DIY Mom Survival Kit

Nothing is worse than when you are running errands with your kids and disaster strikes. The baby has a diaper blowout and you don’t have any diapers with you. Your toddler trips on the sidewalk, skinning their knee, but you can’t find a bandaid. You’re stuck waiting for car repairs with no good distraction for your antsy child. These are situations you can avoid with a few dollars and a few minutes of planning and prep-work to create the ultimate Mom Survival Kit.

We’ve all been there as moms. We’ve gotten stuck in situations outside the home where we needed a certain item, but it’s nowhere to be found. Take a minute to think back to moments like this: What are the things you needed? Start making a list and gathering items to create a kit that you can either throw in your purse or diaper bag or even just leave in the trunk of the car.

The great thing about creating a mom survival kit is that there are no rules! These can be customized depending on your needs and the ages of your children. Do you have a friend who’s about to become a mom for the first time? Consider making her a New Mom Survival Kit for her baby shower!

Below are some ideas for items to include in your Mom Survival Kit. Think of additional things that would help keep your kiddo occupied in a pinch or items to bring you a little bit of peace in a moment of chaos (like your favorite sweet treat).

For Mom (or Dad)

  • Lotion/sunscreen
  • Chapstick
  • Sewing kit
  • Travel first aid kit
  • Stain remover pen
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Pad of paper & pen
  • Comb/Brush
  • Hair ties
  • Nail file or clippers
  • Pain medicine
  • Cough drops
  • Tissues
  • Toothbrush, floss, tooth paste
  • Gum
  • Protein bar or your favorite candy bar
  • Pad/tampon
  • Extra phone charger
Check out the travel section at your local store for affordable travel-sized lotions, toothpaste, tissues, and more! You can stock up your Mom Survival Kit for under $10!

For Baby/Kids

  • 1-2 Extra Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Crayons
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks/treats (we love these YumEarth Organic Lollipops!)
  • Deck of playing cards
  • Fun bandaids
  • A recycled plastic bag to throw dirty diapers/clothes in
  • An extra change of clothes

Ideas for packing your Mom Survival Kit

So you’ve gathered all of your items together, but now what do you put it all in? Grab an old makeup or travel bag that you already have or check out some of these options:

Clear Travel Bag

The great thing about using a clear bag is that you can see all of the items in it and easily grab what you need. We like this set from Baggallini Luggage that comes in three sizes. Make a kit that goes in the diaper bag and one to leave in the car!

 

Old Baby Wipes Container

An old wipes container makes the perfect mom survival kit storage unit to keep in the car. Add a little pizazz to it by applying colorful, patterned duct tape or fun fabric.

 

 

Small Storage Container

You can find a variety of small storage containers at your local big box store. These are nice because you can take the lid off and have easy access to everything in your mom survival kit. We like this Sterilite Small Showoffs Container because it has a handy carrying handle, too.

 

For another on-the-go kit idea, check out Creating The Ultimate Travel Activity Kit for Kids.

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Ariel

Ariel is a recently turned stay-at-home momma of three little ones to her high school sweetheart. When she isn’t busy playing with her young kiddos (or running around frantically), you can find her writing on her personal blog, Dreams To Do. Ariel is a lover of inspirational words, photography, coffee, reality TV, and of course, her family. You can connect with Ariel on Twitter and Facebook.

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