I take my teacher’s Go-Bag everywhere I go with my class, or individual students. It began as a plastic rubbish bag – with wipes, gloves and a pull-up. These were the first basics I realised we needed if we were out of the classroom and needed to change one of my students. As the year progressed, I gradually added more items to the Go-Bag and began to see more benefits and uses my bag covered.
The Ultimate Go-Bag is now used for short walks, outings or activities out of the classroom, school tours, and emergency evacuations. Below is a list of items in my Ultimate Go-Bag, which fits the needs of my class (Special Needs, ASD). However, it can be modified to suit any teacher’s needs.
- List of students with any medical information and parent contact numbers
- Map of school with evacuation routes
- Quick CPR and seizure guides
- Any medication needed for students
- Well stocked first aid kit
- Spray on plaster (some of my students won’t allow band-aids to be applied or will take them off immediately)
- Pull ups
- Hand sanitizer
- 2 Small garbage bags
- PECS symbols
- Visual or object timetable
- Chewy toys
- Sensory hand mit or fabric squares – I have a student who requires these when they become upset or have a meltdown. Each child is different, but consider what your children need if they have a meltdown.
- Your mobile phone!!!!! I take this with me everywhere, and my SNA’s will take theirs too. I have used my mobile on a number of occasions to contact the school, and my SNA’s when we have become separated.
- High Visibility Vest
- Hair ties, clips, safety pins.
- Whistle – to get students or groups attention quickly.
- Long life muesli bar – Always be conscious of food allergies! Having a small nutritious snack packed can be very useful if a staff or student becomes hungry or has low blood sugar.
- Pen, marker, small notepad – Useful for labeling students items, or writing down events or incidents for future reference.
- Mini water bottle
- Story Stones bag – (For a more able students) – Again another compact entertaining activity
- Packet of Balloons – Compact emergency activity – I find this useful because it is small, and can be brought out when my kiddies need entertaining when required to wait somewhere.
Click HERE for a pdf printable checklist of The Ultimate Teacher’s Go-Bag.
I am always gathering ideas, and would love to hear what you have in your Go-Bags!