*I was sent items from Minimus. All opinions are my own.
For years I’ve carried around a large purse. On occasion, people have picked up my purse to move it out of their way and been shocked at how heavy it was. I’ve heard “What do you keep in there? Bricks?” on multiple occasions. I like to be prepared, and in the past the best way I knew of to be prepared was to keep too much stuff in my purse. Having emergency items in my purse has helped me out in so many situations. I once had a bra strap break & having a safety-pin in my purse let me repair it until I could get home. When a sinus headache comes on, finding a dose of sinus medication in my purse gave me the ability to move forward with my day instead of laying my head against the table in pain. Having bug spray and sunscreen with me has kept us from getting bit up or burned after making a spontaneous decision to head to a friend’s house, go fishing or head to the lake. Yet, it’s a pain to carry that stuff around all the time in my purse. It recently occurred to me that I could make an emergency preparedness kit to keep in my car. I realized could even include items for a wider range of emergencies because I have so much room to store things in the car than my purse. I decided to make a DIY emergency kit for my car for true emergencies like having the vehicle break down with a dead phone battery to smaller inconveniences like getting to a wedding and realizing you have dog hair on your outfit. I have been working on creating a list of items to put in my DIY emergency kit.
Items For Wardrobe “Emergencies”:
Have a spare outfit for everyone
Stain remover pen or wipes
Items For Weather Emergencies:
Heat reflective survival wrap
Items For Health Emergencies:
Sting relief gel
Triple antibiotic ointment
Glasses cleaner cloth
Items For Hygiene & Cleanliness “emergencies”
Toilet seat protectors
Napkins or paper towel
Items for Boredom and Entertainment “emergencies” for kids:
Pack of cards
Travel size games
Environmental Emergencies & Other
Glasses repair kit
Notepad & pen
Seat belt cutter
Power bank (to charge cell phone)
Buying everything in full size to make this kit would be incredibly expensive. So to make my kit, I ordered trial and travel size products from a site called Minimus which sells tons of trial, travel and individual-use size products. The items were incredibly reasonably priced – the comb I ordered was .15, a single use thermometer was .32, an 8 pack of bandaids was $1.32, etc. Plus, all orders of $20 or more ship for free. You can pick up a sterilite storage box for around $15 on Amazon.
Do you keep an emergency preparedness kit in your car? What items would you add to my list for the kit?
Hi there! I am Emily Evert, the owner of Emily Reviews. I am 28 and live in a small town in Michigan with my boyfriend Ryan and our two pugs. I have a large family and I adore my nieces and nephews. I love reading memoirs, and learning about child development and psychology. I love watching The Game of Thrones, Teen Mom, Sister Wives and Veep. I like listening to Jason Isbell, John Prine, and other alt-country or Americana music. I created Emily Reviews as a creative outlet to share my life and the products that I love with others.
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