Survivalism can be a difficult road to travel.
It can be even more challenging when children are involved.
Here are the things you need to know to keep your kids safe during a disaster.
Even though prepping with kids can be tough, kids are sponges for knowledge and they’re resilient.
These two traits make it possible for children to survive – perhaps even thrive – in emergency situations.
Here are a few things to consider when prepping with children.
Kids get bored easily, so it’s important to keep them engaged.
The way to do that is to make prepper activities fun.
For example, camping trips are a great opportunity for family fun while also teaching kids about critical elements of survival.
They’ll learn about nature, navigation, and being outside the comforts of home and having to rely on yourself.
Another way to make survival fun for kids is to create activities like treasure hunts.
It can teach kids how to read maps and find their way through nature.
The more kids engage with these activities, the more they’ll want to do them.
It provides a good change of pace from the constant glow of blue screens they’re exposed to everywhere.
In addition to making prepper activities entertaining, you should also have games that are purely for having fun.
For example, a deck of cards or board games are essential for survival, particularly in urban environments.
Boredom can kill faster than anything else.
Next, make sure you have practice drills for kids.
Whether it be on camping trips or at home, practice runs for how to deal with an emergency are necessary.
The more kids practice, and the more your family practices as a whole, the easier it will be to keep a level head if the real thing happens.
For example, if there’s a home invasion, make sure kids know exactly where their hiding places or safe rooms are and how to call the police.
If you’re dealing with infants or babies, the challenge becomes more about having a healthy stock of supplies.
For example, infants get dehydrated easier, so it’s incredibly important to make sure there’s always a stock of water.
They will also need more layers of clothing to keep warm.
Maintaining core temperature is vital for infants.
That’s why you need to work extra hard to keep their clothes dry.
They won’t be able to tell you they’re wet, so they could get chilly very quickly if you’re not careful.
All of the other supplies that babies need, such as diapers and formula, become even more important in emergency scenarios because it won’t be a simple task to re-supply.
But the main goal of preparing with children is to get them involved by making it fun.
And if you give them responsibilities, it will give them a sense of pride and they’ll rise to the challenge.
Building that resilience in kids will prepare them if an unfortunate emergency does come.