72-Hour Kit: Shelter Activities

People usually don’t think about what they might do when they get to an emergency shelter. It isn’t easy to wait around and can be stressful. Be prepared with a few activities in your 72-hour kit to take your mind off things. Young children especially need something to do.

These activities don’t have to be expensive, and should be lightweight. Collect a few items and put them in a plastic zipper bag to protect them from water damage. Here are a few suggestions:

Shelter Activities

  • Notepad and Pen Probably the things a writer like me would want the most. A lightweight notepad to record my thoughts and feelings. Or it could be used to play games or even write an emergency note.
  • Playing Cards Find an inexpensive set at the dollar store or in dollar bins at Target or Michaels. Perhaps Uno or Rook. Something your family regularly plays.
  • Small Toy or game – Choose a toy that you know your child will be excited to find in their kit. You might like some word games such as crossword puzzles, word search activities, Sudoku or coloring pages.
  • Motivational Quotes – Copy a list of motivational quotes or your favorite motivational talk from a church magazine. Reduce it to one page and add it to your bag.

Good luck putting your activities together!


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