We know it's hard to be prepared for anything, but we partnered with Puffs on this post that may make it a little easier to plan ahead.
At some point, you will end up stranded in the car with your child — and it won't be pretty. I remember running out early one morning with my tot in one arm and my wallet under the other to get diapers, only to unexpectedly (and upsettingly!) get stuck on the highway in completely stopped traffic. After suffering through over an hour of nonmoving car drama, the traffic cleared and we finally made it to the store. That day, I packed an emergency bag and tucked it accessibly under the passenger seat. Be a car savior and pack your own kit for whenever vehicle tragedies happen. I promise, it will keep you all sane.
Sure, you probably already have several of these items floating around your car, but storing everything together makes life so much easier. Pick up a tote and then tuck in a bottle of water, rain poncho, and flashlight. This way you're always hydrated and protected from dashing out in the rain or dark nights. If you live in a cooler climate, you can also pack a space blanket or two for keeping warm.
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Tissues, superabsorbent towels, and diapers, or an extra set of undies, are essentials for when stuck in the car. Those towels come in handy for soaking up spills and, um, accidents. And tissues are always so helpful when needing to wipe runny noses.
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A first aid kit is a must, and you can usually find minikits at your local dollar store. But a pack of antibacterial wipes is smart to grab if anyone has a boo-boo, while bath wipes are great for cleaning sticky hands — and dirty bums too.
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If your car is anything like mine, it's already a treasure trove of kid toys, but they've all been played with before. When stuck in the car, having something new to whip out for quick entertainment soothes frustrated kids — and gives you a bit of quiet time to figure things out. And it saves you from handing over your phone, which you might need when dealing with an emergency.
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You're stuck, stranded, or just plain lost, so pack a little bag of essentials just for you. A special treat — maybe some pain reliever, chapstick, or a hair tie — might be all you need to help you through the setback. Pack your mommy stash in a separate little bag so you can easily grab it out of the main tote.
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Pack a smaller bag with nonperishable snacks for keeping your child happy. Storing them in a cute bag is also an added distraction, giving your little one another thing to play with while noshing.
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All Packed Up!
As you can see, all these items fit easily in this tote, which is still skinny enough to slide under the seat. You can pack your car kit in a backpack, a duffel, or even an old purse — just make sure to store it in an accessible spot within your vehicle.
Back up your emergency pack with an old blanket, a couple more bottles of water, bungee cords, old gloves, an umbrella, a collapsible shovel, and a few glow sticks in the trunk so you're really prepared for anything.
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