I donâ€™t even want to know how many hours Iâ€™ve logged over the past few school years waiting either in a school parking lot or carpool line. And once the chaotic school schedule kicks into full gear, our family vehicle becomes a bit of a home away from home for all of us. My abode on wheels - you might say.
Iâ€™ve learned the hard way that itâ€™s super important to keep a well stocked â€śsurvival kitâ€ť in the back cargo space of the vehicle - filled to the brim with anything and everything a mom and her four kids (and of course their friends, weâ€™re always carpooling) might need in a pinch.
Our â€śCarpool Laneâ€ť Survival Kit:
I started with an empty plastic container (but a cardboard box, reusable grocery bag, ect. would work as well) and thought about all the miscellaneous items we oftentimes need in the car - but have too frequently forgotten in the past.
A few items in my kit:
spare set of socks - for bounce houses/fitness club rules.
spare diapers/undies for the kids.
wet wipes - because there are 101 uses for a wet wipe.
snacks that wonâ€™t melt.
a couple of dollars + coins to feed the meter.
first aid stuff
compact umbrella/ice scraper
bubbles - good distraction if you have to wait somewhere extra long.
bottle of water.
small garbage bags for miscellaneous trash and messes.
Obviously some of these items are seasonal, and I restock the kit every few weeks as I dig through and use up supplies. And itâ€™s true, most of these items can be carried around in a large purse or diaper bag - but personally I donâ€™t like to be weighed down each and every time I leave the house.
But this super simple carpool kit? Sheâ€™s saved me so many times, and made all those hours spent in the car not so horrible.
How about you? Do you have a â€śsurvival kitâ€ť of sorts in your vehicle? What are a few items you never leave home without?
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