As a mom, I’m in my car A LOT. The teenager has school, sports, orthodontist appointments, and a summer job. The twins have gymnastics, play dates, Beckem’s therapies….most days it feels like we practically live in our car!
Since we spend so much of our time shuttling around, there are some essentials that I make sure my car is stocked with.
This isn’t an exhaustive list of all the necessary things you need to have in your car for every possible situation, but these are some of the items moms should keep in their car to make life a little bit easier!
Oh, and you can read more here about how I organize my schedule to ensure everyone is where they should be on the correct day and time!
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Items Moms Should Keep in the Car
You will definitely want to keep some of these stain remover wipes in your car to remove small spills and spots on clothing. They come in super handy when pulling in to church and noticing toothpaste on a kid’s shirt!
Change of clothes for everyone
I use these roll up space saving bags to keep a change of clothes in. These take up very little room in my trunk and have been so helpful many times! I’m always prepared if I spill coffee on my shirt, spill an entire cup of coffee in my teenagers lap, or if the twins need a change of clothing for whatever reason.
These mini disposable toothbrushes come in so handy!! They are prepasted and don’t require any rinsing. Perfect if you need to brush on the go. I keep these in my car, my purse, and I never travel without them!
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We reuse the plastic bags that we get at the grocery store. I use them to hold trash, muddy shoes after playing at the park, wet clothing, as a barf bag, liner for the potty chair we take in the car when potty training—definitely a must have for the car!
And if you feel like gettin your craft on, go here for an easy tutorial to make your own cute dispenser to hold recycled plastic bags. Much better than wadding them up and stuffing them in the glove box like I do!
First Aid Kit
With rambunctious boys, I stay prepared for bumps and bruises with a first aid kit. I also suggest keeping fast melt or liquid Benadryl and Ibuprofen in case mom gets a headache. Be sure to replace items once you use them and routinely check expiration dates.
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I don’t go anywhere without wet wipes. We use them to wash hands, faces, wipe spills from the seat—I even use them to clean my dash and interior when waiting in the school pick up line!
Hand sanitizer is a must in my car since I’m kind of a germ-a-phobe! I keep some in the car and in my purse.
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With my allergies, I always have tissues nearby. These soft packs are convenient because I can easily fit one in my center console.
For the inevitable spills that will happen. Always keep a roll of paper towels handy!
Snacks & Water
During the summer I don’t leave snacks in my car since it gets so hot in Texas. Everything would be disgusting and gross. However, I certainly have to be ready for the “I’m hungry!” from the back seat!
There aren’t many packaged foods the boys can eat due to their extreme food sensitivities so I try to make sure snacks and meals don’t have to happen in the car. But I do keep these granola bars in my purse for a growling tummy that just can’t wait!
It may not be a good idea to leave plastic bottles of water in hot cars, so I make sure to fill up our reusable water bottles on the way out the door. These are the ones I like for the twins and the big people in our family like these.
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These mess free markers are absolute genius!!! Keeps the boys entertained if we have to wait in the car for any reason.
BONUS: I make all different sizes of these and put them in the freezer. Then the kids grab one to take in the car during the summer. In the winter, I pop them in the microwave for hand warmers when having to be out on super cold mornings!
What other important mom items do you keep in your car?
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