How to Stock Comfort For Your Child’s Emergency Bag
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.
When it comes to stocking the comfort section of the bag, the first thing to consider is your child’s developmental age. Emergency situations are stressful, and your child’s levels of stress can be lowered not only with comfort items, but with play items as well. Consider the activities your child currently finds comforting and fun. What do they hold on to or need when they are scared? What occupies their time when they’re having fun? Do they like to build or play with toys? Do they prefer to play games or draw? Add these “fun” items accordingly.
In addition to toys, games, and activities, the comfort pocket should also include photos and letters as part of your child’s LadyBugOut Get Started workbook, as well as any other items that remind them of home or of you. Keep in mind that these items may look very different for each child; therefore, getting his or her input in packing the comfort pocket is incredibly important. Allowing your child to participate in the process provides an important opportunity for them to feel involved. Additionally, it addresses children’s psychological needs for efficacy, an important building block you can draw upon in the event there is a disaster.
Here are some ideas of things to include in your child’s bug out bag:
- A letter to your child reminding them of your family’s natural disaster plan, completed in their workbook
- Family photos
- Markers, pens, paper (keep in mind that crayons melt so pens or colored pencils are better if you’ll be storing their bag somewhere hot)
- Search-and-find workbooks
- Stress balls, playdough, slime
- Card deck or other travel-sized games
- Cultural/family artifacts
While parents remain a key provider of psychological safety, in the event of a separation or particularly challenging circumstances, having tangible objects of comfort, reminders of home, and activities to keep children occupied can make a significant difference in how well your child is able to cope during an emergency situation.