I think that it’s so easy to overlook the needs of children in potential crisis situations. We focus so much on what we adults need in our bug-out bags for us, but we overlook the obvious things like what our children could use in an emergency.
As an adult, you can pack just about any kind of ration to eat. After all, we know that even though it tastes terrible, it will keep us alive and kicking. If you have kids, you know that this concept won’t go over too well with them.
Sure, there are packaged, efficient rations that your kids could get familiar with after a couple of days and a lot of hunger. But, as a parent, you need to realize that it is also your job to make your kids as comfortable as possible when times get rough.
I think the easiest thing to do when packing for your child is to focus on familiar flavors that your children have already gotten used to. Dried fruit, peanuts and chocolate are great for kids. They are rich with vitamins, protein and carbohydrates that children need to stay healthy, but they are still considered comfortable to them.
Mixing these items together for trail mix is a good concept to play around with. Having a healthy combo mix of snacks is a great idea.
You can also add in protein or energy supplements that taste like chocolate for your kids, making sure that they’re safe for them.
As an avid health nut, I personally know that a lot of protein bars taste and are set up like candy bars to make them more tolerable. Using these to help fuel your children could be a great thing in a crisis. I can’t stress enough though that you make sure they are safe for them to consume first.
Other great foods to pack for kids are dried soups and noodles. Again, these are good foods for them because they are rich in vitamins and literally the stuff kids need, but they are also familiar flavors.
I loved picking out freeze-dried corn from Cup Noodles® as a kid. Food like that is not only good for your kids, but fun to eat. I know that a lot of you have stocked up on freeze-dried things because of their ability to last for years in storage. Your kids will love that kind of stuff.
A good trick to prepare them for the long haul is to familiarize them with the food now. If you think about it, the freeze-dried items in Cup Noodles® are a great introduction to stored foods. If you get them to like it now, they’ll have no problems with it on the road.
In my travels, I have also seen freeze-dried yogurt, which I loved. It tastes like astronaut ice cream, if you ever had that as a kid. It’s delicious, and it melts in your mouth. It also gives you much-needed calcium for your bones and vitamins that you wouldn’t necessarily get from other freeze-dried products. I eat this as a snack now, and I’m willing to bet that your kids would love it.
It’s also critical that you keep children’s chewable vitamins in their bags. Kids will generally have trouble swallowing the pills that we do, and the last thing that you want is to have the children sick because of a lack of nutrients.
Children’s vitamins come in gummy forms now and have been so popular that the companies who make them have decided to create a version for adults. Why not pack these types of vitamins for kids; it only makes sense.
I can’t say it enough: Your goal as a parent is to make sure that your child is as comfortable as possible in the face of a crisis. No matter how much you can prepare them for the worst, they’re still children. They still want to have fun, play and eat fun things. Knowing that, you should never pack for them like you would yourself.
Keep in mind that you want to make a bad situation better for them. So, when you pack their bug-out bag, make sure they have some comforts, rather than all utility.
Be smarter than they think you are,
Managing Editor, Absolute Rights