With baseball and soccer season in full swing, my family is on the go several nights a week, not to mention the weekend. When we travel to other team’s fields, we’re never guaranteed bathrooms, much less any type of first aid station.
Instead, I keep my car stocked with the basics like a folded chair, extra towels, a roll of paper towels, and a big umbrella. Everyone brings their water bottle which we fill up before leaving the house. If needed, I have a small cooler to hold the bottles along with an ice pack.
I also keep a first aid kit in the car along with band aids. I replace the medicine in the kit yearly because of expiration dates. The heat inside the car can also reduce the effectiveness of the medications. For this reason, I keep the suntan lotion at home, and put it on the kids before we leave.
Thanks to a tip from a friend, I learned that many of the medications I like to keep in the car can be bought at the dollar store for much less than at a drug store. If you coupon, you can save money on medication, too. During an extremely hot summer, I would definitely rotate the medicine in the car with the medicine in our home a little bit faster, maybe once every few weeks.
In the back of our mini van, I keep a stash of cloth grocery bags (note to self – need to wash the bags), along with a diaper bag filled with pullups and wipes and a spare rag towel. At least one of my kids still has small accidents; having the pullups ensures a happy child during a day out. The wipes are great for cleaning up accidents, and, also good for wiping off sticky or dirty hands. I’ve occasionally had to wipe a child before they head into school because they didn’t wash very well before leaving the house.
What do you keep in your car in case of emergencies?