It is not very glamorous or popular to talk about our personal care needs, however, I remember wishing someone would have better prepared me to teach in multiple buildings. Below is the list of the 15 items I consider the most important to have available to yourself in your vehicle if you are an itinerant teacher. Once, my car broke down on a cold Minnesota February morning, and it was freezing outside. I did not have a cell phone and I had left my work iPad in the office, so I had no way to contact the next school to let them know I would be late. I felt unprofessional and flustered. Did I mention it was freezing? Well, that day I learned to always be prepared by carrying a cell phone, warm boots, hand warmers, and snacks. Below are the items I have learned to carry as an Itinerant teacher.
15 Essential Personal Care Items
- iPad or Phone with GPS
- Feminine hygiene products
- Breath mints
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Extra stockings or nylons
- Quarters (for parking meters)
- Bottled water
- Granola bars/High Protein Bars
- Warm boots
- A pair of winter gloves, a hat, and scarf. (I kept an extra set in my backseat as I tend to forget these items 🙁
- A shovel in case I get stuck in the snow and need to dig my way out.
- A container with stick pins, safety pins, Band-Aids, tacks, Q tips, scissors, a needle and thread, and eyeglass repair kit.
- A hard-copy map of the area in case you don’t have a working cell phone.
There’s one more item which, for me, was the most important survival tool-a novel to read. There is a lot more waiting around than people ever want to admit to when you are itinerant. I suppose I could be recording mileage, planning curriculum, or updating my calendar, for those 5 minutes here and there, but I chose to read and refresh my mind before entering the fray once again.