Emergency “Go Bag”

Today’s DIY Friday is my Emergency “Go Bag”… because you never know.

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My daughter has genetic form of epilepsy and is on medication daily to prevent seizures.  We don’t have the perfect mix of meds quite yet to prevent them.  She will randomly (like last Saturday) wake up seizing and then continues in a seizure cluster cycle.  To break the cycle she needs some very strong meds.  This results in us having an overnight at Children’s Hospital.

After frantically packing stuff to head to the ER a few different times over the years, I finally put together what we call our Emergency “Go Bag.”  It’s a backpack full of stuff that will help make the overnight easier and make it quicker for us to get out the door with everything including toothbrushes, change of clothes, and her favorite sippy cup.  The bag sits ready in the back of my car so it’s ready whenever we need it.

You should customize your bag depending on your child(ren)’s needs.  Also consider your geographic location.  If you are packing snacks and your live in Arizona, don’t pack snacks that will melt.  Likewise, for us up here in Minnesota, the bag will freeze if left in the car during the winter.  Be sure you are ok with the items enduring the elements.

Items in our bag:

Wife: Yoga pants, T-shirt, Sweatshirt, Socks, Undies and Sports Bra

Hubs: PJ bottoms, T-shirt, Sweatshirt, Socks, Boxers

Daughter: Sippy Cup, Footie Jammies, Long-sleeve shirt, Pants, Socks, Extra pull-ups, and Wipes
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Food: (Adults) BelVita Breakfast Bars, KIND Bars, Tea packets, and Energy Drink Mixesgo bag2

Food: (Daughter) GF Love Grown Super Oats Packets, GoGo squeeZ Applesauce, (Not pictured, we also grab her GF bread and dairy-free butter on the way out the door). go bag4

Bathroom Supplies: Deodorant (wife and hubs), shampoo and conditioner, body wash, disposable razor, chapstick, hair brush, hair binders, make-up, tampons, toothbrushes and toothpaste (for everyone), dental floss, baby shampoo/body wash, adult meds (Tylenol, Ibprofen, allergy med, Pepto Bismol tablets)
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Daughter: (Entertainment) White board, Crayola Washable Dry-Erase Markers Crayola DryErase One, Two, at the Zoo, Crayola Dry Erase Book: Exploring Numbers & Counting  and Play-Doh
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Not pictured:
Reusable grocery bag.  These are small when rolled up and great for the extras or dirty clothes.
phone charger
photo copy of insurance cards

Other things we grab on the way out the door: ipads, laptops, purse, wallet, cell phones, etc…

In the event of an emergency, you will be glad you have this ready.  Make sure you have clothes that are comfortable that you can sleep in.  We typically only spend one night, so I have only enough stuff to get through a full day.  In the event that we need to stay longer, the hubs would be able to drive back and forth to our house to grab stuff or a family member can swing by our house and grab any other necessary supplies.

By putting one of these Emergency “Go Bags” together, you can be ready for a wide range of things.  Make sure you include favorite items for your kid(s) and anything that you use on a daily bases that is cheap enough and small enough to put in the bag and leave.

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3 thoughts on “Emergency “Go Bag”

  1. abbeycoseattle says:

    Very sorry to hear that she has regular seizures, that is scary! I hope they are able to find something to help her regularly. My daughter had reactive airway disease as a baby and it was very scary – it landed us at Children’s Hospital once and we were very unprepared for the experience.

    • Molly Wiechmann says:

      We had it under control for a year. With her growing she has been more active with a “breakthrough” day every few months. She is on a med now that should be a good fit for her.

      The airway thing you went through sounds rough too! I can’t imagine! It is nice to have the bag ready. Peace of mind knowing we will have everything we need.

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