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What's in a Backpack?

We are often asked "What should I put in a backpack?"  There are actually several ways to answer this.  The one that seems to work best is if you have or work with children.  Take your child and then imagine what they would need.  If you have a 6 year old daughter, then use this as a guideline.  What kind of backpack would she like?  What types of items would she need?  When it comes to brushing her teeth, what type of toothbrush does she use (plain or Barbie)?  Clothing can be very difficult when it comes to sizes but a rough estimate will usually work with underwear, socks, and pajamas. What kind of books does your daughter have? What are your daughter's favorite colors and smaller toys. Also keep in mind basic necessities...like a Teddy Bear and not a Wii gaming system ;)   Now, if you have a 13 year old son, what would he have?

The following chart is a list of recommended items. This list is not all inclusive and a pack does not have to include all items. You can also include other items you feel are important. Remember things should be age and gender appropriate. This list is a work in progress. We are in need of all items. This page is currently being updated so if we are missing something you believe is appropriate, please let us know.  

A few tips:

  • Each backpack is designed for each age and gender. Every little contribution helps these kids. If you want to fill an entire backpack for an age, that is great. If you just want to donate a tube of toothpaste, that too is wonderful. Do not feel obligated to purchase everything on this list. Single items are also placed in the packs. 
  • Children's development can be different, especially when it comes to abuse or neglected children. For instance, a child may be using a pacifier much later than when your child did.
  • Kids come in all shapes and sizes and this makes purchasing clothing very difficult.  Each child will need a change of clothes (or two) so if you include clothing, try to include something that is stretchy or adjustable. 
  • Remember, these packs are designed for those first 24 to 48 hours. Many travel sized items will work.  Children will obviously use some of these things past that time frame and you can purchase either travel size or full size. 
  • If you are packing your own backpack, you do not have to include everything on this list. It is important to get these items to children, however, we do not want you to break the budget doing so. If something is not included, we will add it from our donations or purchase the item to go in.  If all you want to contribute is a backpack with a toothbrush, that is fine. We'll add the rest of what needs to go in.

 BOYS

GIRLS

Infants (0-6 Months of  Age)

  •  Small Package of Age Appropriate Diapers
  •  Baby Wipes
  •  Baby Shampoo
  •  New (in package) Pacifier
  •  New (in package) Baby Bottle 
  •  Lightweight head cap
  • Onesies (enough for two days)
  •  Baby Shampoo
  •  Diaper Cream/Rash Ointment
  •  Baby Oil or Baby Lotion
  •  Crib Blanket
  •  Baby Socks or Booties 
  •  Baby Brush or Comb
  •  Bib
  • Teether
  • Burping Cloth
  • Pacifier
  • Nightlight

Infants (0-6 Months of  Age) 

  •  Small Package of Age Appropriate Diapers
  •  Baby Wipes
  •  Baby Shampoo
  •  New (in package) Pacifier
  •  New (in package) Baby Bottle 
  •  Blanket
  •  Lightweight head cap
  •  Onesies (enough for two days)
  •  Baby Shampoo
  •  Diaper Cream/Rash Ointment
  •  Baby Oil or Baby Lotion
  •  Crib Blanket
  •  Baby Socks or Booties 
  •  Baby Brush or Comb
  •  Bib
  •  Teether
  •  Burping Cloth
  •  Nightlight

Infants (6-12 Months)

  •  Small Package of Age Appropriate Diapers
  •  Baby Wipes
  •  Baby Shampoo
  •  New (in package) Pacifier
  •  New (in package) Baby Bottle 
  •  Lightweight head cap
  • Onesies (enough for two days)
  •  Baby Shampoo
  •  Diaper Cream/Rash Ointment
  •  Baby Oil or Baby Lotion
  •  Crib Blanket
  •  Baby Socks or Booties 
  •  Baby Brush or Comb
  •  Bib
  • Teether
  • Burping Cloth
  • Pacifier
  • Nightlight

Infants (6-12 Months of  Age) 

  •  Small Package of Age Appropriate Diapers
  •  Baby Wipes
  •  Baby Shampoo
  •  New (in package) Pacifier
  •  New (in package) Baby Bottle 
  •  Blanket
  •  Lightweight head cap
  •  Onesies (enough for two days)
  •  Baby Shampoo
  •  Diaper Cream/Rash Ointment
  •  Baby Oil or Baby Lotion
  •  Crib Blanket
  •  Baby Socks or Booties 
  •  Baby Brush or Comb
  •  Bib
  •  Teether
  •  Burping Cloth
  •  Nightlight

Toddlers (1-2 Year Old)

  • Small Package of Age Appropriate Diapers
  • Baby Wipes
  • Baby Shampoo
  • Sippy Cup
  • Small Blanket
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Toddler Pajamas
  • Comb
  • New (in package) Pacifier
  • Nightlight
  • Bib
  • Onesies (enough for two days)

Toddlers (1-2 Years of Age) 

