Have you ever been stranded on the side of the road with children? I have and trust me, it is not fun. At the time I was not at all prepared and I did not know how long we (my 3 year old son and two year old daughter) were going to be stranded. We were without food water, diapers…etc. Because of this I have came up with a list of items that you should always keep in your vehicle in case of an emergency. All these items should help you overcome any situation you’re up against; but always remember, if your freaking out because you do not know what to do or what will happen, stop, think (positive) and figure out your next move.
First things on our “mommy vehicle kit” are food and water. Always pack 3 days worth of food and water if you are able to fit it in your vehicle (more if you are taking a road trip). If you are already looking in to becoming a prepper then stocking up and setting aside extra food is already something you will be planning to do. Keeping food in your car is like making sure that all of your eggs are not in one basket. Something to remember when your filling your bag with food is to make sure your choices are ready to eat and have plenty of protein, carbs and fats. Some examples would be peanut butter, flour tortilla, granola bars, tuna, spam, chicken, rice, beans, etc (a can opener, spoons and paper plates are also smart additions). When it comes to water you will want at least a case, that is 24 bottles. Do not plan on finding water on the road, water found by the road may be contaminated with gas, oil and other harmful chemicals. People can go 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food in the best possible situation, stranded in the middle of nowhere with small children is not the best of situations. If you would like to know more about how to get started prepping food check out this article and shrug off that “oh shit we are going die” feeling.
Second would have to be be diapers. Oh my goodness these are definitely important to have in your car. Sometimes I think to myself “well I am not going far so I wont need to pack any” and without fail every time I get on the road one of my kids needs a change. I don’t have to kick myself anymore because I keep a pack of them in the car at all times so I never go without them. First of all the smell is horrific and second I do not like having a my child sit in poop for very long. It is cruel to make a child wait hours before they are changed, it can irritate the skin and cause a rash. I do not like to see my children suffer so I do whatever is necessary to keep them calm and happy. Diapers can be expressive but if you can find them at a good price it would be a good idea to stock up on. Happy kids means happy mother, remember that the next time you go on a trip. Diapers can also be used for first aid, because they are made to soak up liquid they work just like a pad to absorb blood from wounds. Wipes are also a great idea, just like diapers they are a must have in case your child has to go to the bathroom. However, you do not have to use them for wiping butts. They are also great for cleaning up after messes, spills, cleaning a wound, you could also dry some out to make a fire if you don’t have anything else. I admit that I sometimes do not use wipes after every change but I am a pretty good mother and I look out for my children and I always do whats best for them. So having wipes with you is a great plan so stock up, they are always on sale at stores for like a dollar or more.
Third item in the “mommy vehicle kit” is a stroller. If you don’t have kids then you may think of this as a luxury item that takes up too much room. I challenge you to carry a 25 pound bag of rice and drag a 40 pound bag of flour on a inline skate a few miles while listening to a recording of your mother nagging you and tell me that you wouldn’t rather have a shopping cart and a Ipod. A stroller will let you keep your kids in sight and your awareness where it needs to be. It also lets you carry gear if you know that help is not coming. While a large stroller may not be an option if you drive a small car, you can find smaller models the fold to a 4″x4″ package.
Fourth item in the “mommy vehicle kit” is sunblock. Having sunblock with you at all times is a great idea, especially when you have a newborn baby with you. I know as an adult, getting sun burnt is the worst and even though try and be prepared I seem to get one or two every summer. If a sunburn is excruciating to me I can only imagine the level of suffering your baby would have to be in as well. Sunblock that’s above 30 SPF works best, anything lower wouldn’t really work unless your skin is naturally dark. I am Irish so my skin is pretty fair. My mother always bought me 50 SPF and most brands work. Knowing what works for you and your children is important, being sun burnt can cause you to get dehydrated and without water in the summer time, you will all be toast. Be sure to make sure the bottle expired or isn’t almost empty, always have a full bottle of sunblock with you just in case your stranded for days.
Fifth item in our “mommy vehicle kit” is spare clothing. You should pack for the weather you and your family are about to encounter. If you are planning on taking a trip to some where cold then pack for some where cold, same thing with hot climates. Always have a set of warm clothing is always a good call, even hot days can yield freezing nights. Do not forget about an extra pair of sensible shoes, please do not pack flip flops for you and your children that’s just asking for trouble. I would recommend hiking boots or steel toed boots, just in case you have to hike to find help or venture to find shelter making materials.
