We all have to admit that at some point of parenting, we ran out the door with nothing for our children. If you haven’t, your time will come. Haha. Once we have children it seems our minds are all over the place. I actually packed all the kids bags for a little night getaway and drove away leaving the bags in the driveway. Thankfully I had our emergency bags in the car.
I never had emergency bags until we had a bad hurricane coming towards us. I wanted to make sure we were prepared for any situation. I keep a kids play bag and an overnight bag, (enough for the whole family) in the car ever since. Yes, some might say why would you want to tote those bags around in your car. They have saved my butt many of times. Especially when your boys are still learning to aim, you might need that change of clothes.
- Reusable learning books (it’s an easy wipe off and do again.)
- Card games (easy to take into restaurants, I’d rather see kids playing with cards then electronics in their face.)
- Books with CDs
- Search and find books
- Magnet Stories
- Felt books
- Magnet games
- Crayons and coloring packs
- Busy games
- How to tie your shoe book
- Lots of fun family friendly CDs
- Finger puppets
- Add small water bottles and snacks (Make sure you are changing these out and don’t get anything that will melt.)
I used this bag when we traveled a long distance and it entertained the children very nicely. When we travel through states, I make up little blind bags for them. I use brown paper bags and I add silly things inside. Journal and pens, candy, car travel games, or small toys. Every time we passed through a state they got to open a bag. My mom did this with us when we traveled. Playing car games and playing never have I ever, and who knows you best, were great to learn everyone’s likes and dislikes. (Not to mention all the laughs you get from these games.) I always keep a little tray that slides in the back pouch behind my seat and small pillows I put under their seats. Our boys get car sick so they can’t really focus on a book or tablet. (this is why I keep a barf bucket under my seat as well) I’ve never tried a portable DVD player with them yet.
In our, overnight bag I have some toiletries including butt wipes (we can not leave the house without this). I keep sunscreen and skin so soft (used for bug spray) in a bag along with some children and adult Motrin. I keep hats and raincoats (more for the summer time). Make sure you are going through your bags once in a while. Between the kids that grow out of everything and the weather changing, check it at least every two weeks.
I hope you enjoyed my post. Let me know if you guys have an emergency bag in your car and if you do, what’s in yours? Love ya, Mary xoxoxo
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