With all of the natural disasters occurring world wide more families are taking the advice to pack an emergency pack even more seriously. This means packing all the essentials needed for each particular family member. One thing you may not realize is that teenagers often need different supplies than adults, and younger children. Remember that there are some things you would include in an adults bag that the teens in your home don’t necessarily need. That’s why having a checklist for your teenagers survival pack is very important. This means that you will have everything that they need, including personal hygiene items that young girls may need. Below is a simple checklist that includes some of the most important items you need, and how to pack them. Have your teen assist you with packing so that they will know exactly what is in their emergency pack and how to use each item.
1. A backpack for emergencies only
Having all of the emergency items in a backpack for your teen is the easiest way to transport the necessary items. Have them pick a backpack that is waterproof and comfortable for them to wear. If you have to evacuate your home, you may have to walk with the pack and you want to make sure your teen is capable of doing this. Once you have picked out a pack find a place to store it. The location should be a spot that is easily accessible to your child.
2. Three days of food
Teens can sometimes be picky about the food they eat, however in an emergency situation it’s important that they eat food that will keep their strength up and will fill them up at the same time. So you will want to choose items like granola bars, and oatmeal. You can also go with pre-packaged dehydrated meals. Try to choose foods your teens are comfortable with so that they are not completely miserable. Remember evacuating from your home, can cause a lot of stress for your teen.
3. Flashlight and batteries
You will probably have plenty of light in your own adult emergency pack, but it helps to make teens feel more comfortable if they have their own flashlight. Also give them their own supply of batteries this way you will not have to dig through your own pack to find items they need.
4. Thermo Blanket
Don’t just pack a regular blanket for your child, in addition you will want a thermal blanket. You never know when you will have to evacuate during cold weather. If this happens, be sure to be ready. You should be able to find a thermal blanket already packaged up, so that it will easily fit into your teens backpack.
5. Hand and feet warmers
You can find these on Amazon, and they come in some pretty big boxes. You can place a few into each of your teens emergency packs. They are easy to use and will help keep hands and feet warm if you have to evacuate in cold weather.
6. Wet wipes
These come in nice small travel sizes. I would recommend packing at least three or four packs in each teens bag. You never know how many days you will be evacuated for and these can really come in handy.
7. Water packets or bottles
If you visit one of the emergency websites online you will find plenty of water packets that fit nicely into emergancy packs. Put enough in each bag to last about three days. Using the packets will help to keep the back pack light enough for your child to carry.
8. Battery operated radio
Even though the adults will probably have one, having one available for your teen can help to keep them occupied duiring an evacuation. In some cases their gadgets that they already have ill not work, so they radio will be a nice addition.
9. Few rolls of toilet paper
There is nothing more embarrising for teens than having to ask your parents for some toilet paper. They are becoming young adults so why not start to treat them that way, by giving them their own roll in their emergency pack. It may seem like a little thing but can really be a big deal to teens.
Of course you will need to pack clothing. This is something that will need to be checked monthly as teenagers often go through sudden growth spurts. When it comes to clothes you want to have a comfortable pair of pants, t-shirts, undergarments, socks, shoes, jacket, and sweater.
11. Toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo, soap
This item is pretty much self explanatory, to have in the bag. There is no reason why parents need to have this in their bag. Teens need to be responsible enough to keep track of even the little items. All of the items above are needed in order to keep germs at bay when you are evacuated from your home. Also don’t forget the other essential personal items like deodorant. Some of the items like the toothpaste and shampoo can be purchased in the small travel size and all items placed in an over-sized Ziplock bag.