What Do I Need in a Hurricane Prep Kit for Babies and Children?

By Ebony Porter, July 11, 2016, Family, Hurricane Prep

Hurricane season is here, and while you read this from the comfort of your couch on your smartphone now, we heartily recommend you build a hurricane preparedness kit before a storm actually arrives! Hurricanes can form within days, and when forecasters begin projecting landfall in your area, grocery stores quickly empty out on basic supplies like batteries, canned food, and the most important item of all, bottled water.

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If you have children or a new baby in the house, preparing for a hurricane is even more crucial. Newborn babies cannot survive on water alone, let alone the canned food us adults eat. It’s a scary proposition to consider, but building a kit for your kid(s) should put your mind at ease should disaster strike.

While building your hurricane prep kit for the entire family, add these items to make sure every person in the home is ready – and be sure to pack enough for 5 days.

Kit for Babies

Babies are high maintenance already, even when the family isn’t in survival mode. Don’t worry about the toys for now – just get the necessities:

Water

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Just like each adult, a baby needs one gallon of water per day for up to five days. Water is used to make formula, for drinking, and for sanitation. If you get into a pickle and don’t have access to fresh running water to clean baby up after feeding or changing, you’ll want water to keep your little one clean and sanitized.

Food

Jarred food is preserved by using a high pressure method of sealing those jars. Just like you are stashing away canned food, you need to include some for the wee one, too.

In general, we recommend making your own baby food because it’s fresher, you know what’s in it, and it’s cost-effective. But for the sake of preparing a hurricane kit, pick up three to five jars of baby food per day for up to five days. Be sure to include a variety of flavors, and don’t forget fruit and vegetable jars.

Diapers

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As in, a full box of diapers. Nothing sounds worse than being caught without fresh diapers. Besides, a dirty diaper is uncomfortable for both the baby and for those around her.

Toss in a few disposable plastic grocery store bags. It’s best to keep your dirty diapers contained rather than floating around a car, shelter, or wherever you’re staying temporarily to keep safe.

Powdered Formula and Clean Bottles 

Sometimes even breastfeeding mothers are unable to breastfeed for whatever reason (it could be the stress of the situation!). Be sure you have enough scoops of powdered formula to last up to five days. Include five clean bottles and nipples in your kit.

Wipes

We recommend using cloth wipes at home, but in preparation for disaster, pick up a package of disposable wipes. You’ll likely use them for more than just baby’s bottom, as they’ll come in handy for wiping up messes or cleaning your hands since you might not have access to running water.

Dry Clothing

Since babies run through multiple changes of clothes on a regular day, pack at least six extra changes of dry clothing beyond what your child normally wears in a five-day period. And make sure the clothes are the right size (or larger), It’s easier to put babies in clothes that are slightly bigger than it is ones that are smaller. Pack them away in large gallon Ziploc plastic bags to keep them extra dry.

Medical Information

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This includes your doctor’s phone number, health insurance information, and any other important numbers. Specifically, write down this information on a physical piece of paper and place it in a safe dry place. Simply put, you might run out of battery on your cellphone, and cellular towers don’t always work during and after a disaster, preventing you from accessing this important information digitally.

Prescriptions

This one is tough to account for beforehand (because you can’t always buy it in advance), but if your baby is currently taking any prescription medication, DO NOT FORGET IT before evacuating your home.

Over-the-Counter Medications

It’s best to have items like Infant Tylenol and Benadryl on hand, rather than scrambling for it in an emergency.

Extra Blankets

Use the old receiving blankets you brought home from the hospital. These come in handy for keeping baby warm as well as for use as an emergency burp cloth or in other messy cleanup situations.

Toilet Paper

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We can think of a million reasons you might need toilet paper, so just pack a few, and thank us later.

Kit for Kids

Packing for kids is similar to packing for babies, but you should definitely consider entertainment options, since older children get fussy, and dirtier, in different ways.

The same advice about important phone numbers and prescription medication from before applies here, and you must include one gallon of water per child per day for five days.

Spare Clothing 

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Pack those scruffy old clothes into large bags for the older kids, especially clothing they don’t usually to wear. When dirty and wet, even the least favorite clothes are better than nothing. Toss in a few extra socks and underwear, too.

Kid-Friendly Canned Foods

If your ten-year-old doesn’t like green beans in the real world, don’t expect him to eat those green beans in your hurricane preparedness kit. Pick up some items for the kids, like canned raviolis, mac-n-cheese, fruit roll ups for snacks, and some bags of trail mix.

Fun and Games

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Toss in a pack of cards, a board game, some blank paper with markers, and a jump rope for the kids. Save them from going stir crazy by giving them a few simple games to use their imaginations and pass the time. If you end up at a shelter, then the activities will come in handy for your kids making friends.

What recommendations do you have for must-have items in a hurricane prep kit that are specific to babies and children? Share them in the comments!

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Born in Australia, Ebony has been in Texas long enough to consider herself a Texan-Aussie. Ebony has been writing for magazines, newspapers, and blogs, for more than 10 years. When she's not writing she's building quilts, growing her own food, or camping with her family somewhere far from the sounds of the city.

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