Yes, it is a good idea for children to have their own bug out emergency bag. In the event of an emergency or disaster, it may be necessary to evacuate quickly, and having a prepared bug out bag for each member of the family can help ensure that everyone has the necessary supplies and equipment to stay safe and comfortable.
For very young kids, this bag might just contain snacks, water and a favorite toy or stuffed animals. But at around ages 8-10, they can carry a more comprehensive bag, but again, keeping in mind they are children and can carry less. You should never put anything critical to your family’s overall survival in your child’s go bag. For example, never put the only matches or only supply of water purification in their backpack. Children are less likely to understand the critical situation and may lose their bag or remove items, not realizing how important they are.
Also, when they hit around 8-10 years old, they should have enough supplies in their bag to survive if the unthinkable happens and they get separated.
Here are some factors to consider when putting together a bug out bag for a child:
- Age and size: Consider the age and size of the child when selecting a backpack and packing supplies. Choose a backpack that is appropriately sized for the child and comfortable to wear for extended periods of time.
- Comfort items: Include comfort items such as a favorite stuffed animal or blanket, as well as games or toys to keep the child occupied and calm in stressful situations.
- Basic needs: Make sure the bag includes enough food, water, and clothing to last for at least three days, as well as any necessary medications, diapers, or formula if applicable.
- Safety items: Include safety items such as a first aid kit, a flashlight, a whistle, and a map or compass, as well as any necessary personal protection items such as sunscreen or insect repellent.
- Training: Teach the child how to use any items in the bag, such as how to access and use a whistle or how to start a fire using a fire starter.
It is also important to regularly update and maintain the bug out bag to ensure that all items are in good condition and up-to-date. Involve the child in the process of putting together and maintaining their own bug out bag to help them feel more prepared and in control in emergency situations.
Having their own bug out bag can help children feel more secure and prepared in emergency situations, and can also teach them important skills such as emergency preparedness, self-sufficiency, and problem-solving.