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Packing Your Infant and Toddler's Survival Kit

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I arrived at Joaquin's school a bit earlier than usual to pick him up and got there in time to witness their earthquake drill. With all this talk on the possibility of a 7.2 magnitude quake affecting areas near the West Valley Fault, including Metro Manila, it's a relief to know that our kid's school is taking all the necessary precautions, which include educating and practicing staff, students and fetchers on what measures to take when disaster hits.


Another initiative that the school administration brought up during this year's first parent-teacher conference pointed at having a "go-bag" for each student that will be kept ready and accessible within school premises. Even if we don't get earthquakes as frequent as we do tropical storms and typhoons, it's a great idea to keep and maintain a survival kit for each member of the family. It doesn't have to be complicated, and I actually think the idea is to keep it as simple as possible with just the essentials so everything is easy to grab in one go.

For infants & toddlers, here are the important items to pack:

1) Formula/powdered milk in a bottle: even if you're breastfeeding, you may get separated from
your child. Having this will ensure they get to feed even if other adults have to care for them. Your lactation or capacity to breastfeed may also be affected even if you do stay with them (ex. in the event that you're injured).

2) Water: according to CNN Philippines, around a gallon is required per person per day, half of which is for drinking and half for hygienic purposes. But if you can only pack something smaller, be sure to pack water purification tablets to convert any water safe for drinking. We have these available locally at The Generics Pharmacy for P6 per tablet, good for 25 liters of water. If you do not have this, a small packet of household bleach will suffice (use 4 drops for each liter and water will be safe for drinking 30 mins after)



3) First Aid kit: band aids, gauze, antibiotics, antihistamine, antidiarrheal, and any specific meds your kids need (e.g. insulin shots, asthma inhalers) and disinfectant.

4) Snacks: If your toddler/preschooler eats solid food already, include crackers or chocolate bars - sweets will provide instant boost of energy when needed.

5) Identification: Having this will help provide anyone who finds your child with important information such as his/her name & yours or other guardians' contact details so they know how to get in touch in case you get separated.

6) Diapers, wet wipes, and zip lock/plastic bags  - all easily available in leading supermarkets

7) Blanket & extra clothing good for 3 days (shirt, pants, socks & footwear)

You will have to schedule a regular check for the items, especially since you need to change the drinking water, milk, snacks & medication before their expiry dates. I suggest marking this on your calendars or setting an alarm to keep you reminded. If you think there's anything else the list above missed, or if you have a different version of the kit for kids, please do share!


UPDATE 7/29/25

If you prefer purchasing a ready-made emergency bag so you don't have to go through assembling one yourself, you may be interested to check out these disaster kits from Taclob.com. These are locally manufactured by the typhoon survivors from Tacloban, so if you do choose to buy you will also be helping their livelihood and aid in their recovery from the devastation of the typhoon Yolanda.


photo from Taclob's FB page
Each adult-sized bag costs P2,999.00 and the kiddie-sized ones costs P2,499.00 - both made from durable, weather-proof material. You can check them out and avail of these at the Global Pinoy Bazaar at the Rockwell Tent on August 8-9, 2015. This will also give you a chance to get freebies such as a Paracord with compass and whistle, or a CNN Phil - approved emergency kit for 2 bags. The actual emergency kits are also sold separately at P999.00. 

You can visit their FB page here or check their website here for more information.



Sources:
http://www.ready.gov/infants-young-children
http://cnnphilippines.com/lifestyle/2015/06/05/what-to-pack-in-a-survival-kit.html?index=3

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