Comfort & Reference Items
The most important determinant for survival in stressful environments is a persons mental state. A Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) can overcome the harshest of obstacles. Most survivalist teachers consider it more important than even water and food, and when you deeply examine the impact it has on your survival chances you quickly understand why.
This is an especially critical consideration if you have to keep children entertained and distracted during an extended period away from their homes. Think about being trapped in a shelter for a week. You need to be able to take your mind off of the uncomfortable reality of being displaced from your normal routine. Be ready for the long haul.
Games, movies, toys, or study can help in immeasurable ways. Comfort foods will give you a sense of well being. Inspiration from God or Spirituality will help you look past yourself, to see beyond your predicament. And don't forget being able to communicate with your loved ones who may be in a different town, state or even country! Getting your Amateur Radio License and some Bug Out Communications equipment is a great idea.
You may not be 100% prepared with the skills you need for a radically changed environment. Having Reference items to guide you is an immeasurable resource. You can keep vast amounts of information in a Kindle or iPhone - and even though they are prone to failure you can't carry a load of books with you during an evacuation. Consider some of the books from our Further Reading list to get started, and consider having both print and electronic copies of some of them.
We consider these things critical to an emergency evacuation kit, and we hope you don't gloss over these suggestions in favor of knives and flintsteel.
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Sony Pocket AM/FM Radio
Not knowing whats going on in the world around you would be extremely stressful, so a good, reliable cheap radio would be priceless during an emergency. This little guy is a work-horse and gets high praise from its users on Amazon.
Maxpedition Waterproof Cards
The undisputed King of Time Killers, ye olde 52 playing cards. Look up the rules of as many games as you can: buy an book or app which shows you some games. Remember, sometimes you need 2 decks. Worst case, you can always make a house out of them.
Werewolves of Millers Hollow
Portable game for 8 - 18 players. Lots of fun - its a different game every time. Can be played anywhere, no board or props needed. One person acts as narrator and the rest are divided into Werewolves and Villagers, the rest is up to you!
The Total Brain Workout: 450 Puzzles
Planning for extended periods of boredom and waiting should be at the top of your list of things to avoid. A book of puzzles like this one can keep you focused and alert while counting the hours until you can return home.
Holy Bible: KJV Pocket Edition
This might be the one book you might actually want to carry a physical copy of. This is the full bible, 6.8 x 4.6 x 1.1 inches. There are smaller, but the text is impossible to read without a magnifying glass or electron microscope.
JBL Clip 2 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
We love this thing! Its really loud and sounds great. Waterproof! Clips right on to our belt or backpacks. Built-in microphone too so we can make and take calls on it. Rechargeable battery lasts for about 8 hours of continuous play.
Reference: Carry A Library
With the state of technology today, you can carry the equivalent of several thousands of encyclopedias in your pocket. Collect, organize, and store a reference library on every subject you can think of and put it on your iPhone, iPad, Tablet, and Kindle. Build a bug out Kindle! A few hours searching online for .pdfs will give you a treasure trove of information that you can carry with you at all times. Search for: military survival guides, field first-aid, shelter-building, using a compass, farming, trapping, foreign language dictionaries, local and not-so-local street maps, homesteading, self-defense, basic electrical systems, carpentry, and whatever else you can think of!
If you go this route, you may want a way to recharge your electronics. We've assembled a good list of options for you here.
Price: $39 & up
Here is an amazing option for carrying a HUGE amount of information. Super light-weight with a battery that lasts for over a month! You can load .pdfs onto it, as well as ebooks. You can also get one that has a built-in light, great for night reading.
Apple iPad Mini 3 - 64 GB
Play games, watch movies, and read books, and about a zillion other things can be done with an iPad. The smaller iPad is the one we would go with for a Bug Out Bag. We've tried both and think the screen on this is good enough for two people to watch the screen easily. Also Angry Birds!
Lifeproof nuud Case for iPad mini
We think the iPad mini is the best tablet out there right now - so if you chose to make this your main "entertainment center" keep it protected with one of these waterproof cases from Lifeproof. There is also a cover that goes with it.
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