Yesterday, I saw two different blog posts (one on Unclutterer, the other on The Daily Post) with the same premise: if you had to flee from your home in a hurry, what would you take with you? It’s an interesting question, one I’ve considered before – and I figure most people have at some point. Gotta be prepared, right?
And so, here are the critical objects in my life – the things that I’d grab in case of an emergency. My answer, by the way, is written with the assumption that I will be fleeing at a time of day when I’m wearing street-appropriate clothes. If that’s not the case, add weather-suitable attire to the list.
Assuming first that I have only a moment, my can’t-leave-without items are:
- My purse, which pretty much always has my wallet, Kindle, and camera in it, along with assorted miscellaneous objects, and occasionally a knitting project.
- My iPhone, or, as I like to think of it, my portable brain. I think it’s fair to say I no longer know how to live without it.
- My laptop and backup drive, since most everything from pictures, to tax documents, to gigabyte upon gigabyte of music and video, are on those two items.
- My grandma’s ring, which I’ve worn every day since she died. I’d be heartbroken if I left it behind.
- And of course, my cat Smoky. She’s not an object, and wouldn’t deign to be in the picture, but if I’m leaving, so is she.
If I had enough time to spend a moment digging through my closet – and making a second trip – I’d add a couple additional items.
- The two boxes that contain all my non-digitized photos. They encompass my entire life, and it would be awful to lose them forever. Probably a sign that I should get it in gear and send them all to be scanned, right? ‘Cause then they’d be on the backup drive.
- The booze suitcase, which was my grandpa’s, and then my dad’s, and is now mine. It’s as much an heirloom as anything I own, and I’m bizarrely sentimental about it. I did realize, though, when I grabbed it to photograph this morning, that I’ve been storing it empty. I need to correct that, because any emergency severe enough to require gathering my prized possessions clearly will need to be handled with Irish whiskey.
So that’s what I would take. What about you? What would you grab if your house was on fire?