Every spring I get the itch…the get out and DO stuff itch. This year is no different… even though we barely got 24 inches of snow ( compared to over 100 inches last year). I have spent the week ( when not schooling,cleaning,working etc) sorting thru summer clothing and making our Summer Survival Kit.
What is this? Well it’s all the items we need to be able to just stop and smell the roses. We are big on coming upon a place and wanting to explore..so in order to be able to do this we must be prepared. I’ve been making these “kits” since Noah was almost 2..so 16 years now.
All you need is baggies and maybe a sterilte container or two. I am very lucky that our new van is Stow n Go so I have even more options..but Stow n Go is not a requirement at all.
So what exactly is a Summer Survival kit? Let me show you what ours consists of this year.
First we have a first aid type kit:
In there we have 8 gallon garbage bags, a full bandaid,cold pack,neosporin work up and of course sunscreen and hair ties. All in their own sandwich bag size baggies. This make’s it much easier to grab and toss what we need in our back pack if we find a nice hiking trail!
Next up we have a gallon size baggie for each of the younger kids. In that we have underwear,socks, a swim suit and a clean outfit.We do get dirty..and gross..and often still have to go in public..so fresh clothes are a must!
Next is a bag with a towel for each kiddo. These can be used to sit on, dry off with or whatever else hits their fancy..also in the bag is a pack of baby wipes..because we tend to get dirty..lol
Next up we have the food. Its very important we have portable food should we come across a hiking trail, a bike path or whatever. SO this is full of pre-packaged snacks like granola bars,Cliff bars,slim jims..and of other things like peanuts,trail mix etc in snack size baggies we can grab and toss in our back pack.Oh and candy..yep..candy in case we need a sugar boost.
I have 2 boxes of what my kids call “juice packages”
and a case of bottled water:
it all fits perfectly in one stow n go compartment , behind the drivers side in my case:
and this is what it looks like:
Right now I have the other captains seat folded down but once the REALLY nice weather hits that compartment will house extra shoes, hoodies, beach toys, and various outside toys like bats and wiffle balls,nets and science/nature journals.
More times than i can count having ourselves prepared has allowed us to take advantage of any fun spot we come across. It’s also allowed more than one friend to be “rescued” by the food,water and extra clothes I always carry.