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What's in your Field Trip bag?

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Specializes in Pediatrics, Community, and School Health. Has 21 years experience.

Good morning,

Aside from the medications, what else goes in your bag? We have a trip to the New England Aquarium coming up and last year my bag weighed a zillion pounds. Trying to lighten the load a bit this time...

JenTheSchoolRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in School nursing.

I actually make "mini" first aids for field trips, as most of time the overall group is splitting into smaller groups. (I also don't go on field trips.)

Each mini kit (which I use a larger ziplock bag for) includes: gauze (a small variety of sizes), bandaids (a small variety of sizes), cleansing wipes, small packets of hand sanitizer, one packet of petroleum, one pair of gloves, and one disposable ice pack. Since I do work with the older kids, I will sometimes also put one pad and one tampon in as well. If a student has an issue requiring more than this, likely they will be heading to the first aid station at a place like the NE Aquarium :).

WineRN

Specializes in NCSN. Has 4 years experience.

I actually make "mini" first aids for field trips, as most of time the overall group is splitting into smaller groups. (I also don't go on field trips.)

Each mini kit (which I use a larger ziplock bag for) includes: gauze (a small variety of sizes), bandaids (a small variety of sizes), cleansing wipes, small packets of hand sanitizer, one packet of petroleum, one pair of gloves, and one disposable ice pack. Since I do work with the older kids, I will sometimes also put one pad and one tampon in as well. If a student has an issue requiring more than this, likely they will be heading to the first aid station at a place like the NE Aquarium :).

I have these fanny packs that I use for mini first aid kits that I put all of the above in too! I also put a quick sheet about how to admin an epi pen and inhaler.

JenTheSchoolRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in School nursing.

I have these fanny packs that I use for mini first aid kits that I put all of the above in too! I also put a quick sheet about how to admin an epi pen and inhaler.

My two gym teachers have fanny packs for gym classes (we don't have a gym so we use the outdoor space we do have). I used to have very new little mini first canvas bags, but teachers seriously lose this kits all. the. time. Ugh. So I switched over to ziplock bags. If it gets lost, I don't sweat it.

Most of my kiddos self carry Epi-pens and inhalers, so not many of them to go with a teacher (ones in my office are back-ups; I have an online non-printable list teachers check and if a student is without their Epi-pen or inhaler, they are sent to me to pick up the back-up. Most of times this works.). If they do go, one teacher is given responsibility of them.

Eleven011

Specializes in Home Health,Dialysis, MDS, School Nurse. Has 20+ years experience.

I don't go on field trips either, I send along the little fanny packs like the other said, filled with first aide supplies. Any meds the kids need also are set up in envelopes and put in the front pocket and are given by staff. I always get them back - who wants to keep a fanny pack??

NurseBeans, BSN, RN, EMT-B

Specializes in school/military/OR/home health. Has 18 years experience.

The nurse before me somehow acquired two of those huge 31bags--the ones with the broad, flat bottom that will stand up on their own. They are nice, and have the school name embroidered on the side, but they are huge. I use them anyway. I made a little first-aid kit from a pencil case that has band aids and alcohol wipes and gloves, and the cotton rolls I use for nosebleeds, and the pockets hold hand sanitizer and tissues and some WetOnes wipes. I just sort of copied what is in my emergency bag in my car. I throw in some pens and the folder for the grade that is on the trip (has grade-specific list of allergies and the lists of phone numbers, plus quick instructions on the use of an epi-pen, and a list of meds that I sent and administration times) and a ziploc bag of the meds.

I may go overboard but the teachers do seem to appreciate having a bag they can throw their lunch, keys, glasses, camera, etc in and go.

JustbeRN

Has 17 years experience.

No field trips either here.. Nurse is required to be on campus.. I like the fanny pack idea. I'm sure that would come back to me..

MrNurse(x2), ADN

Specializes in IMC, school nursing. Has 28 years experience.

Our field trips are whole school. I go this year as we have a diabetic, but normally get a day off. I take my go bag and a binder with contact info. I am in the process of putting the info on an iPad. Eventually want one small backpack.

halohg, RN

Has 25 years experience.

barf bags; disposable ice pack, assorted Bandaids, tissues, gauze, small bottle of water, hand sanitizer, and disposable thermometer. For long walking field trips I have a small rolling bagpack I use.

I use a laptop bag since it has a few pockets. I have a large safety pin with few other attached to the inside, a few pads, just in case. I bought small stacking containers from the dollar store, one for bandaids, one for saline wound wipes, and one for misc. Abx ointment, Vaseline, mints. They snap together and are see through, which makes it easy. I also pack gloves, hand sanitizer, a few large Ziploc bags, small bottle of water, nurse stock epi, benadryl, and a neutral pair of pants if it's with kinder or 1st. Then all my emergency meds get added along with care plans. The bag tends to be a little heavy, but at least i have everything I or my nurse could need.

Bandaids of various sizes, carmex, cotton swabs for applying the carmex, tissues, trash bag, barf bag. Depending on the grade I add a couple of masks for the asthmatics (like when they went to the cotton gin.) I try to have one for each classroom going on the trip so that each teacher has one. Any meds for the students go inside along with the copies of the administration orders. Each one is a string backpack that was donated by some company at some point - neon colored and I wrote the school name and my office phone number on the back.