Check, Check

  1. Our cats. Life before stuff.
  2. Our cats’ necessities, including food, a clean litterbox (no guarantee either will be readily available where we wind up), and ID tags (in case the babies run off).
  3. Our wallets and keys. Especially the car key — we won’t get far without that.
  4. Eyeglasses. I definitely won’t get far without those, and at this stage of life, The Fabulous Wife probably won’t either.
  5. Prescription medications. Fortunately we don’t have many, but we shouldn’t risk going without them for a prolonged period.
  6. A folder containing our most important papers: birth certificates, passports, marriage certificate, etc. In addition to providing identification, they’d be a pain to replace.
  7. Our cell phones and chargers, so we can communicate.
  8. Our laptops and chargers, so we can follow the news and play Spider Solitaire.
  9. Extra clothing, including masks.
  10. Toiletries, although if time runs short just toothbrushes and hairbrushes will do.
  11. Sentimental items like old photo albums.
  12. Ready-to-eat food, the less messy the better.
  13. Blankets and pillows — we may need to sleep in the car.
  14. Paper goods, including tissues, paper towels, and toilet paper.
  15. Lanterns or flashlights.
What Berkeley hills?



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Andy Goldblatt

Andy Goldblatt

Former Risk Manager at UC Berkeley, author of four books, ectomorphic introvert.