It’s graduation time from most schools and there will be a whole lot of young people leaving their homes for the first time on their own–off into the big world. Rather than a bouquet of roses, why not give a gift that will help them be more prepared in this new adventure in their life? Here are some ideas for preparedness graduation gifts to get you started.
2. A personal emergency kit. Otherwise known as a survival kit or bug out bag, these kits have all the essentials for survival included in them. Again, you can purchase a pre-assembled kit or custom build your own. An option that might cost you a bit less would be to put together a basic kit and include a copy of Creek Stewart’s new book “Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag” so the new adult can customize their own kit. If you’re feeling a little less wealthy, any of the components of a survival kit also make great gifts on their own. See the next few items . . .
3. A good knife or multitool. Gerber and Leatherman both make great quality multi function knife tools that can be useful in a variety of situations.
4. Fire starting supplies. Lighters, waterproof matches, pre-made tinder, etc.
5. Stove. Some type of nice, portable, camping stove. If it burns a particular type of fuel, include a bottle of the fuel so your new grad can make use of their stove right away.
7. Tools. Regular old hand tools like a socket set, wrenches, screwdrivers or hammer. It would be great for them to have the tools to do a few of their own repairs at their new place.
8. Food. Emergency foods that even a college kid can cook. Maybe some freeze dried meals or canned goods that will get them a start on their own food storage.
9. Self Defense products. Something as small as pepper spray clear up to a personal firearm. You could even gift them some lessons in shooting or other self defense skills. If they’re heading off to college, check the campus regulations–some allow students 21 and over to carry concealed weapons on campus with a valid state permit, others will not let you even have a firearm in your dorm room on campus, but you could keep one if you are living in an off campus apartment.
10. And last, but not least, Knowledge. Hopefully if it is your own child leaving home, you have worked on this gift over the course of their lives. A graduate in another family might enjoy a good instructional book or two on survival, food storage, canning, gardening, or something similar. A couple of my favorites for beginners are the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving, Survival Mom, and the Food Storage Made Easy binder.
So as you get those graduation announcements this spring, or are sending one of your own out of your home, consider giving the gift of preparedness to help them on their way. They’ll thank you for it.