DIY Car Kit
While traveling, invariably I will need Tylenol or a hair clip. And because our family does so much commuting, we regularly eat in our vehicle. So food and beverage spills occur frequently, which means we need stain removers. That is why I created a customized car kit for each vehicle. And you can, too. Below is a list of items that I included in our DIY car kit which will help you create your own care kit.
To clarify, a car kit is completely separate from an emergency kit. A car kit differs in that it contains items that will save your sanity and provide peace of mind rather than treat wounds and cuts. Everyone should have an emergency (first aid) kit as well as a car kit in their vehicle.
An added benefit of the DIY car kit is that it frees up space in your glove box making it easier to find insurance cards and the like. I don’t know about you, but it irks me to have miscellaneous junk fall out of the glove compartment when I open it.
The do-it-yourself car kit should have items that provide comfort for you and your family while traveling. Since we have a young daughter, I had her to consider while figuring out what we would need.
While shopping, look for the travel sizes of these items. The pink links lead to specific items I highly recommend.
- “AA” of “AAA” batteries. (I’m notorious for not checking battery life)
- Clorox Wipes to go
- Baby wipes
- Small package of cocktail napkins
- Tide-to-Go pen OR Shout Wipes
- Bug spray
- Pain reliever
- Allergy medication
- Roll of Tums
- Queasy Drops (tend to melt in the extreme heat here in TX if left in the vehicle, but they are invaluable, so maybe carry them in your purse if car sickness is an issue)
- Dramamine if you don’t mind the side effects.
- Breath Mints (Altoids work best because they don’t melt.)
- Alcohol gel (hand sanitizer)
- Extra sunglasses
- Small LED flashlight (A headlamp, too, if you have room, as it makes changing a flat at night time a LOT easier)
- Toothpicks/dental picks
- Safety pins
- $20 cash in small bills
- Roll or snack bag of quarters
- Drawstring trash bag
- Surgical (latex or non-allergenic) gloves (did your kid just puke???)
- Pony tail holders and mini-claws
- Pads & tampons (useful for more than girly emergencies)
- Nail clippers and file
- Wall charger for electronic gadgets with cords (we drive old, paid-for vehicles which break down regularly so we have unexpectedly had to sit in the waiting room. Same with unexpected ER visits. You just never know how long you’re going to be there.)
- Swiss Army knife
- Mini-note pad
Once you have your items gathered, find a small portable container like a cloth make-up bag or small plastic box to store everything. Preferably flat so it will fit under a car seat or somewhere it won’t get stepped on. When we had our mini-van, I used an inexpensive rectangular basket that sat on the floor between the front seats. It was within reach, out of the way and fit the space I had. Get a container that will suit your needs.
It is also a good idea to check your kits every six months to see if there are any leaks, dehydrated wipes, or if the cash got used and no one told you. I check mine in the spring and autumn, at the same time I check our emergency box.
Do you already have a car kit? If you have something in your car kit that I didn’t mention, please share in the comments. I look forward to hearing your wonderful ideas.
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