  • Small Package of Age Appropriate Diapers
  • Baby Wipes
  • Baby Shampoo
  • Sippy Cup
  • Small Blanket
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Toddler Pajamas
  • Comb
  • New (in package) Pacifier
  • Nightlight
  • Bib
  • Onesies (enough for two days)

Toddlers (2-3 Years of Age )

  • Small Package of Age Appropriate Diapers
  • Baby Wipes
  • Diaper Rash Ointment
  • Toddler Underwear
  • Socks
  • Shirt & Pants (stretchy for diiferent sizes)
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Children's Spoons and Forks
  • Comb
  • Nightlight
  • Small Blanket
  • Small Toy

Toddlers (2-3 Years of Age) 

  • Small Package of Age Appropriate Diapers
  • Baby Wipes
  • Diaper Rash Ointment
  • Toddler Underwear
  • Socks
  • Shirt & Pants (stretchy for diiferent sizes)
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Children's Spoons and Forks
  • Hairbrush
  • Age Appropriate Hair Ties
  • Nightlight
  • Small Blanket
  • Small Toy

Preschoolers (3-4 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • T-Shirts
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Book
  • Children's Spoons and Forks
  • Comb
  • Nightlight
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy
  • Small Blanket

Preschoolers (3-4 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Shirt
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Book
  • Children's Spoons and Forks
  • Hairbrush
  • Age Appropriate Hair Ties
  • Nightlight
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy
  • Small Blanket

Preschoolers (4-5 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • T-Shirts
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Book
  • Children's Spoons and Forks
  • Comb
  • Nightlight
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy
  • Small Blanket

 Preschoolers (4-5 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Shirt
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Book
  • Children's Spoons and Forks
  • Hairbrush
  • Age Appropriate Hair Ties
  • Nightlight
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy
  • Small Blanket

Preschoolers (5-6 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • T-Shirts
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Book
  • Comb
  • Nightlight
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy
  • Small Blanket

  Preschoolers (5-6 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Shirt
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Book
  • Hairbrush
  • Age Appropriate Hair Ties
  • Nightlight
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy
  • Small Blanket

Middle Childhood (6-7 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • T-Shirts
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Pajamas or Sleeping Attire
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Comb
  • Nightlight
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy

Middle Childhood (6-7 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Pajamas or Sleeping Attire
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Shirt & Pants (stretchy for diiferent sizes)
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair Ties
  • Nightlight
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy

Middle Childhood (7-8 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • T-Shirts
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Pajamas or Sleeping Attire
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Comb
  • Nightlight
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy

 Middle Childhood (7-8 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Pajamas or Sleeping Attire
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Shirt & Pants (stretchy for diiferent sizes)
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair Ties
  • Nightlight
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy

Middle Childhood (8-9 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • T-Shirts
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash/Soap
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Comb
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy

Middle Childhood (8-9 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Shirts
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash/Soap
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Bath Puff
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair Ties
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy

Middle Childhood (9-10 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • T-Shirts
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Comb
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy

 Middle Childhood (9-10 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Shirts
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Bath Puff
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair Ties
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy

Middle Childhood (10-11 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • T-Shirts
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Comb
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy

  Middle Childhood (10-11 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Shirts
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Bath Puff
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair Ties
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy

Middle Childhood (11-12 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • T-Shirts
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Comb
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy

  Middle Childhood (11-12 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Shirts
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Bath Puff
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair Ties
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy

Young Teens (12-13 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • T-Shirt
  • Pants (that adjust or stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Comb
  • Sweatpants
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Men's Deoderant

Young Teens (12-13 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Shirt
  • Pants (that adjust or stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Small Package of Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Bath Puff
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair Ties
  • Sweatpants
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Women's Deoderant

Young Teens (13-14 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • T-Shirt
  • Pants (that adjust or stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Comb
  • Sweatpants
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Men's Deoderant

 Young Teens (13-14 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Shirt
  • Pants (that adjust or stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Small Package of Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Bath Puff
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair Ties
  • Sweatpants
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Women's Deoderant

Young Teens (14-15 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • T-Shirt
  • Pants (that adjust or stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Comb
  • Sweatpants
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Men's Deoderant

  Young Teens (14-15 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Shirt
  • Pants (that adjust or stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Small Package of Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Bath Puff
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair Ties
  • Sweatpants
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Women's Deoderant

Teenagers (15-17 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • T-Shirt
  • Pants (that adjust or stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Sweatpants
  • Comb
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Disposable Razor and Small Shaving Cream
  • Sweatpants
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Men's Deoderant

Teenagers (15-17 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Shirt
  • Pants (that adjust or stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Small Package of Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Bath Puff
  • Sweatpants
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair Ties
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Sweatpants
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Women's Deoderant

Taylor Pyles

Tom "Taylor" Pyles is a child abuse survivor and the founder The Blue Ribbon Project. He has been a police officer with Annapolis Police Department for over a decade and is assigned as a Detective in the Criminal Investigations Section.  When not working, you'll find him spending time with his family and out enjoying the countryside on two wheels. 

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