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Do you have an emergency grab and go bag for each of your kids? Let’s dig into why you need one and how to get started!
I’ve meant to “get better prepared for emergencies” for a while now. Last year I did some small things like stock more water
and made our emergency binder
. But I needed to get supplies together for our emergency go bags.
We never “think” that a natural disaster or other emergencies can happen to us- but they can.
An emergency grab and go bag is like an insurance policy you never hope to use. They’re simple bags full of supplies to last your family a specific amount of time that you have ready to go. So if you need to leave your house quickly in the event of an emergency or natural disaster, you can be assured that you have the essentials for each member of your family.
Why You Need Emergency Grab and Go Bags for Kids
I just said this- but I’m going to repeat it- you’ll probably never need it, but if you must leave our house quickly, you’ll have a loaded bag that will help make life more manageable
In the event we need to leave the house quickly, I don’t want to waste time gathering supplies. I want to grab our bags and GO.
The purpose of a Go Bag is to provide the bare necessities for a certain amount of time, typically 72-hours. I made ours to be good for 24 since I don’t have the “extra” to stash three days’ worth at this time. But, it’s a start!
How to Make Your Children’s Emergency Bags
- Buy bags in the same color. I saw this recommended in a facebook group and thought it was a brilliant idea! We had a bunch of extra backpacks lying around, so I just used those. But, as I’m able, I’ll get packs in the same color.
- Grab supplies. Go to the dollar store, it’s cheaper.
- Store near the door. We keep our bags in the coat closet.
- Check the bags regularly. I try my best to check ours at the change of every season to make sure I have the proper size clothing for each child.
What should you pack in your go bags?
The contents of each emergency grab and go bag for your kids will vary by their age. If your kids are old enough, let them help you pick some of the supplies that go in their bags! My oldest had a BLAST going through the dollar store and helping me check off her ‘list.’
What you need:
A small backpack (pick a bright color)
Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Bandages with Antibiotic Cream
Shelf stable snacks — granola bars, fruit pouches, etc
Change of clothes
$20 in small bills and change (we did $10 initially because that’s what we had)
Paper and crayons
Comfort item — stuffed animal, blanket, etc
Things that I’ll add as I’m able: extra shoes, more money, sweatshirts, dried fruit, and other non-perishable snacks to expand the bag to a three-day supply.
Some of these (sweatshirts, shoes) are things that we use all the time and don’t have the budget to buy more every time the girls change sizes, so I don’t want them tied up in a bag. But, as new items come in for birthdays and Christmas, I’ll stash the old ones in the emergency grab and go bags.
Simple, cost-effective emergency grab and go bags for kids! Get yours ready today and feel prepared for any emergency or disaster before it strikes.
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