Summer Safety Kit: What You Need To Make It Through the Summer

Summer Safety Kit: What You Need To Make It Through the Summer

Stay safe from most anything this summer these tips on how to prepare.


By: Merissa Alink

Summer is here — can you feel it?

Summer comes with so many fun activities: swimming, playdates at the park, picnics, hiking, boating and much more. But along with those activities, just like any physical activity, comes the chance for bumps, bruises or other scrapes. To help increase your safety during all this summer fun, you might want to put together some summer safety kits to make sure you are ready for whatever might come your way!

Summer Safety Kit for the Car
Go ahead and prepare for days at the park, car trips and picnics. You will want to add these to your regular car safety kit:

  • Water bottles
  • Extra sunblock
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Hand sanitizer or wipes
  • Granola bars or protein bars
  • Bug spray
  • Bandages and other first aid items
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Basic tool kit

You can pack most of those items in a shoebox-sized plastic tote and store it in your trunk (all but the lip balm) or somewhere easily accessible in your vehicle. Additionally, if you have a first aid kit that has been in your car during previous summers, check the contents. Some items dry out or go bad after a summer of intense heat inside your car.

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Summer Safety Kit For the House
Be prepared for storm season, power outages and heat waves. What to include:

  • Gallon jugs of water (two litres per person per day)
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Aloe vera gel (or other sunburn soothers)
  • A fully stocked first aid kit
  • Dried or canned food (for at least three days)
  • Manual opener
  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • Extra infant food or formula (if needed)
  • Pain relief items and other necessary medication
  • Spare cell phone charger, preferably one that works without a power outlet
  • Battery or hand crank powered weather radio
  • Blankets (one for each person)
  • Tool kit
  • Cash

If you put together this extensive kit, it will also help you be prepared for any natural disaster that summer might have in store for your family. Suggestions are based on what Public Safety Canada recommends per household. This kit can be stored in a large plastic tote. Make sure the tote is in an easily accessible place.

When you create your safety kits, make sure you include items that will prepare you for the natural disasters in your specific area. If you live in an earthquake zone, you will need to have some different supplies on hand than if you live in an area with hurricanes or tornados.

Summer can hold many twists, turns and unexpected situations. We can’t be prepared for them all, but good emergency kits will get you off to a good start. The best way to prepare is to gather the basics as mentioned above, and then make sure you include things that your individual family would need in a situation. If that includes coloring books and crayons, then make sure it’s in your summer safety kit. If it includes chocolate for you, make sure that it’s in your kit, although you might not want to store that in your Car Safety Kit in the summer! Pack whatever you and your family needs to feel safe in an emergency.



Merissa grew up living a frugal lifestyle but didn’t know what it truly meant until she was married and had a household of her own. She knows that anyone can make the most with what they have, no matter their income level or situation and blogs daily at www.littlehouseliving.com about her journey in life and all her current projects.

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