Okay, so this bag I keep in my van isn’t for actual emergencies, but more for normal “kid” emergencies. We were at a local indoor playground recently (Going Bonkers) and my newly potty trained two-year-old wet her pants. I frantically searched the diaper bag for anything that would fit her, then ran out to the van while my little girl cried quietly because she still wanted to play.
Out in the van, the only thing I could find was a pair of gym shorts (and it was below freezing out) that my four-year-old hadn’t quite grown into yet. Why did I have shorts in my van in the middle of January? Because sometimes I can be
a bit way too unorganized, and this pair happened to fall out of a bag of hand-me-downs we had received from another family.
I brought the shorts, thinking we were just going to have to make them work, when a good Samaritan–another mom I barely know–offered her son’s extra pair of sweat pants without a second thought. All I could do was keep saying, “Thank you! Thank you so much!” And thinking to myself, “I wish I was her right now. I wish I was smart enough to have extra clothes for my kids. Why am I NOT a type-A personality?!”
Then I discovered that it doesn’t take a type-A personality to put together a kid emergency bag. Here’s what’s in mine:
- Extra set of clothes for each kid, including socks and underwear
- Jacket or sweater for each kid
- Jammies for the baby
I just put it all in a bag, and it stays in the trunk of my van. Easy as pie! (I never understood this saying… it’s not really that easy to make pie.)
I also found a car emergency kit placed in an adorably decorated plastic wipes case on the blog Rips in My Jeans (found via Pinterest, of course!). So I decided to make my own. Since I know I’ll never make the time to actually cover the box in cute fabrics, I’m just using Tupperware. Here’s what’s in my box:
The Van Emergency Box
- grocery bag for trash
- hand sanitizer
- Wet Ones
- white petroleum jelly (good to use for diaper rash cream or lip balm or for small cuts)
- a safety pin
- a small amount of cash & change
- non-perishable snacks (I have Craisins)
- a hair tie
- a pen
- bubbles (my maniacs go absolutely nuts for bubbles)
Now I can feel like one of those actually-making-Pinterest-projects, wore-her-skinny-jeans-home-from-the-hospital, super-organized-tidy-house
b moms… even though I’m really not.