Car trips, how to really prepare with your kids!
There will be a day, you get in the car for a car trip to a store close by and find yourself without the diaper bag.
Even better, wait until the morning’s you are taking your child to daycare, in your work attire and you end up covered in spit up. IT HAPPENS! Here’s my best advice for a working Mom returning to work!!!!
Recently, I have been able to experience the terrible two’s on our car trips with flying sippy cups and juice boxes!
Then there are the other days you think your child has already pooped, and you have a blowout diaper in the car seat.
Hopefully you aren’t stuck on the highway realizing it’ll be another 10 minutes before you can pull off the road safely. These days are the ones you never imagined and after a while will gain a sense of humor to make it through. The first few times can be a little rough.
Here are some helpful things I keep in the car for your trips at all times.
Have a Gym Bag, Plastic Storage box or Car Organizer ready to store the essentials. I use a gym bag because its been easier to take it in/out of the car during refills!
Buy a pack of babywipes and store them in a ziplog bag. The ziploc bag serves 2 purposes, it will help keep the babywipes moist and I guarantee you, it will come in handy!
Note: We buy the Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipes. Our son has sensitive skin and they have been amazing!
You can have market trash bags also however there will be odors or liquids you want to keep contained. Be sure to buy the gallon size!
Have 2 sets of clothing, including bibs and socks separated by outfit in a Ziplock. You won’t want to be matching clothes and you can put the dirty ones right back in. Only having one outfit won’t help if you haven’t replaced it in time .
Don’t have just 1. Juice pouches from the store are handy to use and pour into the cups so you don’t need to worry about the straws while you are driving.
We only used Dr Brown Bottles, Toss and Take Cups and Spill Proof sippy cups in our family. These were all perfect and I didn’t get stuck buying a million types that didn’t have lids or caused him extra gas!
If you are still feeding from a bottle, don’t forget formula. This can be a challenge if you live in high humidity areas. I would typically pack dry formula. If you are able to do ready made, that is my best suggestion!
Snacks – I had a carton of puffs that hadn’t been opened in there to keep it fresh as well as graham crackers in a ziplock.
Bottled water is good for watering down juices, formula and well – washing down anything. Anything is bound to happen! haha
You will need lots of Sanitizer. Clearning things for the car, your hands, and your little one. I write a post on one of my FAVORITE sanitizers I use in the car.
The more the better – I used to pull from here sometimes for daycare if I would forget.
Towel / Blankets / Changing Pad
If you are out and about and it ends up cold you’ll be grateful for the blanket and the towel can be used to lay down for changing.
Change of clothes for yourself
Think about the season! If its even something simple like yoga pants, dollar store flip flops and a T shirt .. you will be more comfortable than covered in something unpleasant.
Baby Toys are always good for distractions if they are upset while you are changing them!
Don’t forget, your car might not be the only one they are riding in. You could keep a smaller set in the other car or think about transferring it with the baby seat when needed!