Survival Tools You Shouldn't Be Without (For Moms)

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When it comes to prepping and survival tools, there are a ton of options available. Any prepping website you go to is going to have a list of items you simply must have, and while none of these lists are necessarily wrong, it's important to remember that each list is written with a different demographic in mind. Someone who lives in a cabin in the woods is going to have a different idea of what prepping looks like than a mom with little kids who lives in the suburbs.

I've got two kids. I don't live in the suburbs, but I do live in a small town. I'm not wandering off into the woods on a regular basis, but there are some emergencies I may have to deal with in my daily life:

  • Sick kids throwing up in the car
  • Flat tire in a random store parking lot
  • Car breaking down on the side of the highway (with no cell service)
  • Freak ice storm while I'm inside the grocery store and have to deal with when I come out
  • Kids getting sick because of the heat
For possible problems like this, I like to have emergency supplies in my car. I'm a minimalist, so I don't like to have a lot. I don't need an entire year's supply of freeze-dried bananas in my trunk or anything like that, but I do want to have enough items on hand that I can use should something happen while I'm out with the kiddos.

Here are my go-to survival tools for cases like this:
  • Wet wipes. Do you know how many times I've had to use wet wipes in random situations? Keep a box in your car. You'll probably use them before the week is over, I swear. 
  • Towels. I don't know about you guys, but I've got a puker, and when he pukes, he pukes everywhere. Having an extra towel (just one) in the car has been a life saver on more than one road trip.
  • Blankets. I like to keep one small blanket in the trunk. Again, I don't need to have a lot of things, but blankets come in really handy when it's cold out and the kids just can't get warm or if the heater in the car stops working randomly.
  • Gloves. If you have a local dollar store, pick up an extra pair of gloves and keep them in your car. They're great if it gets really cold when you're already out or it starts snowing when you're away from home and you need to clean off the windshield or anything like that.
  • Ice scrapers. 'Nuff said. My local store sold out of these quite quickly, but you can easily get them online. Wal-Mart usually has a display up front during the winter time, but check in the automotive department to get one for less. (I've seen them for $1-$3 back there.)
  • Back-up phone battery. Okay, so I need to preface this by saying you shouldn't leave an extra phone battery in your car when it's hot out, but I've found myself in situations where my phone battery died randomly and I wasn't able to contact anyone. I keep a spare phone battery in my wallet now for cases like this. And yes, this only works on older phones that have removable batteries.
  • Battery charger. A cheap portable battery charger can come in handy if your phone dies while you're out and you need to call for help or contact anyone.
  • Battery-operated fan. If your kids get overheated easily, consider picking up a small, battery-operated handheld fan they can use when it's particularly hot out. This helps my little one on long car rides and even when we're at home and having a hard time cooling off the house.
Do you have emergency supplies in your car? What are some of your must-haves?

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