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DIY Car Emergency Kit

by Megan

You never expect car trouble to happen. And of course it always seems to surprise you at just the worst times! So today I’m sharing the car emergency kit that I put together, so you can always be ready when you’re out on the road!

You don't want to be caught unprepared if your car breaks down! Here is what I included in my DIY Car Emergency Kit.

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Back in May I attended the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration in Disney World. One of the sponsors, Alamo, gave us these adorable tote bags, complete with extra zipper bag and leather keyring. I absolutely loved the tote, but I own SO many bags! What to do with this one…?

vineyard vines tote bag from alamo

Instead of stashing it in my closet with all the other bags that I love but which never seem to see the light of day, I decided to turn it into my own car emergency kit! I mean, it’s from Alamo, so it’s clearly a match made in heaven.

So what do you put in a car emergency kit? Well I’ll be happy to show you what I put in mine!

Car Emergency Kit

Here’s everything that I included in my kit:

DIY Car Emergency Kit Contents

1. Jumper Cables

I got the Cobra Jumpack awhile back, which is a set of jumper cables connected to a rechargable battery. That means I can jump my car without needing another car present! They just happened to fit perfectly into the smaller Alamo bag, so I put the Jumpack in there, and into the bigger bag it went!

2. External Phone Battery

An external phone battery is definitely something you’ll want to have if you get stranded. Nothing like having your car AND your phone die on you at the same time. Make sure the battery is charged and gets recharged if you have to use it!

3. First-Aid Kit

Always good to have first-aid basics on hand, especially with small children. Make sure you have bandages, first-aid cream, an ice pack, scissors, tweezers, hand sanitizer, an emergency blanket, and any necessary medications.

4. Flashlight

Hopefully you won’t break down at all, but I really hope you don’t break down at nighttime. Make sure you have a reliable flashlight just in case!

5. Water and Snacks

You could end up waiting awhile for help to come. Even if you don’t end up needing them for survival, water and non-perishable snacks could help you and the kids keep your sanity while you wait!

6. Sunscreen

You might not need it in a car emergency, but it’s good to have on hand for any unplanned stops where you will be outside in the sun.

7. Wipes

Baby wipes come in handy in just about every situation, so toss in a pack!

8. Convenience Items

I finished off my kit with some items that aren’t necessary but are good to have around:

  • Extra straws
  • Plastic utensils
  • Salt
  • Pen and pencil
  • Chapstick
  • Letter opener
  • Hair tie
  • Feminine products
  • Diapers
  • Cash

Because I don’t know about you, but when the drive thru worker fails to give me some salt packets or a straw for my drink…that’s an emergency.

Well I hope I’ve inspired you to put together your own kit, so you’ll always be prepared when you’re out and about. And if you have to treat yourself to a cute new bag to put it all in, then you gotta do what you gotta do!

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