Preparing grab bag

Find out what a grab bag is and what could be included in it.

If you must leave home at short notice, a grab bag can help you leave quickly with everything you need if you must spend a few days away from home.

Grab bag items could include:

  • toiletries
  • first-aid kit
  • battery powered or wind-up radio
  • battery powered or wind-up torch
  • spare batteries
  • notebook, pen or pencil
  • blankets
  • baby food and accessories
  • children’s toys and activities
  • bottled water
  • non-perishable food and snacks
  • spare keys for house and car
  • insurance documents or details
  • money
  • glasses or contact lenses
  • mobile phone and charger
  • candles and matches
  • pet food and accessories

Tips about your grab bag:

  • keep your grab bag in a safe place
  • include anything else you would need if you left your home in a hurry
  • make sure the bag is easy to carry
  • check the grab bag regularly to make sure it is appropriate for each season
  • check that perishable items are still in date