DIY Blessing Bags with Kym Douglas

Gallon Size Ziploc Bag – This is key for several reasons:

  • Helps to keep everything together & in one place so they can easily access the supplies in their bags/backpacks.
  • Keeps the items from spilling/leaking onto their personal items in their bags.
  • The bags can later be used for other storage options within their bags such as storing toiletries, snacks, etc.

Hand-Warmers- We put a couple packs in, especially during the winter, but even for those chilly evenings in the spring/summer/fall these would be very welcome. We buy a pack of 40 at Costco for around $15 ($.38/pk) & then we have these on hand for blessing bags as well as camping, winter sports, etc.

Bag of Quarters– These are nice to include for washing clothes at the laundromat. (We just put them in a snack-size Ziploc bag to keep them contained in a smaller area.)

Bottle of Water– Mini water bottles work great so they don't take up too much space or if you can fit a regular size water bottle.

Band-Aids- These are something that may often be needed, but may not be something they would be able to spend money on or think about having.

Baby Wipes– A small pack of baby wipes would be a great one to include to help with feeling clean & fresh.

Hand Sanitizer- Another great option to help them feel cleaner.

Wash Cloth- Buy an inexpensive washcloth to include.


  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste (travel size if you have a lot of items to put into your bag)
  • Floss
  • Soap (we bring home soaps from hotels if we don't end up using all of them)
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo/conditioner (these are also great products to save from hotels if you don't use them as they're the perfect size for these bags)
  • Comb
  • Personal hygiene items if you're making a kit for a woman (tampons, panty liners, pads, etc.)
  • Sunscreen (depending on time of year)
  • Chap stick

Personal Items:

  • New Socks
  • New Underwear
  • Inexpensive gloves

Non-Perishable Foods:

  • Granola Bars/ Energy Bars
  • Tuna/cracker packs
  • Trail mix
  • Raisins/Peanuts
  • Fruit cup/applesauce cup (& include a spoon)
  • Gum/hard candy
  • Hot Cocoa/Spiced Cider Mixes or on-the-go coffee mixes

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