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Personal Preparedness Kit for Kids

Some kids seem to find trouble more often than others. Teaching them to be prepared for unforeseen events starts at home and, like school, it starts with the basics. Knowing that our children has some basic emergency tools at their disposal will calm nervous parents, as well as help acclimate children to the idea of being prepared before an emergency arises.

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We all know that emergencies occur when we least expect them – especially when children are concerned.  Teaching them to be prepared for unforeseen events starts at home.  And, like school, you have to start with the basics.  Putting a few basic emergency items in your child’s book bag will help your child be the most prepared kid in school.  And, knowing that your child has his or her basic needs met will calm your concerns while they are away.

Studies have shown, that a child is less fearful of unforeseen circumstances when they know they can handle the situation on their own.   Having the right tools at their disposal will significantly reduce their stress levels, while at the same time, give them a bit of comfort during a stressful event.  Consequently, your child’s self-confidence will increase because he feels entrusted by you with these emergency items.

I have always advocated that each person should have a personal preparedness kit that they carry around with them – and firmly believe children should be taught this as well.  Most of these small preparedness items can fit conveniently into a pencil bag or a small sized bag with a zipper.  These items were approved through the school nurse at my children’s school.  Before packing up these basic emergency items, check with your child’s principal, school nurse or teacher.

Items May Include:

  • Bandages
  • First aid ointment
  • Chapstick
  • Whistle/compass combination
  • Pen/tablet
  • Lightstick or wind-up flashlight
  • Emergency Mylar blanket
  • Sanitary bags
  • Hand wipes
  • Emergency rain poncho
  • Energy bar or snack
  • Water bottle

Help set your mind at ease when sending young children off to school and give them the very beginning steps to self-reliance.

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This article was originally published at Ready Nutrition™ on October 25th, 2013