Things to keep in the car
At least once a week, I notice that someone forgets something and I say “You left home without ____?” I have learned to be prepared! Now, I’ve found my favorite 10 things to keep the car. Sometimes we will even grab our snack hack and take that with us, too!
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We have four kids, so we are ALWAYS trying to find things in the car. When emergencies pop up, we like to be prepared. It was mostly “learning through experience” that brought us to this list. I’ve been caught without many of these too many times and I’ve learned my lesson! Our car is not “ready for anything” (most of the time, anyway!)
Our kids are young and we need a little more than families with older children.
1. Coats or zip up sweatshirts in the trunk. I do this because our kids are constantly cold, especially in restaurants, so if I can have a coat handy, it works out great. I even do this in the summertime because this is when everyone has their AC on full blast and our kiddos get extra-cold if we are out to eat.
I can’t tell you how many times we will be somewhere & they will step in mud or a puddle or their friends or my nephew will need shoes because their shoe broke (I know its weird, but its true!). They always come in handy!
4. Power Converter – a little box that turns any normal plug into a car plug. I can charge anything using this and I use it all of the time! This is life-changing for me! (I keep this & all of my chargers in little-hidden console under the dash). Here is the one that we have.
7- Sunglasses (extras!)- A few years ago my Mom & I were shopping at Michaels and they had their sunglasses on clearance for 50 cents. We bought about 6 pairs. I have lost most of them by now, but I still keep a spare pair of these sunglasses in the car, just in case I lose my regular sunglasses.
You could even order a cheap pack of 12 and just keep them in the car, under the front seat.
8 – Water Bottles – I keep 3 water bottles in my trunk (in a tote bag). It seems to be a cure-all when we have sticky hands, too! (NOTE: It has been found that they can leak chemicals, so you might not want to do this. I keep them in there because we use the water to wash up when we are in a bind, but we usually have fresh (new that day) water to drink because the kids grab a new water bottle from the refrigerator in our garage before hopping into the car in the mornings.)
9- My “Restaurant backpack” – This is a backpack that I keep just for going out to eat or going somewhere like that. I keep hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, a high-chair cover, disposable bibs, coloring books, crayons, toys & a few other little things.
WHAT TO KEEP IN YOUR CAR: READER SUGGESTIONS
- Scissors (in case you need to cut a seatbelt)
- An extra pair of clothes for the kids
- Ziplock bags (for new clothes & then dirty clothes)
- “barf bags” using disposable diaper genie refills.
- Sticky Notes made FOR YOUR VISOR (love this idea!)
- If you have a potty trainer, keep a mini baby bjorn travel potty in your car.
- A coloring book (we love our Potty Training Coloring binder that we made).
- A bag of books
- Decorate a shoe box as their special car toy box- let them pick the toys that go in it.
- Keep a roll of toilet paper in a plastic bag in the trunk
- 1/2 a roll of paper towel (takes up less room, but does the job.)
- Car laundry basket. Everything goes in there and then into the house (sports stuff, etc…)
- Spare change
- A towel, in case you get caught in the rain (or jumping in puddles!)