Has Summer started for your family yet? Whether it just started, or whether the start of summer is just around the corner, you will want to hurry and put together this Car Emergency Kit so you are prepared for all types of summer emergencies (or even inconveniences) with the kids.
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Summer Survival Car Emergency Kit
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There is so much to do during the summer and we always seem to be on the run. My goal this year is to spend most days out of the house making memories with family and friends. But that requires some preparation. I decided that a car emergency kit is the solution to many of the tricky problems we’ve had come up in past summers. This will allow us to be much more flexible and even spontaneous.
What to Put in the Summer Survival Car Emergency Kit:
Picnic blanket: Perfect for a spontaneous trip to the park
First aid kit: Outdoor play often means a few cuts and scrapes or pain reliever
Water bottles: Great for washing scrapes, rinsing dirty feet/shoes and an emergency drink
Sunscreen: I keep these in every bag, definitely needed in the car
Jackets: I kept a sweater or Jacket for each of the kids for those cooler summer nights
Hats: A must have for protecting those cute faces from the sun
Sandals: I get a cheap pair of sandals for hopping in the car fast, or if a shoe gets lost; happens every summer! Also great for playing in water when you don’t want to get your good tennis shoes wet.
Glow sticks: Great for emergencies and for night time fun
Snack: I like to have crackers, and crunchy granola bars to hold the kids off when having a late lunch. You can use any snack that doesn’t melt.
Towels: More than 5 times we have spontaneously stopped when driving past a park with its sprinklers on to play. Handy for drying off wet kids and muddy feet.
Phone charger: I forget my charger all the time, so this way, I always have a backup.
Blanket: For those cool evenings
Sunglasses: I get headaches if I don’t wear sunglasses
Baby Wipes: Perfect for cleaning messy faces, feet, or scrapes
Chapstick: A must have! Make sure you store it upright and inside a ziplock bag.
Bug Spray: Great for night game fun
Hair ties: Relax this summer, just pull your hair back and party.
Flashlights: Great for looking for the sippy cup you left at the picnic earlier that night. Yep, it's happened! Flashlights are super fun for great night games.
Gum: Emergency breath freshener
Life jackets: For those sudden trips to the pool. During the summer I keep these in the car all the time because all pools require drive time so it's one last thing to hunt down.
Baggies/ Small containers: I have 4 little critter hunters at my house who are always finding creepy crawlers everywhere we go. These are also great for rock collectors, etc…
Baby food snacks
Change of clothes
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Plastic bag: For wet clothes
Extra pair of clothes
Sand toys: Great for parks with sand
Medications: Add these to your first aid kit. I added allergy medicine and Tylenol for my heat headaches.
Good luck! This summer is going to be the best one yet!
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