As kids grow up, they gain more independence and begin attending events without their parents. For peace of mind, we’ve put together this list of emergency supplies for kids so that when you send your children off to school, camp, a friend’s house, or sports event, you’ll know that they are equipped for anything that comes their way.
Portable Phone Chargers
One of the most essential emergency supplies for kids is a portable phone charger. The reason you purchase a cell phone for your children is to keep in contact with them and to give them a lifeline to use in emergency situations.
If their phone is dead, your children could easily find themselves in a sticky situation with no way out.
First Aid Kits
Having a small first aid kit in your children’s backpacks or sports bags is an excellent way to keep them safe and also teach them self-reliance. Be sure to include the basics like Band-Aids, ace bandages, burn and anti-itch creams, and the like.
Topical anointments are usually fine for a child to carry on school property, but any digestible medicines must first be cleared by (and often stored with) the school nurse.
While tap water is usually safe to drink in the States, if your children are going camping or on a school trip overseas, it’s worth it to invest in a water filtration bottle. This way, any water they might come across is safe to drink.
It’s so, so important for any child’s gym bag, backpack, or camping kit to have easy-access survival food inside. Things like protein bars, trail mixes, dried fruit and the like. Be sure your children know this food is for emergencies only – or to be sure to let you know if they eat it at practice or on the bus so you can replace it immediately.
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While most people don’t carry flashlights anymore because we have smartphones, in case of an emergency, you will want your children to conserve their phone’s batteries for communication rather than light, so make sure they always have a flashlight in their backpacks.
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