Packing only two bug out bags for the adults is a mistake made by many preppers.
All the children’s items are included in these two bags and the kid has nothing
to carry because the adults are in charge.
This does not have to be the case. If your kid is 5 years old and above, he
or she will be able to walk and carry their own little bug out bag. While
they’ll not need to carry every item of theirs, they can still shoulder some
of the weight.
The important point to note is that you only want to keep a few essential
items in your child’s bag. This will keep the bag light and not tire them
out. It will also ease some of the burden on your shoulders.
So, what do you include in a kid’s bug out bag?
You can pack items such as:
* A few of their favorite toys/games/books
* Some clothes for them
* A water bottle and water to last them 72 hours
* Wet wipes and band aids
* Toothbrush and toothpaste
* A laminated card with emergency contact numbers and their home address
* Food for 3 days – cereal bars, crackers, peanut butter, freeze dried
* Medication that they may need
These items are lightweight but still essential for the child. If you have
three children, just carrying all their items and lugging the weight will
be enough to make you crawl.
By distributing the load among them, everybody will share in the
responsibility and your life will be easier and less draining.
When preparing, it’s important that you pack the bag and let your child
carry it and walk around with it. They should feel comfortable and the
weight shouldn’t be too cumbersome.
A few key pointers to always bear in mind:
* Children tend to have weaker joints and less stamina. Keep the bags
lighter and take them hiking or walking often to build up their strength
* They don’t need a lot of equipment. Children don’t have to carry maps,
flashlights, batteries, etc. They only need to carry what they will use.
Do not pack some of your equipment in their bags.
The child needs to feel responsible for himself. Usually kids enjoy being
given this responsibility and it will all feel like an adventure to them.
You must make it sound fun.
Survival scenarios are often bleak and depressing. As a parent, if you can
keep your kids’ spirits up, they’ll be easier to manage and as a family,
you’ll cope better.
* The weight and size of the bug out bag needs to be different for the
kids. They don’t need a large bag like the adults. Just one small enough
to hold what they need. In fact, a school bag will do just fine to hold
what they need. Just make sure it’s water resistant.
At the end of the day, what you pack in the child’s bag will depend on
your child’s needs. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to this.
Different kids have different needs. Some like handheld video games while
others prefer reading. Some love chocolate bars while other prefer M&Ms.
Your job as a parent is to pack not only what they need but also include
a few items that they want and love. When the going gets tough, while the
items like a poncho and medication may be essential, it’s the video games
and books that will keep them happy. Strike a balance here and pack wisely.