I just returned from a mini vacation. My grandson recently graduated from Air Force basic training and my son and his wife were throwing him a send off celebration as a chance for family members and friends to spend time with him before he heads to his first assignment in Alaska. So, my daughter, her teenage son, and I packed up and headed down to Arkansas to visit with my oldest son and his family. My daughter's husband was unable to go with us because of his work schedule, so he stayed home to "man the fort". We were away from home for a total of 4 days. Two of those days were spent on the road driving there and back.
As I was packing and getting ready for the trip, I pondered on whether or not we should take our Bug out Bags (BOBs) with us. In the end, I decided not to bother with it and didn't even mention it to my daughter. Well, after we were on the road for about an hour, my grandson mentioned that maybe we should have brought our BOBs with us! I was a smidgen embarrassed when I had to admit that I had thought about it and maybe we should have; especially if my teenage grandson thought we should have. Thankfully, we did not run into any situation where we would have needed them, but it really did get me to thinking about my decision to leave the BOBs at home.
Even though it had crossed my mind to grab our BOBs to take with us (after all, we would have had plenty of room for them) I dismissed the thought. As I look back to that moment I can't help but wonder, what if it was the Holy Spirit prompting me to grab our BOBs? Surely if it had been He would have prompted me more than once, right? Maybe, maybe not. If it was Him, I heard it but didn't listen and didn't act upon it. Unfortunately, I, like many of us, do not hear the promptings of the Holy Spirit as easily as we should. Especially in situations where we are focused on ourselves, and I was certainly focused on myself when I was preparing for the trip to visit my son and his family. Of course, I prayed for safe travel for us all, but I truly should have been more focused on God and His plan for us during the vacation. I'm so thankful He was watching over us!
Even though I didn't act on the thought of taking our BOBs and we didn't need them, I can't help but think that we should have taken them. After all, we can't see the future and we don't know what will or will not happen. Isn't prepping all about being prepared? For any situation? Not just our at home situation? I can think of so many different scenarios and "what if's" that could have happened and I am so thankful they didn't.
This particular trip was very spur of the moment; we decided just a couple of days before leaving that we were going. I'm about to say something that I need to give you a head's up on first. The head's up is that this was the first vacation or trip (of any sort) I have taken in many, many, many years. Okay, now having said that, I have a confession to make. I don't even have a vehicle BOB. Can you believe that? I've invested so much care, time, and money into making sure my family is ready for any emergency situation, but have lapsed in making sure we have a vehicle BOB. I've known I would need to prepare one, eventually. But, since we haven't made any trips since we became preppers and weren't planning on making any trips, I figured we had time to prepare our vehicle BOB in the future. Well, the future came upon us faster than I had anticipated; as it so often does. It truly is my belief that we all should have a vehicle BOB. But, not to worry as I will be putting together our vehicle BOB as soon as possible! And, of course, I will share the reasoning for one, as well as the info needed for putting one together, with you as I put mine together (or shortly thereafter).
I have given the idea of taking our BOBs with us on vacation much thought (I have a tendency to over-analyze pretty much everything) and have learned a valuable lesson from our recent road trip/mini vacation. As a result of my thoughts (and over-analysis), on future vacations I will be taking my BOB along. I will also be putting together a vehicle BOB for any future road trips (vacations) or day trips so as to be prepared for even spur of the moment plans.
If you have any thoughts or ideas regarding taking your BOB with you on vacation or on vehicle BOBs please feel free to comment below.
Happy prepping, and God bless!
P.S. As I was typing this blog entry my daughter informed me that she also had considered taking our BOBs along with us. Talk about confirmation, lol.