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Mom Hack

Updated on May 28, 2016

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It’s Saturday and we are en route to a baby shower that’s a little bit of a trip for us, so I took this as an excellent opportunity to share with you how I keep myself organized and on top of any type of emergency that may fall upon us while we are out and about with the kids. Now let me tell you, when we just had one child we had enough memory to remember what we needed to bring with us while going out. Once we had our second child our brains took a freight train to who knows where. It’s hard to always have EVERYTHING that we need for both kids at all times. It’s next to near impossible. So I stole my husband’s trunk organizer and set out on a mission to create an emergency pack for any possible situation that we may run into. This trunk organizer is the holy grail of what you may need at any given time. Without it, I’m pretty sure I would never leave the house with the boys.

Have you ever been out and whoops, baby had a diaper blow out? Or your toddler took an impromptu run through a sprinkler? Did you in a rush to get out the door forget to actually brush your teeth? My emergency pack contains many fixes for when life comes your way. I don’t know what I’d do without it.

Have I caught your attention?

Oh, you’d like to know details about what I’ve included in this emergency pack? Ehh, alright I suppose I’ll share that with you. You may think I’m excessive, and that’s fine. I don’t really care if my excessiveness saves my tush in a pinch!!!

Basically I’ve included items for the parents and for the kids I have included a few diapers for the baby, a couple pull ups for our toddler who is mostly potty trained except during naps and at bedtime, so if we anticipate he’ll fall asleep in the car we have the pull ups to protect his booster seat. We also keep an extra outfit, including underwear and a jacket that corresponds with the season. Have you ever gone into the garage and put the kids in the car in the winter and realized you didn’t have a coat for him/her? It’s easy when your mind is going a thousand different directions. Yikes.

An itemized list..

  • Wisps and/or gum (in the unfortunate event your teeth took the backseat to your busy life)
  • Clorox wipes and paper towels
  • Baby wipes
  • Shout wipes
  • Tissues
  • Pacifier Wipes
  • Chapstick
  • Sunblock
  • Hats for the kids
  • Extra diapers/pull ups/underwear
  • Spare outfit for each child
  • Bibs
  • Spare seasonally appropriate jacket for each child
  • Sunglasses for each child
  • Extra individually wrapped snacks
  • A nursing cover (if you're nursing)
  • Books/small toys for an impromptu dinner out
  • Hairbrush
  • Hand sanitizing wipes!!! Kids touch everything!
  • I keep a cart cover for when I take the kids to the grocery store – this gets used quite often
  • A lint roller
  • An extra pacifier for our baby cakes
  • Pads/tampons for mom (hey, we have emergencies too!)
  • A first aid kit for kids

In Conclusion

While it does take up some space in the trunk, I find that I’d rather be prepared than have extra room back there. I also keep a jogging stroller and a plastic portable clip on high chair because the restaurant high chairs are GROSS. No thanks. Given I keep a small budget for groceries it prevents me from going overboard when out shopping since I know I have nowhere to put excess!

I just went through our emergency bag and took the winter hats out and thicker jackets. I replaced with short sleeved tshirts, light jackets and added a pair of shorts for each kid. I recommend going through it once a season just to replenish and re-evaluate what you've got in the bag. Kids grow so fast, they have outgrown the spare clothing you put in the bag last season!!!!!!!! I also switched out the hats. I had winter hats in the bag, but replaced with baseball caps!

Sometimes there are messes!

Pacifier wipes, snacks, tissues, chapstick, gum and SHOUT WIPES!

A nice little closed bin for the little stuff

Sunscreen and hand/face wipes are a must have!

Baby stuff - diapers, a pacifier, a jacket, an outfit, a hat, bibs and a blanket

Older kid items - hat, underwear, pull ups (for naps), a jacket, an outfit and some socks

You've gotta have sunglasses!

A shopping cart cover, lint roller and a hairbrush!

Stuff to keep them busy!

Some items for mommy...


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      Denise McGill 23 months ago from Fresno CA

      Good job, looks like you have this covered. Very smart indeed. I can remember being caught out and about more than once and had to scramble for quick substitutes. Once I used a baby receiving blanket for a quick-fix diaper till I could get home.