As adults, it is easy to worry about what may or may not happen. As kids however, the thoughts never even cross their minds. All they want to do is eat, sleep and play. In this article I will show you how I started teaching kids the importance of being prepared.
So, when is the right age to start prepping your kids for emergencies? That will be left up you based on your child’s maturity level, but I can share with you when I started. Kindergarten. At that point in their lives they are learning the importance of book bags, packed lunches and making friends. Three very important lessons when translated into prepper terms. Bug out bag, food storage and people they can trust. Obviously we do not start packing fire starters and cotton balls in their bags that early, but what we can start with is a small first aid kit. At that age, this kit will only consist of a few band aids and some personal wet wipes.
What this kit does is prepare them for a small scratch so they can clean and put a band aid on it until mom/dad can attack it with hydrogen peroxide. As they age, their kit will become a little more detailed which I will explain further down. By the end of high school both my children were known for always having a band aid when needed. Below is what you need for their first, first aid kit.
The kit: You will need something to put the band aids in. This is a pack of four Johnson & Johnson first aid to go kits. You will need all four eventually. They are made of a light but sturdy plastic box and come with some first aid supplies in them. However, you will be removing everything except the band aids. The box is about the size of a deck of cards so it fits nicely in a zippered pocket of their book bag. If you have already taught them how to put a band aid on they should have no problem with doing so at school. Make sure they know not to take the kit out of their bag otherwise.
Most first aid kits come with alcohol pads or some sort of antiseptic pads in them. For your child’s safety and other students, do not leave these in the kits. Remove them and replace them with alcohol and paraben free Care Touch Flushable wipes. These are very safe for children and adults to use but you can use the wipes you want as long as they DO NOT contain alcohol or dangerous chemicals that can hurt your child.
Last but not least, the band aids. I personally buy the Cured Variety Pack because it comes with 300 types of different band aids to choose from. In my kids kits I always put 5 of the smallest band aids in the box. When they run out then we refill. If you want to use only small band aids you can purchase a box of Junior Sized Band Aids.
My kids carried one of these kits until they were in middle school. It was at that time that we changed it up a bit. Using the same first aid box (probably a new one by then, hence the four pack) we simply adjusted its contents. We added antiseptic wipes instead of regular wipes. They are much smaller and allow more room for a few other things. We changed the band aids that they carried from Junior sized to adult size and added band aids that come with Neosporin in them.
We never had any problems with any of their schools unless we added an actual tube of Neosporin to the kit or any medications. Once in High School we customized the kits per each child’s needs. My oldest daughter is allergic to Bath and Body works and unfortunately that is all the girls at school spray. So she always had a chap-stick tube of cortisone cream, To Go Benadryl and To Go Tylenol in her kit.
I would never advise you to go against school policy, but I will say this…..I did. My children went to a very big high school and often times were not allowed to go to the office for a headache, cramps or a rash unless it was unbearable by the teacher’s standards. MOST times, they just didn’t have time to go to the office between classes or they would be late to their next class so I did what I thought was best.
Teaching kids to be prepared at an early age is important.
My kids are now 16 and 18 years old and they always have a small first aid kit that they have personally customized to fit their day to day needs. They also have a to-go bag packed and ready in case we have to hit the road fast. I would like to think that it all started with me, some band aids and a wet wipe.