Let’s face it, life with kids is crazy and there is nothing worse than being stuck with a car full of kids unprepared.
No matter what the reason is, traffic, a life or death emergency, car trouble, or you just forgot the diaper bag, a good emergency kit in the car can solve your problems, or at least make them stink less.
Despite the differences in lifestyle, there are some essentials we all need to have. These necessary items come from different categories. Some of the main reasons we carry emergency supplies can be: everyday needs, first aid kits, disasters, and for vehicular problems.
Everyday supplies are things that you use on an everyday basis. These supplies are things you might keep in your purse, diaper bag, or if you were taking a short road trip.
- Baby Supplies
- Diapers, pacifier, sippy cup, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, extra clothes
- Non-Perishable Snack Foods
- I love individual packages of crackers and cookies. These last quite a while and the weather does not affect whether or not they are edible. The Busy B Homemaker suggests granola bars.
- Mom with a Prep suggests keeping at least one large bottle of water per person in the car, plus an extra bottle. She also says to keep snacks like dried fruits, canned goods, and protein snacks in the car.
- Sunscreen and bug spray
- Something to do
- For little bitty kiddos, this can be a simple rattle, car, or stuffed animal.
- For older kids, you can bring a coloring book or paper and pencil. I found that the twist up colored pencils are great in the car because they do not require sharpening and they do not melt in the heat like crayons. For longer trips, these entertainment items can be more extensive.
- Feminine Products
- Clorox Wipes
- Kleenex and Toilet Paper
- Phone chargers
First Aid Supplies
For me, this is one of the most important things. I have a huge first aid kit with a little of everything in the car. My first aid kit has a variety of supplies for both major and minor emergencies.
- Bandaids, Antiseptic, and Antibiotic Cream
- An Ace Bandage
- Gauze and Tape
- This works great for closing up cuts and gluing fingernails back together.
- Pain medicine for adults and children
- The Busy B Homemaker recommends liquid Benadryl because it is fast acting.
- If you live somewhere that the weather is very hot or very cold this can damage liquid medications.
- Benadryl Spray for bug bites and other itchy problems
- A thermometer
- Aloe Vera Gel and/or Burn Cream
- First Aid Booklet
- This idea came from Survival Mom. While I had not thought of it myself this is great. You never know when you might need instructions for basic first aid.
When you are driving you never know what can happen. There are so many different situations that could leave you stranded on the side of the road. Having the proper tools with you is always important.
- Jumper Cables
- There are regular jumper cables like you would use with two vehicles to start a dead battery. There are also new jump starter battery packs that come with jumper cables and a large power bank type of battery. I keep one of these in my car all the time so if I need it I could jump start my car without help if I had to.
- My favorite thing about this is that the power bank battery can be used to charge my phone and it has an emergency flashlight, too.
- Portable Air Compressor
- They make small portable air compressors for cars (the best ones are digital) that you plug into the cigarette lighter. These can be used to air up a flat tire. They are not the fastest air compressors ever, but they work great.
- Duct Tape
- Basic Tools
- I keep a small tool kit with basic wrenches, screwdrivers, and a few other odds and ends in it.
- Flares or Glow Sticks, Emergency Blankets, Rope, and a Fire Extinguisher
- A Paper Map
- I know that most of us rely on our cell phones and GPS to get around, but you never know when you will need a map. I keep a big atlas for the entire U.S. under the seat in my car. I have rarely had to use it, but it is good to know it is there if I need it.
- A Small Fold Up Shovel
Extras for Long Road Trips & Seasonal Items
On long road trips you need extra stuff since you are farther from home. For different seasons you may need to add a few items depending on your climate.
- Blankets, Tarps, Extra Clothes
- Extra Bottled Water
- When we are traveling we always take extra water. We drink more on long trips anyway, and if we got stranded in the middle of nowhere, you need extra water. The extra water can also be used if your car were to overheat.
- Ponchos and Umbrellas
- Ice Scraper, Chains, Hand Warmers
- Jackets, Gloves, Hats, and Scarves
I make sure to go through my emergency supplies every couple of months. This lets me check the expiration dates on medications and food supplies. Also, it allows me to replenish my first aid kit and snacks.
As a mom, we want to protect our family to the best of our ability. This means we are super prepared for anything and everything that could happen. Our emergency kits for the car have everything and then some, but I know that no matter what happens I will have what I need.