Everything-you-might-want-in-the-car Kit (makes a great gift!)

Another survival kit! My mom and I are both traveling teachers.  I know the type of things that come in handy in the car, so I made this kit.   I ended up making one of these for myself I loved it so much! 

Everything-you-might-want-in-the-car Kit by thisthatandcraft

What to include: [I did NOT include all of this.  Think about your recipient and what they will need!]

Beauty: (Most of this I found at Wal-mart in the travel section)

  • bobby pins
  • travel size comb or brush
  • hair ties
  • hair spray**
  • compact mirror
  • chapstick**
  • tweezers
  • nail file
  • blotting papers
  • hand lotion**
  • sun screen**
  • lint roller** [I got a lint brush]
  • deoderant**
  • toothbrush-to-go (Wisps, or my Wal-mart had a kit with an actual toothbrush and toothpaste for cheaper!)
  • floss


  • disinfecting hand wipes**
  • hand sanitizer
  • tissues
  • bandaids / first aid kit
  • medicines: pain killer, antacid, motion sickness relief, etc.
  • tissues
  • barf bag (you never know when you might have a sick passenger)

Just in case…

  • mints or gum**
  • water bottle(s) [use your own judgement about whether or not you’ll drink from bottles stored in heat]
  • snacks – granola bars, trail mix**
  • plastic silverware packets [I may or may not have had about 20 in my car.  I just took some from there…]
  • napkins
  • pen & small notepad

For clothing (I found most of this at Joann’s):

  • mini sewing kit
  • scissors (I have a pair of children’s scissors.  Nice and small; safe if it goes flying about)
  • safety pins
  • Shout Wipes or Tide-To-Go**

In case of emergency: 

  • flashlight [I MAY have just taken the 2 that were already in my mom’s car… why buy another one? Ha!]
  • tire gauge
  • Fix-a-flat
  • a few pairs of disposable gloves
  • disposable camera [no need if your recipient has a decent phone or tablet]
  • utility knife
  • ice scraper [this has actually come in handy in Texas!]
  • maps
  • car pillow & blanket
  • box of matches
  • small garbage bags

**I live in Texas.  That means, between about April and November, things have a tendancy to melt.  I just keep these things in my purse during those months and taking them out of my car.

The bag – a few ideas: You’ll want to think about what will work best for the TYPE of car your recipient has as well.  Remember, you should not put anything in sight that might look like a good item to steal.  So if there’s no “hidey place” for a giant cosmetic bag, go with something smaller!

  • A number of small cosmetic bags – see through would be better! [I had a hard time finding these at a reasonable price.]
  • A large sturdy bag that can go in the trunk
  • A “purse insert” that will fit in the glove box like the one I used [I bought it on Amazon.  It comes in a variety of colors!  If you need it soon, make sure it is shipped from the US and NOT from Hong Kong. I learned this the hard way.]
  • A 2 part cosmetic bag with see-through pockets
  • A baby wipes container – who would steal that?


Father's Day Car Kit by Holidash

Father’s Day Car Kit by Holidash – sewing instructions!

Emergency Car Kit from My Creative Stirrings

Emergency Car Kit from My Creative Stirrings

Martha Stewart DIY Car Kit video

Martha Stewart DIY Car Kit video


Airplane Travel Survival Kit (Great Gift for Overseas Travelers!)

I’ve made some fun survival kits for my coworkers like this Hospital Survival Kit for new mommas and the Wedding Day Survival kit.  I did not expect a gift for my birthday, but they made me this AWESOME Travel Survival Kit in an adorable purse/messenger bag for my upcoming trip to Taiwan!  My best friend had the same idea!  She got me a decorative suitcase filled with fun things for my trip.  What’s crazy is the only things I got double of was things I’ll use – like hand sanitizer.  I feel so blessed for such thoughtful and sweet coworkers and friends!

Airport Travel Survival Kit

Some ideas of things to include:

Comfort and sleep: (especially for long flights)

  • travel blanket
  • neck pillow (inflatable take up less space)
  • earplugs
  • sleep mask
  • benadryl or other sleeping medication


  • hand sanitizer (travel size)
  • compact mirror
  • chapstick & lotion to combat dryness in air
  • travel comb or brush
  • hair tie
  • Tide To Go or Shout Wipes
  • nail file
  • dry shampoo (travel size)
  • hygiene supplies: check out the travel size section in your pharmacy or grocery store for what you think your recipient will need: toothbrush/paste, floss, deodorant, etc. – include a quart size bag for liquids!
  • face wipes

Stay healthy:

  • disinfecting hand wipes
  • hand santitizer
  • tissues
  • bandaids
  • pain relief tablets
  • motion sickness medicine
  • barf bag

Just in case…

  • snacks
  • hard candy and gum (to help with the
  • pen
  • luggage tag

For fun:

  • deck of cards
  • favorite magazines
  • paperback book
  • Sodoku or crossword book

You could even include a few things for your recipient to use on the trip!

