items in a place that’s alongside your stay at home bag.

What are some other items that would be useful to have in your stay at home bag? Please keep prepping, we must. May God bless this world, Linda

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11 thoughts on “What You Need in a Stay At Home Bag

  • June 3, 2020 at 8:45 am
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    I’d never considered a stay at home bag, but it makes lots of sense. Fortunately, I believe my husband and I have about everything you mentioned. Thank you for such a good article.

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    • June 3, 2020 at 8:55 am
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      Hi Cathy, I think a lot of us have these things already at our home. But, I really want more people to realize we may not be leaving our home. Of course, we learned this with COVID. For me, I realized if my husband and I are home for 3 months again, we may want some puzzles for instance. Thank goodness we have a TV and can watch Netflix or whatever. But if the power goes out, we need some non-electronic type games, puzzles, etc. Of course, we can always read. But can you imagine trying to keep little ones busy, this COVID has opened eyes for many families? Linda

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  • June 3, 2020 at 8:47 am
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    Weaponry? Spare mags, extra ammo?

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    • June 3, 2020 at 8:58 am
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      Hi Matt, yes, indeed! Someone sent me a message yesterday, asking why I don’t talk about weapons in my book. But I agree, we need to stock up on those items. I just had a talk with my husband about this very thing. He is against guns. I have my own weapons. I decided not to talk about weapons to keep my website family-friendly. But you and I both know they will be needed. Linda

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      • June 3, 2020 at 9:17 am
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        Wow lol I wasn’t aware that the mere mention of a gun was “family unfriendly”.
        We shoot as a family, competition, hunting and as recreation. We give each other presents of firearms that hold meaning, love, respect and will be passed down as family heirlooms.
        Even after the frirearm is no longer being functional they are kept as is the case with the revolver of my wifes step grandfather who served in the pacific of WW2 that was given to me and I look upon it and remember him, the warrior actions that were taken to preserve our way of life and the things he and I had in common as military and asmen who loved this family.

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        • June 3, 2020 at 9:35 am
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          Hi Matt, I think I need to change that statement!! LOL! In Utah my some of my family hunt for meat. You know by now I have a lot of respect for your opinion, ideas, etc. I think it’s because I live in Utah and a lot of people are against weapons for protection. I am not. My husband was born and raised in Utah and hunted when he was younger. I was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. My husband sees no need for a gun, we just differ on that. I believe every family member should know how to shoot. Linda

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    • June 3, 2020 at 12:27 pm
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      YES! I have plenty, hidden all throughout the house for easy access. I grew up on a ranch with a hunting family and I was even a Hunter Safety Instructor when I worked for the Nevada Dept. of Wildlife. I think these are an increasing necessity, unfortunately.

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  • June 3, 2020 at 11:50 am
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    Linda ~
    I am also with Matt on the issue of self protection. I always have a weapon with me in the form of a key ring – I think it is called a Krazy Kat and I purchased it on Amazon a few years ago. I also have a flashlight that is also a taser – only effective if someone is very close. I have my CCP and do carry my pistol. The key thing when it comes to weapons and I believe Matt would agree, one needs to be proficient with whatever weapon one chooses. I have been shooting for 3/4 of my life to date and am confident with my accuracy. That being said, however, I have NO idea how I would respond in a crisis!

    As for a stay at home bag, I believe that I am well prepared for just about any stay at home scenario. I am also prepared to leave at a moments notice. Those are the things that this pandemic has shown me – what I need to do to fill any holes I have as well as things I am prepped for but want to beef up!

    Something else that I would like to add to the Stay at Home prepping: having a flashlight, shoes, gloves, hard hat in a bag or box right where you sleep. In the event of, say and earthquake, if there is glass broken on the floor during the night, you don’t want to have to worry about cutting yourself getting out of bed; you don’t want to scramble to find light if the power is out. You get my drift!!

    Also, something that I have done every time I move to a new place and something everyone can and should do: Get familiar with your home. Even with no light, I have practiced walking around my apartment in the dark with my eyes either covered or closed (covered is easier as closed can cause some balance issues!). I do this when I get settled as well as when I change furniture around.

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    • June 3, 2020 at 12:25 pm
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      Hi Leanne, great comment as always! I need to add my Bed bag where you store your shoes, flashlight, and keys, etc. Great tips as always! Linda

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  • June 3, 2020 at 12:33 pm
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    I love the comment about glass in your feet-I grew up in California, lots of earthquakes, and it stuck with me. Here, in Northern Nevada, we’ve had a few shakers recently and I expect more to come. We invested in a film to put on all of our windows-it prevents glass breakage from earthquakes (it’ll still break,it just won’t explode and go everywhere) and it prevents burglars from “smash and grab” type entries. They’ll have to pick at the sticky filmy windows that won’t just come apart for easy access. That’d give us time to call 911, if available, or to get our guns.

    Linda, I had never heard of the Lifestraw-just ordered some on Amazon. Thanks again for all your wonderful tips and information!

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    • June 3, 2020 at 1:36 pm
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      Hi Robbie, I just heard about the window film you are talking about!! I’m writing a posting on looting. I love hearing it’s good for earthquakes!! Glad you are getting some LifeStraws! We all help one another!! Stay well and stay safe, Linda

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