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.
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)
- Sewing kit
- Travel first aid kit
- Stain remover pen
- Hand sanitizer
- Pad of paper & pen
- Hair ties
- Nail file or clippers
- Pain medicine
- Cough drops
- Toothbrush, floss, tooth paste
- Protein bar or your favorite candy bar
- Extra phone charger
- 1-2 Extra Diapers
- 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 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.
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