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Car Emergency Kit for Moms

Most moms have gotten into situations away from home when they wish that they were more prepared. While it is impossible to be prepared for everything, there are things a mom can do to be prepared for the many minor emergencies that can happen from time to time when she is on the road.

One way to be prepared for emergencies is to create an emergency kit to put in the trunk of the car. First you need to find something in which to store your emergency supplies. Your kit can be small or large, depending on how much room you have to store the items in your car.

An empty baby wipes container or a plastic shoe box are a great size for a small, portable emergency kit. If you want make a larger more comprehensive kit, then a backback would also work well. You can easily find an inexpensive old backpack at a yard sale or thrift store.

If you want to decorate your emergency kit, take scraps of fabric and use a glue gun to glue them to the plastic container.

Remember that emergencies are not only medical emergencies. If your car breaks down along the side the of road, you don't know how long you are going to be there. You need to be prepared for all kinds of unexpected situations. What if you have to wait for help and your kids are hungry? What if you don't have cell phone reception or your cell phone battery is dead and you need change to use a pay phone? Here are some ideas for items you might need in an emergency:

  • Large garbage bag
  • Baby wipes
  • Diaper
  • Change for a payphone
  • Safety pin
  • Sewing kit
  • Pen
  • Notepad
  • Sunscreen
  • Pain reliever (child, adult)
  • Antihistamine
  • Kleenex
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Band aids
  • Non adhesive bandages
  • Gauze and medical tape
  • Instant ice pack
  • Tweezers
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Insect relief ointment
  • Cortisone cream
  • Granola bars
  • Fruit snacks
  • Flashlight
  • Waterproof matches
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle

When packing your emergency kit, you might consider placing the first aid items in a smaller re-closable plastic bag so that the items will not get wet if the larger bag comes into contact with water.

Besides the items in your portable emergency kit, you should also carry items in your car such as a fire extinguisher, battery jumper cables, emergency flares, a jack, spare fuses, a basic tool kit, and a blanket.

While it is not absolutely necessary, it is highly recommended that all adults attend first aid training. While taking a first class prepares you to help anyone in the face of a medical emergency, it will also help you know what to do if you are away from home and someone in your family needs first aid.

If you don't want to take the time to put together your own kit, there are many pre-made car emergency kits and first aid kits available on the market today. They will provide you everything you will need in the face of a roadside emergency.

When you are on the road, you never know what will happen. While it is easy to think that we will not find ourselves in an emergency situation, it is a matter of when it is going to happen, not if it is going to happen.

Preparing yourself for the worst case scenario is the best thing you can do to protect yourself and your family. Even if you just run out of gas along the side of the road, or your child gets stung by a bee while playing at the local playground, you will have peace of mind knowing that you are prepared for any situation.

Mountainside Medical Equipment Inc. is a leading provider of medical supplies and equipment as well as a Veteran Owned Small Business, and has been for over 10 years. As a family-owned and operated business, Mountainside Medical is proud to serve healthcare professionals, as well as private consumers globally online through their website, and locally in their convenient Marcy, NY office through their medical supply outlet store.

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