Being a new mother isn’t easy, and there are a lot of changes that you have to make to your life while still maintaining important, older, more established routines, like a professional career. That’s why it’s important to understand that you have limits, you make mistakes sometimes, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t be prepared for those days when it seems like a million things are happening at once.
A Little Help On Those Busy Days
One of the best things you can do for yourself when you have a little free time is plan ahead and create a “Mommy Emergency Car Kit,” that you can just leave in the trunk or some other storage compartment in your vehicle. There will eventually come a day when you’ve got too many things going on. You’ll be in such a hurry that you get into the car and are half-way to your first destination of a busy day when you realize you’ve forgotten some important baby supplies.
Never fear. You planned for this day, and you have that emergency kit ready in the car! But how you make one of these kits and what do you put in it?
A Can O’ Stuff
The easiest way to make this kit is to take any standard small gym bag and toss it under the seat, you will be glad you did. Dont over look the good ole coffee can, it’s large, has an easy to use air tight lid, and can be filled with small sized versions of all the things you need. Heres a list to get you started.
- First aid kit
- Spare tire
- Can of Fix-a-Flat: If you’re losing air or forgot to keep your spare filled, this can will help you get from mile marker 203 to the mechanic or gas station.
- Jumper cables: Now all you need is a kind stranger.
- Pepper spray: In case that kind stranger has other things in mind.
- 550 Cable: This stuff can be used for anything — tying down a hood, tying off a wound, even a makeshift towing chain.
- Collapsible gas can: The last thing you’ll want to do is drop another 10 bucks on the gas can.
- Small fire extinguisher
Kid Emergency Kit
- Diapers/Pull-ups: Even if your kid isn’t wearing diapers on a regular basis, you never know when you might hit a traffic jam just when Maddie realizes she needs to pee.
- Change of clothes: nothin’ fancy, just a quick fix for juice spills before grandma’s house.
- Towel and room spray: For accidents from either end.
- Hand sanitizer
- Coloring books and Mad Libs: the perfect boredom buster for kids of all ages.
- Cheap collapsible stroller: This doesn’t need to be anything major. Just something in case you end up needing to make a long walk with a kid in tow.
- Deodorant, small perfume, hairspray, bobby pins, tiny mouthwash and a pack of Brush ‘Ems
- Medicine: for migraines, allergies and all the various tummy issues.
- Tide-On-The-Go pen
- Sweater/wrinkle-free blazer in case hiding is easier than fixing
- A pair of stockings
- Black flats
- Roll of quarters
- A $20 bill
- Granola bars: For when you skip lunch, again, this week.
- Some tampons, pads and a pair of clean panties: What’s that? You’re 35 and your period has never been early ever? Congratulations, lucky lady. But that luck can only last so long. Pack a few.
Then you can place it in your car—decorating it is strictly optional—and get ready to travel in confidence. If you’re feeling really ambitious, and want to be more cost effective, buy your supplies in bulk to make more than one kit and share the love with other friends and family that will benefit from having one in their car!