Mom Hack: A Car Emergency Kit, and What I Put In It

car emergency kit

Outfit Details:

White Flowy Top (wearing size XS, similar HERE)
Jeans (they’re my favorite and they’re ON SALE!)
Ankle Boots (more sizes HERE)

Storage Bin info at the bottom of the post!

A couple of years ago I was at the park with some friends and one of my friend’s kids fell down in some water, soaking his socks and pants. My friend was completely unfazed, and just walked over to her car, pulled out a giant tupperware full of stuff, and grabbed him a new pair of pants and socks.

It was her Car Emergency Kit. WHAT?! Genius.

A few days after that, I put together my car emergency kit, and just recently I updated it so I wanted to share. It’s one of my best mom hacks!

what I keep in my car at all times
emergency snack bin for the car
What I put in my emergency kit in my car
car emergency kit
The best mom hack for your car

Everyone’s Emergency Kits will look slightly different, depending on their needs. But I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked out of the house in a dress and forgot to put lotion on, or someone fell down at the park and I needed a bandaid and some Neosporin, or someone’s melting down and I need a quick snack but don’t want to stop, or we get caught in the rain or the cold weather.

I use something in this box at least once a week.

Here’s what I keep in my car emergency kit:

  1. A change of clothes for all your kids (I usually use just a free t-shirt and a pair of pj or basketball shorts. Also don’t forget underwear!)
  2. A spare jacket (I put a large one in that any of my children can wear)
  3. Non Perishable Snacks
    • I have Ritz Crackers, Apple Sauce Squeezies, Fruit Snacks, and Dum-Dum suckers, but I change it up as we use them up. *If you live somewhere with a very hot climate, make sure you choose snacks that won’t get cooked!
  4. Extra Socks (one pair for each kid)
  5. Hand Sanitizer
  6. Sunscreen
  7. Lotion
  8. Hair Gel/Hair Spray/Bobby Pins/Comb/Hair Tie
  9. Diapers/Wipes
  10. Car Spray (I love THIS ONE from Tubby Todd. It freshens my car up instantly when I have to change a diaper in the trunk)
  11. Feminine products (literally has saved me so many times)
  12. Large Water Bottle
  13. First Aid Kit
  14. Umbrella
  15. Blanket (I like to keep a small quilt in there in case of a spur of the moment picnic, a diaper change in the trunk, or someone’s cold and needs a blanket)



These are the SMALL POLKA DOT BINS inside the storage container.

I also keep THIS CRATE in the back to store my reusable grocery bags (we have to pay for disposable grocery bags in California) so they’re not floating all around the car.

(also, because you guys ask all the time, I drive an Infiniti QX60)


This is one of my best mom hacks, and hopefully it helps some of you. If you already have one in your car, tell me what I’m missing in mine!


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  1. Lindsay says:

    Good post 🙂 I don’t usually have an emergency kit like this unless we are going on a long drive, but after reading this, I think I would benefit from having a basic kit all the time in the car.
    When I have a kit for long drives, I pretty much have the same things that you have in yours plus i usually have some little games or toys (not expensive) that the kids haven’t seen before so that if someone is getting fussy or cranky I can pull out a little toy or game and that will help us all to keep our sanity until we reach our next stop 🙂 My kids are 5 and 3 years old.

  2. Paige Flamm says:

    This is an awesome idea! I’m constantly out and about and finding myself in need of certain items! I need to keep something like this in my car!


  3. Ashleigh says:

    These are great tips gor anyone! I never even thought of this. Im making one for my car.

  4. Brianna says:

    This is smart for anyOne, kids or not.

  5. Ana says:

    I have an emergency kit i Purchased from an online sOS COMPANY. It has supplies for a natural DISASTER (EARTHQUAKES in CA!) as well supplies if your car broke down (like rOad flares).

  6. Jordan says:

    Love this! I’d prob add a spare phone charger you can use in the car.

  7. sara says:

    hi, I have one of these in my car as well. I have a random question about your car- does it fit 3 car seats across the middle row comfortably? having a tough time finding an SUV that can do that and it looks like you don’t have any car seats in the back-unless that’s just for picture purposes. Any advice is welcome, thanks!

  8. Andrew Arst says:

    Another important issue is a baby car seat choice. It’s really hard to choose a proper car seat for a baby. I managed to find a proper shortlist here but still, I can’t really make a reasonable choice. All the seats have some pros and cons and it makes the whole process of making a choice harder a lot.

  9. Jenae says:

    Friends CALL me mary poppins because my bin always has what we need. I also include dog bags/zippie bags to put soiled clothes in and chlorox wipes for every barf and other bodily fluid situation. And water bottles because I am a dessert child. And battery powered glow sticks in case of an emergency… or in case of night road trips and the kids need a distraction.

  10. Gabriel Jones says:

    It’s a useful emergency kit to keep in my car. Your idea is excellent. In the picture, I see that you placed the kit inside your car’s trunk or boot. I would like to know can I place it inside my car. Another issue is I have an 8-year-old kid who loves to ride a bike. I like to attach a minified version of an emergency kit which will only keep a first aid kit beside his BIKE SEAT. How is my idea?

  11. lisa says:

    These are great tips. Having blankets and snacks are a must. If you get stranded for any reason, these items will make sure you can be more comfortable while in the car. Having a flashlight with working batteries and emergency flares are another good idea. Making sure the spare tire is in good condition is another.Exotic car rental

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