I took a short notice road trip with the kids last week. Approximately 1100 miles round trip to see some family for the holiday. Of course, my vehicle emergency kit was not removed when we packed our suitcases around it. And it’s a good thing, because even though we didn’t meet up with any zombies or get stranded on the road, we needed it a few times.
1. The blanket came in handy for a place to sit when we didn’t have lawn chairs for watching fireworks at a friend’s house.
2. The same evening got kind of cool and we hadn’t brought our jackets from grandma’s, so baby brother got to wear a sweatshirt from the kit.
3. Same evening again at the friend’s house, we accidentally left the diaper bag at grandma’s, so it was a great thing that there were diapers and wipes in the kit.
4. Did anyone bring sunblock? Yep–there’s some in that box in the back of my van.
5. Ditto for bug spray.
6. And after the candy factory tour 30 miles from “home” when darling little niece needed a bandaid for her ankle, there was one in the emergency kit. Sweet.
7. Did you know if you order a full size salad to-go intending to split it with your mom when you get to the park, they’ll only give you one fork? It’s for emergencies just such as this that our kit has plastic silverware in it. Now we can all eat lunch!
Just the average week away from home in the life of a vehicle emergency kit. Well, actually our average week usually includes a use of the toilet paper as well–not sure how this week slipped by without the TP being busted out of the kit!
Just remember, if you are dipping in to your kit as often as I did this past week, you’ll need to restock it frequently. Make it part of your un-packing routine to re-pack your vehicle kit and you’ll always have the supplies you need for those emergencies small and large that are bound to pop up away from home.