Simple DIY Car Survival Kit

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Make a simple DIY “car survival kit” for all your emergency essentials! I’m sharing all the details of how to put a kit together, complete with an adorable label made with Cricut. Thanks to Cricut for sponsoring this post! Small Car Survival Kit shown on a car seatMany of us spend a whole lot of time in the car! Whether it’s the work commute, shuttling kids to & from school/activities, or even a fun road trip adventure, there are inevitably moments in the car when someone is in need of something. Enter a simple car “survival” kit!

What’s a Car Survival Kit? 

Really, this can be whatever you make of it. In this case, we’re using the term “survival” very loosely. Instead of literal items for survival in the case of a catastrophic emergency, this particular kit contains those sort of everyday items that are often asked for in the car and things that could be handy in the case of a minor emergency. I wanted something small that I could keep handy up in my center console or the glove box to keep those common items that we often want in the car, but don’t always have…or can’t always find. So, this particular kit is different than a true emergency kit (which is also a really smart idea to have in your car). But you could use the same idea/label for any sort of car kit you’d like to put together. Contents of a small car "survival" kit

Car Kit Contents 

This idea is so versatile! You can tailor it to the size of your kit and your individual needs. Here’s what I put in our kit:

  • Bandages
  • Cough drops
  • Small sewing kit & safety pins
  • Nail trimmers
  • Disposable masks
  • Tweezers
  • Small medication container
  • Floss
  • Gum
  • Lip Balm
  • Hair Ties & bobby pins

Again, these are just some of our most used and asked for items in the car that are easy to lose. So, keeping everything organized in one little space to keep handy up front is really nice. This obviously doesn’t replace a full first aid kit or true major emergency survival kit. Small plastic bin turned into a car kitNo matter what type of car kit you’re making though, you can use this same label (or similar idea) made with Cricut to customize your car survival kit!

Making a Car Survival Kit Label

Customizing your plastic container with this “car survival kit” label is SOOOoooo easy to do with Cricut!! Here’s what you’ll need:

And, if you like the design, you can just access it here in Cricut Design Space –>  Car Survival Kit. So, it’s all ready to go for you – for a very easy project!

Once you’ve sized the label to suit your particular case, all that’s left to do it cut! For this project, I used my Cricut Joy. The Smart Vinyl is SO amazing. But I only had white and I decided that black would look better for this project. Since I already have a lot of regular black vinyl, I just opted to use that with a Cricut Joy mat. Collage of images using the Cricut Joy cutting machineEither way, set-up and cutting is a breeze with Cricut Joy! Once the car & “survival kit” label is cut, then you’ll need to weed the excess vinyl. After that, you’ll want to use the transfer tape to adhere the design on to your kit. To do that, cut a piece of transfer tape slightly larger than your design. I decided to do two separate transfers – one for the words and one for the car.

To use the transfer tape, cut a piece slightly larger than your design. Place your design onto the tape and use the Cricut scraper to gently rub on the back of the transfer tape, making sure the vinyl design adheres to the tape. Then, slowly peel the white vinyl backing off the design (with the adhesive side up, the design will appear backwards).  Then, transfer the design to your container. Once it’s in the position you like, gently rub the scraper over the tape to make sure the vinyl adheres to your container. Then, gently peel back the transfer tape.  And that’s it!!! All that’s left to do is put the kit in your car and be better prepared for those everyday “emergencies”.

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I’m Sara, a mom to three adorable boys living in the Arizona desert. As a former teacher, I love sharing my passions with others. So, have a look around for creative inspiration about cooking, creating, celebrating, traveling with kids, and more everyday mom endeavors!


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