Is anyone else super excited for SUMMER?!! I totally come alive when the sun is out. Some of my favorite things include: Popsicle, flip-flops, hot weather, pool time and BBQs! However, being a mom I've realized that I need to be a little bit more prepared for the mess that comes along with bringing little kids along on summer adventures.
There's something I have been meaning to put together for a while now, and I finally did it this week. It's a Car Kit for Kids: Filled with all the on-the-go essentials that I commonly forget when I'm rushed to be somewhere.
First on the list was: Wet-Nap disinfectant wipes (there's a coupon right now for $.55 off any Wet-Nap product). These are great for sticky hands and faces that appear almost everywhere you go, and also for killing germs at the park, zoo, or those nasty high chairs at restaurants.
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I love popsicles, but I don't love sticky hands!
DIY Car Kit for KIDS
We are one the road a lot visiting family (especially during the summer), so this car kit is crucial to my sanity. I always forget something important! Here are a few things that I included in mine:
- Wet-Nap wipes for sticky, messy hands and faces. Also for disinfecting hands after visiting parks and before eating food.
- Disposable bibs. I hate carrying soiled laundry around in the car or diaper bag and there are plenty of times that I have found myself without a bib, so disposable ones are essential for emergencies (and they're cheap too)!
- Diapers, wipes, and diaper rash cream. If you don't have a baby this one won't apply to you, obviously.
- Busy Bags. These come in handy when you are in the car longer than planned or when you are waiting for food at a restaurant. I have oodles of ideas for them on the blog.
- Granola bars and small snacks. Starving toddler. 30 minutes left in the car until your destination. Need I say more? This is a necessary item in your car kit! Fruit leathers are one of our favorite snacks to keep in the car because they don't melt and the kids love them!
- Stickers. In desperate moments I have been known to hand my toddler a sheet of stickers and say, “here, put these all over yourself.” It takes up a lot of time and doesn't make up much of a mess 🙂 Plus, you can get a pack of about 1000 at the Dollar Tree!
- Self-entertaining books. Another sanity saver when one of your kids is about to completely lose it! Some of our favorites are Poke a Dot books, sticker books, and Little Dover books.
- Extra Pajamas. Too many times we have arrived home later than planned and our children are fast asleep in their car seat. It's always a bummer when we have to wake them up to put their pajamas on. When we know we will arriving home after their bedtime, we like to put pajamas on them before getting into the car so that we can transfer them straight to their beds when we get home.
- Toothbrush. This goes right along with item #8
- Sunscreen. I have skin that rarely gets sunburned, so I'm not always in the habit of remembering to bring it along on all of our activities. This is a good one to have in your kit! I also like to keep a sunscreen stick in my purse because the stick is so much easier to use and it's quick and easy to avoid the eyes!
- Mini First Aid Kit. Kids get bumps and bruises all of the time, this one will get used!
Is there anything I missed that you would add to your car kit?
P.S. If you have a hard time finding Wet-Nap products at your local Walmart, I found mine over in the beauty/makeup/family hygiene area of the store (rather than by the paper towels where I first looked). If the Wet-Nap canister doesn't fit in your car kit, or you want something smaller for the diaper bag, Wet-Nap products are also sold as little packettes.