Welcome! I am a mom to two wonderful kids, a lovely retired greyhound, and a wife to a great husband. Needless to say, there are a lot of daily messes to clean up around our house. Daily Messes is my blog to share ideas on things to do with your kids, snack and meal ideas, crafts, and holiday fun. I hope you find something to enjoy!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Back To School: Stocking the Backpack

I cannot believe school is back in session! Higgins still has a week or so until he starts, so I'm not quite empty during the mornings yet. We have all our school supplies ready and the backpacks are stocked.

I tend to be a worrier, especially about the kids. Last year, I started stocking Bernardo's backpack with an emergency kit. Why do I have the kit in his bag? Each year I see schools delayed for weather, buses broken down with kids still in them, and images from the news of buses in accidents and other school problems. I decided my kids should have something in their bags in case they got stuck on the bus or at school.
What's in the kit? It's not a big kit, it fits in a plastic pencil case. There is also a small bottle of water in a Ziploc bag in the same pocket of his backpack, but of course it was too big for the pencil case. I try to keep a variety of things in the kit:
  • Band-aides
  • Finger flashlight
  • $1.75 in quarters for pay phones. There are still a few around and my kids are too young to have a cell phone yet.
  • Picture phone list (it could just be a regular phone list for older kids)
  • Pen
  • A few pieces of paper
  • A little bag of nuts (you can buy small bags at the store, or ask for extra nuts when you get a sundae at McD's)
  • Granola bar
  • A couple of suckers/lollipops
  • Piece of candy
It's not a lot, but I feel better that if there was an ice storm/tornado/emergency, that there would be something to hold him over for a little bit until I could get to him.

You might also enjoy:
Easy 1st Aide Kit
Picture Phone List For Kids

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