A diaper bag is one thing that parents of an infant always bring when out of the home. As part of our preparedness planning, my wife and I decided to upgrade our baby’s diaper bag to a fully-fledged bug-out bag. The reason for this is that since we’re carrying an extra bag anyway, we might as well include some items needed for a baby’s emergency kit. The bag hangs off our stroller so the added weight isn’t any real inconvenience.
- A minimum of 20 nappies/diapers or enough to last 3 days. These should be kept in a resealable plastic bag to prevent them from getting dirty or wet.
- Nappy wipes. This is essential for when there is not enough water to wash with. It’s better to save clean water for drinking.
- Small changing mat
- At least 3 sets of baby clothes, preferably ones that are small, light and suited for hot Manila weather like sandos (vests). A blanket can be used when the weather becomes cooler (see below).
- 1 or 2 soft towels/blankets to keep warm in cooler weather, and which are also useful for baby to sleep on
- 1 small, wide-brimmed cloth hat to protect baby from harsh sunlight
- 1 baby grooming kit with nail scissors or nail cutters, nail file, thermometer
- 1 small bottle of ethyl or isoprophyl alcohol
- 1 foldable travel umbrella to protect against rain or sun
- Oral rehydration salts, which can be purchased at your local drugstore
- Large clean plastic bags which can be used to lay down as a hygienic sheet, to carry things, and to protect important belongings from dirt and moisture.
- Bottles and dry formula milk for bottle fed babies
- Baby’s favourite toy or security blanket. This will help to amuse and lift baby’s spirits, which can also provide a much-needed mood boost for us parents.
- Any special medications or creams your baby may need
You can read her article at Bubu and mama: Baby Bug-Out Bag