Let’s Make DIY Locker Survival Kits Because There’s Already Enough Drama in Middle School
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Hi, Hip2Savers! It’s Cassandra, one of Collin’s sidekicks!
If you have kiddos in middle school or high school, you’re probably all too familiar with the super-specific and seemingly endless school supply lists. I mean, when you wistfully envisioned your future before having kids, did you ever think it would require this many binders?
Last month, my youngest started her second year of middle school, which meant seven classes and seven different supply lists. As I walked the aisles of Target looking for everything she needed (and wine) it dawned on me that there may be a whole assortment of things she might need that aren’t on any list. And frankly, your kiddos may need them, too.
I’m about to take it way back. Join me, won’t you?
Remember the days when you could reach into your jean purse hung on the corner of your desk chair and rifle through your collection of useless but adorable Lisa Frank erasers that you blew your Book Fair money on until you found your Dr. Pepper Lip Smackers, your favorite Scrunchie, or whatever random thing you needed? Good times.
No more, my friends.
No bags of any kind are allowed in middle and high school classes in lots of schools around the country. So I thought, why not make my mini-me a spiffy little kit full of things she might need during the year? Things I could have used looking back many… many years ago to when I was in middle school.
While I can’t claim credit for this idea, I did go ahead and put together a few different locker kits aka “school survival kits” to give you an idea of how easily you could throw one together for your own kiddos. Keep in mind that what is allowed in lockers will vary from school to school, so it’s a good idea to check before you get started.
Find a container and fill it with stuff. Yep, it’s that easy…
Firstly, my kiddo’s actual locker kit consists of two bags. One is for her might-needs, and one for unexpected visits from Aunt Flo (I think all of us gals can relate to being that age and stressing over that). I wanted her to have some peace of mind just in case (or to be able to be the “shero” should one of her friends find herself in that situation).
Aside from a heating pad and a foot massage, that little bag contains everything she would need… just in case.
Both of the bags were just extra cosmetics bags I wasn’t using. I also grabbed her some nifty locker shelves to keep things organized.
Can we all take a minute to appreciate the fact that Caboodles are back? My inner 80s kid might have had a cow-amundo when I saw these at Target. The smaller ones are just the right size for storing a few odds and ends.
Obviously, you won’t want to cram yours as full as this one. 😉
Did you get your Birchbox this month? Use it!
Yeah, girl, reuse the actual box! It’s the perfect size for storing a few things in a locker. Not familiar? For just $10 each month, Birchbox sends you five hand-picked beauty samples tailored to your personal style and skin type based on a profile you fill out. I definitely prefer it to Ipsy.
Note that the items shown were not included in my Birchbox. They were scrounged out of my purse and bathroom drawers.
We need to talk about that compact.
I ♥ my It’s My Cushion compact. I use it to customize and apply my foundation, but it can also be used for sunscreen or moisturizer for easy, no-mess application. It’s perfect for quick makeup touch-ups (like between classes).
AND, if your breath needs freshening or you feel a cold coming on, Uncle Harry’s Breath Freshener Spray has you covered. It’s made from only natural ingredients and helps with digestive issues, cleans your mouth, and will get rid of a sore throat in no time. Just spray, swish, swallow and you’re good to go! This stuff is ALWAYS in my purse.
One person’s trash is another person’s locker kit!
I’d be willing to bet you probably have an extra pencil box laying around. Don’t toss it! Let your kiddo decorate it with some cute washi tape, toss in a few items, and you’re good to go!
These are so quick, easy, and inexpensive to put together. You can shop your house for odds and ends, hit the Dollar Tree, the travel section of your local Target, or snag items online in your p-jams – because why put on pants if we don’t have to?
Prefer to shop from home? Here are a few items to snag online…
- Shout Wipe & Go 12ct Stain Removing Wipes – Walmart.com or Target.com
- Tide To Go Stain Remover Pen – Walmart.com or Target.com
- Hand Sanitizer
- Small First Aid Kit
- Travel-sized deodorant
- Travel-sized hair care products
- Hair ties
- Nail Clippers/ Nail files
- Pain Relievers
- Body Spray
- Emergency Contact list
- Phone charger
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