Pastor Sarah Grace/ July 10, 2020/ Domestic Violence, Wind Haven Mission/ 0 comments

Depending on your situation, you may have time to prepare and pack, or you may need to leave quickly when the opportunity presents itself. We have compiled a list of things to consider grabbing and packing before you leave – the intention is to make sure you have everything so you don’t need to go back or go through the extra stress of getting them later.

We have tried to provide an all-inclusive list and have attempted to prioritize by immediate needs and “how hard will it be to replace or get this later?” Feel free to organize your personal list however you see fit. And please remember that your life and your children’s lives are always more important than stuff. We hope to help you think ahead, but if you are in danger and have a safe place to get to, just go.

The most important items you will need to leave in a hurry are:

  • Yourself and your children.
  • Keys.
  • Cash or individual (not joint) credit/debit cards.
  • Phone & charger – Preferably a burner and a new number, especially if you have a joint phone account with location tracking services.
  • Prescription medications.

If you have any time to prepare, this is where a prioritized bug-out bag/luggage/laundry hamper/trash bag/box(es) come in handy:

  • A change of clothes for everyone that is leaving.
  • PJ’s for everyone that is leaving.
  • Comfortable shoes, flip flops make good shower shoes for a hotel or shelter.
  • A week’s worth of under garments & socks.
  • Travel toiletries kit.
  • Deodorant.
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste.
  • Important documents (an accordion file folder is easy to grab.)
    • IDs, social security cards, birth certificates, passports.
    • Credit cards, debit cards, EBT cards, checkbook.
    • All insurance cards.
    • Marriage license(s), divorce decree(s).
    • Police reports.
    • Proof of education, kids school records.
    • Vaccination and medical records.
    • Financial account statements.
  • Irreplaceable Items
    • Meaningful photos
    • Valuables, heirlooms, jewelry
    • Children’s special teddy bear, blankie, doll, toy, etc.
  • Firearms & permits. Deeds of sale.
  • Snacks & drinks. Protein snacks & water recommended.
  • Cups with lids.
  • Cooler & bag of ice.
  • Blankets & pillows.
  • Entertainment devices, coloring books, crayons, etc. Travel entertainment for kids.
  • Bible & books.
  • Laptops, tablets, earbuds, headphones, chargers/external batteries, camera, etc.
  • Printed directions & map to your destination.
  • GPS device separate from your phone.
  • Notebook & pens. (Include a written list of important contacts & phone numbers.)
  • Car maintenance – oil change, tire check/rotation, fluid check, brake check, filter check, windshield wipers, etc.
  • Roadside assistance.
  • Gas can, spare tire, jack, vehicle tool kit, jumper cables, travel air compressor, flashlight, batteries, clear nail polish (for windshield cracks).
  • Cigarettes, lighters, matches. (NO JUDGEMENT HERE!)
  • Gum/hard candy.
  • Pets – food, water & bowls, kennels/carriers, leashes & collars, vet records.
  • Infants – Baby carriers, playpen, diapers, wipes, rash cream, bibs, burp rags, pacifiers, spare bottles, formula, baby food packets, stroller(s).
  • Tylenol/ibuprofen, allergy, Neosporin, bandaids, baby gas drops, kids allergy, kids pain relief/fever reducer, cold & cough medicine (kids), puke bag, scissors, rubbing alcohol, peroxide, sunscreen, after sun care/aloe cotton balls Q-tips, bug spray, Kleenex.
  • Contacts, solution, case, sunglasses, eye drops. Eye glasses/case/cleaner.
  • Hand sanitizer, wipes, face masks.
  • Nail kit, make-up, hair products (hair brush).
  • Towels & washcloths.
  • Windex, paper towels, TP.
  • Multi-tool. Pocket knife.
  • Laundry soap (pods recommended).
  • Spare bag, trash bags, duct tape, paper plates/bowls, plastic ware.
Please don’t ignore this message. We and the people who use this non-profit website and our services to prevent, escape, and recover from domestic violence rely on your donations.
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About Pastor Sarah Grace

I'm Pastor Sarah Grace, Co-Pastor & found of Wind Haven Ministry, online Bible Study school admin & teacher, Life Coach, author, web developer, curriculum developer, and scholar. I'm originally from Muncie, IN and currently reside in Warner Robins, GA. Child of God. Mom of three. Blessed by the grace, mercy, and forgiveness of God! ' Nerd. Weird. The opposite of normal. Goofy. Compassionate. Survivor. Epilepsy & Fibromyalgia Warrior. Hobbies include: music. singing. reading. photography. yoga. fishing. firearm safety. camping. bowling.

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