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Well, okay, you don’t have to have all of these in your car. But you may want to consider each item on our list – and then tells us in the comments below what we’ve missed!
Though I’d love to say that this list came after many hours of thoughtful list-making and planning – the majority of it came from experience and wishing that I had stowed this or that away in my van. So, I did.
Each time I vacuum and clean out the van, I go through my van essentials to see if anything has been used, lost, or misplaced – and then re-stock!
Must-Haves for Every Mom’s Vehicle
Tote: Most of the items on my list are kept in a tote like this
. Other items have their own place in other nooks of the van.
Spare Clothes: I can’t tell you the number of times that clothes have either been stained or otherwise ruined for continued wearing. We won’t even get into the drenched and soggy tennis shoes on a cold day because there happened to be an intriguing stream of water nearby. Remember to include items such as: socks, shoes, shirt, shorts, pants, jacket, hat, gloves, and swimsuit
. Because you never know when you’ll need to stop at the splash pad!
First Aid Kit: Purchase a pre-organized kit
like the one below or put your very own together with the following items.
in a variety of sizes, instant ice packs
, Neosporin, Vasoline, tape, gauze, bandage wrap
, pain reliever, non-latex gloves
, first-aid scissors
, tweezers, thermometer
Plastic Grocery Bags
with Utensils: I keep a small tote with plastic spoons, knives, forks, straws, and ketchup cups. Comes in so handy!
Personal hygiene items
Blankets for car naps