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Monday, November 29, 2010

Bugging Out With Kids: Child Carriers

A reader asked my thoughts on worst case scenario bugging out – on foot using Bug out Bags (BoB) and having to carry small children. In the past I’ve written about BoB outfitting with children in mind and strollers and trailers for that purpose, but not baby or child carriers.
Our plans are nothing special in this regard; if we had to bug out on foot (no stroller/trailer), my wife would use a Baby Bjorn carrier (on first, goes to the front) to carry our youngest child in front, and a normal day pack (on second) with mainly food and baby items. Pack on last in-case it needs to be removed fast to run/hide.
I would have our main BoB (meant for all of us-inventory not current!). Our other child could walk some, but I’d have to carry as well. This would be slow going, perhaps 3-6 miles per day.
We’ve used the Baby Bjorn quite a bit and like its functionality and simplicity, but probably most other brands are similar. In an emergency situation you could probably modify a day pack to serve as a baby/child carrier with a few holes cut and some extra padding (but be careful not to cutoff circulation).
The reader specifically mentioned the Performance Ergo Carrier, which looks like a great buy and is able to accommodate toddlers and small children as well as infants (with an insert).
There are also backpacks for carrying children, some of which also have cargo areas. I think if we were to buy a specialized pack, it might be one of those (see REI for examples). The can get pricey (though the Kelty’s look very reasonable) and may not be for infants under six months or so.
I don’t have any specific recommendation on packs except to carry more than just the child if possible, at the very least a fanny pack with the bare minimum emergency supplies should you become separated from your significant other.
Things to consider when selecting a pack system; how much the person carrying the baby/child is able to carry, if they prefer front or back carry, and what sort of other gear (if any) they’ll need to carry.

Trade Goods for PSHTF?

Any ideas for trade goods post SHTF?

Food, ammo, etc. are easy to think of, but any others?

So far, I've thought of

1. Hand Cranked Radios and Flashlights
2. Cement (Apparently very energy intensive to manufacture)
3. Salt
4. Tarps
5. Sleeping Bags
6. Whisky/beer/Cigs/tobacco
7. Heirloom seeds
8. Hand tools
9. Condoms/tampons/toilet paper
0. Wind-up watches
1. Batteries
2. Rechargeable batteries, Solar panel recharging system
3. Water Purifiers
4. Tents
5. That Iodine that protects the thyroid from radiation...Iodoral?
6. Still materials...copper pipe, burners, etc.
7. Advil, Aspirin etc.

Much of this can be bought now, and cheaply but would be impossible to obtain PSHTF...any other ideas or inputs?

Dental Care After TSHTF

I first read about this product over at What If It Is Today. I decided to check my local Wal-Mart and sure enough they carried the same product.
dental emergenccy, survival, preparedness, dentist, DenTek Temparin Max Lost Filling & Loose Cap RepairDenTek Temparin Max Lost Filling & Loose Cap Repair
A dental problem after TSHTF would be quite a problem and for most – there just will be little to be done about it but suffer. This small kit might under – the right circumstances - provide some relief. An additional item such as Anbesol would also go well with some dental supplies.
Here is some detailed information and directions as they appear on the packaging:

DenTek Temparin Max Lost Filling & Loose Cap Repair Designed to repair with the same ingredients dentists use. This is a temporary remedy meant to replace a lost filling, cap, crown or inlay until you have a chance to visit your dentist and should only be removed by a dental professional.
  • Maximum strength complete repair
  • Instant pain relief
  • Fast drying no mix
  • Safe to eat on
  • Clinically proven
  • 10+ repairs
  • Longer applicator easily reaches back teeth
To replace a lost filling: Wash the cavity area with warm water. Scoop a small amount of temparin max from the vial, and roll into a ball between fingers. Slightly over fill the cavity with Temperin max and tamp into place with a cotton swab moistened with water. Close your teeth together, as if you were biting down on a piece of paper, and gently chew or grind on the replaced filling a couple of times to create a comfortable bite. Use a moist cotton swab to remove excess Temparin max from around the area. Moisture will accelerate the set. Temparin max will set softly in your mouth within a few minutes, but avoid chewing on the repair for 2 -3 hours to allow the material to fully set. To secure loose crowns, caps or inlays: Try the crown, cap, or inlay first to see if you can fit it accurately back onto the tooth surface. If you are not able to do so, then do not proceed further. If the crown has a post attached to it or if there is tooth surface remaining inside the crown, Temparin max may not adhere. Carefully rinse the tooth area and the inside of the crown, cap, or inlay with warm water, and do not dry. Scoop a small amount of Temparin max from the vial, roll into a ball between fingers, and place evenly inside the crown, cap, or inlay. Place the crown, cap, or inlay on the tooth and bite down, apply pressure to push into position. Temparin max will begin to harden within a few minutes, but avoid chewing on the repair for at least 2 -3 hours to allow the material to set. Use a tooth brush to gently clear away excess material from around the crown, cap, or inlay.

It is highly recommended that all dental “needs” be taken care of now – while it is still possible. I now have this DenTek Temparin Max as part of my medical supplies along with some Anbesol. I hope I do not have to use either.
Take care all -
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