Well saw the title in the Canadian Preppers site, thought about it and well here is my response and thoughts;
by WildernessReturn » Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:10 am
Why not make them a Mountain Man Survival kit!
make them a special EDC or small bug out pack;
** firestarters x3 or x5 different ways to start fires
esbit stove stand
cat can stove
Military Water Bottle with Canteen cup
Tea/Soup/coffee – decaf for kids and dogs!
SAS survival manual
Telescope, you both learn Night time Navigation together. Telescopes can also be used as spotting scopes with the right eye piece!
Or maybe a spotting scope to view the wildlife, together. This way you can teach them Trees, plants, animals camouflage, etc etc. Good for both Boys and Girls.
Boys Camo .22lr
Girls Pink or Purple .22lrGet them to shoot now, get them interested then when and if there is a full breakdown they can help the family and contribute by getting tree and roof chickens!
skis/cross country skis, telemark skis
a Toboggan that is bigger, so it can be used by the family for fun and for winter camping trips.
Compass, as in Silva Compass that way they can use it for signalling as well and learn the Canadian Military way. I can send you Cadet training material on compass and map use to assist as well.
Then go and spend some time with them out in the bush, hiking around and sharing with them! Maybe make one for the Wife/Husband – spouse as well, family time spent being out and about, learning etc.
** water/wind proof matches
** cotton balls dry – cotton balls rolled in Petroleum Jelly
** zippo lighter in ziplock
** sting for a bow drill
My Parents Xmas Prezzies this year will be;
Emergency Vehicle supplies
– candle in pop can air heater
– TP roll in can w/ Methyl Hydrate fuel for cooking/water boiling and heating
— pre fill the container, seal tightly
supply with Duct taped fire starter/lighter and a paint can opener, small bottle with Methyl Hydrate in there.
Cost about $5 = so they do not freeze to death
Will also add in 2 emergency space blankets
few packages of soup/tea/coffee
lemon drink, to drink cold or hot
small pot, made from a can with a wire handle & lid
granola bars, chocolate bars
emergency box cutter (US peeps) Utility knife for CDNs
I am thinking and adding in this now, I might make them a Hobbo stove as well, nest the other objects in there, to save room and increase the chances that they stay in the vehicle!
Last Xmas I blew a ton of money on them with electronics and other stuff that they did not use, or discontinued right away. So this year, they get stuff to put in their vehicle. If they break down in winter and freeze to death, I did my part!
Merry Christmas in advance!