Packing the Perfect Emergency Caregiver Bag

Updated: Dec 10, 2019

As a caregiver, it’s vital to be prepared because unfortunately ER visits can happen at any time. I like to go the extra step by setting aside an Emergency Caregiver Bag which contains all of the necessary items you might need in a pinch.


An emergency caregiver bag can be a backpack, purse, or even a grocery bag. The vehicle the items come in isn't important, just so long as they're ready to go at a moment's notice. Of course, everyone’s bags will look a little different, but here are some potential items that you might find in mine to get the gears turning when you put together yours.

  • Love-one’s brief health and surgical history

  • Power of attorney paperwork

  • List of loved one's medications dosage and frequency of use

  • Tylenol, Excedrin, personal medications for you

  • Headphones, phone charger

  • A small amount of cash

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste

  • Book, crossword, magazine

  • Water bottle, Gatorade

  • Snacks, gum, hard candy

  • Eyeglasses

  • Sweater, socks, small clothing items

Remember, this is an emergency bag, not a suitcase for three days. Don’t pack the bag so heavy you can't carry it from the waiting room to the ER stall. This is just enough to get you from jumping out of bed at 2 A.M. and through a long night. After the emergency blows over, head home grab a quick nap, shower and pull together the rest of the items you'll need if the hospital stay lasts an extended period of time.

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