I guess I was wondering more how the parents' BOBs would look different in these situations. Not so much about babywearing vs. stroller. I can definitely see situations where a stroller would be handy as it would give more space to carry stuff, but in most real emergencies it would be far more secure to have baby/toddler on you. That also facilitates breastfeeding on the go, as well as comfort for the child. With the child in the carrier you can tackle any sort of terrain. I wouldn't want to be slogging down a gravel road (which is what we'd be on near our city if we flee) with a stroller, even an all-terrain one, for any period of time, and I certainly wouldn't want to rely on that without a carrier for backup. We also live in a climate where there is snow on the ground about eight months of the year, and as I learned when my daughter was a baby in my neighbourhood where some of the sidewalks didn't get cleared, I couldn't go a lot of places using a stroller, even on sidewalks. So in that situation a stroller or wagon would be useless.
At any rate, was curious about the setup of the BOBs when small children are involved.
I posted to another board and my friend had these ideas...
"I still haven't had money or resources to do it... but yes. I plan on having BOB's for my kids. While yes, I would do the back country camping with little kids, (mine are older now) I think its more for things like evacuations. Where you get placed in a big school gym or stadium. I don't think you should/could/would want to rely on what "they" would give out to you. My kids would want familiar things/food/games/clothes.
So, I am going on the theory that they don't need duplicates of some things I carry. I will also go light, and double up on what I can. I won't carry one time use things... so instead of water, I will have a backpacking water filter, but the kids will have a small bottle of water tablets... Things like that. Extra shoes? Nope. 1 pair of hiking shoes on feet? Yes. Big battery flashlights? No. Little LED windups, or tiny bug lights? Yes. Big tent? No. Bivy bags? Yes.
They will each have their own bag. With my own 1 set of clothes/hats/outer layer, I will have the main gear... , bivy bag, double sleeping bag, backpacking stove/fuel, main foods, water filter, first aid... B, as she is big/old enough, will have the same as me. The little ones will have different bags. They will have important docs, a fav toy, hats/mitts/socks/extra sweater/long underwear, small snacks, water tabs, backpacking dish set, mini first aid kit, mini emerg kit.
We rely on my bag and B's bag for the gear. We each take a small kid in a bivy with us to sleep. I choose bivy's because they are small, stealth, waterproof, and warm even in winter. Double sleeping bags so we can share and carry less... You get the idea?"
Another friend of mine said she's keeping their second (single) bike trailer so they could potentially put the BOBs in the small trailer and the two kids in the other, and she and her husband would ride the bikes. As a back-up plan to car or walking.