We’ve been doing a lot of emergency preparedness in our house lately. We recently finished our 72 hour kits for all the members of our family. I’m definitely sleeping better knowing those are packed and ready to go should a natural disaster or other emergency arise. One thing that we didn’t have room for in our kits was items to comfort our kids. By the time we put extra changes of clothes, food, water, shelter, and other supplies, there just wasn’t any room for anything else. I knew I wanted to make comfort kits for kids that would help comfort my kids during a time of crisis. The idea of a comfort kit for my kids was born! I had a lot of fun putting these together and hope you will too. Don’t take for granted how important these could be for calming your child during a possibly very scary time. We all hope it won’t happen to us, but there are no guarantees.
There are many ways you can pack up your comfort kit. You can pack it up all cutesy like I did in the above pic, but it might also be more practical to buy storage containers with lids to store your kits in. Either way you decide to do it, make sure you pack up your finished kits in a bigger box that is NOT see thru or hide them well! That is, unless you have children with immense self control! If my kids saw these sitting in the storage room, I guarantee they would go ‘missing’ way before the time we actually needed them!
What you decide to include in your comfort kit is entirely up to you and will differ according to your kids ages and personalities, but here are the things I I felt were important to include in mine.
Coloring Books & Crayons
Stuffed Animal (My kids really like the small Webkinz)
Light Sticks or Small Flashlight
Journal or fun book with blank paper to draw on. (be sure to include pencils and/or pens)
Photo Album with pictures of family and friends and fun memories
Small, fun toys (I thought the wind ups would be fun for my kids)
Mini Juice boxes (because these ALWAYS make my kids happy!)
More Candy. (Let’s face it. Treats make kids smile and if a crisis arises, I’m more concerned about my kid’s emotional well being than the state of their teeth!)
Everything you see pictured above (with the exception of the webkinz) I purchased at my local Dollar Tree. I just thought you would like to know that these can be made very cheap. If you would like more fun ideas of other items that could be used in a kids comfort kit, I have included some links to other ideas I have found below:
Porcupine Balls, Stickers & Sticker Books, Mini Security Blanket,
Sippee Cups, Fruit snacks, Goldfish crackers, Safari Toobs,
Water wow books, Travel sized games
Do you have any other great ideas for a Comfort Kit for Kids? Please feel free to comment below and share!