August 19, 2016

8 Essential Items for a Fall Emergency Kit

Now that the kids are going back to school, it's a good time to restock the emergency kit and get it ready for outdoor fall activities. This kit is for those times you need a quick, simple fix. It all fits nicely in a tote bag for travel or a basket under the sink to be ready for outdoor fun.

These items are a must to have on hand for playing at the park, going camping, apple and pumpkin picking (some of our favorite fall adventures!) or even playing in the backyard.

Be sure to read all the way to the end -- there's a special giveaway you won't want to miss to help you get your kit started!

To Stay Safe around Sun, Bugs and Poisonus Plants

1. High SPF sunscreen lotion
Typical sunscreen has an odd smell to me, and is too hard to rub in. Plus, it always leaves me feeling gross, sticky and generally nasty. I've switched to a lotion version that smooths in nicely, doesn't irritate my sensitive skin and protects me from being burnt. Every time the kids go outside, I rub some into any exposed skin so they don't end up crispy.

2. Natural, Safe Bug Repellent
Bug repellent is a must in fall, since the bugs haven't gone away yet. Go outside without it and you'll still end up eaten. So many have odd chemical and DEET, though. Not stuff I want on M2 or B! Or even myself, really. Plus, those kinds plain smell bad. Rather than the typical kinds, I've switched to the SoSoft Brands natural, organic mosquito and bug spray. They kindly sent me some to try out and to help write this sponsored post. The spray keeps the nasty critters at bay, without covering the kids in chemicals.

It smells heavenly to boot! The SoSoft Brands bug spray is just like Burt's Bees (only cheaper). It's a fine mist spray that doesn't feel sticky. Pure essential oils work their magic to chase away the mosquitoes, bugs, black flies and ticks at bay for hours. I keep a bottle handy so we can spray some on any time we're going outside. Honestly, I think it works better than the non-natural, DEET kinds. (I'm guilty of spraying some on simply to get the mail, just because it smells good.)

3. Natural Poison Ivy Soap
Let's face it, poison ivy happens. It's out there lurking, ready to send unsuspecting kids and adults itching like crazy. We all know we should avoid it, but if you're like me, you tend to forget what it looks like. Kids are often too occupied to pay attention to what may be lurking on the ground, or they're too young (like M2 and B) to be able to recognize it. SoSoft Brands has an all-natural poison ivy soap to help when a plant accident occurs. The main ingredients, jewelweed, pine tar and tea tree oil, help combat exposure to poison ivy as soon as it happens. You can use it as a bath bar to treat the areas that have come into contact with the plants. The ingredients dry up and wash off the oils the plants left behind while soothing the skin.

Like the spray, the first thing I noticed about the bars that were sent to me for this post was the smell. It. Is. So. Good. Earthy, fresh and clean. It smells so good that I've been using it as an every-day hand soap rather than waiting around for poison ivy to strike. I checked with SoSoft Brands and was told it's perfectly fine to use as an every day soap since it's so gentle. The round soaps also help with other rashes caused by plants, something you're likely to come up against as you're prepping the yard for winter or doing a round of fall planting. The hand-crafted, made in the USA (so is the bug spray) soap is just like Burt's Bees version. My hands get irritated easily, so using the soap helps to calm my hurting skin. I also like that while it smells good, it doesn't leave a super-strong scent behind like some soaps. It lathers wonderfully and rinses off easily.

On a sidenote, SoSoft Brands also offers a nice, natural eczema cream. It's light and fluffy like whipped butter and -- you guessed it -- smells great. The cream helps to soothe and moisturize irritated skin while getting rid of itching and redness. The first time I used it, the eczema on my hands felt better. M2 was crying because she had a dry patch on her finger. We put on a little cream and she was good again!


To help get your emergency kit started, SoSoft Brands is kindly giving one of my readers a set of the natural bug spray and all-natural poison ivy soap. You can enter via the form at the end of the post. Hurry, it ends at midnight  EST Friday, August 26!

You can also pick up the soap and spray on Amazon via the affiliate links below.


Now, to round out our emergency kit.

To Treat Scrapes, Cuts and Owies

4. Spray hydrogen peroxide
I've spent years keeping a bottle of hydrogen peroxide on hand. The bottles tend to be more of a pain, though. Then my mom told me about the spray bottles. Now, when there's a cut that needs to be treated, I can spray it easily.

5. Rubbing alcohol
A classic must to keep around for deeper cuts that need to be cleaned out really well.

6. Triple antibiotic cream
Even with a good cleaning, cuts and scrapes run the risk of getting infected. Applying antibiotic cream can cut down the chances that you'll be dealing with an ozzy, goozy mess.

7. Cut numbing spray
The handy spray helps relieve the pain and itching of cuts, bites and scrapes. It came in handy when I had a deep cat scratch.

8. Bandages
A must in any emergency kit so you can keep all those cuts you've cleaned and treated from being exposed to dirt, grime and germs.

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  1. I would love to have these for apple picking

  2. I like to visit wineries

  3. A bug spray that works, smells good, and doesn't have chemicals? ...I honestly had no idea a product like that actually existed... would love to try it. To me nothing says fall activity more than going apple picking.

  4. I love going to the pumpkin patch with the kids! And of course jumping in leaves :)

  5. These products sounds fantastic. I'm always looking for a bug spray that is all natural and smells good.

  6. I agree with Lisa. Works and no chemicals, plus it smells good is definitely a trifecta I need :)

  7. We love to go on family walks/hikes. I also love to see our kids jump into a leaf pile!

  8. What a great giveaway! I am always in need of products with no harsh chemicals. I entered!


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