Emergency Kit

Why “Prepping” Is Like A Diaper Bag

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I recently had a conversation with a friend about emergency preparedness, in which I found myself explaining.

“Prepping is like having a well stocked diaper bag.”

That’s how I think of it, anyways. Let me explain.

Every parent understands the wisdom and value in bringing a diaper bag with you when you have a baby in tow. You never leave home without it, right? Not purposely anyways.

Why do we pack a bag full of baby supplies? Simple. Because we might need something.  And because it would really make you feel like a crummy parent to have a soaked, starving, crying baby while you’re out and about all because you didn’t plan for that moment.

We pack necessities in that diaper bag. Diapers. Wipes. Clothing. Food. Drink. Medicine. Comfort items. Everything necessary for providing for our child’s most basic needs goes into that bag. Even if we’re just making a short drive up the road, we take that diaper bag. Why? Because you never know.

You never know if you’ll have a flat tire and get stranded on the side of the road for a couple of hours. You never know if your baby will get carsick and you’ll need an extra change of clothes. You never know if your child will get hurt at the playground and need first aid. Or maybe circumstances will force you to be away from home longer than expected. We plan for all of the “what ifs” because we love our children, and because it is our duty as a parent to make sure that they are taken care of no matter what.

This is why I “prep”. It’s like one massive diaper bag. I store food, water, medicine, clothing, toiletries, comfort items (such as flashlights and freeze dried ice cream)… everything I would need to take care of my children in an emergency situation. Why? Because it’s hard to argue with the wisdom in having a well stocked diaper bag. And why would I not want to be prepared for life’s what ifs even beyond the diaper bag-carrying years?

This isn’t about a doomsday zombie apocalypse. This is about real life, folks. Things happen. Life is unpredictable, and the world is changing. We’re living in very uncertain times. Now is when you stock your “diaper bag” so that if/when an emergency situation is to arise, your children will look at you and you will smile with a calming reassurance- because you are prepared.

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8 thoughts on “Why “Prepping” Is Like A Diaper Bag”

  1. You know, I find it ironic that the same people who scoff at preppers are the same people who freak out and turn the grocery store into a madhouse when inclement weather is on its way. I had a friend who was absolutely frantic trying to find gallons of water call me and ask where I got mine and I told her I’ve had them since the beginning of winter (I don’t remember), yet when I talk about making sure I’m always stocked up, she rolls her eyes. Oh well, maybe she’ll at least learn the hard way.

  2. I have started to prep emergency supplies but I don’t know what to do for food since we only eat fresh organic food.
    I also have to deal with a diabetic and several food allergies in the family. No wheat, corn,soy, or dairy. I am at a loss as to what to store, we usually shop 3 to 4 times a week for fresh produce and we buy organic pasture raised grass feed meat. All the storage food list seem to be grain based. Anyone have any idea?

    Thank you in advance,

  3. That is a GREAT analogy for why we all should prep. I love it! It is a lot like my post on my blog, “I am a Prepper. Wait, WHAT!?” I was trying to get the same point across to some of my friends that, to some extent, we all need to be ‘preppers’. Especially if you have little ones that can’t fend for themselves. Thanks! <3 ~Erika from MishMashedMe

  4. Great analogy, I stocked my sons diaper bag this morning and used everything I put in, even the 3 outfits that I thought were to many at first. A 30 min stop at grandpas ended up a road trip that took all day. I went through all his breast milk bags and had to open my back ups (formula).

    To the Author
    I am from upstate New York, met my wife in GA during my military career and am currently closing on a 5 acre home deep in southern country. Our stories are very similar. Just though that was cool.

  5. That is a good way to put it. I too never wanted to leave home without my diaper bag (I am amazed at the people who will do that with children still in diapers!) and I also like to be prepared. I was thinking about that this evening and it isn’t that I think if I have such and such amount of food and other things stocked up then I know for sure that our family will be fine because I know that a tornado or something else could come along and wipe out all that we have stocked up. Where I want to place my trust is completely in God but at the same time in the Bible He teaches us to be like Ants, to prepare for the future – not so we can say that we don’t need Him – because we do – but because He gives the brains and ability to prepare.


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