Mentioning the words baby BOB to the average person might conjure up images of a cartoon character, or perhaps a child’s favorite stuffed animal. Mention baby BOB to preppers—even casual ones—and they not only know what you mean, chances are they may have a suggestion or two for things to pack in a baby BOB.
Creating a bug-out bag (BOB) can save valuable time in an emergency such as a natural disaster. Having a baby BOB for the littlest members of the family is crucial, especially since they probably are unable to help you throw things together at the last-minute.
Here are a few ideas to get your baby BOB started.
Pick your bag.
First things first: find a backpack, duffel or other appropriate bag to create your baby BOB.
- The ideal bag is lightweight, easy to carry and has plenty of room for supplies.
- A waterproof bag is a bonus.
Do not let them go hungry.
If you have kids, you know they are hungry creatures. Think ahead about what kind of food they will need.
- If your child drinks formula, plan for several days of reserves. Ready-to-feed formulas are a handy option.
- Sterile nursery water, baby food and shelf-stable snacks are also important.
- Pack foods that have a longer shelf life and are packed with nutrients, not sugary, empty-calorie snacks.
- Toss in a spoon for baby food or, for an even easier alternative, pack food pouches, which are easy to eat, take up little space and eliminate the need for utensils.
- Additionally, you should have enough water for the entire family stored with your BOBs.
Keep them clean.
Second in importance only to breast milk, formula and water are diapers.
- Make sure you pack enough for several days, and remember the wipes.
- Toss in a small, travel-sized packet of diaper rash cream and change of clothes (lightweight for summer and layers for winter).
- Remember to update your BOB as the seasons and your kids’ sizes change.
Remember the vitals.
Do your children have allergies? Do they need crucial medications? Are they old enough to recite your address? Do they know your emergency contact?
- Write out a list of important details—emergency contact info, medical history, allergy information, etc.—and pack the list in a waterproof bag inside the BOB.
- In a worst-case situation, having quick access to your child’s vital information could make all the difference to an emergency worker.
- Toss in a few travel-sized over-the-counter medications (Tylenol, Benadryl, etc.), and your BOB is well on its way to being set.
Do you have a BOB bag ready for your littlest family members? What about the others? What tips would you give based on your experiences? Share in the comment section.
Lisa Metheny is a published award-winning outdoor writer, photographer, speaker and outdoor skills instructor. Lisa holds several instructor certifications and conducts a number of women-focused outdoor seminars on topics such as archery and hunting throughout the year. She regularly teaches hunters education and archery classes and has become an advocate for promoting traditional outdoor recreation to families across the United States. Lisa is also an avid and accomplished hunter with many big game species to her credit. She is a member of POMA and former Board of Directors member as well as a member of the NRA, RMEF, MDF and DU.
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