Fire is the Sixth item in our “mommy vehicle kit”. Fire making equipment is important to keep you and your family warm if its cold out. It is a necessity to have if you pack food that you would like to eat warmed up. Warm food will keep everyone more energized, alert, and aware than cold food. If you are planning to have food to cook be sure to include a pot and utensil. Everyone should keep waterproof matches, disposable lighters and a blast match or magnesium bar with them in the car at all times. Having multiple ways to start fires is always a good idea.As is adding a bag a charcoal briquets would be a great idea if you happen to be stranded on the highway and there is not an abundance of trees or brush surrounding you. You can also check out this video from MD Prepper on making reusable car heaters for emergency situations.
The Seventh item in our “mommy vehicle kit” list would be a map. I know you’re probably thinking “why do I need one when I have my phone”. Lets think for a second, how long do phone batteries last? 12-14 hours if it is fully charged; what happens if your phone dies before you are rescued? Having a paper map is essential, especially if you are in an unfamiliar area. A road atlas of the US can be purchased on amazon for cheap and can be left in your car indefinitely. Best thing to do is keep your eyes pealed so your are some what familiar with all your surroundings. If you can before you head out, mark on your map places or landmarks that would have water or food in case you happen to run out before you get rescued or find help. Maps are a wonderful and handy tool and most of us forget because technology is the new thing now, always remember to have a back up plan.
The Eight item in our “mommy vehicle kit” is a first aid kit. Everyone should keep one in their vehicle at all times and if you do not then you are an idiot. I know accidents happen. So far this year I have dropped a 25 pound cutting board on my foot at work and sliced my arm with a knife opening a package. Having an emergency kit would have been useful to stop the bleeding and saved me a $500 trip to the emergency room. I suggest (as does Rebel) in piecing together a kit rather than buying a prepackaged one. Band-aids, triple anti-biotic cream, tape, gauze, Q-tips, etc are cheap boo-boo remedies but larger wounds call for tourniquets and clotting agents. The investment is worth the money, especially if your children with you. You never know with kids, they tend to hurt themselves at least once a week. You never know what could happen, and car accidents can be rip your family apart. Watching my kids bleed out with no way to help is not something I want to ever go through. If you are stranded they can still find a way to hurt themselves. Remember to always be aware of what your children are doing and never let them out of your site.
Self defense would be the ninth item on our “mommy vehicle kit”. Lets talk knives. There are so many uses for a knife, cutting, hunting, fixing, preparing a shelter, defending yourself and your family. You should always have at least one knife on you, A carbon steel blade would provide the best edge-holding ability; ideal for rugged use. I keep a Cold Steel Kukri Machete in my car because it bridges the gap between a knife and a short sword, having a sturdy knife in hand can be useful for making a shelter for you and your family. Always remember to pack one, stay safe and stay alert. Second is a firearm. Every mother should own a gun. You should be comfortable with whatever you choose (and I mean what YOU choose, don’t let your boyfriend, husband, dad or brother tell you what to get), I don’t care if it is a small pink 9mm, a 12 gauge shotgun or an evil black AR15. If you are going to be out for the day then your gun should be secured on your body or in your car. Rebel and I installed a lock box in my car for my Glock 23, I also keep extra magazines and ammo with it. A gun is a must for mothers.
The tenth and final item for our “mommy vehicle kit” would have to be a flashlight. Having a flashlight is an important component in any situation. I know being a mother is tough and we tend to lose things, especially when you are dead tired. At night or early in the morning I have a hard time finding my work clothes because I do not want to turn on the light and wake anyone up so I have a flashlight near the bed. I also keep one in my purse, so being prepared and buying a few small flashlights to keep in your vehicle would be a good idea. You never know how important something is until you are put into a situation and not having something that you need for you and your family. Small LED lights last a long time and are easy to store because they do not take up much space. Adding a pack of batteries ia wise as well. Flashlights are a must so remember to pack one.
The eleventh item on this ten item list would be a good quality backpack. It should have wide padded straps, a waist belt and some kind of frame (ether internal or external). While staying with your car is usually the best way to be spotted sometimes you have to leave because help is not coming. Having a way to carry your supplies will keep you from sacrificing your body and your sanity. Remember before leaving to leave a note or marker so people know which way you went.
In conclusion, having this ten easy essential bag on the go for all mothers would be something to look into. Something can always happen, it can be something good or something bad, at least you are now more aware and can do something about your situation if it happens to go bad. Remember to stay calm, think positive, move forward and never over think your situation. If you get stranded you now have a bag to get by and if you have any further questions or concerns you can always contact my self or Rebel here at TheRebelPrepperNetwork.com. Til next time this is Kilee reminding you, never look back… Keep Pushing to become something your children can look up to.
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