Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The "Ineeda" Box aka Car Emergency Kit

UPDATE 7/2/12: Thanks for visiting from Pinterest! For the new, updated, and improved version of this box go here! Revamped using suggestions that showed up in my comments.

My car is gross. Seriously. I took pictures, but I'm too embarrassed to show you guys.

Anyway, I'm always rummaging around for something when I hear "Mom! I need a (fill in the blank)!" And after a recent in-the-car nosebleed, well...I had to make this box.

It's super easy and very cheaply made.




Just get yourself a wipes box (a plastic shoebox will work to, but this is what I had on hand), some scrap fabric, scissors, and a glue gun.

Cover the box with the scraps.



And then fill it.

I put in a grocery bag for trash, wipes, a diaper, hand sanitizer, band aids, pain reliever, lotion, tissues, a safety pin, a hair elastic, a five dollar bill, a granola bar, a pen, Carmex, and some fruit snacks.



Shut the lid.

Now you're ready for anything. Like when your bra strap breaks or someone tries to hand you a half-chewed gummy worm.



Thanks for stopping by!





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63 comments:

  1. Haha the half chewed gummy worm makes me laugh! Happens to me all the time. Great idea.
    ~Amanda @ CreatingAmongstBoys.blogspot.com

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  2. awesome idea! i think my suburban may give your car a run for its money in the gross department. ;) i try to shove everything in the back seat pockets in my car, but stuff falls to the bottom never to be seen again. i will be doing this for sure! thanks! :)

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  3. Such an awesome idea!! Thank You for sharing!! :)

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  4. Surprisingly... I am prepared, but you definitely had a few things I need to add. We have had bloody noses in our car a few times. Kleenexes are a staple!!!

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  5. Great idea, I'm off to gather supplies for my arsenal!

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  6. hahaha! The half chewed gummy worm happens all too often!

    xoxo, Mallory

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  7. My car emergency kit also includes Shout wipes and a large ziplock bag for my child who gets carsick to puke in. That's saved us more than once!

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    1. The big ziplock is a great idea! I've had kids puke and am always scrambling to get the lid off a big fastfood drink cup and then saying a quick prayer that they don't overflow it!

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    2. Just saw this ... AFTER I made the same comment myself! Great minds think alike!

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  8. thanks for this, I'll make one for sure :)

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  9. Found this from Pinterest. Thanks for sharing, Im going to make one as soon as I get back from Blissdom!

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  10. I love the idea of reusing the container, must get the stuff together now. Found this on Pinterest. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  11. I may have to make that a large plastic tub full of full-sized stuff. We are ALWAYS on-the-go. I don't know why we even have a house some days. :-/ Thanks for the inspiration!

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  12. I Love this idea! I was wondering if I could feature it on my Getting Organized Series I do every Monday. Please let me know amhamer27@gmail.com.

    Thanks!

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  13. i also have bug spray and sunscreen in my kit - i live in GA so you never know when you may need either one!

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  14. I already keep something similar in my car, but you gave me some new ideas of things to put in it! A word of caution about the fruit snacks though... on hot summer days they will melt into one big gooey fruit snack!

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    1. Granola bars work really well for that! Just the regular Nature Valley ones without chocolate (cause that will melt), or the packages of peanut butter crackers are great to keep on hand!

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  15. Also if you live in a cold climate you might want to stick a pencil in there- the ink from the pen can freeze in winter.

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  16. You might want to include a note pad. I am forever looking for something to write ON..lol

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  17. saw this great idea on Pinterest. Love it! I did add a Sharpie marker to mine. You can never be without a Sharpie!

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  18. This is great! I think I'll make two - one for me in the front of the van, and one for my 6 year old in the back of the van (with stuff appropriate for him)!

