Believe it or not, some of the simplest things are ignored when building survival kits for kids. Just like adults, they still need the basic necessities like food, water, clothing, shelter and other hygienic items. However, their survival kits require more of a personal touch that’ll psychologically help them through what some may consider a traumatic experience. Survival kits are great to have at home, school or while camping. To help those parents who have questions, we’ve compiled a list of items to include in your kids survival kit.
Building Your Kids Survival Kit
- Non-Perishable Food - When preparing your kids survival kit, make sure to include food that requires little to no preparation. Whether they are 5 or 10, do what you can to make their situation less stressful.
- Clean Water - Make sure to have at least 1 - 2 gallons of clean water stored in their pack at all times.
- Yummy Snackies - This could be chips, granola bars, freeze dried fruits or candy. Make sure to include snacks that they like and will bring them comfort.
- Warm Clothes - Make sure to include long sleeve shirts, jacket, gloves, warm hat, poncho, 2 pairs of socks and 3 pairs of underwear. Rotate the clothing every 6 months depending on the seasons and how fast they grow.
- First Aid Kit - A great lesson to teach your kids is how to properly use items in a first aid kit. Practicing how to clean cuts or wrap an injured area are both great places to start.
- Emergency Blanket
- Hand Warmers
- Pocket Knife - Before including a knife in your kids survival kit, teach them how to handle and properly use it.
- 7-In-1 Survival Whistle - This multi-functioning survival whistle also includes a whistle, compass, thermometer, mirror, small internal compartment, magnifier and bright LED light.
- Face Mask
- Tube Tent - In the case that you're child is separated from you, always make sure to include some type of shelter to protect them from other elements. The goal is to keep them safe, comfortable and warm.
- Sleeping Bag
- Rechargeable Flashlight
- Glow Sticks
- Money - Whether they are at school or somewhere else, keep anywhere from $15 - $20 in their backpack at all times.
- Hand Sanitizer
What sets kids survival kits apart from adults are items to psychologically keep them occupied during an emergency situation. Your number one goal is to keep them as calm and comfortable as you can. Include things that they will enjoy.
- Pencils (or pens)
- Card Game
- Photo Album
Teaching your kid how to use all of the items in their survival kit is just as important as filling it up. We recommend that you talk at least twice a year and go over every items function in an emergency (earthquake, tornado, flood, etc.). But don't stop there, use everyday opportunities to share your knowledge of preparing. Especially when you're camping. Try and include fun activities where they are required to test their new found survival skills.
What advice do you have for parents who are building survival kits for their kids?