Get prepped for summer by creating a “kid emergency kit” to keep in the car and keep you prepared with the essentials.
My son is almost 2 and over the past couple of years what we have in the kit has continually changed, but no matter the age – here are the basic items that you should have packed.
First start with a container that will be easy to put behin your seat or fit in the trunk. I try to keep it around the size of a large shoebox. Sterlite makes a good size that has a handle on it.
1 or 2 Small entertainment Sources
- Small Dolls
- Puzzle game like a rubix cube
- Travel size games
- Consider the temperature of your car – crackers and most cereal are appropriate for almost any weather – but jar, fruits, etc have limted shelf life and do not respond well to extreme condition
- Cup/Bowl/Silverware/Straws (as they are age appropriate)
- Here in Ohio we can get all four seasons in the same week so I try to keep pants, shorts, long sleeve and short sleeve shirt in the kit. In the winter this is easier and I swap shorts/t-shirts for gloves and hat
- Don’t foget to change these out as your child grows
- If you can, keep an extra pair of socks/ tennis shoes or flip flips
- Extra pair of underware for the potty trained ones
- Diapers/Pull-ups for the smaller ones
- Swim suit / Swim Diapers
Small First Aid Kit
For babies, extra spit-up cloths and binkies
Blanket (As they get bigger the blanket usually stays outside the box)
They goal here is to cover the basics, but not have to haul half your house around to be prepared. This is an easy way to put your mind a rest and cover you on those days that you forget to put the replacement diapers in the diaper bag or leave your child’s sippy cup at home.
Please share your ideas and photos of your child emergency kit!