Question if you keep emergency supplies in your car....

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   Posted 7/11/2009 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,

After reading Peggy's thread on funny (in retrospect) accidents, I realized I should probably keep some emergency supplies in my car.

Here's my question: this time of year, my car gets sweltering hot during the day---will this ruin any wafers and/or paste that I keep in there? I just want to keep a bag in there all the time, not have to take it in and out of my car each time i go somewhere.

Does anyone else keep supplies in a really hot car? Do the wafer get ruined?

Thanks for any help, as always!


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   Posted 7/11/2009 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
i do keep one set in there and i live in the south and it gets HOT, i figure that the wafer wont last long, but it should last long enough to get me home!

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   Posted 7/11/2009 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I keep a baggie with a wafer, bag, paste, and a j-cloth in my purse. I have a pretty small purse and it doesn't take up much room. That being said, I carry a purse. If I was a man I guess I'd take my chances with the car.

I do keep meaning to put a change of clothes in the car, though. That's probably just as important as the bag.

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   Posted 7/11/2009 3:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had them in my car...but yes, they don't work as well if they get hot repeatedly...I just took my chances.

Now, I have a wafer/seal and two pouches in a SMALL makeup bag in my purse...that being said I usually leave my purse in my car so I'll have the same issues!!

Like summerstorm said I'm betting they'll work long enough!

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   Posted 7/11/2009 6:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I usually don't take anything with me if I am within an hour or so of home, and just me and my DH. If we are going any further OR with a group where we just can't head home if I needed to, then I take a "one change" kit with me and just usually leave it in a bag in the car. I usually have bottled water with me anyway or other stuff to drink, so I usually have a spare bag with me.

Now that I have said this, I will probably be sorry!!!
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   Posted 7/11/2009 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I usually keep all my 'stuff' in the car in a hollister 'purse.'  2x flanges, 2x bags, sissors, paste, powder, spray, glue remover and 4x of those small tissue packets.  When I do change my flange/bag, I take them from this purse, so they are always being rotated out.  The longest they stay in there is 14 days.  Never had a problem with flange deterioration or anything, and they're out there in the heat or in the cold...doesn't seem to effect them IMO. 
Besides the stuff in the car, I normally don't carry any supplies on my person.  I'm hardly ever more then a 5-10minute walk from the car anyways.  Probably just as far as the nearest washroom.  When I *do* go for long extended periods from the car I'll take a precut flange and bag with me, just in case, but that's it.  It's just to get me back to the car and my other supplies.
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   Posted 7/11/2009 9:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I kind of have it everywhere. My daughter is 23 months, so I keep some in her diaper bag. I also have a convatec bag that I will throw in the car if I'm going out for most the day. I have yet to throw a change of clothes into my car, but I'm thinking about just throwing an old sweatsuit or something in there. I figure if I have a leak, I'm likely going to have to go home and shower (that's just me) and want to make sure the appliance is on I just need enough to get me home.
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   Posted 7/12/2009 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the input, everyone!

I think I will just get a small make-up bag to keep supplies in and keep that in my purse, which I always have with me (like OHIO suggested) instead of leaving stuff in the car.

I wish I had a "purse" provided for my supplies, Matt! I have a hard time finding a bag that is small enough and flat to hold my supplies...I should call Coloplast and see if they offer them...

I have had emergency supplies at work, but never needed them, so they have been there for a year. I should probably replace the stuff in that kit...!

-E :)

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   Posted 7/12/2009 9:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for starting this thread. It finally reminded me to put some emergency clothes in my car. I dug through my drawers and found a t-shirt that was always too big for me and a horrid purple pair of spandex-ish shorts that I haven't worn in the last decade. They'll do in a pinch!

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   Posted 7/12/2009 9:58 PM (GMT -7)   
thats what i have in my bag usually clothes i would never wear, lol
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