Our Frugalista swears she isn't an alarmist, but she does believe in keeping a bug out bag (a.k.a. an evacuation kit) packed and on the ready. This is a frugal activity that could prove priceless if the need ever arises.
Your kit should include enough supplies to last you over a 72-hour period, including items such as water, clothing, first aid supplies and tools. To help you along with what to pack, Amrita's prepared this printable checklist of suggestions, which you can also read below.
Easy for you to carry
Attach reflective tape on the outside
Line it with a garbage bag to make it waterproof
Experts say you should pack 1 - 3 litres per person / per day
Include a water bottle with a filtration system
One change of clothing
Sturdy shoes and a few pairs of socks
Space blanket to keep warm and/or cool
Garbage bags as makeshift rain poncho
DVD/CD to be used as a signaling mirror
Non-perishable items like granola bars, energy bars, apple sauce, etc.
Swiss army knife
Hand-crank FM radio
Make your own first aid kit
Photocopies of important documents (i.e. passport, birth certificate, insurance papers)
Deck of cards
Maps of city streets
List of important phone numbers