What Should I Put In My Child's Bug Out Bag?

Quick Tips For Planning an Effective Family Bug Out

M.D. Creekmore Bugging Out 3 Comments

What Should I Put In My Child's Bug Out Bag?by Anonymous
If you are a family leader, you must plan for the entire family also.
I recommend a grab bag for each person who is old enough to carry and hang onto one…and a separate medical pack for the entire group (here is a great kit on Amazon.com). Besides a separate well-stocked medical kit, each pack should have a small first aid kit (this kit at Amazon.com is perfect for individual bug out kits).
Each person, even children who are old enough to carry a small book bag type pack, should carry a pack of some sort. Each pack should have some food, extra underwear and clothing and rain protection, and toilet paper and soap and a washcloth.
MD Creekmore has gear article on bug out bag contents here – The First 23 Things I Put In My Survival “Go Bag” and you can see his bug out bag video below for his most recent bug out bag recommendations. 

Bug Out Bag Checklist | Survival Prepper Gear Recommendations

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Each person should have at minimum a bar of soap, dry or dehydrated energy food, etc. Remember to take salt along also. A bottle of saccharine tablets (available at Amazon.com) and some kool-aid packets and instant coffee will make life a lot more pleasant for everyone, especially children in a harsh environment. Remember, keeping spirits up is essential, especially for the young.
Each adult pack should have two rolls of toilet paper. Pull half-used rolls out of your bathroom and squeeze them flat so they don’t take up much space.
Sheets of toilet paper can also be used for marking trails if you want someone to follow you, or for marking the blood trail of a wounded animal or person…just leave a sheet at the last drop of blood, and cast forward until you find another drop, and so on until you find the wounded animal or person.
A wounded animal or person will seek shelter and a place to rest and hide.
Mouth-blown game calls can be used as signaling devices. Where crows are, you can outfit your crew with crow calls, and set up natural-sounding signals. A crow will caw three times in a row if danger is near, and this is a good way to warn your team if you spot danger…or a crow might warn you also.
All packs should have some tough plastic ground cover sheets in them. Remember, you must separate yourself from the cold ground with some kind of insulation in the winter. Pine boughs covered with plastic will do, or else, the cold earth will absorb your body heat and cause hypothermia. In summer, the plastic keeps chiggers and ticks and other creepy crawlers away from your skin.
Meaning no disrespect for women, but mature females need extra consideration for the cleaning of their vaginal area in a wilderness environment since their urethra is shorter than males making them much more susceptible to bladder infections. A bladder infection can literally drain the energy from a person.
Just ask anyone who has ever had one. So, soap and two washcloths and tampons for female menstrual periods should be in their packs. These essential considerations make all of the difference in the world in a harsh environment, and these extras keep spirits up.
Also, sulfa drugs to treat female bladder infections should be packed in the medical grab bag…and condoms should be packed for all females who are sexually active, if the wilderness stay might be an extended one.
For weapons, except for young children, I recommend the above-suggested choices of a .22 and one or more team members with a …….308 or .223 semi-auto or other weapons.
For other members, especially female family members I suggest a very small palm-sized .22Lr revolver or other small reliable derringer or small pocket pistol which can be hid in a pack or shoe or pocket of each adult, especially each woman and girl who might be susceptible to rape from roving males who might try to overpower them when other team members are away from camp and they are venerable.

The goal is to have a weapon of last resort handy if the person is overcome by someone who gets the drop on them and then wants to do them extreme harm. Just some ideas from my tour in Vietnam and from my years of deer stalking.

If you have other ideas and or advice, please add in the comments section below…

Comments 3

  1. Great summary and loads of ‘jumping off” places for ideas. Your site
    is a great resource for me in prepping planning. All the best for your
    work for 2020.

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  2. Just a point here, as based on how the article was written I have an issue with some of the advice. It’s not my concern nor would I make it my personal responsibility to pack condoms for the sexually active women and any man she lays with. If any woman feels she needs to be prepared to have regular sex during an emergency or a bug out situation that would be up to her to provide her own tampons, condoms and any other necessary and particularly frivolous items she may want in her pack. The same goes for any man who has certain desires or interests.

    From the perspective of a group member and even more so from a team/family leader each person needs to be responsible for making sure that their individual pack provides for their needs. I’m not the camp’s activity director. If they want to drink, gamble or fornicate that’s up to them. If they want to bring MP3 players or paint and sculpting clay, they can drag it along. Their vices or personal quirks are not going to be my concern or be my burden (Physically or financially) before, during or after an emergency.

    I understand everyone has certain experiences and points of view, but many things can happen thus I think most of will agree that building a comprehensive health, hygiene and first aid kit is prudent with each person packing some of the more personal items such as toothbrushes, tampons, nail clippers, etc., and personal supplies of lip balm, Vaseline, mouthwash and such as sharing some items is not hygienic and can spread germs directly from person to person.

    And the women should be armed just like the men. Hideout weapons are a good idea as is self defense training and some physical fitness, but I think it serves a group better if everyone is armed with a rifle, carbine or shotgun and not walking around with a concealed derringer to rely on if attacked by others who may be carrying hunting rifles, AR-15’s, AK-47’s, Ruger 10/22’s, shotguns and so on. If you need all hands on deck and you only have mostly women and children then you’re all male force will be all you have with whatever firearms they could get or bring along.

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