Creating Emergency Travel Kits for Your Family

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Natural disasters and other emergencies can strike at any moment, even while enjoying a fun family vacation. These emergency travel kits are simple to put together and can give you a little peace of mind while you're away from home. I like to think of it as probably won't need it, but if you do, you'll be prepared.

Emergency Travel Kits

These emergency travel kits can be created to accommodate the individual needs of each member of your family and can address food allergies, medications, personal preferences, and more in a fairly simple manner.

Emergency Travel Kits

What You'll Need

  • Flashlight/headlamp and extra batteries
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Jacket or poncho
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Baby wipes
  • Bandages
  • Medications/inhalers
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Playing cards or other small game
  • Cash
  • Emergency contact information


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All of these items, plus some additional personal items, can easily fit inside a gallon sized zipper bag.  I chose to put the bandages, cash and emergency contact information in a smaller bag inside the gallon size bag to make it easier to find.  Since my children are young, I included contact information for extended family just in case.  Plus each kit can have the owners name written directly on the bag so that there is no fighting over who gets which bag.  Unless my girls are the only children who would actually fight over emergency kit assignment.  And your travel emergency kits will even fit conveniently in your checked luggage if you're flying or in your car if you're driving.

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These travel kits will come in handy in case there is a natural disaster and even if there is an unnatural disaster like a flight delay on your trip home. Anyone who has been stranded in an airport or broken down in an unfamiliar town can agree that a yummy snack and some simple entertainment can go a long way towards helping the children (and the parents) cope just a little bit better.

 What are you doing to prepare your family for an emergency?

Headshot-5 Sari blogs in her kingdom as the Lady of Perpetual Chaos.  She writes about her adventures in parenting, cooking, running, books, the occasional craft and whatever else happens to strike her fancy.  You can join her for a day in the life on her blog or connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
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