But of course, a bag is still just a bag. And while the unique design and carefully selected contents are an important distinction, they do not address all the unique needs of our children in the event of an emergency, or the broader mission of LadyBugOut for that matter.
But here’s the thing about the comfort section of the LBO bag: It’s pretty much empty. It differs from the other sections of the bag— and from a typical adult bug out bag— in that it is intended to be highly customized by you and your child in order to meet their unique needs, interests, and skills.
I watched as the parents made sure the kids’ lifejackets were secure. I watched as they dispensed careful advice about how to jump, how to land, and how to hold their lifejackets down so they wouldn’t get knocked in the face upon impact. But the thing that really struck me in that moment was that the parents could do nothing once their child’s feet left the cliff. It was all up to the child at that point. He or she would have to jump out far enough, stay upright, land feet-down, and hold on to his or her jacket. The parent, at that point, was rendered helpless.
The bandana (aka military cravat) is easily the most versatile item in the First Aid section of the LadyBugOut bag. Check out this short video with Dr. Maria LaPlant Hart, for more on the many ways you can use your bandana.
But what about psychological safety? Psychological safety addresses your child feeling safe, regardless of the presence or absence of a real threat. It is comfort, trust, well-being, and stability.
My enthusiasm for bug-out bags runs deep. Long before I started to build LadyBugOut and even before I became a mother, I was deeply invested in being as prepared as possible for an emergency event. I put together bags for my husband and I in case we ever needed to “bug out” of Los Angeles and we kept them stashed in our cars. The bags contained essential supplies to keep us safe, secure, nourished, and powered up: a head lamp, a military-grade first-aid kit, water packets, water purification tablets, high-caloric food rations (3,600 calories each!), jackets, sneakers, a map, a fuel syphon, a solar charger, etc. Utilitarian and functional? Yes. Organized? Not so much.
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