Mommy’s Get Home Bag

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Have you thought about making a Mommy’s Get Home Bag for someone you know? I recently read where families were confined inside an Amtrak Train for about 36 hours. Because of poor weather conditions, the train hit a fallen tree. There were over 200 passengers aboard the train. Amtrak decided because of deteriorating weather they wouldn’t to try and move the passengers off the train.

The train had some food, some water, and bathrooms available. Some people did run out of diapers and formula, according to a news report I heard. Keep in mind this year has had record breaking snow totals in many places throughout the country.

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Most of us are past the diaper bag stage more than likely, thank goodness. But, we may have children or grandchildren with mother’s who are still packing diapers, bottles, and pacifiers. Here’s the deal, there’s not a lot of difference between a diaper bag or a get home bag. If you think about it, we know mom or dad will grab the items they need for their baby or toddler if they leave the house. But they may be thinking they will be home tonight, right? What if they can’t get home for two days, three days, or longer due to unexpected situations that come up.

So, this bag is pretty close to a 24-hour bag, similar to a 72-hour bag, but with fewer items to haul around. If a disaster happens as you leave a grocery store or a church meeting, are you prepared to walk home? Hopefully, you’ll have one of these bag in your car or truck.

Mommy’s Get Home Bag

Here are a few items you may want to put in your your bag.

  • Disposable diapers, at least one dozen
  • Cloth diapers with diaper pins and waterproof pants
  • Baby Wipes
  • Diaper rash ointment
  • Potty training pants or pull-up diapers
  • Water
  • Extra bottles
  • Pacifiers
  • Formula
  • Extra clothes for baby or toddler
  • Baby nail clippers
  • Baby lotion
  • Baby soap
  • Baby shampoo
  • Extra shirt for mommy
  • Snacks for baby, toddler, and mommy
  • Sun Hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Small blanket
  • Duct Tape
  • Phone charger
  • Small tent or tarp in case of inclement weather
  • Small first aid kit
  • Hiking shoes with socks
  • Small fold-up umbrella
  • Warming Scrunchies
  • Bibs
  • Electrolyte bottles

Water In The Car

You can probably see this is a laundry bag in the car with water bottles. They are easy to grab from the car when the bag is zipped closed. They can be put in a stroller to take just about everywhere when needed. Laundry Bags

Mommy's Get Home Bag

Baby & Toddler Stuff

Everyone will choose different items to fill a Mommy’s Get Home Bag, but here are a few ideas to help you get started. It could be as simple as a broken down car 15 miles from home. We may be able to call friends and family to help us. But what if we have zero cell service? What if it’s 100 miles from home. Can we walk that far? I couldn’t. Are their cabs, Uber or a local transit service available?

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Zippered Bag-Closed

You can make several different bags such as this one below and zip it closed. Of course, you’re going to want to be aware of the high temperatures and freezing temperatures as well when you choose the items you need to put in your car. You can place them in a bucket in the back of your car with walking shoes and socks for yourself in case you need to walk home. Or if you have to stay put in your car for 24-36 hours. You may even be trapped on a train for 36 hours, you will be the lucky one who prepared ahead of time. We prep for the future, whatever that may be.

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Backpacks For Kids

Please think about putting some small backpacks in the bucket in your car with the zippered bags. If the kids that are old enough could carry some of the water or snacks, for instance, it would take a little weight off what the mom must carry. I always say, expect the worst and be prepared for it. Don’t dwell on the worst things that can happen in life, but be ready if they smack you in the face, so to speak. In other words, be prepared for the unexpected.

Water

Please plan on enough water in your car to last a minimum of three days in case you are stranded because of weather, damaged roads, or any unforeseen emergency. I recommend 4 gallons a day per person when at home, but in the car maybe two gallons per person per day. So if you have two adults and two kids, you need eight gallons per day or sixteen gallons for 2 days. Please do the math before you get in the car. I would rather have too much water than not enough.

Food or Snacks

If you choose foods that you can rotate you can choose the foods you know the kids will eat. This can be any food that does not need refrigeration. I would not put nuts in your car because they may go rancid, so you should probably skip those. You can put animal crackers, jerky, cold cereal, fruit cocktail in cans with flip open lids. Crackers are great to hand out to kids and adults. I grew up on those little hot dogs in cans, not my favorite food, but if I’m hungry I would eat them.

Heavy Duty Jogging Stroller

Hopefully, mom will have a good stroller in the car in case they do need to walk home. Some of the items above can easily fit in the stroller compartment. Besides, pushing a stroller with a baby or toddler is so much easier than having to carry them and a few preparedness items.

Final Word

If you happen to know someone who has little ones at home, please suggest helping them make a Mommy’s Get Home Bag. We are all preppers and want the best for our family, so maybe the next baby shower you go to put together one of these bags. That new mommy will love it, I promise. Here’s to being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world. Linda

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10 thoughts on “Mommy’s Get Home Bag

  • March 3, 2019 at 7:17 am
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    Good stuff! We’ve even looked at adding items being grandparents now.

