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14 Things to Pack for a Survival Camp/Hike!

On a recent trip my 17 year old took her family as well as another family camping in the mountains of Mexico! ๐Ÿœ

They did it just the same way she did it when she was in Arizona, no matches, no tents, no mattresses, no toilet paper, & no flashlights ๐Ÿ”ฅ. She was determined to let her siblings know what ‘real’ camping looked like.

You might wonder exactly what someone packs if they want to go primitive. I’ll outline a week of supplies for 1 person. Next time you decide to go primitive, you’ll know exactly what to bring!

FOOD PACK

3 Cups Flour

3 Cups Rice

3 Cups Oatmeal

3 Cups Cornmeal

3 Cups of lentils

1 cup of beef buillion

100 drops of chlorine to purify the water you will be collecting OR enough water for you to drink/cook 10 cups of water a day

1 potato

1 apple

1 cup Brown Sugar

1 Cup powdered Tang

2 cups Powdered Milk

1 Cup Powdered Cheese

1 Cup of raw macaroni

1 Cup powdered Butter

1 Cup dried fruits (raisins, figs, prunes)

5 TBS baking soda

5 TBS salt

1 Cup of dried nuts & Seeds

SUPPLIES

2 Tarps. 1 to hang over for your shelter & 1 to put underneath you

1 sleeping bag warm enough for the conditions

1 sharp knife, for carving, catching and cutting

1 Pair of extra warm dry clothes & underwear

3 pairs of underwear

1 extra pair of socks that are not wool

2 Bandanas (use for wounds, to keep the sun off, and to clean things)

1 Backpack or enough paracord to wrap your sleeping bag and tarps into their own backpack

2 canteens for water

Something to make fire with (if you are very talented you can make fire with nothing but a fire set, but I prefer a lighter)

A compass, GPS or tool for direction

A way to communicate. If there is service bring your cell phone, if not bring a 2 way radio. Being alone in the wilderness is not always safe and you will need a way to communicate in case things to bad.

EMERGENCY ITEMS: Flares, bandaids, pain killers, blister & burn supplies, allergy medicine etc..

My 2nd oldest daughter spent 2 months living in the wilderness of Arizona with only these supplies. She came back strong and healthy, with lots of adventures to tell!

They had a few mishaps ๐Ÿคฃ but nobody got bit by rattlesnakes ๐Ÿ‰and they all came home safe & sound.

4 Easy Ways to Celebrate the True Meaning of Easter With your Kids!

I love to celebrate Easter! It’s by far my favorite holiday of the year. But sometimes with all the world around us advertising chocolate, candy and bunnies my kids forget why we celebrate Easter.

So every year, I do a few things that keep us focused.

1. Read the Easter story from the scriptures:

The Last Supper 

Matthew 26:17-30, Mark 14:12-25, Luke 22:7-23

Judas Betrays Jesus

John 18:1-13, Luke 22:1-6, Luke 22:47-54, Matthew 26:47-56, Mark 14:43-50

Crucifixion of Jesus

Matthew 27:1-54, Mark 15:1-40, Luke 23:1-48, John 19:1-30

Resurrection of Jesus

Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20

2. Celebrate the Passover

On the Thursday before Good Friday our family gathers together with a few other families and have a passover meal. The meal is rich with symbolism and tells the story of Moses and Elijah and our Savior in a way that the kids can remember.

Here is a movie of this years passover meal:

3. Good Friday

Every Good Friday I wake up before the kids and take garbage bags to all the windows. I cover them and pull all the curtains and blinds. When the kids wake up the house is dark. Whenever we have guests and they ask ‘why are your windows dark?’ all my kids answer, ‘because without Jesus there is no light’. This easy and simple illustration costs no money, takes very little time, yet teaches a profound lesson. We leave our windows blacked out, even throughout the day until Easter Sunday.

4. Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday is our favorite day! When Easter Sunday arrives I take off the blinds and turn back on the lights. It reminds us that with Jesus there is light!

The kids wake up to the the bright, beautiful sunshine. The table is set with our best dishes and pictures of Jesus displayed around the home. We usually have a basket or gift for each child. I like to include a book about Jesus, and a few eggs filled with treats for them to eat. I always leave one egg empty to remind them that on Easter Sunday the tomb was empty because He Has Risen!

Thats it, I’d love to hear what your favorite traditions for celebrating the true meaning of Easter are! XOXO
Becky Boo