Back to School Survival Kits

Well, you can hear the collective sigh of relief from parents across the country as kids shuffle back to school. Some schools are already in full swing, others don’t start until next week.

If you have kids heading back to the halls of education, consider adding a small survival kit to their book bags. Obviously being in a school, students can’t carry anything that could be construed as a weapon, so no pocket knives. But there are some things that might prove useful should they be stuck at school for an extended period of time.

Snacks: a couple granola bars, some crackers, maybe a few pieces of hard candy.

Water: one or two bottles of water, sealed tight.

Light stick: One or two of those snap-n-shake sticks you can pick up at the dollar store.

Whistle: Each of my kids has [a survival whistle] in their bag.

Wipes and hand sanitizer: Great for quick clean ups.

First aid: Just a few adhesive bandages will hopefully suffice since each classroom probably has a larger kit.

Emergency contact info: A small wallet card with names and phone numbers of each parent and other emergency contacts. While the school has this information on file, it may not be readily accessible in a disaster.

All of these supplies (except the water bottles) can fit into a quart size zip lock bag and placed in the backpack for safe keeping. If you have the opportunity to do so, talk to the teacher and let him or her know that you’ve given your student this kit and it should be kept either in their backpack, locker, or ideally their desk.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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