Bob/Inch bags part 2 moms and kids
Ive not looked at every blog online, but Ive looked at a bunch and here’s where they all fall apart. Most blogs are written by men for other men. That’s all good but it doesn’t help Mom with the kids.
The popular scenario isn’t real. Mom doesn’t stay at home with the kids, and wait for Dad to walk home with his bag of gear he bought based on somebodies blog online. But that’s ok too because Dad is 60lbs overweight and his bag is in the trunk of the car where he probably cant lift it out to walk home.
Mom has a job and the kids are at day care or school, and mom has to round them up and do the best she can like always.
Or maybe Mom and Dad are divorced and Dad may never show at all. So Mom, its time to face it alone just like every other day.
So for this post Im going to run with your house is your shelter, your preps are there and you are ready, you just need to get the kids home to bed where they feel safe and not so freaked out.
A personal story if I can divert for a minute because it applies. Many years ago my then wife and mother of my children and I and my 3 year old son were driving home. The Alternator in my truck decided it was time to stop working. And the truck pretty much died a mile from the house. This was 15 years ago and my son recently told me that was one of his formative memories, he saw that Dad knew what to do, had a plan and got him and his Mom home. We walked. For a 3 year old a mile might as well be a trip to the moon on a dirt road in the dark, and for me it was no big deal but for him it was. Things like this you don’t think are a big deal, kids remember forever and it forms their opinion of who YOU are for the rest of their lives, so you need to have it together for them.
So lets go with our first layer of get home gear. If you have the kids, which is likely, they aren’t going to be able to walk that far. So you need a way to carry the kids, and there is usually a baby bag going with at least 1 of them so your load increases.
You need a Jogging Stroller.
I stopped at 2 second hand stores and looked. There are more of these things out there than used cars. Kids outgrow them, they get to where they walk on their own or ride the skateboard or bike, and that solves your immediate needs but as long as they are younger, its all on you.
Most of them have a little tag on it showing max weight, average was 100 lbs maximum load. I used to be able to carry 100 lbs over rough ground, but it sure wasn’t yesterday. Men throw a pack on their backs and rough it, women tend to be smarter and load up the stroller with her BOB and kids and off they go.
First find one with solid rubber tires. Big ones. The larger tires roll easier and can be used on rough surfaces. Yes, they ride a bit rougher. Would you rather its a bit rough or fix a flat on the side of the road?
If you cant find the solid tires get the inflatable and treat them with this.
Get the gallon because you will need it for bicycles later and you may as well face fixing the flats now. This stuff works great on everything that holds air kids ride through the bushes. If you have a tubeless tire follow the instructions, if you have a tubed tire add it to the tube, inflate immediately then spin it so the slime gets spread around evenly. I switched to this for the kids bikes after fixing 3 flats on 1 sunday afternoon. After Slime, no more flats:) I was a happy Dad.
You will need a valve stem tool to put this in, just unscrew the valve core, that’s the little pin inside where you put air in and add the slime. Don’t throw the pin away, just put it back in and carry spares. It takes longer to explain than it does to do it, so get after it.
Buy the tool here, keep it, because again, you will need it to fix flats later on their bikes. This kit has 4 valve stems in it, much cheaper than buying 4 stems separately.
Not to mention your tool kit is much smaller and lighter if you arent carrying gear to fix a flat. Smarter not harder. Your wheels are held on usually by cotter pins so in your tool kit you need spare pins and a multitool to install them. If its a nut, you need a small wrench which fits to put a new nut on, and carry spares so you aren’t walking back looking for it. Quick fix and you are rolling again before they wake up.
DO NOT GET ONE WITH SMALL PLASTIC WHEELS These are fine in the grocery store or the mall but this is how you are getting home and you need the larger wheels. Every Mom has pushed a stroller and they all act the same with the small wheels. Every small stone, curb or bump slows or stops you. Makes 1-30 miles a nightmare. I know, Ive been there with a stroller, get the big wheels
Second is having an area for cargo. The kids ride in their seats, you need a place for a backpack ideally or a duffel holding your gear. Most I looked at have what looks like a trunk, its big enough for a case of water on the 2 child model and you can pack a duffel which fits with snacks, shoes for you and adjust clothing in there for the kids as they grow and seasons change.
A piece of light cloth for shade and sunscreen for you and the kids are absolutes in Arizona, your area will be different . A poncho over it all will hold heat and keep rain/snow off the kids. Seasons and weather just like a mans kit.
Having it fold and store in the average mini van or suv is a plus, if you have a small car there is usually a way, a roof rack or trunk rack for a bicycle is the way to go. Again look at the second hand stores, they are full of bike racks
With the stroller bag and your own back pack you made you can travel fast and keep control of the kids. The same gear applies to Women as Men, but with this kind of setup you can carry far more over distance than the average man.