Monday, July 2, 2012

The "Ineeda" Box Car Emergency Kit: Take Two

By and large, my post with the most traffic, comments, and pins has been this one.

I've been getting regular comments on the original car emergency kit post almost a year after posting it, so I decided I would take a look back through all the comments and do some revamping adding YOUR ideas.

There were so many things that I didn't think of when doing the orignal post. Like how Tylenol might be affected by temperatures as well as the fruit snacks and Carmex I had initially put in the box. Also, the fabric on the outside of the box gets pretty grimy really quickly, so I'm actually nixing that.

So, here is the new and improved "Ineeda" Box! Of course, you don't have to use a wipes box. A clear plastic ($1) shoe box would work just as well, too.


Supplies:

wipes container or plastic shoe box
2 large Ziploc bags (for trash or carsickness)
diaper (obviously omit if your kiddos are potty trained)
travel pack of baby wipes
hand sanitizer or antibacterial wet wipes
lotion
band aids
tissues
paper or note cards
pen
safety pin
tweezers (for playground splinters)
hair elastic
peanut butter crackers
gum or mints

Arrange supplies in the box, shut the lid, and go!



I left out anything that could melt or be damaged by high temperatures (it's been 106 degrees here) like the medicine and gooey snacks. I also loved the idea of Ziplocs to contain messes and adding paper to write down the grocery list that you so conveniently left at home. Obviously, you can add and subtract things to your heart's content.

So, there ya go. New and improved just for you! I want to thank all of you guys for pinning and commenting and reading! You  make my day!

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40 comments:

  1. I definitely like this version a lot better and will be doing it very soon, maybe even tonight :)

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  2. what about adding: few "feminine supplies"(those OB ones would fit perfectly); paper clip or binder clip, laundry stain wipe/pen, sharpie marker. If you did the shoe box a small bottle of water might fit as well. Love this!

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    1. Those are all great ideas! I won't be needing the "feminine supplies" for a while because I'm growing a baby! I've also found that baby wipes can work just as well as stain remover wipes!

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    2. Put a tampon in the box, regardless. If there is a nose-bleed, it works to shove up the person's nose and keep them from bleeding all over. I know it sounds strange/gross BUT football teams all across the country use that tactic (they have scissors to cut it down to size... I think if you have a small OB one, it would work best anyway)... Having been on trips with jr high kids and having more than one of my extra Old Navy t-shirts ruined because they didn't have anything to stop a bloody nose with, it's DEFINITELY a great idea. :) Oh, and this will sound crazy too but I also think that two mini-pads are a great idea. You might not need them for "aunt Flo" but on a hot, hot summer day, you can put them in your t-shirt/armpit area to keep from looking like you're sweating up a storm. Honestly. :)

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    3. Any water left in a plastic bottle in the car should not be for drinking. I could see keeping one to rinse off a scraped knee. But, heat and plastic are not friends.

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  3. Great idea! I'll be making this very soon. Instead of just bandaids I am going to put in a little mini travel first aid kit that I can find at Target. Nail clippers, too.

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    1. Medi Monsters are great because they are about 4 inches long and they have every thing from gauze to temporary tattoos.

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  4. Actually a diaper is always a great idea. If anyone ever spills something on their seat in the car, open the diaper and put it down on the seat (inside facing down)...it will collect the liquid and keep the moisture from seeping through...

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    1. I left the sunroof open on my vehicle...and we had a huge downpour. Nice, huh? I took one of my daughter's pull-ups and pressed it into the center console to remove the water... worked like a CHARM. I will always keep a diaper/pull up in the car just to soak up spills now! :)

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    2. I agree with the diaper thing. Years ago I accidentally stabbed myself right at the base of my thumb at my mom's house. I never carry extra pads (my first thought)and my mom has gone through menopause but my niece and son were there, both in diapers. I grabbed one of those and wrapped it around my hand. When I got to the hospital the nurse told me that was the best thing I could have done if I didn't have anything else.

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  5. I would add some goldfish crackers or other snack that wouldn't be bothered by the heat. Maybe a small first aid kit as well. I could also see doing one of these for each of my kids. My older one maybe deoderant, hair elastics, brush, mirror, etc. and the younger one with the diaper and stuff. Great ideas and thanks for sharing!!

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  6. I would include a small sunscreen stick

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    1. Sunscreen is greatly affected by temperature, and would become ineffective.

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    2. You could get a small spray bottle if you were using the shoe box.

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  7. I have something like this already, but this gave me some ideas of new things to add :-) I keep a small toothpaste & toothbrushes for the family, deodorant for me, face powder and tylenol... just in case :-) I also have a separate bag of extras for my 3 yr old. I also keep a big plastic bucket of pretzels in my center console of my minivan, since someone is always hungry

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  8. I would add the diaper anyway or some kotex. If someone is hurt in an accident they can be used when you put pressure on a wound.

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  9. I have to ask - wouldn't the heat make the peanut butter crackers go bad?

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  10. I would totally also add another pair of undies for anyone involved! Or even a small extra bag with simple clothing.

    A few years ago I was an innocent bystander to a water fight, and somehow was placed in the middle of two people with a hose/water balloons. Needless to say, I keep a sweatshirt and yoga pants in the car now, after I had to drive home completely soaked.

    This would also be good for kids should they have an accident.

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  11. Ziplocs bags(gallon size) are great for people young and old who get car sick. Once they get sick in the bag let them wipe their mouth with a baby wipe, place in bag and zip closed. Helps keep the smell out of the car, until you can get somewhere to throw it away.

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  12. You could use printed duct tape to decorate the outside since fabric gets dirty. And a small pair of scissors would be good too.