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    • March 3, 2019 at 7:44 am
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      Hi Matt, I love hearing you are grandparents now! Yes, it does change things. It’s so fun!! Linda

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  • March 3, 2019 at 7:22 am
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    Isn’t one of these bags what evolves into “Grandma’s purse”? My grandkids, teens & grown, always tease about “Mimi’s purse”. Need a hammer? Check Mimi’s purse.

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    • March 3, 2019 at 7:45 am
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      Hi Linda, oh my gosh, the hammer! I LOVE it! Good job!! “Mimi’s Purse”, I LOVE It! Linda

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  • March 3, 2019 at 2:40 pm
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    Great post.
    Yesterday my daughter and her family came to my home to take me to lunch for my birthday. We had a wonderful day! My grandchildren are 7 1/2, 6, 4 1/2 and 3 months.

    They loaded the van to go home – 75 miles away – but the van would not start! Fortunately my son-in-law is pretty handy and was able after a couple of hours get a part off, trip to the parts store, put the new part on.

    My youngest grandchild is cloth diapered and breast fed so food for the baby was not even on my mind! But, my daughter packed minimal diapers as they were only going to be here for a few hours at most. I was running so many scenarios through my mind. Of course, I live very near a number of places we could have gone to get disposable diapers and anything else we might have needed.

    This was not an emergency in the true sense of an emergency but it could have been. My daughter said next time she would have a box in the back of the van with extra diapers, clothing for the older kids just in case. I told her to also put water bottles in the box. I am not sure what would have happened if the van had broken down between my home and hers. She could call me and the best I would have been able to do is take 4 of the humans with me. They may have been able to call on some of his family to rescue them as well! But, it made them think! That is the first step in becoming prepared.

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    • March 3, 2019 at 2:50 pm
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      Hi Leanne, wow, great comment! Happy Birthday, by the way!! I’m really glad their van didn’t break down halfway home. It’s awesome he knows how to fix cars, what a great skill! This was a good learning curve for your daughter. We never know when we may need extra diapers, water, clothes, or whatever. Great comment! Hugs! Linda

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  • March 3, 2019 at 8:59 pm
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    I have had a ‘Mommy Bag’ since 1967 when my 1st son was born. People used to ask me why my bag was so heavy? In it was a change or 2 of clothes for the baby, diapers (cloth, waterproof pants), diaper rash cream, baby powder, washcloths, hand towel, bottles, formula, water, bottle brush, first aid kit, an extra blanket and a fold up umbrella. I always had a ‘Mommy Bag’ but now I have a “Grandma Bag’ that has meds of all kinds, a first aid kit and an fold up umbrella. We have to be ready for anything.

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    • March 4, 2019 at 3:52 am
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      Hi Mildred, oh you are so right! Now it’s a Grandma Bag!! Life is so good with those grandkids!! I need to add an umbrella, great reminder. Keep prepping, we do have to be ready for anything. Great comment! Linda

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  • March 4, 2019 at 7:48 pm
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    I think this is a great reminder for those of us who may not have ‘littles’ of our own at our age. But we may have grandkids or friends with younger ones..love the stories people share on here too. Like ‘mimi’s emergency purse’…just like my mom’s! I think I will share the idea of an emergency backpack with my sis, who has a 6mo old grandson. I’d add a couple of things to the emergency baby bag: those wierd hand and foot warmer scrunchies would help warm up canned formula. Even when a baby is on real food, canned formula is a good option. I’d also add those little lightweight bottles of electrolyte water.
    I traveled with my youngest son (now 20),with his nanny, far distances from home. And we never knew what weather we’d run into, so I always had a 3 day bag with his baby stuff, as well as his regular diaper bag. Regular bag had his powdered formula, the emergency bag had canned formula plus the heat scrunchies. That bag was on back seat floor of my vehicle where nothing would freeze, as long as my vehicle could run for short times. (You can tell I live up north.) I’d regularly check the bag as to if he needed bigger diapers, a different set of clothes. Oh, and, once teething, I kept totally separate Ziploc bags: one for dry bibs, one for wet…um, I got to make a second emergency bag for my grandson, born 2 yrs minus 4 days, after my youngest son. Lol, only two changes: this baby liked only one particular pacifier (son just wanted a bottle he’d gulp down in less than a minute!). Um, I learned Real fast to keep 4 extras in my dashboard cubby. This kid wanted Big Food at about 4 mos, as he hated the bottle. So, I changed his emergency bag too. I’m unusual as I hired a nanny, so could bring ‘littles’ with me, but for the most part, they were at home and I was on the road. True to this day, and yes, they know how to take care of emergency stuff.

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    • March 5, 2019 at 7:21 am
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      Hi Wendy, I love your comment! I’m going to add the scrunchies, bibs, and electrolyte bottles. Great reminder!!! Linda

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