Hey blogging friends and family! Sorry it has been such a long time since my last post. We have been on the go the past several days which has inspired this post. This summer season is filled with travel, play dates with friends, park trips, family reunions and more so we are going to be in the car quite often. Car trips, whether short or long, can sometimes be tricky with three kids so there are a few essentials I always have in my car to make things a little easier.
Also, one of the biggest deterrents to getting the kids out of the house is the packing involved. I detest the process of packing for three kids every time we leave the house. It takes enough effort to get everyone dressed, shoes on, potty break before leaving, out the door and buckled. In addition to that, I have to be prepared for almost any situation. What if they have an accident? What if they fall at the park? How long will we be gone? Will I be out during snack time? My son gets hot in the car and my daughter is freezing. And so on, and so on. So I have a list, yes another list, of must have items that I always have in my car.
This must have list contains things that I do not take out of my car. If we use them I try, key word here is try, to replenish them as soon as possible. There is nothing worse than banking on the extra clothes in the back only to remember you already used them AFTER your spontaneous splash pad stop. #MOMFAIL By keeping these items in my car, I eliminate the continual packing every time we go somewhere. Sometimes, very rarely, I am running early and pack waters and snacks but in the more likely event that I am running late I know that I can count on my go to bag in the back of the car if need be. Here’s my list.
Tissues, Napkins, Extra Straws:
This is self-explanatory. There is always a mess to be made, a snotty nose to wipe, and more often than not someone forgets a straw in the drive-thru or loses it under the seat.
I need to upgrade this to a small first aid kit but for now I at least have band-aids for the occasional scraped knee at the park.
A Change of Clothes:
Instead of packing a diaper bag every time we leave the house I keep a change of clothes in the car for each child. As the season changes so should the extra change of clothes so you have weather appropriate clothing.
Okay, so I know this seems weird but I can’t count the number of times I have been by myself with three kids and someone yells they need to go to the bathroom. If I am lucky I am near a restroom but there are times when I am not. This comes in VERY handy. This is also a mandatory item for long road trips!
Snacks, Candy and Bottled Water:
I keep these snacks and waters hidden in the car because I only want to use them if ABSOLUTELY necessary. If we get stuck in traffic and the kids are restless, this is a good time to pull out the snack bag to keep them content for a little while longer.
Crayons, Coloring Books or a Fun Toy:
Staying still and quiet for road trips is a lot to ask of little ones sometimes so I make sure to have an activity to keep them busy. I usually rotate this item so it is something they find interesting. I have rotated toys, activity bags, sticker books and road trip scavenger hunts for older kids.
Even in the hot summer months someone is always cold in our car (usually me). We each have a small blanket to keep the A/C wars to a minimum.
I usually keep a tote or organizer in the back of my car. If it is within easy reach of the kids, it will be scattered throughout the car. I try to keep it a secret what is back there. This is not something I want to get into every time we are in the car. The more times we use it, the more times I am having to change it out. Obviously this defeats the purpose of not having to always pack when we leave the house.
What are your must have items for your car? Do you have any organizational tips for the car?
Let me know in the comments below.
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