Surviving is about staying alive in extreme conditions and keeping those around you safe as well, but sometimes part of surviving is just having the strength and willpower to not give up when things get hard. This can take a lot of courage, and sometimes it may even take a little help from home comforts. Not many people think to pack the things that make them feel warm and safe in their bug out bag of goodies, but it can make a big difference to morale and survival in the long run.
Even if you’ve remembered the basic hygiene necessities in your supply kit, having some items like bars of soap and even toothpaste can sometimes be overlooked when you’ve got so many other things to prepare and look out for.
You may remember to bring healing herbal teas along, and have a large supply of water for the road, but sometimes it’s the small things like a comforting cup of hot cocoa or your morning coffee that makes things feel familiar and keep you from getting overwhelmed when times get rough. This might sound silly when there’s an emergency under way, and of course it should be the last thing you think to grab if you’ve got to evacuate for any reason, but if you’re trapped inside a well-stocked shelter, there’s no reason why you can’t have a few treats to keep spirits up and motivate the troops as well. And don’t forget your kids.
You may not have room to pack every comfort item your child owns, but one special toy, blanket, or story book can go a long way to keep them happy and remind them of home if you’ve got to evacuate, or you wind up stuck in a fallout shelter, or even trapped in your home. A comfort item list can be as different as the people its meant for. One of mine would probably be a Reese’s peanut butter cup.