Having a bug out bag for your children is just as important as having one for the adults. Kids like to feel important and to be treated with honor…giving them the responsibility to carry their own survival gear will do that nicely. Kids today are used to carrying a backpack to school…getting them to carry a kids bug out bag will be easy.
Just like the adults bug out bag, when building a kids bug out bag you need to start by choosing a good backpack. Make sure it is comfortable…if the child likes the one they take to school, you can get one just like it. Besides being comfortable also make sure it will hold all of the gear that you will put in it.
After you have chosen the bag, you then need to fill it with the items that are suggested below. This is just a guideline, use your common sense personalizing it to your child’s needs.
Kids Bug Out Bag Gear List
Food and Water:
- 6 high energy foods such as food bars or granola bars.
- Small jar of peanut butter.
- A few small cans of tuna or chicken.
- Crackers or cereal stored in small tins or another air tight container.
- 6 boxes or small bottles of water.
- A canteen or other suitable water bottle (to put purified water in).
- Some hard candy and gum.
Illumination and Communication:
- A good led flashlight. Make sure you have spare batteries.
- 3 12-hour Light Sticks.
- A Survival Whistle. These can be heard much further than the loudest scream.
- A sturdy change of clothes.
- 3 pairs of socks
- 3 changes of underwear.
- A lightweight pair of sneakers.
- An emergency space blanket, or even better a Hooded Space Blanket. The later is much sturdier and can easily be reused.
- An emergency rain poncho for children.
- Warm gloves and a beanie hat.
- A small ditty bag with the child’s toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, and 10 antibacterial moist towelettes.
- A small roll of toilet paper flattened, in a ziplock bag.
- A small pocket sized first aid kit.
- 3 disposable tie-on surgical masks. These will protect your child from air-borne bacteria and viruses.
- A deck of cards.
- A coloring book with crayons.
- A ball or similar small toy.
- Every 6 months you should rotate the food and water.
- Children grow. Make sure the clothes and the spare pair of shoes fit.
- Older children may be trusted with additional survival gear such as a multi tool, knife, and fire starting tools, just train them well and trust your gut instincts.
- Get your child to be active in the choices…especially the entertainment choices. They will be happier for it.
- Take hikes and camp with the whole family carrying the bug out bags; with the kids bug out bag being carried by the kid! As soon as everyone -kids included – carries and uses their own gear the the whole family will be stronger , happier, and much better prepared for disaster.