If you ever have to bug out or even bug in, you want to remove some of the unknown, whenever possible. That’s why it’s important to make your prep supplies familiar items for children.
Make Your Prep Supplies Familiar Items for Children
As a parent, we want our children to have some comfort in tough situations. I’ve decided to incorporate our prep supplies (camping supplies) into our daily lives as much as possible.
We have nights where we all sleep in our sleeping bags in our finished basement, and we do the same thing during severe storms and hurricanes. We even have a small dome tent that we occasionally setup for them to sleep in.
My girls love indoor camping. Even when it’s sever weather outside, its a treat for us to sleep in the basement, all snuggled up in our sleeping bags.
When the weather is nice some weekends, we will sometimes camp out in our backyard. Depending on the time I want to invest in it, we might use our full size Coleman Red Canyon tent or our Hooligan 2 tent, which still holds my family of 5.
We live on the edge of a forest, they get all the unusual sounds of nature at night, but even if we lived in a city, this would be a valuable experience for them.
Sometimes we break out the portable fire pit for campfire cooking, roasting hotdogs on sticks and toasting marshmallows for smores.
This allows them to watch me build a fire and lets me teach them how to behave safely around camp fires and familiarize them with camp eating, all without even getting in our car to go someplace.
Every winter after the first snow, we break out our Kelly Kettle. Then we head outside to gather twigs, sticks and find litter and tinder so we can boil some water in the Kelly Kettle to make cocoa. This is a tradition they have grown to really look forward to.
Actually we sometimes will have a camp food meal, even if we aren’t hanging out in the back yard. We’ll boil up some water and eat some Mountain House meals. I have them read me the amount of water we need, then talk me through instructions, guiding me on the preparation.
Just between you and me, I already know how to make the Mountain House foods, but don’t tell my kids. Shhhhhhh!
If you look over this small list of things we’re doing to familiarize our children with prepping and camping supplies, I’m sure you will be able to come up with dozens, if not hundreds of ideas too.
We’ve done our best to expose our entire family to camping and the great outdoors, even when we can’t leave the yard. This provides them some good knowledge, and if I want to go camping, they won’t be all whiny about it! It’ll be like having my own Cub Scout troop!
If the SHTF, we’re all going to be scared and it’s going to be tough, but when I pull out the preps (camping supplies), the kids are already familiar with them and it might even provide a bit of calm since they are associated with better times filled with fun. That’s why its important to make your prep supplies familiar items for children