Give Extra, Get Extra with a DIY Mom’s Survival Kit

By Shannon Gurnee
In Do-It-Yourself
April 5, 2016

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As moms, we are constantly on the go. Whether it’s driving our kids to school and other extracurricular activities, going shopping, or getting our daily tasks done, we are on the go a lot. I don’t know about you, but I love to be prepared and I can do with a Mom’s Survival Kit, which I keep with me in the car. This is great because it includes things I need on a daily basis that I might have forgotten to do or use on my way out the door. Check out how I make a DIY Mom’s Survival Kit.


How to Make a DIY Mom’s Survival Kit

1 – Choose a bag to hold your goodies in. I like mine to be big enough to hold my goodies in it, but small enough to where I can put it in my glove box or console in between our seats in the car.

2 – Favorite lip balm. I like one that keeps my lips soft and moisturized and has a good flavor to it.

3 – Hairbrush. I can’t tell you how many times I (or one of our kids) needed to use a brush. This is good for touch-ups or brushing hair in the mornings on the way to school.

4 – Ibuprofen. With all of the busy-ness of the day, I tend to get aches sometimes. It’s great to have a little container of Ibuprofen in your Survival Kit.

5 – Travel-size bottle of hand sanitizer. I don’t know about you, but I do not like when my hands feel sticky or dirty. Not to mention all of the things we touch that others may have touched with unclean hands. A travel-sized hand sanitizer is definitely something you want to include in your Mom’s Survival Kit.

6 – Tissue. I like to include a travel-size package of tissue because you really never know when you’ll need it!

7 – Cash. You never know when you might need to use cash, so I like to have at least $5 in my Mom’s Survival Kit! The amount is up to you – but it’s good to start with $5.


7 – Don’t forget the gum! I love to have gum on hand, whether it’s in my purse or in the car. Sometimes it’s because I ate something really strong smelling (I’m talking garlic or onions) or sometimes it’s just because I feel like chewing gum and want to have fresh breath after. It’s great to have it if you’re planning on giving your man a smooch when you get home too! One of my favorite brands to chew is Wrigley Extra® Gum!


I recently discovered Wrigley Extra® Gum 35-stick packages at our local CVS. There were two flavors in particular that I was interested in trying – Extra® Gum Spearmint and Extra® Gum Polar Ice®. Each package includes 35 sticks and retails for $3.29. You get over 2 packs of gum in one package!!!


I am loving the new Extra® 35-stick pack! These new, durable 35-stick packs (made with durable, recycled packaging) are perfect for splitting between your desk, car and purse. Plus it means there is more sharing between family, friends, and coworkers, making it easy to “Give Extra, Get Extra!” The convenient, larger stick packages feature durable, recycled packaging wit You can find the Extra® Gum 35-stick packages in the checkout line at your local CVS.


Be sure to pick up the new Extra® 35-stick pack in Spearmint or Polar Ice® at your CVS! 

What would you include in your Mom’s Survival Kit?
How would you “Give Extra, Get Extra?”

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

26 Responses to “Give Extra, Get Extra with a DIY Mom’s Survival Kit”

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  2. I don’t care who you are, a survival kit with essentials personalized to you is ALWAYS a good idea! I use to have one I carried with me in my purse but downsized and it didn’t fit in my new purse. I’m going to have to redo that one of these days!

  3. I always have a little survival kit with me wherever I go. I keep my purse stocked with a few essentials that I can always use.

  4. Catherine S says:

    A mom survival kit sounds like a great idea. I think I might add ear plugs to mine. lol

  5. Gum and lip balm are definitely in my top 2! I always keep some in my car!

  6. This is a great list! I’d also include lotion and band-aids. They’re the 2 things I always need when I’m on the go! 🙂

  7. Pam says:

    Ibuprofen is so important for my “mom bag!” I also carry a hairbrush and ponytail holders. I need to add gum to my bag.

  8. My sister said that all she needs in her “mommy” kit is chocolate. She said everything else will feel like it’s unneeded if she just has chocolate haha

  9. Theresa says:

    These are all great essentials for a mom to have in her survival bag! I especially like the Extra because of its long-lasting flavor!

  10. This is a great article.
    I plan on sharing it with my sister-in-law, who is a mom of four young boys!

  11. I have a similar group of things I always keep in my car. Must have that gum too!

  12. mary says:

    I have all of these in my big ole purse. ALWAYS have gum. Coffee drinker here – coffee is not good for the breath. LOL

  13. Brandy says:

    My teen daughter would totally agree with you on the GUM, she is addicted to gum and loves this brand too! Thanks for some ideas on what I should have in my moms survival bag!

  14. Tonya says:

    I love that the Extra gum is available in larger sizes. And it’s absolutely perfect for a survival bag for mom. I don’t go anywhere without my gum.

  15. Rosey says:

    So smart to keep a hairbrush in there. I can’t count the times I’ve forgotten and really needed one. I always do have gum…well almost always. 🙂

  16. Katherine G says:

    I’m going to have to tell my husband about this. He likes Extra. I haven’t chewed gum since high school. I know he would love this.

  17. This is almost the perfect mom’s survival kit. The only thing you are missing is chocolate!

  18. Kiwi says:

    I love the polar ice packs! I am happy it comes in a large quantity!!!

  19. What a great idea! You gave me a few more ideas to add to my own survival bag.

  20. Shakeia Rieux says:

    This would be great for my sister. She likes to carry gum with her, but she could use the other stuff listed on here.

  21. Steffi says:

    Your answer shows real iniegltlence.

  22. Plamen says:

    Haha. That “survival kit” made my day.

  23. Laurie Emerson says:

    I carry a lot of these but the one thing I might add is Lifesavers. They are perfect for when you need that emergency sugar energy!

  24. Martis says:

    This would be great for my little brother. He likes to much fruit gum, but he could use the other stuff listed on your article.

  25. kathie says:

    I always have a little survival kit with me wherever I go.

  26. Bonus says:

    Always keep some cash on hand, that is a very good tip, I usually have at least 20 around just in case

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