How to pack a Go Bag for those unexpected ED visits

If you have kids or you take care of kids, than you already know that at some point in their lives you will more than likely end up in the emergency department. It is bound to happen. Kids are more prone to injury and accidents and they can become very sick when your pediatrician’s office is closed.

So what can we do as parents and caregivers to be ready for this?

Pack a Go Bag.


The bag should have stuff that would help make the experience at the emergency department a little less stressful.

This is a bag that can be left in your car or in a closet at home.

Items for the Go Bag:

  • Extra Clothes for Baby/Child- Sweats, pajamas, socks, underwear, diapers (anything that will be comfy).
  • Extra Clothes for Parents- T-Shirt or Sweats (Having a shirt full of blood or vomit isn’t too comfortable).
  • Blanket, stuffed animal, pacifier- something that is soft to cuddle up with or to help self soothe
  • Current Medical Record- Your pediatrician can print out your child’s vaccinations, height/weight, allergies and current medications.
  • Current Insurance Information
  • Extra cell phone charger
  • Note pad and pen- great to write down questions, concerns and information from the medical team.
  • Snacks-crackers, granola bars, juice box, baby food (anything that will help fill some empty tummies during a long wait)
  • Single dollar bills or quarters for vending machines
  • Coloring book, crayons and stickers
  • Look and Find Book or I-Spy Book
  • Reading Books
  • Baby Toys- teething toys, soft plush toys, small toys that light up or make noise
  • Bubbles
  • Deck of cards
  • Small rubber ball or squishy toy that kids can squeeze (this can help during an IV insertion or blood draw)
  • Small action figures, cars, dolls- just small enough to pack up

Emergency Go Bag

It doesn’t take long to pack a Go Bag and trust me you will be thanking yourself for doing it. Who really wants to run around the house with a screaming child while you are trying to grab the necessities and get out the door? Not me. It is just one less stress and concern to think about.

6 responses to “How to pack a Go Bag for those unexpected ED visits

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  2. Reblogged this on Singing We and commented:
    I love this. We’ve been to the hospital three times with Little N, two of which times we ended up being admitted to the hospital after spending all night in the ER, with Big E with us. A Go Bag would have made the visits so much easier. And trust me, you don’t want to be trying to think of what to take when the ambulance is on its way.

    • Sorry to hear about all the ER visits. I know the stress level is heightened when our kids are sick or injured. As a child specialist, I would offer toys and activities to help distract and ease the stress level for everyone. But if a child life specialist isn’t available with their go to tools, than parents are let to figure it out along with filling out paperwork and trying to comfort their child.

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