Summer is here – can you feel it?
The warm weather and blue skies come with so many fun activities: swimming, playdates at the park, picnics, hiking, boating and much more. But as with any physical activity, summer fun is accompanied by the chance for bumps and bruises, scraped knees and sunburns. To help keep your family safe all summer long, consider putting together some summer safety kits for your car and home so you can be ready for whatever might come your way!
Summer Safety Kit for the Car
Prepare for days at the park, road trips and impromptu picnics by gathering the following supplies:
- Water bottles
- Extra sunblock
- Lip balm with sunscreen
- Always Radiant pads or Tampax Pearl tampons
- Hand sanitizer
- Pampers Sensitive 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, which can melt) or somewhere easily accessible in your vehicle. Additionally, if you’ve kept a first aid kit 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.
Summer Safety Kit For the House
Be prepared for storm season, power outages and heat waves. Here’s what to include:
- Gallon jugs of water (at least one per person for at least three days)
- 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)
- Can opener
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- A few extra rolls of Bounty paper towels
- 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
This kit should be stored in a large plastic tote in an easily accessible place.
Putting together this extensive safety kit will also help you be prepared for natural disasters. The suggestions above are based on what FEMA recommends per household. When you create your safety kits, make sure to include items that will prepare you for the natural disasters in your specific area. If you live in an earthquake zone, for example, 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! Pack whatever you and your family needs to feel safe in an emergency.