It’s Christmas season which for many includes travel to family and friends. Since we often travel by car during the holidays, I decided it was high time we do an auto-cleanup.
You ever have one of those moments when you look at your car and say, “Enough is enough; the trash, cheerios, and dirt, has got to go?” Well, that’s where I was on Friday. I took everything out of the car, vacuumed, dusted and only put back what I considered the bare essentials.
What are the bare essentials for this mom’s car? Well, when organizing a family-friendly vehicle, less is often more. That said, it is nice to be able to be prepared for all those mini-emergencies we are bound to experience as moms. Thus, below is a list of items you will often find in our car.Conversation with my car: 'Enough is enough; the trash, cheerios, and dirt, has got to go!'Click To Tweet
In the front compartment above the radio
- Mints (gum just gets yucky when it’s too hot)
- Fingernail files
- Pens and pencils for homework, note-writing, or check-writing.
- A notepad to write down things I need to remember (when stopped of course).
- Chapstick (which must taken out on hot days unless I don’t mind it getting rearranged into a different shape).
In the glove box
- A lint roller for my “special” black slacks
- Individually wrapped shout wipes just in case
- Travel static guard for my hubby’s brown slacks
- Travel pack of Advil for the occasional ailment
- Travel medical/sewing kit
- Travel facial tissue
- Glow Stick
- Travel lotion
- Tire gauge
- Small ice scraper
- Small pair of scissors (I cannot tell you how many times these have come in handy)
- Owner’s Manual
In the center console compartments
- A microfiber cloth, to dust the dash or window while at a stoplight (also is great for wiping hands before entering a restaurant if they are Norwex’s Enviro Cloth)
- Plastic bags to collect trash upon leaving the vehicle or to place on the floor during those muddy days
- Change for the turnpike or Aldi’s cart
- Phone chargers and splitters
- Playlist for everything that is on the car USB drive
Behind the front seats
- A sun shade for the front window
- Magazines, for all those times we’re stuck just waiting.
- A coloring book and colored pencils for those unexpected waiting times (or expo marker and dry erase cards or books; just no crayons–they melt)
- An umbrella
- Diapers (when I had a little one)
- Wet ones (for dirty bottoms or dirty hands)
- A towel (in case we make a last minute run to the zoo which has a splash pad)
- Sunscreen and/or bug spray (especially in the summer for those last minute park play dates)
In the trunk
- Jumper cables
- De-Icer (in the winter)
- Reusable shopping bags
- Small ice chest or freezer tote for last minute grocery trips (in the summer)