While the notion that a child’s needs will differ from an adult’s in an emergency situation may seem intuitive, the lack of child-centric products and parental guidance available was one of the main reasons we set out to create LadyBugOut. As we’ve discussed previously, LadyBugOut bags were designed specifically with children in mind; that means the design is different, the way we engage with the bags is different, and the way it’s curated is also different. And one of the key ways that it’s stocked differently is in the nutrition pocket. Read up on the hydration and nutrition considerations we had in stocking the LadyBugOut nutrition pocket in this post by our nutritionist.
You may still be wondering what makes our bag so different from other emergency bags on the market. I'll start with the most obvious: The bag itself is unique in that it lies flat, with four clear sections that make it possible to immediately recognize the items inside. Each section is stocked with kid-centric products that are bright, colorful, safe, and easy to use.
Creating this bag was a labor of love in the truest sense of the word. My daughter was three at the time, and I was learning firsthand and in real time that observing an interactive, inquisitive child can show you a lot about the design process.
Over the course of 20 years as a military reservist, I have led classes for hundreds of government, civilian and military disaster-planning experts. And whether the topic of discussion is big-picture strategy or more tactical elements such sheltering and evacuations, one of the major focuses of disaster planning is caring for our most vulnerable populations—namely, the elderly and children.