A list of good things to have in a Children’s Bug Out Bag. We consider this bag to be for kids ages 2 through 12 (or potty-trained through age 12). You should have enough food, water, clothing, and supplies for at least 72 hours.
BUG OUT BAGS FOR CHILDREN
(Ages 2 through 12, or potty-trained through 12)
Kids over 12 should carry a normal Basic Adult Bug Out Bag.
During a SHTF situation it will be important for your kids to feel as safe and secure as possible. Having their own child sized Bug Out Bag filled with familiar items and comfort foods can be a real life saver during an emergency. You shouldn’t expect young children to know how to start a fire or how to filter/purify water, or how to build a shelter, or find food by snaring/trapping. This is up to the adult in the group to provide for the basic needs of the child while their BOB provides mental and emotional comfort in a scary situation. A child that is comforted by their BOB is a child that is less likely to cause you problems, wander off, or get into trouble.
What Items should go into a kids bug out bag:
Basic Survival Items: Make sure they are light weight and age appropriate, heavier items and gear should be in the adult’s bags.
- Flash light (preferably a solar or shake-light kind that do not require batteries)
- Emergency whistle (clipped to the outside of pack so they can easily find it if they become separated from you)
- Laminated emergency contact list with name, home address, and telephone numbers.
- Pre-paid cell phone (for kids who are old enough to use them)
- Extra socks, pair of gloves and knit hat or bandana (depending on your climate)
- Dust mask or gas mask
- Small pocket knife for the older kids
- Band aids & wipes
- Small bottle of hand sanitizer
- Water packets
- Food ration bars
- Canteen & cup
- Emergency sleeping bag
- Change of clothes
Comfort Items (pick a few, you don’t have to have every item listed here)
- Stuffed animals
- A couple small light weight toys
- Pack of playing cards or travel size games
- Baseball or small Nerf football
- An IPod or small device to play games and listen to music
- Hard candy
- Bubble gum
- Trail mix
- Drink mix packets (like KoolAid or Gatorade)
- Family photo & contact info
Remember a kid’s bug out bag is not meant to be an adult BOB. Its main purpose is to comfort your child during a stressful situation and give them a feeling of control. With younger children comfort items are a top priority and will help to ensure their overall mental health.
Make sure you customize the bag for your child’s age, personality and overall fitness level.
Also, kids need to know what to do if they’re separated from their parents. Work out a plan and a place. Be sure they know your cell phone number and give them some quarters to go with them whenever they’re separated from you. Also, teach them to make a collect call at a pay phone. Many kids these days don’t know how to operate a pay phone!