Basil Duke wrote:The last couple of weeks, I've been assembling a BoB for my 16-year-old son, who lives with my ex-wife a two-hour walk from my apartment. We're in St. Louis, so earthquakes are a logical concern for me. If the New Madrid Fault cracks open, he'll be able to haul ass with at least a couple of days worth of necessities on his back - enough to keep him going until I reach him. Today, I purchased food for his backpack (meat sticks, protein bars, trail mix, a can of corned beef) and sundry personal items: miniature hand sanitizer, fingernail clippers, toilet paper, etc. (I already have dental care supplies, soap, wash cloths, eating utensils, water, etc. for him.) Last night, I stocked his first aid kit. I bought medical scissors, a tweezer, different (and copious) types of bandages, Ibuprofin, anti-diarrheal meds, cold meds, anti-biotic ointments and the like. Hope to have the BoB done in a week. Still need to get him a poncho, extra clothing, an all-purpose hat, good (leather) gloves, flashlight and multi-tool.
Although I delivered my son's BoB two weeks ago, I followed up this past weekend by giving him supplemental personal hygiene items (mini can of shaving cream, razors, hand lotion, mini container of aftershave) four MRE main meals (2 beef briskets, one sausage patty and one pork sausage in cream gravy), several loaves of MRE white bread and a bunch of individual MRE packs of strawberry jam and peanut butter). I was glad to hear the kid explain how he had added to the backpack on his own: "I was able to get my army trenchcoat in there, which is cool, because I can use it as a blanket if I have to. And I put some more knives in. And that army shirt you got me with all the pockets and reinforced sleeves." After I commended him for his initiative, he replied, in jest: "You know those people on "Preppers" who seem to WANT something bad to happen so they can try out all their stuff? I think I might be turning into one of them."