My little sister is headed to college soon. (Cue the cry- face.) Being the big sister that I am, I had to make sure this girl was properly prepared for college, but in a way she did not expect… A car emergency kit.
Why Do You Need a Car Emergency Kit?
Simply put- because you’ll never miss it, until you need it.
When my mother was young she and her family traveled across the country every summer. When they were just hours away from their destination they were in a horrific accident. Her grandma was killed in the car accident, several of her siblings were thrown from the car, including my mother. My mom remembers waking up in the middle of a field, on the highway and hearing her sisters screaming in agony. Being the youngest daughter, she was overcome with fear and started calling for her mother. (My favorite part of the story is coming!) My mother remembers searching the fields for a familiar face when suddenly a man picked her up and wrapped a green quilt around her and her sister. They were instantly warm and although frightened, knew that everything was going to be okay.
Since that experience, my mother has made sure that each of her children have a blanket in their car. So just in case they are the first responder to an accident- they will have a blanket that could bring instant comfort to the victim. But also, bring prepared for any circumstance wither it’s an emergency or just an every day small problem- you’ll be glad you had this in your back seat!
How Do You Get Started?
We purchased all of these new items for under $30 (utilizing the dollar store for most). But you can get a basic Car Kit for $20.
First- snag this handy Car Kit printable found here. We’ll list off all the things you’ll need in an easy check-list form.
- Box to hold everything
- Water (at least 1 bottle/seat belt in the car, preferably more during the summer or if you live in a hot climate)
- High-energy snacks
- Batteries (store outside flashlight for longer shelf life)
- Wet wipes
- Toilet paper roll (store easily by rolling off the roll onto your hand and place in a ziplock bag)
- Basic first aid kit
- Change of clothes for children (or yourself if you want)
- Diapers (if you have children)
- Scriptures (or a classic book for reading)
- Jumper cables or Beat It
- Hand sanitizer
- Pen & Paper
- Pocket knife
- Deck of cards
- $5-$20 cash (and change)
- Hair tie/scrunchie/bobby pins
Secondly- Start collecting! Whatever you can’t find, go shopping!
Snag all of these Emergency Items in One Sweet Place:
If this list looks a little too daunting to collect on your own. Might we suggest another option… This month we recently came across the coolest product that solves every mother’s emergency needs in one sweet place: In a Pikle.
The convenience of this product can not compare to how easy all of your emergency items can be collected- with a click of the button! And then, once delivered- these emergency items store all in one tight place. Morgan and Tiffaynee both comfortably collected all of In a Pikle‘s products in these fashionable clutches and it’s the answer to every mother’s prayer. Check out their website today to snag your personal emergency kit AND don’t forget to use our promo code: Mommyconvos20- for 20% off any of their products. If you only buy one kit- we highly suggest snagging the biggest bang for your buck- the Complete Starter Kit!
Beat It: a Preparedness Item Worth Mentioning:
One of the worst sounds in the world is the sputtering of the vehicle engine. When you need to leave the house immediately and the engine is not humming happily your heart sinks… you are alone too. Sure- you can call a friend to give your vehicle a jump, but that will easily take over thirty minutes to get back on the road. As a mom, it is such a chore to get all the kids in the car and then to unload them while you wait for your rescuer. The BEATIT– the emergency car battery has saved my bacon plenty of times and helped me get back on the road within minutes.
Not only does Beat It jump-start the van in four quick steps, but it has plenty of other features. Beat It- jump starts a vehicle in seconds, up to thirty times, there’s a LED flashlight with seven light modes. The Beat It is light and compact to fit inside a glove box, has a double USB charger enabling seven smartphone recharges. Phew- it’s totally awesome!
If you like to prepare for emergencies and the peace of mind that comes with preparedness- we strongly suggest creating your emergency car kit to include all the above. There have been countless times our car emergency kit has saved me in a pinch.
What item do you have in your preparedness kit that you can’t live without?
Praying your emergencies are mild and that you find yourself prepared,
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