Having just done this, I can tell you what I have/had and am quite comfortable with. Basically, the only discomfort/inconvinience I am suffering is a change in routine. When I woke up on monday am, I had no idea I would be living in the rig for a week, and I got out without panic or mahem .. calmly and without the panic worry of "Did I get this or that?"
First and foremost, keep the trailer hitch ready at all times. Do not block it with lawn mowers, storage sheds or that pile of kids outdoor toys. I had to move nothing and was hitched up in my usual 5-10 mins.
In the trailer are CDs with photos and "Papers" like insurance, pets records and other important stuff you will want handy. My bills are done online, and I have duplicate copies of them on that server, and my own. Having been under the belief that I lost my house in 2003, I had plenty of time to think of what I had thought I lost and sorted what was important. Remember.. everything is replaceable but time and memories. The rest is just "stuff".
Food.. RICE.. Rice can keep you from starving for several days. It may not be a taste treat, but it certainly isn't offensive, and can be used with many items to add flavor.. bollion cubes, even ketsup can make rice a hearty meal. Your pets can eat it too and they seem quite happy to get it.
Dry soups, powdered milk, outmeal, POP TARTS (They never go bad) a few jugs of water, hard candy, coffee for those inclined (Even unfresh coffee is better than none at all, sigur CUBES in a ziplock bag, or packets of sugar, coffee mate (It can be used as milk in a pinch.. really) and boxed items like Macs n Cheese, dry mashed taters, pasta, you get the idea.. this stuff never dies.
For drinks.. TANG!!!! I have several flavors and if there is no Dr Pepper, it beats nothing. You can even use it to flavor food if need be.
One mistake I made was to have all my linens out of the trailer at once. I have two sets of linens and bedding, towels etc, one is in the dirty pile and one is on the bed and in the bath etc and gets rotated. I was lazy last trip out and had ALL in the dirty pile. They were at the laundry when I bugged out, so I had to buy cheap sheets and a blanket. If thats the worst that happened to me, life is good. Clothes can be rinsed out or, if no water is available.. go dirty.. everyone else is too. In a pinch, I used my "Guest" sleeping bag until I could get replacements. I did have my extra shoes tho. I learned after my drowning Oregon trip that wet feet and no replacement shoes is not fun.
The second mistake I made was to be near max on my credit cards. I had to scramble to pay for the RV park until Farmers jumped in to help.. I don't normally max my cards, but thought I could for a home project a few weeks ago.. next time, I won't do that. I will be eating rice and beans to get them down again now.
Keep your gas tank full as often as possible. I know it's not always easy to do, but I try not to go home without at least half a tank. Otherwise, I stop and fill. This practice proved valuable last week, as the lines at the gas stations on the hill were an hour deep.
I always have a small solar panel
in the trailer. It isn't my full array, but it's better than nothing. It's worked in a pinch before.
I forgot my gen set, as I know I was going to a full hook up site, but in a TOTAL disaster area, this may have been a major error.
I am about to pack up as I am allowed home now, but it won't take long. I did NOT deploy my awning
, put out my solar lights
or do any of the items I normally do when on a fun trip.
Now, this is all assuming the is an infrastructure for you to evac to. In a TOTAL Katrina type disaster, your credit cards are dead weight
, as is your gen set..
I will correct my mistakes for next time by adding more boondocking
supplies, or at least thinking like I won't have a 7-11 down the road to get coffee at.