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  19. Love this idea!! I had to share it with my Etsy fans on my Eljah*B fanpage:) I'd love for you and your followers to stop by. Thank you for your creativity!!
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  20. I have some tampons and nursing pads in mine, too. Fun idea! :)

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  21. I already have a 15x6 Rubbermaid baby emergancy kit in my car. Wipes, diapers, rash cream, clothes, and socks, but I still have plenty of room in it so I'm going to add most of the things you listed plus a few more. Extra shirt for me in case of spit-ups (or the random deluge that soaks me, happened yesterday) sewing kit (needed one Sunday) and maybe a pair of flip flops for myself. You never know.

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  22. I am going to put this together, not only for myself, but for my sons' families as a small gift. This is a splendid idea.

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  23. I think I'll have my ladies group at church start assembling these for missionaries that visit our church! Great idea!! Love the other ideas added by the ladies too! The Ziploc bag, etc...

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  24. saw this on Pinterest--cute idea!

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  25. I love this! I probably won't cover mine with scraps, since it'll just get stepped on or shoved under seats or thrown in the trunk on occasion... I might need a box that locks a little more securely, ha ha!

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  26. Re-pinned! Thanks for the great tip.

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  27. I'm a little embarrassed to say, but... I carry all of that stuff in my purse. Have you found that if you have it in your vehicle, you don't also need to carry it in your purse?

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  28. OH I LOVE this idea!! I am going to do this over the weekend! Also to everyone else that has added a few other things to it, great ideas! Love them all. I think I'll need 2 of these & put them under the seat of my truck. A water bottle would be another to add also! Not in it of course, but to have a water bottle (unopened of course) can be very helpful at times. =) Thanks for the GREAT tip!!

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  29. Awesome, and great idea! In our car, this box would include a couple of gallon-size ziploc bags ... for the occasional carsickness incident. Gross, I know, but if the kid can feel it coming on, they can usually "catch" the whole mess in the ziploc, which makes it slightly less terrible.

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  30. Found this on pinterest and I'm making these up as gifts for some friends. Such a great idea. I have a question though. I am not very crafty... any tips on covering the box with the fabric?

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  31. The emergency box is a great idea and easy! I really feel for you moms with kids who get car sick! I got car sick when I was a child, mainly on long trips, but sometimes in town (especially on the way to the dr!lol). My grandma, who raised me, tried bringing something for me to eat when they picked me up from school. That helped for awhile. We eventually had to get dramamine from the doctor (it wasn't OTC back then!lol). That worked until I grew out of the car sickness.

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  32. for all you folks that have the car sick kids. My son was car sick every time he got in to the car. We tried EVERYTHING. Hated using Dramamine he would be so tired after we would get where we were going . We tried front seat, back seat, eating ,not eating , going to sleep, staying awake , sea bands, head out the sun roof... And so on. I finally had a ear nose and throat Dr tell me to use cotton or a ear plug in one ear. IT REALLY WORKS... Our son is now 25 and in the Air Force, He is a Pararescue Men, Jumps out of planes and scuba dives. He still has motion sickness but now uses Ginger Capsules. He says they work great and still will use the ear plug trick when he can.

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    1. I really appreciate you taking the time to add your tip. I suffer from migraines AND get car sick. Just trying to set the GPS will make me nauseous so I can't read the tiniest bit. And now that I have little ones, I can't take Dramamine or any of those medications in case my husband cannot drive for some reason.

      Chewing gum has always helped me once I get nauseous (helps to burp and that somehow alleviates things a bit), but it would great if your tip works for ME so that I don't even have to do that anymore. Thank you for chiming in! I sure hope it works.

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  33. I'd be worried about the granola bar and pain reliever just because of changes in temperature. I'd add that if your phone doesn't have a camera, tuck a disposable one in there too. It's great if you're in a fender-bender to take pictures right then and there.
    Great idea! My kids are too old for us to have a wipes container laying around, but I'm sure I can find something.

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  34. Great idea but watch it, it is unsafe to leave drugs in the car where it's hot and humid.

