Thursday, September 12, 2013

Include Diapers in your Emergency Car Kit

Most people have some sort of emergency kit they keep in the car.  If you're traveling in the winter, you should always bring along basic things like blankets, snacks, and water.  Most people wouldn't think to keep diapers in their emergency car kit, but if you have a child in diapers it's critical to keep a few extra diapers on hand.  


Emergency diaper kit:
  • Package of disposable wipes (or a water bottle and cloth wipes)
  • Three cloth diapers (preferably without PUL lining that can be damaged if left in a hot car for extended periods of time) or disposable diapers.

You might end up using your emergency diapers more often than you would expect.  Let's say you bring your child to and from daycare every day.  You load your child into the car and start heading for home at the end of the day. It's a short car ride so you don't normally expect to change your child during the trip and you don't normally bring along a diaper bag.  However, traffic is bad and your child poops on the way home.  You can stop and change your child.

In another scenario, you're on an outing with your family and you have a change in plans.  You're going to be away from home longer than expected and you're running low on diapers.  You can grab some diapers from the emergency kit and be on your way again.

Lastly if you have a true emergency (becoming stranded, car accident) you may have to rely on your emergency diapers for an extended period of time.  I recommend keeping at least three extra diapers in the car at all times.  You hope you will never have a true emergency, but it's a good idea to always be prepared for the unexpected.

7 comments:

  1. Great idea! I certainly didn't think of this yet, but baby #1 won't be here until December so I'm glad I read it now. I'm guessing since PUL is not a good idea to keep that maybe getting some hybrid fitteds to store in there would be a good idea!

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    1. Hybrid fitteds would work well, but you might find that you keep wanting to grab them out of the car because they are so awesome :). You could always get a nylon cover and a few prefolds to store in the car permanently.

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  2. I hadn't thought of keeping extra diapers in the car, mainly because our main diaper bag is such a "Command Central" type. It does make sense, though. We've got flats galore, but I'll have to look into getting a non-melty cover...

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  3. Even with a diaper bag, the emergency car stash of diapers has come in handy for us. We tended toward the minimal side when packing the diaper bag (didn't want to lug 20lbs of gear AND 20 lbs of baby); a stash in the car helped us save our shoulders even more.

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  4. We have flats that we really don't use, so I think I'll be adding them to our emergency car kit. I will probably just have a fleece cover instead of PUL. Do you think Boingos or Snappis can survive a hot or cold car?

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    1. The plastic on Boingos or Snappis might become a little less stretchy as it is exposed to changing temperatures. I think they are inexpensive enough that you could put a snappi in the kit and it would still work alright even if it becomes a little brittle.

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  5. Definitely never thought about this! Going to keep this in mind. And I'd never thought about PUL being damaged by the heat either. Thanks for helping me learn a few things today!

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