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Survival Techniques with Children

Brian F.
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Denver, CO
Post #: 28
In this topic i am assuming a lot of things as I don't have any children but the same basic things you will need to survive they will need the same survival stuff, you will probably want to include activity type things to keep them occupied.

All of this is very age dependent (physically as well as mentally)

Staying put or leaving a location is dependent on the situation, size of group, what are the risks, and other factors when traveling with children. If it is a large group, you might be better off staying in that large group. If you find your family in a situation where you need to re-locate on foot you should stop for 15 to 30 minutes every 2 to 5 miles of walking to let everyone rest, especially when traveling with children.

Infants: Formula, Diapers, clothes, toys, medications. Breastfeeding will deplete the mothers nutrients very quickly so best to stick with formula as much as you can, sterilize water sources. You will be carrying your load plus the infants load and rotating the responsibility of carrying infant or the infants load between party members as they will be unable to walk themselves.

Toddlers to around 9 or 10 years: This age group can learn basic skills, carry 1/2 if not most of their own load and help out with things that need to be done, such as food and water gathering, helping setup camp and learning. They wont like carrying all that stuff but its gotta be done, if they can walk they can carry something in a little backpack, remember 1 gallon of water weighs 6 LBS. Bring some candy for motivation and carbs.

10 to 14 years: This age group can handle a lot more responsibilities such as trapping, hunting, food prep, sanitation, construction of campfires and shelters. Basic safety firearm and knife training (protection).

15+ This age group should be able to handle an adult load. Along with advanced training, this age group should be able to be lookouts, setup all the survival basics and able to evade or be able to move through areas without being spotted.

Please post any input you have on this, like I said I don't have any kids so we would like to hear from the parents out there.

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