Field trips are an exciting way to make learning more memorable and exciting. Most students and educators look forward to the change of environment and the potential for new adventures. However, heading into a field trip without the right tools and supplies can add unnecessary stress. Take these must-haves on every trip to ensure the best possible experience for yourself and your students.
Creating a Field Trip Preparation Kit for Teachers
Use these items (along with your own must-haves) to prepare for upcoming field trips with your students. You might also consider also creating mini must-have field trip kits for other chaperones going along on the trip.
There are two main events for which you want to be somewhat prepared on a field trip. The first is sickness, and the second is injury. One or both of these things are less likely to derail a field trip if you have the right tools available.
Teacher Must-Haves for Field Trip: Sickness
Prevention of sickness isn’t always possible when you’re taking students onto a bus and into a new environment.
Someone might be prone to motion sickness and choose not to sit near the front of the bus. Someone else may eat a bunch of candy on the ride to the destination and become ill upon arriving. Yet another person may come along on the class trip despite already being sick.
In any of these situations, you’ll feel better prepared to handle the consequences with these tools:
- An extra set of clothes (1 gender-neutral set for a student, 1 set for yourself)
- Disinfectant Wipes
- Hand Sanitizer
- Cough Drops
- Emesis (Barf) Bags
- Garbage Bag
Teacher Must-Haves for Field Trip: Injury
Most injuries can be prevented with a focus on safety and enough chaperones and leaders to make sure students are following directions and behaving appropriately. However, accidents do happen.
Make sure to have all of these things at-the-ready for when an injury occurs. Whether the injury is bandage worthy or requires medical professionals, you’ll want these helpful supplies within reach:
Miscellaneous Helpful Items for Your Field Trip Survival Kit
The third category of items for a field trip kit includes all of the miscellaneous items that you learn to carry from experience.
Here are just a few examples:
- Extra Bottle of Water
- Quick, Mess-Free Snack
- Flushable Wipes
- Feminine Products
- Time-Passing Activities (games, puzzles)
DIY Field Trip Survival Kits
If you’ve been looking for a functional and thoughtful gift for a fellow educator or your student’s teacher, putting together a kit of essentials for field trips is an excellent idea. From Teacher Appreciation to the holiday season, a thoughtful and useful gift helps them sidestep stress.
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