What to put in a Homeless Care Pack

Dignity is a human right

If you can help make homeless care kits for local homeless you have probably wondered what they really need the most.

Care packs for the homeless are a practical way to help. These homeless hygiene kits can really make a difference for those that live on the street as gift bags for your local homeless shelter to distribute.

Top 10 items to include in a Homeless Care Package

Add to a shopping tote or small carry bag:

1. Socks (the most asked for item – thermal 'Explorer' socks in winter)

2. Water bottle

3. Bandages / first aid kit

4. Torch

5. Wet wipes – sensitive skin

6. Toothbrush and toothpaste

7. Sunscreen

8. Healthy single-serve snacks (e.g. Tuna & cracker packs)

9. Tissues

10. Hand Sanitiser & Face Masks

Winter Extras



Rain Poncho

Summer Extras

Insect repellent

Rain Poncho - regions with wet seasons / tropical regions

Sun hat / cap

Hygiene Extras

A personal note – handwrite some words of encouragement

Sewing kit

Can opener

Pen & Note pad

Ziploc bags

Other Extras


Comb/hair brush



Cotton swabs

Nail clippers

Women: Sanitary items

Drop off your care packs to your local Homeless Agency

Your local homeless shelter or agency will be grateful for your help
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What else do homeless people need?

Blankets and cardboard can Kill

Fact. You can die sleeping under wet blankets and doonas. Hypothermia kills.

Not dignified. Provies some ground insulation (not in the rain) and it is difficult to store and carry.

Tents are not suitable in urban environments, take time to setup/packup and city councils do not want permanent structures erected.

Backpack Beds (swags) SAVE LIVES

The Backpack Bed is a study proven emergency bed built specifically for people that do not have access to shelter. Backpack Bed for Homeless is a national charity thtat partners with 800+ homeless agencies across Australia to distribute our Backpack Beds to street sleeping homeless people.

The Backpack Bed has been awarded 7 international product design awards.

Backpack Bed - lightweight

Lightweight 3KG

Street tough material

Backpack Bed - full body protection

Full Body Protection

4 season summer & winter

Backpack Bed - fire retardant

Fire Retardant

Fabric + Mattress 190cm x 55cm

Backpack Bed - wind & rain protection

Water & Wind Proof

Protects against winter chills


Full Body Mosquito Net

Stop bites on hot summer nights


Ergonomic Backpack

Adjustable shoulder & chest straps


Storage Pockets

4 pockets - store over 20kg


Secret lockable pocket

With brass key lock

You can make a difference today

Our program is not government funded. However, the sad reality is the only barrier stopping us from handing more Backpack Beds to folks you see on the street - is your powerful donation. Please HELP today.

How your Backpack Bed makes a difference

Backpack Bed for Homeless thank you postcard
Thank you notes from homeless Backpack Bed recipients
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