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Packing a Mommy’s Car Survival Kit

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You have probably been there… vomit on your clothes or worse… Baby poop is no joke! Especially when it happens and you are no where near home! Even better when you left the diaper bag at home (I admit I never made this mistake ever again, it’s a mistake you make only once).

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There are some things you just can’t prepare for as a new parent, then there’s situations like projectile vomiting and blow outs (and I don’t mean the brazilian kind) that you can prepare for to minimize the damage. In this guide, I will put together a Mommy’s car survival kit for these very situations. It’ll be a quick packing list of items you can store in your car. It’s been my lifesaver and I know it will be yours too!

Packing a Mommy's Car Survival Kit

Packing a Mommy’s Car Survival Kit

The first, and last time, I ever accidentally left the diaper bag at home was my oldest son’s first trip to the mall. A little history about him… he was exclusively breast fed and struggled with having bowel movements. It was pretty safe to assume that if he did poop, it would be certainly a blowout.

It happened inside Dillard’s and my Mom was holding him. She looked over at me, with a little bit of fear across her face and she told me, “I think he’s doing something…” Then a rumble happened and I’m sure the sales associate across the store could hear. He was in an adorable Carter’s white one-piece that soon turned to mustard yellow. It was all over his back and down his legs. I’m laughing as I write this but it sure wasn’t funny when it was happening. It was everywhere. Since I forgot the diaper bag, I also forgot diapers so my son then pee’d on his car seat on the way home. I had so much fun to clean his car seat and my car’s not-leather seats of pee.

Had I had a survival kit in my car, I probably would’ve saved some money as I had to buy new clothes for my little guy and a shirt for me and time from cleaning those obnoxious child car seats. Plus, this survival kit is applicable for toddlers and older kids too (husbands included!). Here’s what you need to get yourself packed and ready for your child’s inevitable messy moments!

First you’ll need a medium size container that fits in your trunk without taking up too much room. This could be a x-large lunch box, large paper bag, small duffel/gym bag, medium size plastic storage bin.

For Baby:

  • 4-5 diapers
  • Hat/beanie
  • Extra socks
  • Receiving Blanket

For Everyone: 

  • Extra clothes for entire family
  • Full outfits for kids – no jeans
  • Just shirts for adults

Clean Up Necessities:

  • 1 Package of Wipes
  • 2 hand towels
  • 2-3 bottles of bottled water
  • 4-5 plastic bags, clean with no holes
  • Travel hand sanitizer


  • Sunscreen
  • first aid kit
  • bandaids
  • ointment
  • cotton swabs
  • tweezers

Miscellaneous Must-Haves:

  • Straws
  • Cups with Lids

I totally swear by this kit because it has helped me in more than one situation!  Perfect for when you have babies, awesome for the messes toddlers make and great for quick clean ups of sticky, stinky young kids (and husbands)!  It’s a lifesaver on family trips because I always seem to pack everything but the diapers and wipes!  

Thoughts to Consider

What experiences have you had with messes with your kids when you’re on-the-go?
What items would you add to this list?
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Wife, Stay at Home Mom of two boys, and blogger. Friends and family call me Kaye but my personal favorite is "Mom." I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to be at home with my two baby boys. As an engineer by career, and stay-at-home mom by choice, I write about how to “Invent. Innovate. Design. Mommyhood” and what that entails.


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