Why You Need Emergency Grab and Go Bags for Kids
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)
- Waterproof flashlight
- Spare batteries
- Shampoo/Body Wash
- Toothbrush and Toothpaste
- Hand sanitizer
- Bandages with Antibiotic Cream
- Hand wipes
- Gauze pads
- Shelf stable snacks — granola bars, fruit pouches, etc
- Bottled water
- Change of clothes
- Extra shoes
- $20 in small bills and change (we did $10 initially because that’s what we had)
- Paper and crayons
- Activity Kits
- Comfort item — stuffed animal, blanket, etc
- Family photo
- Emergency blanket
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