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  35. What a fantastic idea! Seriously, I am making one for my car TODAY! : ) Popped over after seeing your project pinned on Pinterest. Have a great day!
    - Hope
    http://hopefuloneblog.blogspot.com/

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  36. This will we work for the job too :D

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  37. I'm adding in a small can of WD-40. We had a power failure when my son was a baby, and couldn't raise the garage door. I rarely used the lock on the front door from the outside...and it jammed. I had to borrow some from the neighbor to get the key to turn in the lock. Plus, all the other uses...http://www.wd40.com/uses-tips/.

    I'm also tossing in two of the activity packs from the $1 bin at Target. Little coloring books with three little markers (we'll see how those store, as we can't have crayons in the car in Texas) and stickers, for those times we have a wait somewhere that we aren't expecting. They are just the right size to fit in a wipe container.

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  38. It would be nice to have a list of what you put in it:)

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  39. I would also make sure to carry a flashlight and some extra batteries for it. My car charger for cell phone, small samples of pills taken daily (being sure to not let them in too long without using and changing them). I also carry bar of soap and washcloth along with bottle of water just in case.
    Any lotions used and even a portable battery fan with the heat and humidity. The car charger I have also works in lighter for computer to keep up with what is going on.

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  40. I will never again travel (travel, schmavel - I have them everywhere now) without baby wipes. An invaluable accessory. Oh - and a pizza cutter . . . :)

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  41. I am definitely going to make one, especially for trips. I don't have little ones but I do have dogs. So I may make a pet one as well. I also found this on Pinterest, thanks! For my box I may add scissors, an emergency phone number list/medical info., a bandana to use as a rag or tourniquet (God forbid) and one of those short small bottles of water. Also some gift cards/gas cards for an emergency. So I guess mine is going to be an emergency box-lol. Thanks again for posting yours!!

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  43. limousine service is more easy with us cause we are give came for you in a very short, yes we are time consuming and the best service provider in world........

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  44. I like this version better ... thanks for sharing

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  45. I had alot of the items in my car too. But loved the idea of boxing them together. I've not made the cover as the plastic wipes box can be cleaned easier.
    I am just about to back up my car boot with a small shovel, a blanket etc in prep for any bad winter weather. I'll be prepared for everything ;)

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  46. That's awesome! Check this out!, I'm pretty sure you'll love it!

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  47. Love this! Some other things I added were an old pair of glasses for my self that I don't wear anymore, but would work in an emergency if I lost a contact lense! I do carry most of this in my purse or diaper bag but it's nice to keep it in the car, and not have to carry it around. I also added gas pills, pepto, Sani cloths, small scrap notepad, mini flash light, lighter, lotion, spare change, contact solution, cough drops, candy, jr Tylenol, l-lysine (I get cold sores), clear nail polish, and I'm still adding! You never know!!

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  48. I am really behind the times...just saw this YESTERDAY (Feb 2013). Great idea! Having suffered through 3 boys and a husband with nosebleeds, I would add a couple of small tampons for those emergencies. Yes, it sounds strange, but it works really well. I actually saw the idea in a movie...then added them to the soccer team and youth group first aid kits (these were HUGE) for those bloody emergency. (I cut the strings off so the guys so hopefully the guys would not rebel.) I'd also add a small instant "ice pack"...the kind you crack and they turn cold.

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  49. I used the bags to put dirty diapers in for throw up bags for my boys...I have a weak tummy so I dont need to see what they throw up and they come on a roll so you always have alot. I also used them for dirty clothes and trash.

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  51. Deodorant is always in my purse (by the time I get my 4 kiddos out the door it never fails; I realize I forgot my deodorant two mins down the road! Lol also, I keep a tool box in my trunk, a can of fix a flat and a small compact case of tools (my hubby got me one with a ratcheting screw driver with 30 bits and an Allen wrench set), spare tire, jack, windshield wiper fluid (the deicing kind), dust buster (it plugs into the lighter outlet!), ice scraper, jug if water, emergency flashlight that has hazard light setting, fire extinguisher, bandana and gloves.

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  52. wow... really cute design of emergency kit. is it easy to make at home?



    regards,
    loi =)
    nitrous for cars

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