A whole slew of new graduates, high school and college, has just launched themselves into the world of grown-ups. They’re off on job interviews, new careers, and time with friends. All without any close supervision from their parents! My own nephew graduated last week. He’ll be living on the central coast of California, a region threatened by wildfires, earthquakes, and maybe even a tsunami. Aunt Lisa is worried.
I suppose I could pitch in on a new iPad for his graduation gift, but the poor kid has The Survival Mom for an aunt! He’s getting his own well-equipped survival kit, which is actually a pretty thoughtful gift for any graduate.
I started out with the Roll and Go Survival Kit on Wheels from Survival-Goods.com. A pre-made survival kit is a good place to start, but I recommend customizing it for your own needs. My nephew’s car isn’t always reliable, so I want to make sure his kit includes a high-quality tow rope, just in case. In an emergency, he may not have money with him, so as a special treat, I’m including a wad of cash and a roll of quarters. My motto, “Cash is King!”, is more true during a crisis than at any other time. A kid stranded without the means to buy gas, a meal, or a night at a hotel could be in big trouble, fast.
Of course you can always make a survival kit from the ground up. Take into consideration which type of container will suit your graduate best. A rolling bag is a good choice, especially if it includes backpack straps. For others, a backpack might be enough, and if the grad will be doing a lot of driving, a larger bin could hold the basic supplies along with a sleeping bag, a one-person tent, and a small campstove.
In a sense, this survival kit may become a replacement parent, ready with necessities and comfort items in an emergency. You’ll feel a little better knowing your grad is equipped for survival.