From safety kit & spare toothbrush to change o’ clothes & coloring book, it may look like a heap, but it fits neatly into a little bag!
It was a vomit explosion! Yes, we were bumping down the road and, with no warning, my little girl went “braaahhhh” all over herself, the seat, the floor… well, you get the idea. Poor thing. She was okay, be we still had about 40 minutes of driving left and a big mess to clean up. I was never so grateful for my mom’s car-pack than at that moment. I was able to give her a piece of ginger gum, wipe her down and get her into clean clothes. I also had a towel and the wipes came in handy as well. All the messy stuff went into the plastic bag, she had some water and we were on our way.
I want to share what I keep in my personal “Mom-Car-Pack”. It has changed over the years, as she has grown, and this is what we feel we need to get down the road with a 5 year old. Any parents out there who care to share what they find useful for their pack, please write in here as we would love to hear new ideas!
Here are our essentials, which pack nicely into one of those thin “book bags” that we often get at events, but don’t really have a use for!
1. Safety kit including: Scooby Doo bandaids, neosporin, thermometer, Arnica cream, sunscreen stick, nail clippers, tweezers, Hyland’s bumps ‘n bruises ointment, ginger gum (for upset tummies), spare toothbrush & travel toothpaste.
2. Change of clothes, including undies, socks, pants, t-shirt & sweater.
3. Towel, rolled up tightly and secured with 2 rubber bands (never know when you’ll need a rubber band!).
5. Activities (In case of car trouble, or other delay): Brand new coloring book, 2 packs of stickers, small packs of crayons & markers.
6. 4 travel tissue packs.
7. A small bowl with lid, spork & knife and a couple of “emergency” snacks like little cracker packets & raisins
8. FLASHLIGHT with hand-crank and/or spare batteries
9. Swiss army knife (can’t leave home without that!)
10. Couple of plastic bags
I drive a Volvo so my little bag fits right in behind the seat. I should note that if you live in a hot climate (like California!) you should be careful about storing food, creams and other heat-sensitive items. I never keep water in plastic bottles in the car because of heat and just bring it fresh when I head out the door.
So what do you keep in your car when you’re on the go? C’mon, you want to tell us!! 🙂
Happy travels, Karen