Learn what to pack in your emergency bag in case you have to make an unexpected trip to the emergency room with your child.
With the crazy times we are living in right now you can never be too prepared for an emergency. The thought of having a child admitted to the hospital is scary enough. But then the idea of you being stuck with them in a hospital room without being able to leave for anything is even worse. Why not put together an emergency bag to have ready if this situation arises?
As a postpartum doula, I have a bag that I bring with me filled with necessary items, as sometimes I am at my client’s home overnight. Occasionally, I end up staying longer than I had originally planned if an emergency arises or more support is needed. Making sure my emergency bag (buy on Amazon) is ready at all times an essential part of my job.
Essential items in my emergency bag
- Wallet with cash, debit card, ID and insurance card
- Change of clothes with underwear and socks. I actually have 2 changes of clothes, because you never know. I pack comfortable things like yoga pants and t-shirts
- A light sweater or sweatshirt
- Daily vitamins
- Toothbrush/toothpaste/dental floss
- Snacks: protein bars, pretzels, small candy, granola bars, almonds. I have all of this at all times in my bag and replenish as I use. (They don’t call me the “Snack Maven” for nothing!)
- Water bottle
- Eye drops (buy on Amazon) – I actually put these in my bag after I was doing an overnight and got something in my eye (probably dust) and had a horrible reaction. It hurt A LOT and the only thing that helped were eye drops
- Pen and notepad
- Phone charger and 2 charging cables
- Portable charger (buy on Amazon) just in case I can’t be close to an outlet
- Hairbands to pull my hair back
- Small hairbrush
- Portable tiny rechargeable reading light (buy on Amazon)
- Book or small activity (I bring my cross stitch)
- Small hand lotion
- Nail file
- Band-Aids and Neosporin
- one emergency 5-hour energy drink in my backpack, but I really hate using it unless it’s an emergency, like an overnight when I have literally not napped at all
- Medical masks, if you have any. (My family and I have started making fabric masks so they will go in place of my disposable ones)
- Rubber gloves, again if you have any
- One-time use alcohol pads to wipe off my phone
- Hand sanitizer
- Biofreeze (fast acting topical pain relief)
I have 2 small makeup bags (buy on Amazon) that I put all the small things in so I’m not searching at the bottom on my backpack for my headache medicine.
Keep a written list you can quickly refer to of items that you may not be able to leave in your bag because you use them on a daily basis but will need to grab, such as reading glasses and medication that you take daily.
If your children are on daily medications make sure you have the names and dosage of each for reference. You can even take pictures of them and save them on your phone.
While you are packing items for yourself consider packing a few items for your child such as:
- Crayons and coloring book
- Tablet with charger
- A small stuffed animal or snuggly
In the current time of uncertainty, you can never be too prepared. Having a plan will never hurt and only make your life a little less stressful.
Lauren Oak is a NY mom to 4 girls, including one set of twins. Lauren has been a part of Twiniversity from the very beginning after she met Natalie at a New York State Mother of Twins Club meeting. She really connected with her fellow twin parents after spending 20 days in the NICU with her twins after they were born. In her “previous life” she was a Foster Care Caseworker, helping children in foster care find stable homes. Lauren continues to support families, just now it’s families having twins or more across the globe. “I am a soccer/basketball/softball/