We have four kids, ages 9, 7, 5 and 3, so we are in the car a lot (between school gymnastics, wrestling, football, friends houses, vacations). It is usually on these trips that we find that we need something that we don’t have with us. We have found ourselves “up a creek without a paddle” more often than not, so now Becky and I stay prepared by keeping some things in the car for our ‘just in case’ moments.
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- batteries (for the flashlight)
- Visor Tissues – They fit right into the visor of your car, so they are out of the way, but convenient.
- paper towel – Just keep a roll in the glovebox (I usually add a roll when it is half-way gone, so it fits better) or Napkins
- Phone charger
- Adapter (this was the best investment we’ve made!)
- hand sanitizer (we use the CLOVE orange)
- Travel Wipes
- diaper (if your kids are young)
- Towel – There have been more than one drink-spills on the road (which is why I don’t let the kids drink milk in the car… that is one drink that is HARD to clean up.)
- Jumper Cable or emergency roadside kit – we have both needed this at one point or another.
- Extra Clothes for the kids – kids make messes. They spill, they fall, they have accidents, they just get messy. Extra clothes are a must.
NOTE TO SELF: replace these when you have used them, which you have.
- Water Bottle (this serves multiple purposes.) Replace it often.
- Blanket or an Electric Blanket like Becky has (which makes her fall asleep on any road trip, even when she says “I’m not tired. I’ll just stay up and talk to you while you drive.” Ten minutes later….zzzzzz….)
- Extra shoes – I really don’t want to explain this one, but yes, our kids have either left home without shoes or have broken them somehow along the way. We keep cheap flip-flops in the trunk.