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RV Safety Tip From the Special Forces

A “bailout bag,” also known as a bug out bag. These got their origin in the special forces for those grab and go moments. In cases of natural disaster they have also become popular and can save your life and that of your family. For our purposes here a bailout bag is an easy to grab bag or folder with important papers kept in a handy place like by the RV exit - that you could grab in case of a fire or other emergency. It should include medical information as well as insurance policies, copies of your registration - documents you would need if your RV was destroyed.

Where would you locate it? If you have a 5th wheel, you might want to have copies in your tow vehicle. In a motor home, perhaps having them by the exit door or up near the driving compartment would make sense. Of course, certain fires, depending on their location in comparison to yours, could mean you would not have access to your bailout bag. For example, in a 5th wheel, if a fire started in the kitchen area or in the refrigerator, you’d need to crawl out the emergency exit in the bedroom, which is a window. You could not get to the door. While you might have the intention to move the bag from doorway during the day to bedroom at night, I bet that wouldn’t last very long. The answer could be to have duplicates - in two or more locations, plus another set with a relative or in a safe deposit box.

What to put in the bailout bag? You would want to have copies of your vehicle insurance policies and perhaps a copy of the title and registration in the event the RV was a total loss. A list of credit cards and account numbers would be good if your computer were destroyed. Medical information would be good to have too, including prescriptions you take.  Some of this information could be put on a flash drive, though you’d want to either password protect it (if possible) or be very sure it didn’t fall into the wrong hands. Emergency contact information would be essential too. Some people even have key photos. If it would be needed in an emergency, or hard to  replace, it should go in the bailout bag. In addition to the bailout bag, some RVers have small fireproof safes in the RV, often built in, where they can keep certain things.

My "bag" is similar to this zipper binder with lots of pockets and envelopes.  This can even be handy in your stick house but is especially helpful in an emergency while traveling.

Have any other ideas as to what you'd include in YOUR bailout bag?

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