Preppers on Vacation

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Think about your absolute worst case scenario SHTF event….and then think about it happening while you are at Disneyworld.

Or in Hawaii.

Or on a road trip to the middle of nowhere.

Or bicycling through Tuscany.

As a prepper, have you considered what would happen if the poo hit the oscillating blades while you were on vacation? No matter how well prepared you are, how much food you have stored, or how armed to the teeth you are, if you aren’t where your preps are, they aren’t going to do you one lick of good.

Sometimes I think of this chilling fact and it makes me never want to leave my general vicinity. Because the fact of the matter is, in the world we live in today, anything could happen at any time. My feelings of security for myself and my family are in place due to my preparedness.

My husband shares the same sentiment as every time he travels further than an hour away, he takes his 72-hour bag. Non-preppers wouldn’t understand this behavior, but preppers would appreciate the preparedness mindset and know that emergencies happen when we least expect them to.

This being said, your prepping mindset should not mean that you cease to live and enjoy your life. Travel is an enriching experience for adults and children alike and the rewards are manifold.

You can set your mind at ease by packing a vacation prepper’s kit. Remember, “It is better to have it and not need it, then to need it and not have it.” My kit has the following:

  • Vehicle 72 Hour Kit (which always remains in the truck)
  • Local maps for destination and route
  • Sleeping bags
  • Tent or emergency shelter
  • Waterproof matches
  • Cash in small denominations
  • Hunting Knife
  • Weapons (check the laws for your destination first)
  • Basic tool kit
  • Vehicle repair items and manual
  • 5 gallons of gasoline (at least)
  • Small camp stove with fuel
  • Canned goods
  • Can Opener
  • Bottled water
  • Comfortable walking shoes for all family members
  • Extra socks
  • First aid kit
  • Warm clothing (even in the summer)
  • Documents like identification and health insurance paperwork for all family members

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Tess Pennington joined the Dallas chapter of the American Red Cross in 1999 Tess worked as an Armed Forces Emergency Services Center specialist and is well versed in emergency and disaster management and response. You can follow her regular updates on Preparedness, Homesteading, and a host of other topics at