What is a more uncomfortable feeling than relinquishing all of the items that are normally part of your EDC kit?
Here’s one: relinquishing those items and boarding a plane to fly across the country.
For many preppers, a worst-case scenario for us would be if the SHTF while we were traveling. If your journey is by car, you can be fairly well-prepared. However, if you are flying, the TSA has basically neutered our ability to care for ourselves in the event of a disaster situation, you know, “for the safety and security of the traveling public,” to use their own words. Didn’t these rulemakers see the movie Cast Away or the series Lost? If your plane crashed and you were stranded on a deserted island, how on earth are you supposed to open a coconut with what you’re allowed to bring along?
Remember, what you pack in your checked luggage may not be available in the event of a disaster. You can only count on what you have on your person, and that makes the contents of your carry-on bag particularly vital.
Since there’s little possibility of being able to sneak items onto a plane, you have to do the next best thing: you must work within the rules to create a bag that could see you through a variety of unexpected situations. Despite my strong personal feelings about the unconstitutional air travel checkpoints, if I want to get on that plane, I can’t carry my normal EDC kit, which reads a lot like the TSA’s current list of banned items.
Here are 20 items you can bring onto a plane (without getting tackled to the ground by 3 TSA goons while sirens blare ,lights flash, and the PA system announces that you are a terrorist who was planning to hijack the nearest 747.) To make the list, the items must be able to pass through a security checkpoint, they must be small and light, since your space and weights are limited for carry-on bags, and they must be practical in a variety of situations. (At the time of publication, this list was accurate and in compliance with the current rules, but they change frequently – always check the website to ensure that the items you brought with you will be allowed on the plane.)
Because of the stringent TSA regulations, you are very limited in what you may take with you on a plane. To stack the odds in your favor in the event of some kind of disaster, remember these practical tips:
Do you travel frequently by air? What tips do you have for flying prepared? Please share them in the comments section below.
It’s an exciting time, preparing for your child to leave the nest. Your young adult is enthusiastically anticipating the independence that is so near, but you, as a parent, are most likely running scenarios in your head of all of the mishaps that could befall your son or daughter.
As a prepper, you want your child to also be prepared for any crisis that might occur when they are out on their own. When my lovely eldest daughter graduated from high school, we put together a dorm-room preparedness kit for her college apartment. Following, you can see the list of supplies that we have assembled. Different climates will, of course, require different types of preparedness items.
If there is a long-term power outage, you want to be sure that your student stays fed and hydrated until you can get them home. Depending on the situation, they may have to shelter in place for a time. Base the length of your supply on the distance from home.
Be sure to check the rules of the dormitory and weigh the pros and cons of your solutions for this matter. This will depend upon your student and his or her level of competence and responsibility, and only you can make the correct assessment of the situation. The following recommendations will not be appropriate in all situations:
Your child should have a well-stocked first aid kit, including supplies for an illness like the flu.
During a power outage, particularly in a multi-story building, sanitation could become an issue. (Remember the high-rises in NYC during Hurricane Sandy?) The following supplies can help to keep your student healthy:
Be sure that your student has the following supplies on hand to deal with an emergency such as a power outage or other crisis:
It is vital to stress the importance of OPSEC (Operational Security), especially in a shared living environment. Your young adult should be very careful about letting others know that he or she possesses self-defense items or preparedness supplies. In a small space, it can be difficult to keep things hidden, but a great deal of food and water can be shoved under a bed. Self-defense items can be stashed in a backpack. Other supplies can be stored in the closet in luggage.
Of course, we all know that the most important prep is your mind. If your son or daughter understands the preparedness mindset, they will be head and shoulders above the rest in a crisis situation. Because my daughter has been raised in a household that values preparedness, she is well-aware of the things that can happen. She understands the mob mentality that can arise during a disaster and she is well-versed in being adaptable, of thinking things through, and making a plan. As well, she has learned many things that aren’t common for your average teenage girl today, like starting fires, cooking from scratch, and outdoor skills.
Some great courses for a teenager are:
As a family, you should have a plan for different types of emergencies. Will your young adult try to make their way home to you in the event of a crisis or should they shelter in place and wait for you to get to them? Are there special concerns in their particular area that should be planned for, like a nuclear power facility, an earthquake or tornado prone locale, or extreme climate conditions? By having a plan in place before disaster strikes, everyone will be on the same page and the response to the crisis will be automatic, saving valuable time and energy, as well as providing some peace of mind.
As parents, it is our job to prepare our children for life outside the nest. We have to let go so they can fly. By providing them with a solid base of knowledge, supplies, and advice we can rest assured that they will thrive as the begin their lives as independent adults.