Bug Out Binder – List of Important Documents

I touched on this topic a few weeks ago when I took a look at survival in the digital age. I have pdf files of my documents stored on a USB drive in my BOB and a backup on a portable hard drive that can be quickly grabbed as well. Here is a list of important documents that should be included in your bag whether in digital format, a notebook, or an expandable file folder. I prefer electronic copies as they can be encrypted for security and take up only a little room.

  • 401K Information
  • Automobile insurance policy
  • Basic Financial Information (contact info for banks, account numbers, credit cards, recent statement for each account, etc..)
  • Birth certificates
  • Concealed Carry Permit
  • Driver’s licenses
  • Emergency contact information
  • Eyeglass prescription
  • Family emergency plans
  • Family photos
  • Health insurance cards
  • Homeowners insurance policy
  • Home inventory with serial numbers
  • Immunization records
  • Life insurance policies
  • Living wills
  • Login ids and passwords for all websites
  • Marriage certificates
  • Mortgage information
  • Passports
  • Pet Information – Vaccination records and photos
  • Prescriptions for Medications
  • Property deeds
  • Resume plus Backup Documentation
  • Social security card
  • Utility account numbers and contact information
  • Vehicle Titles
  • Wills

You should tailor this list to your needs and add anything that is important to you.


4 responses to “Bug Out Binder – List of Important Documents

  1. Except if enough EMP’s go off, I wonder if the inept authorities will be able to find a working computer AND PRINTER to be able to extract the information from your little USB key?

    Even then, will they allow YOU to extract what they need or simply confiscate your key or even worse copy the lot for “future reference”?

    Better still, you insert your USB key into their PC’s and some dumb smuck of an “official” simply formats the drive by mistake.

    Geo Caching important documents may be one of the safest ways in the end.


  2. Illini Warrior

    Not every SHTF is Mad Max time …. you just might be looking for a new job …. and your bug out documents should contain all the info to support a resume of your previous employment ….


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