when I have kids, mine are rear facing for as long as possible! extended rear facing-- car seats have always been a big deal to me, but ERF is something, I personally, am a big proponant of. It's silly how many ppl flip around at
Experts would tell you to get rope, but we find paracord better for survival. It is lighter than rope and can hold up to 550 lbs. Not to mention to can get bracelets made out of it to wear instead of searching a backpack for it.