I don’t even want to know how many hours I’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.
I’ve learned the hard way that it’s super important to keep a well stocked “survival kit” 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, we’re always carpooling) might need in a pinch.
Our “Carpool Lane” 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 won’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 it’s true, most of these items can be carried around in a large purse or diaper bag - but personally I don’t like to be weighed down each and every time I leave the house.
But this super simple carpool kit? She’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 “survival kit” of sorts in your vehicle? What are a few items you never leave home without?
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