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.