Working moms spend a lot of time in the car. Whether commuting for work, carpooling the kids, or just plain traveling, you can make it more convenient by stocking your car with mom essentials.
I have really extreme stock levels in my car. Either it’s full of trash and other things that don’t belong, or it’s bare. There must be a more sensible in-between. How nice would it be if I had things in my car for emergencies, enjoyment, and convenience.
Why Have I Decided to Prepare?
- Decrease arguments and bickering
- Reduce the number of stops I make
- Occupy the kids
- Promote happiness and contentment
What’s In My Car Now?
Take inventory of what’s currently in your car. Here’s what’s in mine:
- front window shade
- activities (card games, books, activity books, crayons)
- pen and notepad
- hand sanitizer
- bug spray for evening soccer practice (we live in the South!)
What General Items Do I Need?
Here’s a good start to deciding what items you may need in your car.
- First Aid Kit (Neosporin, bandages, anti-bacterial wipes, Tylenol, sunscreen, and Dramamine)
- Bottled Water
- Extras (of sports equipment, etc.)
- more Art activities / Travel Games
- grocery bags to use for trash
- blank envelopes for running errands
What Do I Need to Add For Preschooler?
I find myself needing these things:
- Baby Wipes
- Change of Clothes
What Do I Need to Add For My School Age Child?
- Book light
How to Decide What You Need
1. Think about how your car is used. Do you need office supplies, extra utensils, or books on CD?
2. Consider your children’s ages. Are your children young, in sports, or potty training?
3. What do you repeatedly wish you had in the car? Then that’s what you need!
Ways to Maximize Your Commute:
Make the Most of Your Commute: Using Commuting Time Efficiently
Using Commuting Time Effectively
Real Simple Magazine’s Baby Car/Travel Essentials
Real Simple Magazine’s Kids Road Trip Essentials Checklist
Real Simple Magazine’s Emergency Car/Travel essentials
What are must haves in your car?
Read other posts in the 31 Days to Make Being a Working Mom Easier series.
Audra @ Renewed Projects says
yes yes on napkins!!! Nothing is worse then a juicy sneeze and nothing to clean up after it. I used to keep baby wipes in my car but then it froze into a brick during the winter. Now its a seasonal thing.
Creatively Homespun says
Love these ideas!!! Thanks for sharing at the Best Recipes & DIY Projects Link Party!