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10 Things Moms Should Always Have In Their Car

Posted by on Aug. 18, 2014 at 7:51 AM
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by Julie Ryan Evans

rearview mirrorSome days I feel like I spend more time on the road than in my house. It's to school, to baseball, to soccer, to play dates, and to the market and back again, time and again. I actually love having that time with my kids when they're trapped with nowhere to go (mwahahaha), but you also have to be more prepared than a Boy Scout if you want to things to go smoothly.

With the right arsenal of supplies you'll be ready for anything. Okay, not anything, because with kids, you simply just cannot predict everything, but here are 10 things all moms should carry in their cars at all times that will help you manage most days.

1. An extra booster seat

Spur-of-the-moment play dates are fun, but not unless everyone has a proper seat to get there.

2. Snacks

Snacks, snacks, and more snacks -- all with long shelf lives.

3. Tissues

Especially during cold and flu season. You can't really tell them to quit wiping their noses on their shirts if you don't have a better alternative.

4. An emergency kit for cuts and scrapes

It doesn't have to be elaborate, but bandages, alcohol, tweezers, and cotton balls are always great to have on hand.

5. A towel or blanket

To wipe off wet slides, clean up big spills, have an impromptu picnic -- trust me, you'll use it.

6. Extra clothes for everyone

Even if everyone's potty trained, those aren't the only kind of accidents.

7. Hand Sanitizer

Even though I believe in good old soap and water most of the time, there are plenty of times when all you want those germs gone any way they will go.

8. Plastic bags

For everything from wet swimsuits to messy, glittery art projects proudly brought home, you'll find many uses for them.

9. Kids' entertainment of some sort

It will vary according to the age of the child, but some small toys, books, or a puzzle that can be whipped out as needed can be a life safer.

10. A good book or magazine for you

You will inevitably spend time just sitting in your car, whether you're early for pick up, or they're late getting out of practice. Having something fun to do while you wait makes the time fly.

What things do you make sure to always have in your car?

by on Aug. 18, 2014 at 7:51 AM
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by on Aug. 18, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Good reminders,
Thanks for sharing :)

by on Aug. 18, 2014 at 11:58 PM
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jumper cables

tool kit

2 ltr bottle of water for the radiator

empty box (traction)

can of Fix-a-flat or two


extra shoes


I know I'm missing something but I can't remember what it is .... 



duct tape (read the response below mine ... LOL)

electrical tape

roll of paper towels

bag of cheap kitty litter 

by Member on Aug. 19, 2014 at 12:03 AM
Duct tape
toilet paper (hey, it has a variety of uses)
Wet wipes/ baby wipes
a black sharpie (not sure if I strange but I have used it ssssoooo many times for variuos things including but not limited to covering up scuffs on shoes to eye liner- lol, it was a bad morning)
Extra shoes for everyone
by on Aug. 19, 2014 at 2:06 AM

So many things! lol

by Silver Member on Aug. 21, 2014 at 9:53 PM

 My AAA card

by Bronze Member on Aug. 21, 2014 at 11:41 PM
I really do think the extra booster seat would be so hepful... It's been an issue for us more than once.
by on Sep. 1, 2014 at 1:10 PM
Great list!
by on Sep. 1, 2014 at 1:11 PM
I keep water, tissues, entertainment for the kids, change of clothes is usually in my purse, blankets for each child, and should add snacks and bandaids in there too
by Member on Sep. 1, 2014 at 1:18 PM
Baby wipes
hand sanitizer
pack of band aids and neosprone
kid friendly activity books, crayons and a pencil
bottled water
a blanket
a change of clothes per child
Snacks (peanut butter crackers, fruit snacks, trail mix, ect)
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