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We are a busy family and we live in a very small town. This means we spend a LOT of time driving. We have to drive out of our town for work, church, sporting events, shopping, etc. We spend tons of time in our car and I got really sick of not having what I needed on hand. I decided to make a Busy Families On-the-Go Car Basket so that I would be more prepared!!
I think that most parents will agree…things always take a turn for the worst when you aren't prepared. Small things can become big things really quickly without the right resources….and when you are driving in rural Kansas….you can't just stop and grab what you need at a convenience store!
What to Put into Your Busy Families On-the-Go Car Basket
First Aid Kit
My kids are accident prone…hopefully your kids aren't! 🙂 It never fails when we stop to play at the park on the spur of the moment….one of the kids will fall down and start bleeding. It may be a tiny scrape…but without a band-aid to save the day….it will be a nightmare! Having a first aid kit in the car can be a life-saver and can help soothe minor wounds quickly! I like to stock my kit with EXTRA band-aids…because you can never have to many!
As a nurse I believe that hand-washing is the best way to clean your hands….but as a mom I know that a sink and soap may not always be available. I want to be able to give my kids a squirt of hand sanitizer after we stop and feed the geese at the park and find that the park bathroom has NO SOAP in it! 🙂
Cottonelle® Fresh Care* Flushable Cleansing Cloths
I love to keep the Cottonelle® Fresh Care* Flushable Cleansing Cloths in my On-the-Go Car Basket. I pick them up when I am at Sam's Club and they are really versatile! I like to use these wipes for emergency bathroom issues with my toddler. (yes..we have had to pull over in the country for an impromptu bathroom break, LOL) These cleansing clothes also work great for cleaning dirty hands or even cleaning up a small spill in the vehicle! I love that they are alcohol free and won't dry out the skin, plus the OneTouch* dispensing tub is super convenient!
I keep a box of tissues in the car normally, but it never fails that we run out when someone has a cold! I like to keep a backup package in my car basket for days like that! I hate having to pull out the rough fast food napkins for a runny nose!!
Trash…kids seem to multiply trash. I keep small trash bags or even just extra plastic store sacks in my basket. These come in so handy for trash or even when someones clothes get soiled or shoes get muddy. We have even had to use trash bags to SIT ON…when we get caught in the rain or someone falls in a puddle! 🙂
Soccer season seems to be the time of year when having sunscreen in my car basket really pays off for me! For some reason, Spring soccer games just don't click with me and sunscreen. I always forget to put sunscreen on my daughter before the game and am scrambling once we get there to make sure she doesn't get burned!! Keeping a small tube of sunscreen in the car has saved my kids from many a sunburn.
Snacks are like breathing for children and without them the whining may get intense. I like to keep cracker packs in the Busy Families On-the-Go Car Basket because they stay fresh a long time and don't get too gross in a warm vehicle. It is a quick pick me up snack and can tide my kids over until mealtime!
I really hate having to stop and pay a crazy price for a bottle of water at a convenience store. I can get a whole case of water for what I will pay for 2 bottles for my thirsty kids. Having a couple of bottles on hand in the car basket has saved me a ton of money over the years.
What do you like to keep on hand in your vehicle as a busy mom? Be sure to try out Sam's Club Pick Up service to save you even more time with your shopping!
Don't forget to print off your Busy Families On-the-Go Car Basket Checklist below so you can be ready while you are driving your kids from one event to the next! Just click the image below to download the printable!