Every educator working in the classroom needs a teacher survival kit.
You know those days when you … are fighting a cold, didn’t have time to stop for coffee, spilled ketchup on your new shirt, need a pick-me-up, or are in desperate need of a mint? The teacher survival kit has you covered! We used the magic of a Caboodle (yes, Caboodles have been rereleased and are available on Amazon!) to create this amazing kit.
Nearly everything in it came from the travel- and trial-size section of a local store. We also created a downloadable set of labels in case you want to print them to create your own. (This would make an amazing gift for a first year teacher.)
Here’s a video showing the kit came together. Plus, get our tips for what to put inside.
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When it’s a little personal …
Whether you forgot yours for the day or you really sweated it out during that science unit, this will always come in handy.
On the days when extra deodorant isn’t enough, this will be your best friend.
It’s perfect for little touch-ups or “how in the world did I miss that?” moments.
It’ll perk up your hair midday.
It’s always good to have a mint handy, especially when you have that one-on-one meeting with your principal after lunch.
When you’re feeling a little meh …
Your voice will thank you.
You don’t need it … until you do. And then you will be oh-so glad you have it.
Sure, you could run to the office to get some. But having them right in your own classroom is even better.
You know those days where you’re not really contagious anymore but you still don’t feel great? This will get you through.
These will come in handy during the afternoon lull.
When you forgot some essentials …
You forgot you had recess duty, and it’s cloudless and sunny. Reach for your teacher kit!
With so much handwashing during the day, you need some moisturizer.
This is for those days when you really struggled to make it to school on time.
When you’re looking for a little pick-me-up …
They are really powerful, but sometimes you need that.
Instant coffee packs
No teacher should ever be without coffee.
Sometimes it can really perk up your day and leave you feeling refreshed.
Toothbrush and toothpaste
For those after-lunch meals you enjoyed that are still lingering.
This should be a daily reward.
When you’re dealing with a situation …
Teachers always need to have Band-Aids within reach.
This includes a file and clippers. You’ll be so glad you have this when you find a hangnail.
Stain pen or stick
Dropped ketchup on your shirt during lunch? No worries.
Great for your contacts, when you have something in your eye, or you just need some extra moisture.
When you need a clean start …
Because it can be just the thing you need to hit the reset button.
This is absolutely essential if you have pets.
You already have this in your classroom, but a backup supply is a must.
For when you’re dealing with vomit … or flu season … or other everyday parts of being a teacher.
What’s in your teacher survival kit? Come and share in our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook.
Plus, what’s really on a teacher’s classroom wish list.