Keep Change of Clothes at School

No matter the age, girl or boy, every student needs an emergency set of clothes to keep in their locker. As an educator, I have seen every type of clothing emergency, from smelly spilled milk to rips, and everything in between - all resulting in a parent having to make an unexpected trip to bring a new set of clothes!


If your school does not have lockers, then ask a favorite teacher to find a spot for your child's "emergency kit" in their classroom. It may save you gas money or missed time at work.

By onesoutherngal from MS

May 5, 20110 found this helpful

Thanks for that; I'll be doing that for my girls.

Back in college, I always kept a change of clothes in my locker, something dressy, in case an evening out with classmates came up, or a date.

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May 5, 20110 found this helpful

Not a bad idea for adults to keep a change at work, either. You never know when you'll end up wearing your lunch, or slip in a puddle.

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May 5, 20110 found this helpful

With all due respect, I raised 4 children and in all of their school years I only had to take a clean outfit to school twice. This outfit kept at school is one that probably will never be worn and at the end of the year probably won't fit the child. We cannot be compulsively prepared for every single little mishap that MIGHT happen in our lifetimes. Sometimes it makes more sense to ride the waves.

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May 6, 20110 found this helpful

I can't imagine, where a teacher, would store all these clothes!

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May 6, 20110 found this helpful

This is not compulsive, in fact it's not a bad idea & one that should be considered by any parent,based on their knowledge of their child-especially if the parents work. My opinion is based on also having raised 4 children & working as a cafeteria/playground attendant at my younger children's grade school(4yr old-5th grade) for nearly 5 years.

My youngest son, while more advance than & potty trained earlier than his older siblings, still had a problem when he would get excited & occasionally have an accident(urinating in his pants)up until 2nd grade. He was absolutely mortified the 1st time it happened at school when he was 4 & he had to be sent to the nurse to call me to bring him pants. If I'd been a working mom then, he'd have sat in wet pants a long time.The next time it happened, he didn't tell the teacher because he didn't want the embarrassment again - he spent a miserable day in urine soaked pants & came home smelling like a toilet! From that day on, he always had a change of underwear & pants in his backpack so he could discreetely change in the bathroom if needed.

I've also had to make trips to the school for all of my kids because of them falling in the mud/snow in the winter & being soaked to the bone, or having their lunch/drink dumped all over them. I know, my kids probably sound like pigs!LOL!

As an employee, I can't tell you how many children needed a change of clothes due to bathroom accidents, falling in the mud, spilled lunch, vomiting(on themselves or others), etc. Thankfully by that time the school nurse kept a stash of clothes in her office for the kids to borrow for occasions like that-I was a regular contributer of my kids outgrown clothes!

No, I'm sure not everyone needs to put a change of clothes in their kids' backpacks (I've seen kids who could walk through a pig pen & come out spotless), but what can it hurt?

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May 6, 20110 found this helpful

Let me add another, more personal note to this that some can probably also relate to.This is also one my daughter & I have experienced personally & I saw several times at the school where I worked.....girls who have started having periods really should keep a change of underwear at the very least & a change of pants too if possible. You never, EVER forget the humiliating experience of having this type of accident that is very obvious to everyone who sees the back of your pants!

And I always sent a set of their older clothes they weren't wearing anyway & switched them out with the season. Most kids have backpacks or lockers now to store them in. If they don't, it wouldn't take up that much room for the teacher to keep a plastic tote to store them.

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May 12, 20110 found this helpful

This is an excellent tip, although maybe the nurse could be the "keeper of the clothes," rather than a teacher if lockers aren't available. Of course, keeping their own clothes in their own backpacks is also a very good option. At least a couple of times in early grade school, I had to walk home in wet pants after being too shy to insist on an unscheduled bathroom trip. Again, when I "blossomed" at school several years later, and not having been thoroughly prepared, it would've been nice to have clean undies available. And no, Lionpridej, your kids don't sound like pigs, lol!

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