Having survival gear packed and distributed properly is important, especially when you are packing for your family. The size of your family will affect the amount that you can pack and the way that you pack your survival bags. Here are five tips for sharing and distributing survival gear to your family.
- Make Sure Each Bag Can Survive On Its Own
While you could have three or four bags does not mean, that you will have the all the bags during the survival situation. You could have the tent in one pack, and ponchos in the other bags, but what do you do if you do not have the main pack. When you are packing the bags, make sure that each bag has everything that you need to support the group.
- Gear with Redundant Capabilities
If you have the room, when you are packing the bags, you should make sure that you have items that have similar or the same capabilities as other items. The reason is that you are never sure what you will be facing, or how long you will be without finding new supplies. While having three oil stoves will help for a time, having a wood stove means that you always have a source of heat. You also need to remember that each bag needs its own water filter, water, and food.
- The Skills of the Person
The reality is that you could be down a person, and not everyone has the same skills. Teaching the skills to use the pack is important before they are needed, but you need to work with a person’s skills that they have when starting to pack the bags. This could mean that you need gear you would not normally use, but would work if needed.
- Do Not Overload the Packs
One of the biggest problems that people have with packing survival bags is overloading the bags, with just-in-case items. Everyone can carry different amounts comfortably, so you should plan ahead. You are not going to be driving, so make sure that everyone can carry and walk comfortably with their bags.
- Know What Is In Your EDC Kits
EDC stands of Every Day Carry kit and is what you should be carrying daily. This kit will change depending on where you are going and what activities you will be doing. However, you should have some form of knife, flashlight, and way to start fire. This can be hard to provide children with an EDC kit, as knives and lighters are not allowed at school. However, a multi-tool without a knife and a walkie-talkie/cellphone are good replacements. With children, the first part of survival is to get them home with you, so having that line of communication is important.
Hopefully, these five tips have helped you figure out how to pack your family survival gear and ideas about what each person needs. Having the extra packs are good, but if one does not have everything a person needs, it will be useless to them.