Monday, August 30, 2010

One of the first things you should do.

When an emergency hits you, who's going to wait while you pack a bag and copy a list of you or your child's allergies?  Nothing is going to help you more than an B.O.B. (better known as a Bug Out Bag).there are countless list available on line for adult or family packs, but one that most people don't address is a child's BOB. Depending on the age and size of your child, their BOB should still be as light as possible.

Here's a list of what I put in my kids bags. These are always packed and hanging on a hook in their room. (And trust me, if you ever have a house fire at 2 a.m., it's ideal to have it by their room and ready to grab!) If your children get into things like this, keep them in your room or in an easily accessible place.

  • A list of their food allergies and medical history/needs. It's not a bad idea to laminate this to keep dry and legible. There are even sites that offer personalized cards with a picture of your child like this one.
  • WATER There are a couple of options for this. They make a "juice box" style of water that is a great option for kids. Whatever container you choose, water is one of the most important items in your pack. An empty water container isn't a bad idea either. You can store the next items in the list inside of it.
  • MRE's or power bars that are allergy friendly. These are invaluable to those with allergies for a multitude of reasons. Rotate these every couple of months.
  • Gum or hard candy, if your kids can have it, it will keep them busy in an emergency. 
  • Change of clothes. This should be changed seasonally and just as light as possible (they are going to be carrying their own pack)
Extra Epipen, books,  poncho, gloves, hat, etc., you can tailor your BOB to whatever needs you have. Think about what season it is and change out the contents ever so often. This could be a literal life saver some day.

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