What you need in your emergency Oh Crap Pack! - Joy Through Chaos

What you need in your emergency Oh Crap Pack!

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Do you carry around a massive diaper bag full of stuff you rarely ever need, but know if you don’t have it, you’ll regret it? Every mom needs a bag of essentials in the trunk. A bag of stuff that you might not need every day, but when you do need an item, having that bag could save you.

I’ve always been prepared. Coffee spill at work? No problem. Starts to rain at a football game? I have gear for that. Then I had kids. When you have kids, you have to be prepared for at least one thousand possible scenarios that might happen and could completely derail your plans for the day. Enter: the oh crap pack. This massive tote bag holds everything I’ve ever needed in a pinch, and some things I hope I never need.

Great post about everything to keep in your car when you have kids!

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Great post about everything to keep in your car when you have kids!

I dumped the contents of the pack all over my kitchen table, and here’s what it’s holding:

Light jackets for both kids. Without fail I forget someone’s jacket on a weekly basis.
Large mid-weight blanket. Great if a kid gets cold or we need to toss it on the ground somewhere.
Kalencom 2-in-1 Potette Plus (affiliate) and Liners (affiliate). This potty has saved us so many times! The liners are perfect in a pinch. We’ve never had one leak and they don’t smell!
A bag of clothes for each of us. My bag just holds an outfit change. The bags for the kids contain 3 full outfit changes (clothes, undies, socks).
Waterproof changing pad
Extra Diapers and wipes
Extra receiving blankets. I can use these as blankets or cloth diapers in a pinch!
Towel. Accidents happen, enough said.
Sunscreen. Mostly because I’m a terrible parent and always forget to put it on my kids.
Water. It’s essential.
Spray disinfectant and paper towels. Accidents happen and kids are super gross.
CPR Mask
Burp rags
A bag of bags. Ranges from trash bags to grocery bags. The gross things will need contained!
Mini first aid kit. Mostly band-aids and assorted gauze.
The red case holds tweezers, nail clippers, mini scissors, and a tick remover
OTC Medications. Tylenol, excedrin, hand sanitizer, and wound wash
Emesis bags. People get sick. These are a life saver. I grab one whenever we end up at the hospital or urgent care and have a nice little collection.
Special cookies. For myself and bribes if we end up stuck somewhere and need an emergency snack! They also make an excellent bribery tool.
Manual breast pump
Extra Britax Seat Saver (affiliate). Fantastic when a kiddo pees in their seat and doesn’t want to ride home in a puddle of wet. *note, only for use with Britax car seats*

Great post about everything to keep in your car when you have kids!

 

Everything needed to have a double manual pump in a pinch! Also spare parts if I forget something in my pump bag! Stay tuned, this may get its own blog post. It’s a little trick an IBCLC gave me many years ago.

Maybe one day I won’t need a massive bag of extra ‘just in case I need them’ items. But until then, I’d rather keep this bag in my trunk than risk walking around all day with baby poop on my outfit! Am I missing anything? What do you carry in your Oh Crap Pack?!

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