Last week our family was tooling around some truly beautiful country in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. We had planned to do a bit of camping so our tent, sleeping bags, and other supplies were in the back of the truck, along with a couple of ice chests.
About halfway through our 2,745 mile journey I realized that we had all the essentials of survival with us. We had been making on-the-spot decisions about which direction to go, which campground we should stay in each night, and debating how many miles could we push the kids before they rebelled! What gave us so much freedom and empowerment was that we were completely equipped with everything we needed for survival.
- Shelter: We had a sturdy tent with an effective rain fly to protect us from the elements. We also had a couple of tarps and plenty of rope if we’d needed to set up another shelter or a wind block.
- Water: We had an ice chest filled with water bottles and could have used the melted ice for drinking. (Next time I’ll pack our SteriPEN.)
- Food: Our ice chest was kept full with fruit, veggies, meat, cheese, yogurt, and a lot of other good stuff! We also had an additional crate with foods that didn’t need to be kept cold.
- Security: Both my husband and I had packed our pistols with an extra magazine and ammo. This wasn’t a resort vacation, and we had no idea where we would be staying each night. If four-legged critters posed a danger, or two-legged ones for that matter, we wanted to be prepared.
- Warmth: Considering we were camping in August, we felt pretty certain we wouldn’t run into any blizzards. Our heavy-duty sleeping bags and air mattresses kept us up and away from the cold ground during the night. However, I also had hand and foot warmers in the 72 Hour Kit and I made sure everyone packed a jacket. We also had everything needed for starting a fire.
It’s no wonder my husband felt empowered enough one day to say, “Let’s not spend a second night here. Let’s head over into either Oregon or Wyoming!” We had everything we needed, so why not?
Is your vehicle or emergency kit packed with everything you would need? Are the Five Elements of Survival covered? In an emergency away from home, do you have a way to provide shelter? Do you keep water stored in your vehicle, along with some food that doesn’t need cooking? Have you thought about how you would protect yourself, your family and belongings? A handgun isn’t for everyone, and in some parts of the country could get you in real trouble (unfortunately), but do you at least have pepper spray or bear spray? Finally, do you have a way to stay warm if/when temperatures drop? All of these supplies can be kept in a large backpack, bin, or crate.
Start thinking about what you have and could pack in order to cover these five elements. If your home was without power for an extended period of time, are you able to continue providing water, food, security, and warmth? What if the crisis happens during the hottest part of the year? How could you and your family stay cool?
Chances are, you already have a lot of basic equipment and supplies to insure your family’s security. On my FREE Downloads page, take a look at “The Everyday Emergency Kit“, “Handy No-Cook Foods“, “Prep Your Vehicle for Emergencies“, and “Vehicle Emergency Check List“. I recommend printing them out and storing them in plastic page protectors in your Survival Mom Binder.
Get prepared and then take the rest of the day off!