New Year’s Resolutions: Be Prepared…for a car break down (closed)

Yesterday our car broke down while we were on a drive to the other side of the island. Our car just simply did not like the hike up Haleakala to Kula. So we were stuck in town an hour away from our house, with two kids, two car seats, not a rental car to be had (yay, the tourist are here!) and left with one option…taking the public bus.

We were to be gone just for a drive so I had packed light. So after I crammed all our our stuff into my tiny bag, after my husband had to go find some milk and food for the kids for the bus ride home, and after I realized that I hadn’t brought shoes for my littlest one (yeah, pass me over the bad mom award), I soon put together this post in my head and thought, if I had only had an emergency bag in the car…

So for one (of many) of my new years resolutions, I am going to start stowing away a “be prepared bag” in our car at all times. And here’s what I am going to pack..

-I’d put it all in my Envirosax bag – it’s big enough to handle all of the below with still room to put anything that’s in your car that you want to take with you, should you need to leave it at the station to be fixed.

-I’d put my second Patemm changing pad inside it and fill it with diapers, wipes, cream, toilet seat covers (yes I have these), and an extra change of clothes for each child, and don’t forget a spare pair of shoes for the keiki.

-I’d add a bottle of Momspit and a bottle of antibacterial lotion

-2 BPA free plastic take and toss sippies

-I am also thinking about keeping 2 Organic milk boxes from Horizon but I’m not sure how they’d stay in my car in the Hawaii sun – those could be taken out and replenished often enough though.

-I’d keep a bottle of water. BUT, I don’t want the bottle to be plastic. No leaching chemicals for me, thank you! So instead I’d have a glass bottle from Love Bottle filled with water for our emergency bag.

-Throw in a few granola bars, a bucket of freeze dried fruit from Just Tomatoes and I think we’d be set.

Patemm Pad GIVEAWAY!

To help you get started with your own “Be Prepared” bag, Ohana Mama is happy to have Patemm Pad sponsoring a giveaway! This is my number ONE baby/child related item and I could not live without it! I am on my second one and give it to all my friends when they have babies. Read my review here. It’s a round changing pad that also has pockets to hold all of your baby essentials, even a spare pair of clothes. Throw it in your diaper bag or take it solo, it will be a life saver, I promise!

This giveaway is for Patemm Pad’s Emma pad (you can see mine in action above with my little girl on it). This is a fabulous print, named after the inventor’s daughter. You can use it alone as your purse, but it’s not too girly for your hubby to take along when he’s flying solo with the keiki. (please note, no exchange for another print is available with this giveaway)

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  1. I Wasn't Born a Soccer Mom says:

    I am also now a follower!

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    I am also now a follower!

  5. I Wasn't Born a Soccer Mom says:

    These are so cool, I have never heard of them but wow do they look great. I love the Emma, the pattern is great!

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    These are so cool, I have never heard of them but wow do they look great. I love the Emma, the pattern is great!

    You can find me at ksplusmom@gmail.com

  7. I Wasn't Born a Soccer Mom says:

    These are so cool, I have never heard of them but wow do they look great. I love the Emma, the pattern is great!

    You can find me at ksplusmom@gmail.com

  8. I Wasn't Born a Soccer Mom says:

    These are so cool, I have never heard of them but wow do they look great. I love the Emma, the pattern is great!

    You can find me at ksplusmom@gmail.com

  9. I love that it has a round design and that I can keep using it for a change of clothes when we start potty training

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  11. I love that you can unfold it with one hand

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  12. Anonymous says:

    i like that you can store stuff in it. very convenient. thanks
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  13. Anonymous says:

    i love that it is quick and easy to use when ur in a hurry.
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  14. i love that it folds into a 10″ square. dosent take up much room. thats great!
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  15. I love that it store essentials in it so no need to carry a diaper bags for short outings, awesome!! Thanks for the chance to win, I love this!!!
    terrysgirl00@aol.com

  16. I really like that it’s round. My kids don’t stop moving during a diaper change. I also like that it has enough pockets to hold changes of clothing and all paraphanelia and it folds small, great for the car.
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  18. I’m following you (Laura), yay.
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  19. I’ve heard so many friends rave about the Patemm pad, would love one. Thanks for the great giveaway! My favorite feature… it’s an all-in-one for the baby! I can keep using my purse, and not always lug around the diaper bag. Also, I love that it can simply be wiped down to clean – fast and easy. Love it. laurachilton {at} hotmail.com

  20. NanaTutu4r says:

    I am a “Tutu” (Granny in Hawaiian) to five beautiful keiki (all under the age of 5), and I can attest to the fact the Patemm Pad is fabulous! It has fast become our family’s “traditional” new baby gift. The round shape and generous sizing allow you to “fold” the edges up like a wall around your keiki to protect them from touching anything when laying them down on public changing tables. They also grow with the child, as they make great and easy to clean picnic or beach seating, play areas and also toddler art spill mats. Work so easily the first weeks with newborns for those middle of night changes, esp, with little boys (thanks to those folding sides).

    Patemm Pads are indeed a fine example of the Mom-preneurial mind!

    NanaTutu
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