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Make a Car Survival Kit for a Road Trip

Get a list of essentials for a road trip car survival kit, plus a tutorial on how to make labeled pouches to keep it all organized! A Cricut Joy was all we needed to label these zipper pouches and organize medicines, first aid supplies, cleaning supplies, and plenty of snacks.

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Road Trip Car Survival Kits

I love a road trip! It feels so good to hit the road and head out on an adventure.

I’m the prep person and packer in our family, and I really like to be prepared for anything we might need on a road trip. So I put together a simple and super organized set of survival kits for the road trips that we have coming up.

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The Perfect Organization Tool

If you haven’t tried the Cricut Joy yet, I can’t recommend it enough for quick and easy craft and organization projects!

I talk about Cricut a lot, but this littlest version of the cutting machine really changes the game. It streamlines the crafting process, it fits into the tiniest storage spaces, and it is just as powerful as the larger machines.

But if you can’t quite decide which machine might be right for you, check out the breakdowns below.

how to make a car survival kit

Which Cricut Is for You?

Cricut Explore Air 2. This is my workhorse, and the one that I recommend if you’re looking to get a great tool with plenty of capabilities, but maybe aren’t into heavy duty crafting.

The Explore Air 2 can wirelessly connect to your computer, cuts 100 different materials (great for cardstock, vinyl, iron-on, and the like), and it’s super speedy. I love that it’s easy to navigate and can handle basic materials with ease.

Cricut Joy. This is kind of a mini machine that makes smaller projects extremely easy and quick! It can draw and cut, and you can purchase Smart Materials for it, which you can cut without a cutting mat.

I’ve always thought the Cricut Joy would be great to keep in a classroom for an elementary school teacher.

Cricut Maker. This one means business! I’m hoping to upgrade to a Maker soon.

If you’re a sewer, this machine can cut your fabric patterns for you. It can handle delicate paper without ripping or tearing. The Maker also can cut leather, wood, and lots of heavier materials (in addition to all of the standard materials that the other machines cut, too).

Supplies for a Road Trip Car Survival Kit

We broke our car survival kit into three categories: first aid, cleaning supplies, and snacks. See below for some of the items we included and ideas of what you might include in your own.

Medicine and First Aid

  • bandages
  • antibiotic cream
  • cortisone cream
  • alcohol wipes
  • gauze
  • adhesive tape
  • safety pins

Cleaning and Sanitizing Supplies

  • hand sanitizer
  • sanitizing wipes
  • glass cleaner wipes
  • dust cloth
  • multi-tool

Snacks

  • pre-wrapped nonperishables
  • granola bars
  • mixed nuts
  • crackers
how to make a car survival kit

How to Make a Road Trip Car Survival Kit

I love that we were able to finally organize all of the bits and pieces that were floating around our car into a few easy, labeled zipper pouches. Here’s how you can do the same!

Materials

  1. Start by designing the words you would like on each of your pouches. Open Cricut Design Space and use the text tool to do this. Once they’re designed be sure that they’ll fit on the Cricut Joy cutting area, which is no wider than 4″.
  2. Cut a piece of an Infusible Ink sheet to the size you need and mount it to a Cricut Joy mat, color side up.
  3. Mirror your words in Cricut Design Space and choose your Joy machine. Also enter Infusible Ink in Design Space to choose the correct cutting setting.
  4. Insert your mat into the machine and let it cut!
  5. Once cut, weed the excess from the stick backing on the Infusible Ink sheet.
  6. Set your Easy Press to 385 degrees and 15 seconds. Place a towel down on a flat surface, then stack your pouch and a piece of butcher paper on top of it. Pre heat the pouch for 15 seconds.
  7. Place your weeded Infusible Ink sheet face down onto your pouch where you would like it. Cover with butcher paper, and use the Easy Press to heat the whole stack for 40 seconds at 385.
  8. Carefully remove the butcher paper and peel back the Infusible Ink sheet. Let your pouch cool. Repeat for any additional pouches.
how to make a car survival kit
how to make a car survival kit
how to make a car survival kit
how to make a car survival kit
how to make a car survival kit
how to make a car survival kit
how to make a car survival kit

More Ways To use Your Cricut Machine

Isn’t that incredible?! I love how the Infusible Ink gets into the actual fibers of the fabric and makes a truly flexible, professional-looking finish.

Here are some more of our most popular Cricut ideas and posts!

If you try this DIY project be sure to rate it below! xoxo

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how to make a car survival kit

Make a Car Survival Kit for a Road Trip

Yield: Car Survival Kit
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $30

Get a list of essentials for a road trip car survival kit, plus a tutorial on how to make labeled pouches to keep it all organized! A Cricut Joy was all we needed to label these zipper pouches and organize medicines, first aid supplies, cleaning supplies, and plenty of snacks.

Materials

  • Infusible Ink sheets
  • Zipper pouches

Tools

  • Cricut Joy
  • Cricut Easy Press

Instructions

how to make a car survival kit

  1. Start by designing the words you would like on each of your pouches. Open Cricut Design Space and use the text tool to do this. Once they're designed be sure that they'll fit on the Cricut Joy cutting area, which is no wider than 4".
  2. Cut a piece of an Infusible Ink sheet to the size you need and mount it to a Cricut Joy mat, color side up.
  3. Mirror your words in Cricut Design Space and choose your Joy machine. Also enter Infusible Ink in Design Space to choose the correct cutting setting.
  4. Insert your mat into the machine and let it cut!
  5. Once cut, weed the excess from the stick backing on the Infusible Ink sheet.
  6. Set your Easy Press to 385 degrees and 15 seconds. Place a towel down on a flat surface, then stack your pouch and a piece of butcher paper on top of it. Pre heat the pouch for 15 seconds.
  7. Place your weeded Infusible Ink sheet face down onto your pouch where you would like it. Cover with butcher paper, and use the Easy Press to heat the whole stack for 40 seconds at 385.
  8. Carefully remove the butcher paper and peel back the Infusible Ink sheet. Let your pouch cool. Repeat for any additional pouches.

Notes

If you haven't tried the Cricut Joy yet, I can't recommend it enough for quick and easy craft and organization projects!

I talk about Cricut a lot, but this littlest version of the cutting machine really changes the game. It streamlines the crafting process, it fits into the tiniest storage spaces, and it is just as powerful as the larger machines.

But if you can't quite decide which machine might be right for you, check out the breakdowns below.

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