By Cassie Johnston
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Thank you all so much for all of your kind comments and well-wishes on my last two posts. You are all fantastic. Thank you so much for letting me spew my emotions all over this blog. I am feeling much better today. I’ve swung from the depths of sadness side back solidly into the “it could be so much worse” side and am feeling very fortunate this morning. Plus, I get to see a lot of my family tomorrow, and that makes me happy.
I know I’ve talked about our jump bag/emergency kit before, but now that we actually had to use it, we will definitely be revising the contents. You can plan and plan all you want, but nothing is totally clear until you actually have to go through it.
Before I talk about what is in our jump kit, I’m going to preach to you.
Please, please, please make yourself a jump kit. We were very fortunate this week. There were stores and restaurants still open and people in the area with power. Even in that best case scenario we still would have been totally screwed without some of the items in our kit. I can’t even imagine how valuable that jump kit would have been if our entire town had been destroyed like Joplin, Missouri was. You have a three-day weekend right now. Please, go make this a priority. Trust me. I hope you never need to use it, but if you do, you’ll be so glad you have it.
Honestly, our jump kit was pretty well stocked. Here is what our jump kit had (and has always had) in it:
Wondering what we used?
So now you are probably wondering what I’ll add? Well, if I had my druthers, I’d add pretty much everything under the sun! But that isn’t the point of a jump kit. A jump kit is supposed to be relatively light and portable. Easy to pick up and move with only a second’s notice. With that in mind, here are the things we’ll be adding:
There will also be some things I’ll be rearranging. I had the pen and paper in a separate part of the jump kit, but I found that whenever we had to deal with paperwork stuff, I’d just grab the accordion folder and go. I’ll move the pen and paper into there.
Mostly, even with the things missing from our kit, I am so very, very thankful that we had one. Even if we didn’t use a lot of the stuff in it, just knowing we could if we needed to took a huge weight off our shoulders. And I know I now sleep better knowing that we have it stashed in our closet. Seriously kids, go make one. Now.
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We have a mini jump kit, but I really need to update it now that we have another human (who has his own paperwork and nutritional needs). We keep our extra collars in the emergency bag, along with some food for the cat and dogs (and water), but I never really thought to put food for the humans or spare leashes. It might do us well to get a spare leash with a double leash extender. The toughie is how to prepare the cat, but we’ve just started keeping the emergency bag on top of the cat carrier, and all the necessary pet things are inside the carrier.
I’m so glad your over-preparedness paid off in this situation. I know most people would think they’d never need an emergency kit, but you just never know. And I tend not to update mine (and haven’t in six months, obviously), but this is a good reminder that the emergency kit needs to be a priority.
Jeff has promised me that we will be making a proper jump kit asap (next paycheck) but there’s no reason we can’t start making copies of documents and things. Thank you for sharing, Cass. You and your faces are in mine and Jeff’s thoughts.
We’re making our jump kits this weekend and I had a question about the docs… You mentioned keeping copies of the passport and whatnot in the bag and then ammended your plan to keep your ACTUAL passport in the bag. Will copies suffice or do you recommend that Jeff and I keep our passports in our jump bag too?
Thanks again :) ~Megs
Originally, we just had copies in there. But now, we’ve put our actual passports in there to stay. And then, make sure you have copies somewhere else in your house (filling cabinet, lock box, etc.). The passports were one of the first things we went back to get once we could get back in our apartment just because of the whole immigration thing.
We bought a lockbox for the originals and will keep copies in the jump bag. I’ll post pics soon! thanks for the inspiration. Hope things are going well for you. I’ll catch up on your blogs soon too.
Even though I have taking CERT training, I have been lazy in preparing my own bag. Thanks for the continued push to get me to do it and be prepared.
Thanks for the reminder Cass! I’m going to get one together this weekend – especially since the last THREE weekends we’ve been narrowly (and I mean by miles) missed by tornadoes. :(
I’m so glad you guys are OK- these tornados are no joke!
Great, informational post. Even though I’m up in CT, considering this weather, I wouldn’t be surprised if WE were next. Hopefully your weekend is happy and bright, despite the week you’ve had.
I just had a genius idea! I am going to use this for my informative speech topic in my com class next week…informative AND practical. A++
That’d be perfect! Share the jump bag gospel!
Suggestion: Instead of wet-wipes, I recommend a travel-sized package of baby wipes (i.e. from the $1 section). I’ve now convinced my husband that these are a must have in traveling, etc… because they are more substantial, great at removing grime (obviously, think of intended use) and gentle. We use ’em for face, underarms, etc to freshen up.
And as long as you get the travel-size, they aren’t bulky and they keep well.
I was searching for go kits and your post was one of those I had to click on to see what was there. I wish more people would see that someone actually had used their go bag! I have taught CERT and other things and have been lucky to have not needed any of my jumpkits.
Wonder if you have updated yours and if so what it ended up looking like. A suggestion I pass along to those on a budget who say they cannot afford to do a kit. Go to the dollar store and buy what you can afford and then go back next paycheck and buy more!
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