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    1. I totally agree with the scissors. I always keep a pair in the car and we need them frequently. I was keeping a small nail grooming set that was great for cutting long straws but found they went dull quick and we were using them for a number of things. Now I keep a small pair of name brand craft scissors and seems we use them at least once a month for something.

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  13. This is a great list! I'm going to be making mine soon. I might also add in a small flash light.

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    1. My husband keeps a headlamp in the car, that type used by climbers. In this case, you'll have light while keeping both hands free.

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  14. I have a "Nox Box" in my Equinox...includes many of the items you've listed, plus: I bowl for dog water; a bungee cord; a leash; deck of cards; flashlight; toothpicks; straws; plastic utensils; scissors; a padlock; and probably a few more items I've forgotten about... Comes in handy! I like the idea of decorative duct tape, too. I might do that.

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  15. Love this idea! My boyfriend just bought a car and I told him I was going to put together a box of things for it since he never has anything useful in his car. For example, the lid popped off my soda today and spilled all over my newly sewn white shirt...and the only thing I had to wipe it off with was his hoodie...

    Thanks for the ideas!

    Helen
    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

    P.S. I am now following your blog via GFC!

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  16. A disposable camera would be a great addition in case of a car accident or if you are just bad at remembering to grab the camera when in your in a rush

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  17. I loved the original post and this one even more! I have a 5 year old who always asks me to hand him something while we're driving. I sometimes even keep a travel potty in the trunk of my car for those long or country-side trips. Most crucial thing potty training taught me was small kid equals small bladder lol. I already have a car emergency kit in my trunk and just used an old wipes container to fill with these items, plus/minus a few. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas :)

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  18. I have a first aid kit in my car, but also added some stuff to it. I have scissors and cable ties. In addition to what you have included I keep sunscreen and baby talc - we go to the beach a lot and nothing takes of beach sand like baby talc. And a toilet roll!

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  19. I love this! I also stuck a tampon (I'm now the hero whenever a girl-friend is suddenly in need!), some face wipes, and a twist tie in there... thanks for the awesome idea!

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  20. Inspirational! Thank you so much. I love both versions.

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  21. You can also do a similar version for a teenager getting their first car! Maybe a slightly bigger container with things like Fix-a-Flat, tire pressure gauge, and other things they'll need!

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    1. That is a great idea! I need to make one for my cousin.

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  22. I love these ideas! Thanks for posting. I'm definitely going to make one of these! Thanks for the ideas! I also love the idea of the printed duct tape, but wonder if in the heat in the car would make it sticky?

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  23. I carry an emergency survival kit with me in a backpack(easier to take with you if in an emergency like if the car needs to be abandoned), including all the things listed above and things like a warm change of clothes, dry jelly powder (lots of sugar for energy if need be) a good swiss army knife,matches(try to get water-safe ones),a flashlight, a mirror(you can signal with it), mini shampoo,mini body wash,peanuts,wound care booklet,towel(ever watched hitchiker's guide to the galaxy?), pain medication... It must seem over-zealous but if the zombie apocalypse strikes or some natural disaster its better to be prepared. And totally agree with the tampon - its standard in army survival kits because of the many uses (hunting with the string, using as a straw to crudely filter water etc.).

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  24. In my kit I keep
    Quick clot (in case of arterial bleeding)
    A dressing for a sucking chest wound
    an old military belt (to use as a tourniquet in case of arterial bleeding)
    Sanitary pads and duct tape in case of arterial bleeding I can use it as pressure dressing.
    A skin stapler (found online)in case of a natural disaster where emergency rooms are too full with life threatening emergencies to staple my kids up.
    Oragel to numb the cut
    Asperin in case of heart attack
    Benedryl in case of hives or to save lives in the case of anaphalectic shock or allergies of another nature mostly cause sesemee seeds cause my youngest to have her throat swell shut so that she can't breath
    tylenol in case of feaver or pain cause kids are kids
    a thermometer.
    cheese cloth in a zip lock bag cause you can cut a piece off for the right size bandage and it costs less than bandages and scissors to do it with
    Lanolin for chapped lips minor cuts or scrapes
    an ice pack
    and band aids
    and Pamprin cause I am post menopausal
    Tweezers
    Diaper pins
    AN old cell phone with charged batteries cause even with no plan it is required by law to be able to call 911
    and that it it for medical I never travel with out a sensible pair of shoes and socks for me and the kids in case the car breaks down
    A blanket
    water (also in case the radiator starts to leak)
    diapers
    snacks etc.

    a potty bucket in case we are in the middle of a residential section and they can't wait for the business section of town
    A car kit with stuff like a qt of oil, jumper cables and pliers and a map

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  25. I don't know if anyone mentioned this but with the heat I decided a mechanical pencil would be better thana pen. Also, I found a small tool bag for my "Justin bag" (just-in case) in addition to a couple organizer found in the craft section of WM (for beads) with a few adjustable areas. As I packed things in the bag there were things I wanted on the outside of the bag for quick access and I tried to organize first aid items in one and not so urgent items in another.

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  26. Being too pale myself, I can't be without Sunscreen, and I found out that those powder ones won't degrade in the heat. I keep a PETER THOMAS ROTH Instant Mineral Powder SPF 45 in the car, for emergencies of all sorts, and my husband doesn't complain about using it. http://www.sephora.com/instant-mineral-powder-spf-45-P235908?skuId=1165737

    Also, I bought at REI a thermal bag, and, just in case, I keep those emergency supplies in that, and if the day is too hot, I also pop one or two ice packs inside, which is also very helpful to transport some frozen groceries into the house.

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  27. In case of a minor emergency, I'll ride in the car with y'all.

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  28. I love both posts I think they're a fab idea I have some great ideas now for my boys car's not too sure about the motorbike boy tho???

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