  • plug adaptor
  • battery operated fan
  • sunscreen
  • bug spray
  • scarf
  • travel journal
  • sun hat
  • bra stash or money belt
  • travel clothesline

How about a packing list or other infographic:

If you have little ones, here are some good ideas:

What to Bring on a Flight for a Baby and Toddler

What to Bring on a Flight for a Baby and Toddler

Flying with a Preschooler & Baby from The Active Toddler

Flying with a Preschooler & Baby from The Active Toddler

Toddler Airplane Survival Kit from Blog by Ben

Toddler Airplane Survival Kit from Blog by Ben

Wedding Day Survival Kit: Free Downloads

I’m starting to be known around my friends and coworkers for my “survival kits.”  I don’t know how it happened.  I guess I just love the practicality and the personalization I can do when creating a kit for someone I care about.  Here’s the one I most recently made! One thing I love about this one is that anything the bride doesn’t end up using can be used for a guest room bathroom! Wedding Day Survival Kit: Contents What to include: [I did NOT include all of this.  Think about your bride and what she would actually use in an emergency]

For clothing (I found most of this at Joann’s):

  • sewing kit (if possible, make sure it has the bridesmaids’ dress color thread) – I found mine at Michael’s for $1.50 in the baskets of value items!
  • scissors (my sewing kit included mini scissors)
  • double stick tape
  • corsage pins
  • safety pins
  • clear nail polish (for fixing a chipped nail, runs in hose, or putting it on the thread of a button about to fall off)
  • stick-on instant hemming tape
  • white chalk (for masking stains)

[Side note: You’d think you wouldn’t need any of this.  At my best friend’s wedding, one of the bridesmaid’s zipper BROKE on her dress.  The zipper had seemed a little “off,” but David’s Bridal said they couldn’t do anything about it.  She couldn’t get it zipped, and then one side came completely out.  We had to literally sew her up, but the thread color didn’t match and we ran out!  EEK!  The bride may have been hiding under her veil at this point…] Wedding Day Survival Kit: Hair & Make-up

Hair & Make-up: (Most of this I found at Wal-mart in the travel section)

  • bobby pins
  • comb or brush
  • hair spray
  • compact mirror
  • chapstick
  • tweezers
  • nail file (I found a cute set at Wal-Mart by the nail polish!)
  • nail clippers
  • blotting papers
  • cotton balls
  • Q-tips
  • make-up wipes
  • hand lotion
  • lint roller
  • deoderant
  • toothbrush-to-go & toothpaste kit (travel section)
  • floss
  • mouthwash
  • eye drops (if the bride wears contacts, make sure to buy drops that are specifically for contacts)

Just in case…Wedding Day Survival Kit: Just in case!

  • bandages or first aid kit
  • blister kit
  • mints
  • tissues
  • earring backs
  • tampons
  • Shout Wipes or Tide-To-Go
  • static cling
  • water bottle(s)
  • straws (to keep lipstick from getting totally ruined) – next time you grab and extra one from a fast food place, save it!
  • superglue
  • lighter (for lighting candles or to fix fraying ribbon! It works for most ribbons – just swipe it so it doesn’t catch on fire!)
  • for outdoor weddings: sunscreen, bug spray, allergy medicine

For Sanity:

  • medicine: headache, pain, antacid, etc.
  • snacks (I got Nature Valley fruit and nut bars or Clif bars – no chocolate or anything that will stain!)
  • I’m not a drinker, but if the bride is, you could go with some mini containers of …juice…

Now, for the bag.   I wanted something with a handle that could be easily carried.  I considered a purse or beach bag, but then realized either everything would be floating around, or I would have to purchase additional pouches.  I also considered a tackle box.  While this is a super cute idea, and they tend to be about the same price as what I got, I thought it’d be too annoying to carry around / have to keep upright.  SO I went with a cute cosmetics bag with a handle, various pockets, and even a hook to hang it over a door.  I find this is my favorite style to gift.

UPDATE: Here are a few I have made since this post! I even personalized some of them with vinyl!

I got the larger cosmetic bags at TJMaxx, Marshalls, and Tuesday Morning for less than $15 each.

I recently made the purple clutch survival kit for my fashionista friend!  Carrie had her cosmetics kit on her table at the reception!  I knew Allison would not put a bag that didn’t match on the table, and that she would appreciate a matching clutch, so I ordered this “large” Missy K Rose Clutch on Amazon.  It was hard to fit everything I wanted to in there, but I think it works for Allison!

I also made a mini wedding day survival kit for another friend of mine.  I found the small bag at Target for less than $2and was able to fill it with lots of good stuff thanks to this: My Tagalongs Personal 911 Kit.  I found these at TJMaxx for less than $5!  I love a good deal!

Label:  I used Callie Hand font for my label.

This download includes a standard printable PDF with no bride’s name.  Download and print on cardstock – I used my handy-dandy paper cutter and corner rounder to make this all pretty, punched a hole, and tied it with a ribbon.

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This download should work with fonts on most computers.  I’ve been including a list of what was included for my bride!  That way, she can look through it without emptying out the bag when opening her gifts.

I also made you lovely ladies a shopping list!  Again, I made one in Word, so you can edit it as needed.  Or, you can just print it, and you’re ready to go!  Here is the PDF.

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Just delete what you’re not using and change it to your favorite font!  If you have trouble, please let me know.  Comment below if you have anything you added, and please link back if you use these ideas so I can see what you’ve done!  Thanks for reading!