Kids can be influenced into just about anything. If mom or dad are into it, then most likely kids will get into as well, until a certain age. This is no different when it comes to prepping, my 9 year old son is into just about anything that I’m into. I love Apple devices, so therefore so does he. I love prepping, so again he does too.
So when prepping there’s no reason not to involve the kids. Teach them why your prepping, what you are prepping for and how to prep.
Survivor Mike from The Home For Survival has some great tips on enlisting your kids help while prepping:
No, you can’t expect a baby to carry supplies to your bug-out vehicle. However, if you have school-aged children, they can definitely help out when the S hits the F. In that moment, time is of the essence and you’ll want to get everything ready as quickly as possible.
Don’t forget to incorporate your children into your escape plan. You cannot assume they will know exactly what to do instead you must practice your plan with them.
Items You Should Never Forget but May Overlook
It’s easy to remember the necessities like food and water. But when you’re putting together a survival kit, you need to be prepared for anything. Here are some obscure must-have items that you should have on your list of goods.
- Shovel- It can be used to dig trenches or pits for human waste. After all, you’ll have to do your business somewhere.
- Space Blanket- Sleeping bags are probably on your list, but unless you want to lay them flat on the ground or the hard floor of your tent, you should remember a space blanket. It can also serve as an added layer of warmth in cold weather.
- Cold Weather Gear- You’ll want to pack enough gear for your entire family, including your children. Cold weather can do a lot more than make you shiver, it can make you sick. When you keep moving constantly, a sick party member is never good.
- Baby Carrier or Backpack- This may seem a bit silly, but if you have an infant in the group a child harness will keep your hands free. This may be very important especially if you need to defend yourself. Plus, there’s less of a chance you’ll leave the little one behind if they’re always strapped to you directly.
- Entertainment- This can be anything your family enjoys from board games to coloring books. There’s going to be a lot of downtime, and when children get bored, bad things can happen.
- Toiletries- There are a lot of items to remember when it comes to the term ‘toiletries.’ If you have an infant you’ll want to remember diapers, wipes and rash ointment. Don’t forget to pack tools to help you dispose of all those waste items! You don’t want someone following your trail of dirty diapers.
- Rain Gear- You’ll want ponchos and water safe footwear for your family as well as tarp and plastic to cover your supplies. There’s nothing worse than having to wipe your bare bum with a wet clump of toilet paper.
- Survival Guide- Unless you’re an expert on all things outdoors, you’ll want some kind of survival guide that offers instructions for various situations. Even a Boy Scout handbook would be useful in a pinch. It may be the difference between life and death if you need to come up with a solution quickly. Who knows, your child may end up needing an emergency detox after eating some poisonous berries.
- Proper Lighting- You can’t just hand your children burning torches. You’ll want to find sources that are not only safe for them, but will provide ample light in dark areas. Glowsticks are necessary, especially when you need light in a wet environment. Of course, there are also LED flashlights powered by solar energy or hand cranks.
- Bow (fiberglass or wood)- I’m sure you’ll pack arrows to go along with it, but when you run out you can just make some more. Bows are great for defense and hunting, and if you do have firearms they can help you conserve ammo where necessary. You can also teach younger children how to handle a bow for their own safety.
During your preparation, your family is your biggest concern. Taking the extra step to ensure you are ready to handle the children will pay off in the long run. It’s very important for you to be aware that you will have small kids with you if the time comes. Follow these tips and tricks to ensure its an easier process.
Kids are unpredictable, do your best to predict them.