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Things Moms should always have in the car

Posted by on Sep. 1, 2014 at 1:40 PM
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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 Sep. 1, 2014 at 1:40 PM
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countrymomma81
by New Member on Sep. 1, 2014 at 1:45 PM

The only one of those I have in my Suburban is a blanket and that's because my daughter is always cold while the rest of us are hot so we blast the AC. 

Well, that and hand wipes. 


othermom
by Bronze Member on Sep. 1, 2014 at 2:53 PM

I have a lot of these things in our van

proudmommy690
by Bronze Member on Sep. 1, 2014 at 4:59 PM
I don't have any of this in my car lol. Would be a smart idea to have a few of those items.
letstalk747
by Silver Member on Sep. 1, 2014 at 7:08 PM

agreed

kleenex

Barabell
by Bronze Member on Sep. 1, 2014 at 11:34 PM

I keep kleenex and my e-reader in my purse. My son is old enough to take care of his own entertainment and doesn't need a booster seat. 

We usually have sports equipment in my car. During the summer, I usually have a lawn chair too to watch outdoor sports games.

bhwrn1
by Bronze Member on Sep. 2, 2014 at 5:30 AM

Great list, I've seen it before! I always have kids wipes, pen and paper.

ablackdolphin
by Bronze Member on Sep. 2, 2014 at 10:21 AM

First aid kit

ablackdolphin
by Bronze Member on Sep. 2, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Bug spray and sunscreen

ablackdolphin
by Bronze Member on Sep. 2, 2014 at 10:22 AM

hair tie

ablackdolphin
by Bronze Member on Sep. 2, 2014 at 10:22 AM

brush

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