Grab and Go Pack

So I just got home from the hospital. What a bunch of torture that was.  Bottom line from the last few days is I am going to have to start living the life of “NO”.  I got six new prescriptions.  Will I tell the doctor if I cheat and have a piece of bacon, hell no.  It is good to be back in the studio where it is quiet, dim and an arm’s reach of the camera.

One of the things I learned, while confined to an ICU bed, is I am totally unprepared if something unexpected happens and I need to leave the house in a hurry.  When I called 911 I grabbed my wallet, took a picture of the meds I was taking, grabbed my phone and made sure things were locked up.  What I forgot are some of the things we tend to use everyday. 

Now that I am home I am going to build myself a Grab and Go Pack.  Here are some of the things I am going to include:

  • A micro USB to USB cable
  • A car and wall adapter for USB Cable
  • Flash drive with contacts and medical information
  • A bottle of water
  • A snack bar
  • A hidden $20 bill
  • A charged 5000mA battery (in case of no car and power outage)

I am concealing these goodies in a small one shoulder backpack.  With this built, I can head out of the house by only adding 2-3 things.  I might grab my 7-day pill dispenser, camera and extra battery.  I could be gone with the important stuff in minutes.  I am still kicking myself for forgetting the  camera.  There was so much great material I wanted to shoot, it hurt.

Everybody has different needs.  This pack is about needs, not wants.  When your house catches on fire, there is a major disaster or something else crazy happens your needs are covered.  As you are leaving you can then grab the wants, but keep it small.  Nothing worse than being trapped in a hospital with a dead phone that has all your contacts.

Put a little thought into it and see what the bare minimum important stuff you come up with that you don’t want to forget if you have to split quick?  If you don’t learn from your mistakes, you are doomed to keep making mistakes.

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