Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Car Kits

I was at the park yesterday, and was discussing the “emergency kit” I keep in the back of my car. It has personally saved me countless times, and has saved other moms I know while our kids play together.

It’s a medium-sized plastic bin with a lid._MDS6207

Inside is a random collection of items that make life with little kids much easier to handle. Here’s a list of the items I keep in mine:

  • Cereal bars
  • Applesauce cups
  • 2 packs of peanut butter crackers
  • Comb
  • Extra ponytail holders
  • Socks for each family member
  • A bathing suit for each kid
  • One diaper
  • A shirt, pair of pants/shorts, and underwear for each kid
  • Sunscreen
  • Small First Aid kit (I have an additional First Aid kit elsewhere in the car)
  • Sanitizing wipes

_MDS6205 I have a note on my calendar every six months to remind me to rotate new items into the emergency kit. I stash fresh snacks, and change the clothes to suit the upcoming season.

This kit has saved me when I am stranded for an unexpected wait without snacks. It has provided backup clothes when a child (mine or a friend’s) has a potty accident or maybe just plays on a wet slide. It has saved me from having to buy another pair of socks when we go to a play area or bounce house that requires socks. Stock yours with whatever you deem crucial in the pseudo-emergencies of your life!

While we’re on the subject of sanity-saving tips, there are a few other items I keep in the car to make my job a little easier. Besides the prerequisite diaper wipes, tissues, and Goldfish snacks stashed in the car’s console, I have a wonderful restaurant kit in the trunk. Some people call them Busy Bags, which is a better name because they work in places other than restaurants too. Mine is stocked with crayons, a coloring book, stickers, blank paper, a set of Aquadoodle pages with the “magic” water coloring pens, a Thomas the Train take-along play set, dry erase board and markers, and various tiny toys (a Hot Wheels car, a Star Wars figure, and a toy airplane)._MDS6202

I used a zippered plastic bag (the type you buy a comforter or sheets in) and added a dog tag to the zipper with my son’s name and phone number on it. If it gets left behind in a restaurant or doctor’s office, it can be returned to us.

I’ve been visiting a few doctors lately with regular lupus checkups, and I make sure to grab the crayons out of this bag in my trunk. Jackson and I use the crayons to draw all over the paper that covers the exam table, and it makes the wait a little easier. Then when the doctor walks into the room, I break out the big guns and give him the MOST appealing toy I’ve been saving for last: my iPhone!!! It has brought me sanity and allowed me to focus on the doctor’s presence.


Julie said...

This is why I love you! What a great idea I need to implement because I am the mom buying the socks and going through the drive through!

Gina said...

I've been impressed by your kits since I met you. But you blew my mind last night (and saved the day, and possibly me and B's marriage, hahahaha) with your freakin' DECORATION KIT!!! You are the best. Oh, and you're getting another gift. In good time, of course. You know how I roll.


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