Here is a basic list of what to keep in your kids pack



A big thanks to Jack for coming out to the shop to give me a hand in the shop last night.


Hope everyone is having a fantastic start to their Wednesday!

I feel the meme, "May your coffee be stronger than your daughter's attitude" is quite fitting as my day begins!


My kids are pretty use to the terms "survival" and "prepping". They attend shows with us, they help out in the shop.  But I feel they are the exception.  Even their exposure to basic practices of self reliance, will not fully prepare them for an emergency situation.  I lived on Long Island, NY when 9/11 happened.  My oldest was in 1st grade at the time.  Shortly after that tragic day, the policies of the schools changed.  In case of an emergency, the children would be moved to a safer location until the parent or someone on the release list arrived.  This means, your child, though surrounded by peers, would be alone.  As my other children started into school, I began adding "extras" into their backpacks.  For instance, my son Jack, is severely allergic to alot of foods, I keep extra granola bars in his bag as well as an epi-pen. I keep a small stuffed animal in my daughter's bag.  Each child has an emergency card with mine and my husbands information on it and closest friends contact information.  It also has our emergency meeting place listed on it. 

My kids go bags are light weight and carry only a few items.  A water container, a non perishable snack, a small first aid kit, small fire starter kit, emergency blanket, a change of socks and unders, another emergency card in a plastic baggy and something sentimental.  Something small and light weight that can help them focus on a happy thought is a great idea for a kid like a small stuffed animal or a lego guy will work.  Their bag, without the water bottle, weighs a couple of pounds.