Sensory Overload Survival Kit for Summer


Summer is about to explode with activities and events and I am here for it.

I am the mom who has always had the to-go bags ready for any adventure. I keep them in my car and we are ready with extra clothes, toys etc. This comes from decades of parenting and being caught unprepared for a time or two or 20.

My 10-year-old is teaching this old dog new tricks and makes just about everything I have experienced before different, so I needed a different kind of bag. He is a sensory-sensitive child and with all the summer has to offer, I have to prepare so we have a great summer for all.


A few items that I think are important for my sensory-sensitive child are below:

  1. Headphones (to be used for the loud noises of the summer, fireworks, music, etc.)
  2. Gum (to keep this on hand for a distraction if the atmosphere becomes overwhelming)
  3. Rubix cube, fidget toys, etc.
  4. Hat (this can help redirect noise)
  5. Children’s headache medicine or peppermint essential oil if the child is not feeling well
  6. Comfort, blanket or stuffed animal, favorite toy, etc.
  7. Extra outfit (to be prepared if they get wet or if clothes feel uncomfortable)
  8. Nail clippers (sometimes a nail or hangnail can ruin any day)
  9. Water bottle or hydration drink (because being thirsty is real)
  10. Snack (something high in protein to help with the hangry)

Summer is such a fun time and being prepared for all children is important. In learning about my sensory-sensitive child, I want to set him up for success and give him the right tools to enjoy the summer.

Is there anything you would add to my sensory-sensitive child survival kit?

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Cheryl Brackemyre
Hey local mommas! I grew up in Centerville, but I now live in Wilmington with my husband Tony. Together we have 6 kids, Joe, and his wife Allison, Austin, and his wife Hannah, Sydney and her husband Hayden, Andrew and his wife Lauren and our littles, Max and Eli. Did I mention we are a little nuts starting over with this parenting thing when we are 45+? We are officially adding new titles to our names in 2022- Tiki and Jeep (our version of Grandma and Grandpa). My husband and I are both ministers, and we get to work together in a local church. We were both married before and brought our families together in 2010. After a few years of marriage we felt God's leading for us to adopt. We added Max to our family in 2014 and Eli joined us in 2017, our quiver is officially full! Blending our family has been an adventure! Add some ex-spouses and two birth mommas and we have ourselves a crazy crew! Coffee is my love language. The beach is my happy place and I long to have my toes in the sand.


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