I have a long list of people I’d like to include on my Christmas gift list this year, but my finances are limited. But today I was looking at my stockpile, and it suddenly hit me: Survival kits for their cars!  Most of my friends practically live in their cars as they rush to work, drive kids to school or appointments and serve as the family taxi service.

I know how annoying it is to be busy and suddenly need lip balm or an aspirin and not have any in my purse. Even worse: Needing a flashlight, water or a high-protein snack in an emergency.

Everyone should have a roadside emergency kit in their car, but few of us take the time (or set aside the money) to get one. This is a thoughtful gift and is the ultimate way to share that surplus of stockpile items in a way that will be appreciated.

Kits can be customized to fit each recipient’s needs or based on what’s available in the stockpile. The best part is they will be virtually free because I already have these items on hand (including several cute cosmetic bags from Target’s beauty bag promotions)!

Here’s a list of items to consider including in a survival kit:

  • Mints or gum
  • Protein bars
  • Bottled water
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Pain reliever
  • Tampons
  • Band-aids
  • Pen
  • Post it notes
  • Small notebook
  • File
  • Nail clipper
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hand lotion
  • Kleenex
  • Wet wipes
  • Chocolate