How to Make a Keepsake Bag (Kids and Tweens)

One day a disaster could strike without warning and you could have little or no time to gather belongings and supplies. Here's how to be prepared. This bag will also have emergency survival items.


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    Get a bag. A large bag with at least two big compartments and smaller pockets around the bag.
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    Prepare it with personal supplies:
    • Water (At least two bottles of drinking water)
    • Food.
    • Blankets/pillows.
    • A torch.
    • A radio.
    • A small tent.
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    Now you can pack toiletries such as:
    • Toothbrush.
    • Toothpaste.
    • Hand sanitizer.
    • Two face clothes.
    • A bottle of water (For washing)
    • A cup (For putting water in and rinsing out your mouth)
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    You should also pack 2-3 days worth of clothes and some water for washing the clothes if you can mange it.
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    Next pack some stuff like...
    • Photographs preferably in a small photo album.
    • Small ornaments.
    • Two or Three posters. Keep them in a folder so they don't get crumpled.
    • Jewelry that belonged to other members of your family.
    • Any other items that are deeply important to you.
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    Pack your toys and games! Such as:
    • A games console such as a PSP or DS.
    • iPod or MP3 player.
    • Laptop.
    • Action figures/Dolls.
    • Art supplies.
    • DVDs/Portable DVD player.
    • Books.
    • Travel board games,cards etc.
    • Teddies.
    • Money (50- 100$/euro/pounds)
    • Any other toys,games,small sports items (Tennis balls are an example) or hobby items (Such as if you knit bring needles and wool) you might want to bring.
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    Pack any extra supplies,check out the tips and pack extra items and you're done.


  • Have documents like passports if you're going to a different country.
  • Girls might want to bring make up, hair bands, hairbrushes etc.
  • Bring instruction manuals for games consoles and anything that needs instruction manuals. Batteries are also a must.
  • If you're bringing a laptop ask a parent/older sibling to carry it for a while,if they can.
  • Pack a small first aid kit such as:
    • Band aids.
    • Tweezers.
    • Cotton wool.
    • Antiseptic wipes.
    • Bandages.
    • Finger splint.
    • Medicines (For sickness that could happen and prescription medicines)
    • Any other medical supplies you might need.
  • Bring chargers for any consoles you might have.
  • Pre-teens might need more toiletries.
  • Anyone can try this. Even Grown Ups!
  • Put your favourite drink (Fruit juice,Coke etc.) into at least one bottle and label each bottle in case you get confused.
  • You don't have to bring everything listed.
  • Have a house key and any other keys you might need.
  • Keep a diary during the disaster so you know what to bring next time and so you can remember what happened during the disaster.
  • If you live in area lets say prone to floods pack supplies for floods.
  • Replace broken and/or out of date supplies.
  • Ask your parents to pack a family keepsake bag.
  • Get mostly travel size items.
  • Bring loose change for buses,vending machines etc.
  • Pack a smaller bag in your bag.
  • Have a list of phone numbers and addresses.
  • Bring a picture of people important to you. You mightn't see them for a while if something bad happens.
  • Put your bag in an easy to reach place where you can get to it! Lets say your area is prone to earthquakes,you would keep the bag under your bed or under a table/desk.(Make sure the place is safe.)


  • Don't pack any unnecessary supplies!
  • Don't put in large and/or heavy, unnecessary items.
  • If you use stuff return the items to the bag.
  • Keep things away from water and any other hazards.
  • Don't put your bag in a hard to reach place!
  • Always replace things that are broken and things past their sell by! Check your bag at least once a month and see what's out of date and broken.

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