Life in Japan

Preparing An Emergency Kit In Japan

I’ve been living here in Japan for my entire adult life, but no matter how comfortable I feel living here, I can never shake the feeling that, wherever I am, the “big one” be next. At least the experiences of  childhood in the southeastern United States and the days after 3.11  have encouraged me to create a rolling stock of nonperishable goods and to have an emergency bag on hand.  Take a look at my family emergency kit and home stockpile for tips on preparing an emergency kit in Japan.

This silver bag is similar to the one I have in my kindergarten classroom. It’s very typical of Japanese classrooms and offices.

Family Emergency Bag

We have a dog, so it’s unlikely that we would be able to take him with us to our nearest evacuation center. But, at least we’re prepared to go!

Waterproof Document Pouch

  • Tokyo Bosai (Disaster Preparedness Tokyo) area map
  • Passport information pages (for baby, husband & me)
  • Family photographs (with names, DOB, address on the back)
  • Driver’s license
  • Health insurance cards
  • Dog microchip registration card
  • Dog registration tag number
  • Notebook
  • Pens
  • Stickers & crayons (to entertain my girl)
  • (I need to add cash to this bag, as well as copies of bankbooks!)

For Baby

  • 2 pairs of leggings
  • 3 onesies
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • 2 sleepwear
  • 1 thick cardigan
  • 2 turtlenecks
  • 1 thermal shirt
  • 1 bar of laundry soap
  • 2 picture books
  • Deck of playing cards


  • 1 Heattech set (leggings and long-sleeved shirt)
  • 2 pairs of thick tights
  • 4 pairs of underwear
  • 2 pairs of socks
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Short-sleeved cardigan
  • Fleece jumper


  • First Aid Kit
  • Mini shampoo and conditioner set
  • Hand soap bars
  • Face soap bars
  • Mini packages of tissues
  • 1 set of oral and topical medication for baby
  • 2 tubes of lip balm
  • Sanitary napkins and tampons
  • Tube of toothpaste
  • Disposable toothbrushes

*80% of these toiletries were collected at hotels!

Daily Goods

  • 2 Whistles
  • Reflective bands
  • 2 pairs of slippers
  • Blanket
  • 2 towels
  • Baby wash towel
  • Heating pads
  • Candles
  • Matches
  • Battery-powered flashlight and replacement batteries
  • Package of antibacterial wipes
  • Powdered laundry detergent
  • LOTS of disposable chopsticks and plastic utensils (whatever I get from the kombini I just stash away)
  • Cell phone battery pack and USB cable

Home Emergency Stockpile

  • Hand-powered flashlight
  • Mini flashlight
  • Portable gas stove
  • 2 full gas cartridges
  • 2 cases (six 2L bottles) of water
  • Boxes of Aquarius mix
  • Bottles of mugicha in various sizes
  • Tissues
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Diapers
  • Toilet paper
  • Dry dog food
  • Instant noodles & soup
  • Rice
  • 1 case (six 1L) soy milk
  • Granola

Preparing An Emergency Kit In Japan

If you don’t have an emergency kit yet, it’s never to late to create your own. Or, you can purchase a kit on Amazon Japan:

The above set has enough nonperishable food and supplies to last 2 adults over a three day period. It also comes with an LED flashlight/radio combo, a hand-powered smartphone charger with USB cable, inflatable bed and aluminum blanket and much, much more. For parents, don’t forget to add formula, diapers, wipes, and clothing your child.


This set is an ideal choice for anyone living alone. Avaialble on Amazon Japan. For ladies, don’t forget to add sanitary napkins to your emergency bag!

If you have an emergency bag at home but would like to supplement your supplies with a rolling stock of nutritious, well-balanced food, this is a 7-day supply with a 5 year expiration date. Available on Amazon Japan.

Are you in Japan? How do you prepare for natural disasters?

Preparing An Emergency Kit In Japan

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