Prepping with Your Family–Part 2

Here are more suggestions on how you and your family can work on prepping together. This is a great way to strengthen family bonds, too.

This first one should appeal to the athletic types. How about playing paintball? I’ll be honest. I’ve never done this myself, but from what I hear from those who have, this sport kicks your survival instincts and skills into gear. You learn how to run through the brush and do things like hide and set traps. It sounds like fun your kids would really enjoy.

Here’s one for both bookworms and nature lovers. Spend half of the day in the library and the second half at a local park. Why? Because when you go to the library, you’ll pick up books on edible and medicinal plants as well as local wildlife. Then try to identify any of these plants and animals you can find at your local park or conservation area.

Camp outside in the back yard. It’s free and it’s a fun activity for the kids. This is good practice for when you go camping at a state park or other camp site. Make a list of things you might need, since you can’t run back inside your house when you’re at a camp site.

This next idea goes along with that backyard camping or the trip to the park. Enjoy some sort of physical activity together. Go for a long walk or ride bicycles. Kick a soccer ball around or play basketball.

You get the idea. Not only are these activities good exercise, but they’re a good way to spend time and burn off some energy.

Think survival because one day we may be in a situation where there are no computers or electronic games to keep the kids occupied. Besides, we all may have to know how to ride a bike someday just to get around.

Let me know what you think of these ideas, and feel free to suggest one or two of your own. Tell me what you and your family have done.

I’ll share more tips on prepping with your family next week.


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Prepping with Your Family–Part 1

This will begin a series of weekly posts on activities you can do to get your whole family involved with prepping. They’re simple things. Try one or two each weekend when you’re together. If your family home schools, these will be great summer learning activities,too.

When you get the Sunday paper, peruse the food sale ads and add 10 items for each family member to your food stores. See what you can find from those low priced loss leader items stores use to attract customers.

Clean out the garage. I know that can be a big project, and it may not sound like much fun. But once you’ve done it, you can easily store those things you’ve set aside for preparedness and survival. That way you’ll know where they are when you most need them.

While you’re rearranging your survival supplies and gear, see if anything is missing. Is anything old or outdated? Make a shopping list of things that need to be replaced. This will teach your children how to organize and prioritize.

Make a bug out bag for everyone. Put together drawstring packs to leave under each person’s bed. You might want to include leather gloves, shoes, flashlight, some cash, a bottle of water, an energy bar, a photo copy of each person’s ID, a laminated copy of emergency numbers, and a calling card. Think of practical things, but pack for traveling light.

That’s enough to get started for now. I’ll pass along more tips on prepping with your family next week.


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Find more practical family preparedness tips in the Kindle booklet Prepping With Your Family.