How to Make a Practical Teacher Survival Kit

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Well, the back to school period is well and truly upon us! And, you are most likely in the very foggy midst of organising your planning, printing and making resources, setting-up classroom displays and planning first-week activities. As teachers, we always spend countless hours, days and weeks getting everything just right for the students that will be entering our classroom. But, what about organising something for yourself, or even your teaching bestie?

We wanted to write about something for teachers rather than the usual back-to-school content teachers consume. Introducing your very own Teacher Survival Kit!


What is a Teacher Survival Kit?

It pretty much speaks for itself. It’s a box or container full of items that a teacher might need last minute or that will help them get through the busyness that is a school day!

What to Put in a Teacher Survival Kit

In my example of a Teacher Survival Kit, I put things that I always wished I had at my fingertips when I was teaching in the classroom! You’ll notice it is the perfect mix of personal items, stationery and other helpful items that will make you feel so much better if your day isn’t quite going to plan!

The beauty of setting up one of these kits is that you can put whatever you want in it!

How to make a Teacher Survival Kit

Here’s a list of items that we included in our Teacher Survival Kit:

  • Chocolates for those times you need a little break and a sugar hit.
  • Lipbalm and hand cream for when your lips and hands are dry.
  • Hand sanitiser to keep those pesky germs away.
  • Headache tablets for when you are needing them.
  • Mints for when you need to freshen up.
  • Teabags to remind you that you’re Tea-rrific (a cuppa always makes you feel better).
  • Stationery for those last-minute needs.
  • Sticker books and Check Tickets for some last-minute behaviour management help.
  • Sticky notes for those times you need to jot something down quickly.

Positive Affirmation Cards for Teachers

This is one of my favourite inclusions. Our Positive Affirmation Cards are sure to make you start your morning on a positive note! A collection of 16 cards that will help to make you feel inspired and ready to take on the day.

Positive Affirmation Cards for Teachers

We also have a simple Daily Affirmations Poster for Teachers that is another simple addition to any Teacher Survival Kit.

To make it even easier to create one of these kits, we have created a simple Teacher Survival Kit Label that you can use when creating one of these gems! You can purchase boxes like this from cheap shops or even in your usual back-to-school trip to Officeworks!

Printable teacher survival kit label

We hope this blog has inspired you to create a little special something for yourself before the craziness of school goes back. Or, even a teacher bestie or as a gift for your child’s teacher – what a lovely surprise that would be!

Share your Teacher Survival Kits on Instagram tagging @teachstarter so we can see what items you’ve included!


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  • Janet Melnyk

    Hi. Love this idea. Where do I get the sticker books from please?

    • Trish (Teach Starter)

      Hi Janet! Visit to purchase the remaining stock.

  • Ann Madsen

    I love the teacher surviver kit and wish I had the time over the weekend to make up some packs for the teacher's I am nearest and dearest to! So many clever things that would just put a smile on any teacher's face. However, I am surprised by your choice of chocolates... both containing nuts! As one of my family members has a peanut allergy, this sends a shiver down my spine. While we can't completely avoid nuts in the world, I like to encourage teachers to be mindful of the positive role we can play in educating others as to the dangers of contamination of furniture, books etc when we consume nut products. I love a nutty chocolate myself... but limit this to days when I am at home with no chance of endangering my niece, fellow staff members or my students. All the best everyone as we head back into the cauldron we love!

    • Ann Madsen

      Thanks Holly. Every time I look at the kit I notice something different... the bobby-pins... haha... so needed after wearing a hat out to playground duty! Thank you again.

    • Holly (Teach Starter)

      Hi Ann, thanks so much for your comment. Glad you liked the idea behind the Teacher Survival Kit. Thanks also for raising your concerns. I'll definitely take this into consideration in future content that I develop. Best of luck for the school year ahead.

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