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Essential Gear You Should Never Be Without

Whether you’re headed on a weekend road trip, or just driving to the pediatrician’s office, there are several items you should keep in the car. Adding essential gear such as a First Aid kit, Travel Tray, and others can help ensure you’re always prepared while driving from Point A to B with your children.

First Aid Kit

When you have kids, you never know when a bandage may be needed. This is why keeping a small, well-stocked First Aid kit in your car is always smart. You can either purchase a pre-made kit, adding to it as needed, or make your own. Include: Bandages, gauze, tape, antibiotic gel, anti-itch ointment, antihistamine tablets, sunscreen and bug spray, children’s and adult’s Tylenol or Ibuprofen, alcohol wipes, and tweezers.

Snacks on the Go

Travel Tray is great for snacks and drinks on the go. Its universal design makes transferring it from car seat to stroller a breeze. Travel Tray is available in eleven colors, so parents can choose a different color for each of their children, and hopefully avoid hearing “it’s mine” from the backseat. This tray – made in the USA – is also top rack dishwasher safe for easy cleanups after the kids are in bed.

Kid Command Center

Turn a very inexpensive hanging shoe organizer into a kid command center. Hang it from your backseat for loose items: hand sanitizer, diapers and wipes, extra pacifiers, small toys, snack packs, First Aid items, Ziploc bags, spare portable chargers, DVDs, etc. Hanging shoe organizers can usually be found at most any local retailer for under $10. You can also use carabiners to secure your purse, diaper bag, gym bag, or reusable grocery bags.

Emergency Roadside Kit

It’s always a good idea to carry an emergency roadside kit. A well-stocked kit should include a tire pressure gauge, magnetic flashlight (with extra batteries), bottled water and non-perishable snacks, a basic tool kit, tire sealant, reflectors, and jumper cables. Learn how to jump start your car here. Adjust the contents according to your needs as well as the changing season.

Cereal Container Garbage Can

Reusable cereal containers make great trash cans. Just insert a small trash bag or re-purpose a grocery bag and place it in your car. A tight seal means there’s no need to worry about spilling the “can’s” contents. These can be purchased online or at most any local retailer.

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