Emergency Backpack

**This blog is about spirituality and wellness. Part of prevention and wellness is taking care of yourself and your family during all situations in life. Therefore, I think it’s beneficial to post some blog posts about being prepared.**

An emergency backpack is essential! There are many uses for it. For example, you can grab it if there’s a tornado, an earthquake, or some other natural disaster. Or you can keep it in your car for emergencies. Keep the pack as light as possible, so you can easily bring it anywhere. Children need to have backpacks too.

Here’s more information for children’s bags: https://www.happypreppers.com/kidsbugoutbag.html

Here are some beneficial tips:

1. Practice with your emergency backpack. Take it camping or even to a hotel. You will find out very quickly what you’re missing. Also, practice using your equipment (tent, stove, water filter, etc.).

2. Make sure each adult bag has a complete set of items. Do not put food in one bag and equipment in another bag.

3. Make sure your bag isn’t too heavy. Walk around with your bag – take it with you on a hike.

4. Get a backpack rain cover.

5. Remember to pack your medications and vitamins.

6. Place plastic wrap over the opening of liquid bottles.

7. Pack enough food for at least three days (72 hours). MRE’s are lightweight and easy to pack.

8. Make sure to pack three pairs of wool socks.

9. Switch out clothing to fit your current season. Never wear cotton clothing in cold or wet weather.

9. Remember to create a plan for pets.

10. Hide cash (small bills) in your emergency bag.

See a full emergency kit/backpack list at https://theprepared.com/bug-out-bags/guides/bug-out-bag-list/ and at https://www.google.com/amp/s/bugoutbagacademy.com/free-bug-out-bag-list/amp/

A couple of months ago, I created my emergency backpack. I keep it in my car. It’s amazing how many times that I needed to go into my bag for simple things like, one time, I forgot my water bottle, so I grabbed my canteen water bottle from my emergency bag. Or one time I needed a sweatshirt, so I got it from my bag. A few times, I took out cash from my bag (and then replaced it).

Good luck to you as you prepare your backpack. I love knowing that I have everything that I need in one bag.

Namaste, world.

What would my Dad do during this COVID-19 Pandemic?

Gina with her dad, Dennis, in 1981

My dad died on August 7, 2016. But if he were alive and well today, what would he do? If you read my blog post on February 24th, you know that my dad was a prepper (a person who believes a catastrophic disaster or emergency is likely to occur in the future and makes active preparations for it).

My dad was like a ping pong ball, one minute he was happy and calm, and the next minute, he was angry. He was an emotional man and a protector of his family. What would he do if he was here today? He would pray and prepare.

My family would pray when things got bad. Every night my mom and dad would have me and my brother’s kneel around my parents king size bed to pray. My dad would say, “All of us better pray.” I remember praying for our family and all of God’s creatures.

My dad prepared for emergencies. When I was young, I remember my dad stocked up on food, survival supplies, and collected gold and silver coins. My dad was a risk-taker, and he would not take crap from anyone. Many times, I was afraid of my dad.

Even though I was a little afraid of my dad, I knew that he loved me very much. Love is one of the highest vibrations. I can choose to let the current pandemic scare me, or I can fill my heart with love and gratitude. Negative forces will try to bring down my vibration, but I can stop that by increasing the love in my heart.

Love is our armor/armour (protection).*

*”Love” in French, Spanish, and Italian – Amour, Amor, Amore

In January 2020, I made an intention for the new year to work with my heart chakra. Now I know why I chose this intention. The heart chakra will help me transform during this time of change. Also, as a community, we need to increase the vibration of love in our hearts.

The heart chakra functions as a bridge between the drives of the lower chakras and these higher chakras. At this threshold, the energy of compassion and loving-kindness draws us upwards into the higher spiritual dimensions. – Layne Redmond

If my dad could talk to me today, he would tell me that this pandemic is temporary, God is love, and that I should pray every day for those who are suffering.

May you be well, happy, skillful, and peaceful.

Namaste, world.