Why women need an 'if I go missing' folder

Creating an ‘If I Go Missing’ folder is becoming a national trend. If you are a crime junkie, like me, you may have already heard of these amazing folders. If not, that’s okay. I am going to discuss the concept behind this national trend and how it will impact the lives of women.

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What is an ‘If I Go Missing Folder’?

An ‘If I Go Missing’ folder is a folder you fill with valuable information that can be given to authorities in the event you go missing. By providing this information you are putting the authorities a few steps ahead, which could literally be lifesaving. 

According to criminology experts in this ABC article, the first 72 hours is crucial! As each hour passes, the chance of being found decreases.

To further explain the ‘If I Go Missing’ folder, I have inserted a video, a podcast episode and I even included a list of the suggested items to keep in your folder. 

Check out the podcast episode that sparked this national trend! 
Here is a list of suggested items to include in the ‘If I Go Missing’ folder that I found in an Investigation Discovery article.
  • Clear, recent face photos
  • Fingerprints
  • Online and personal technology logins
  • Social-media passwords
  • Bank account numbers
  • Dental and other medical records
  • Copy of your driver’s license
  • Photos of identifying scars or tattoos
  • Photos of jewelry you wear often
  • Names and address of places you frequent
  • Handwriting samples
  • Vehicle information, such as license plates, VIN, photos of the vehicle
  • Layout of your typical daily routes
  • Cellphone and laptop serial numbers
  • Names and descriptions of the relationships with the people closest to you
  • Contact info for your family members and closest friends

The Pro’s 

I don’t know about you, but I do worry a lot about my safety. I’m about to get honest and raw for a minute, but I think this issue is something a lot of women deal with and it needs to be talked about.

I can’t speak for all women, but I personally think it’s BS that I have to be so cautious with my life. I know evil really does exist and I know it’s up to me to take precautions to reduce the risk of something happening, but it SUCKS!

It should not have to be this way, but life isn’t always fair!

Women should be able to do the things they love by themselves without the fear of being hurt or worse. I love to hike alone and travel alone. I am  a very independent woman. I definitely get scared at times, but I don’t want that to hold me back. 

I take certain precautions by carrying pepper spray with me at all times. If I plan on going hiking or traveling alone, I always keep in touch with family and let them know what my routine will be for that day. However, you can’t always prevent things from happening.

Making an ‘If I Go Missing’ folder is a great precaution and could increase the odds of being found faster.

Having all the needed information put together in one place is solid gold!  Authorities can immediately start the search with valuable information! Getting this information themselves may take a couple of days or more, which could be too late. 

The Con’s 

In my opinion, the only con I could think of is the information being put in the wrong hands. Someone could access all our accounts and commit fraud, but that is why it’s suggested to keep the folder somewhere safe. 

A good place would be a safety deposit box at your bank. Just make sure you let a few loved ones and people you trust know how to access it. If you have a large safe at home that can’t easily be moved, that may also be an option. 

Don’t create an electronic folder! It’s way too easy for a hacker to access your detailed personal information!


I may be overly cautious, but I’m ok with that. I think the ‘If I Go Missing’ folders are golden and important to do for yourself. I have even read of parents doing it for their children too.

The folders for children would be a little different, but you could follow all the suggested items in the beginning of the blog post and only include what would apply to your child. 

You can also add anything else to it. The more information provided, the better!

What do you think about the folders? Is this something you would consider doing? I’d love to chat with you in the comments! 
Want to make your own ‘If I go Missing’ folder? Click here to download a packet from the Crime Junkies Podcast!
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