When I started planning events professionally, I did as any good planner should and I created the ultimate emergency kit. We’re talking allergy medications, Band Aids, bobby pins, double-sided tape for wardrobe malfunctions – the works! It was always ready at a moment’s notice in case of any mishaps. I love the idea of translating that same principle to creating a family first aid/emergency kit using Ziploc bags! Perfect for leaving with the after school babysitter, this handy little kit has all the essentials right in one spot and removes the guesswork (and detective work) when the little ones skin a knee or have a tummy ache. It’s also ideal for the nursery school teacher, sending the kiddos off to grandma’s house for a weekend sleepover or traveling – and it’s super easy to pull your own together!
First up, create a quick reference background information card for each little one. Include basic information like their date of birth, any known allergies, current medications and the number for their pediatrician. Write up all the info on an index card and slip it into a snack size Ziploc bag to help keep it clean and waterproof.
Next up, use snack size Ziploc bags to divvy up various kid-friendly over the counter medications. Think things like Pepto-Bismol, children’s Tylenol, cough drops, allergy medication, and vitamins. You can make notes on each baggie with the dosage information if it’s not included on the individual packets. Other great ideas for things to include are convenient items like Shout Wipes, Band Aids, antiseptic wipes, Neosporin, a mini sewing kit and safety pins!
Then just tuck all of your bags into a gallon size Ziploc bag and you’re good to go! Remember to go through it every so often and replenish items that are running low and ditch anything that might have expired or be expiring soon. This is such an easy way to organizeyour family needs and with one of these little kits at the ready, you’ll be prepared for anything!
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