As a busy on-the-go mom, sometimes I feel like I live in my car. Between running errands, shopping, picking up and dropping off kids, I may spend most of my day on the road. My car is something I rely on heavily, but what about when something goes wrong? Recently, I had my car unexpectedly break down on me. Both kids were with me, it was 100 degrees outside, and we had to wait over an hour for assistance. Thankfully, I always have my Mom’s Emergency Car Kit. I fill the back of my Jeep with everything I may need in case of emergency situations, and in this situation it was a lifesaver! Every mom needs an emergency car kit because you never know what is going to happen when you are out and about.
Mom’s Emergency Car Kit
As I mentioned above, recently my brand new vehicle broke down on me, leaving the kids and I to sit and wait in the sweltering Florida heat. While I was not too happy about the situation, I was glad that I was prepared with my mom’s emergency car kit ready to go. My kids were able to be entertained and happy while we waited on our tow truck. You really never know what is going to happen, especially when you are on the go as much as I am so it is best to be prepared for anything. No one ever wants to have an emergency, but it is always best to plan for the just in case.
What’s In My Kit
When putting together your emergency car kit, it is important to think about the things that you would need if you had to wait on the side of the road for an hour or two. These things may be different for everyone, especially depending on the age of the kids. There are a few things that should be kept in your car no matter what though, including umbrellas and a towel because you never know when those will come in handy.
The first think I like to keep in my little kit is some stuff specifically for the kids. I have a 4 year old and a 1 year old. So things like diapers, wipes, and extra clothes are a must. Also, I like to keep a coloring book and some crayons in there for my daughter. The day we broke down, this gave her something to keep her occupied while we waited to be towed. My daughter also, for some reason, always ends up getting cold on car trips so I like to keep a blanket in the back as well.
Snacks and drinks are probably one of the most important things in my “mom’s emergency car kit”. The food basket I use is from the Dollar Tree and I just fill it up and pop it in my car any time we leave the house. I like to keep healthier options that are super simple and wont make much of a mess. Water bottles are always great to have because while they might not stay cold, at least you have some water in case you need it.
One of my favorite snacks to keep is the Bumble Bee® Seasoned Tuna Pouch with Spoon. These pouches are so great for the mom on the go. I especially love that they come with a spoon already included. That day we broke down, I had these with me and they were so great to keep myself and my daughter from getting hangry. They are much better than eating empty calorie snacks, and the lean protein helps keep that “hanger” away for longer.
The Seasoned Pouches come in a ton of really great flavors too. My favorite one is the Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil though. I try to keep one of these in my purse with me as well. Usually when I am out, it seems like the kids think that they are going to starve to death so it is very convenient having a healthy snack option that I can feel good handing over.
There are a few other items I like to keep in the car just in case. You never know when you will need an umbrella, especially here in Florida where it tends to rain at some point every day. Towels are also another great thing to keep in your car. You could need to clean up a mess or maybe just dry your wet hair off if you forgot an umbrella.
Having a backpack is also never a bad idea. I typically keep my kid’s stuff in the back pack back there because it makes it easier to take in and out if I need to. There is also a pop up hamper that I keep folded down in the back of my Jeep. This is in case I have any dirty clothes or random toys that I want to keep contained until I can take them into the house.
Mom On The Go
You have seen my snacks and random other items I keep in my Jeep for a rainy day. Hopefully I have inspired you to make a “mom’s emergency car kit” of your own! I am a busy mom on the go, and you probably are as well. So on top of keeping “emergency” items in the car, it is nice to have a go to snack as well. The Seasoned Pouches are the best for this, so if you haven’t, you should try them out because they are great on the go by themselves, or in a wrap when you just don’t have time to cook!
So now that you know what is in MY emergency car kit, I want to hear from you! Is there anything in particular that you like to keep in your car in case of an emergency?