Kelle Hampton is my blogging spirit animal this summer.
Like, for example, she says, "Download that song from 'The Parent Trap'". And I'm like, "Yeah...yeah, OK, that's sort of a good idea." So I do, and the kids and I end up loving it. And then we have a cheerful, mini sing-along almost every morning in the car.
Lately, she's just full of little stuff like that. The kind of stupid-easy ideas that make your days a little better.
In that vein, towards the end of May she published a list of "20 Summer Hacks for Moms". Some were not relevant to our life, of course, but when I read #15 ("Make a summer car kit that never leaves your vehicle....") I was like, "OMG, I can't believe I've never done that!"
So, I did it. I went to Target, got a little crate, and put all the things I could think of that we might need for summer in there. I tucked it into my trunk just before the kids' school break at the end of May.
And, you guys, it has saved my ass. Almost every day I reach for something in that box.
Sunscreen for the impromptu trip to the park? I got it!
Bug spray for the nighttime trail race? Done!
First aid stuff to minister to bumps and boo-boos? All over it!
Snacks for swim lesson night? YAS!
Bubbles for a random evening on the front lawn? I am thee coolest mom ever!
Since it's been such a raging success, I thought I would share with you all the things I put into our kit. With the long holiday weekend coming up, there's still time to put your own together. I much recommend!
Without further ado, our MAGIC SUMMER CAR KIT includes:
1. Extra swim goggles (and a Matchbox car, which I'm pretty sure the Kid just threw in without my knowledge, but it's great) as backup for our swim bag.
2. Extra sun hat. It fits both kids, more or less, and doubles as a silly diversion.
3. Spare dipes for Little Miss, who is 99.9% potty trained. (This is for the .01%.)
4. Plastic bags. For messy shoes, wet clothes, the odd rock or stick or dead bug that we just have to bring home.
5. Snacks. Pretzels and granola bars, because they will stay edible and not sticky, even in a hot car.
6. Sunscreen. Lotion for when I'm feeling virtuous. Spray-on for when I'm going for a run by myself or the kids are just too wiggly to rub lotion in.
7. Glow sticks. Not only are these fun--as one of my BFF's showed me a few summers ago--they're also great for keeping track of your kiddos at a dark campfire party.
8. Umbrella. For summer thunderstorms or shade at the hot soccer field.
9. First aid and do-dad kit. (More about that below!)
10. Baby wipes. Because baby wipes.
11. Soccer ball. Just for spontaneous fun.
12. Bug spray. Because Kansas mosquitoes and West Nile and Lyme Disease.
13. Car wipes. Great for when a drink gets spilled or a car seat needs de-sticky-fied.
14. Bubbles. More spontaneous fun.
15. Wiffle ball and bat. See #14.
16. Old quilt. For seating in damp grass, wiping off of feet, etc., etc., etc.
The first aid and do-dad kit (cute bag here):
A. Benadryl spray. For mosquito bites and general creepy crawlies.
B. Kleenex. For allergy noses.
C. Band-aids. (Which, incidentally, my kids hate, but I use all the time for shoe blisters.)
D. Neosporin foam. (Or, as we call it "magic foam". I'm not even sure if it does anything, but it generally stops my kids from screaming, so that's enough.)
E. Fancy face wipes. These are ALL for ME. They're cooling and make me feel just a little pampered. Happy mom, happy life.
F. Hair barrettes, rubber bands, and comb. Mostly to keep Little Miss's hair out of her eyes, but I've used them too, in a pinch.
And there we have it. Do you pack a summer car kit? If so, tell me what you have that I didn't think of? Or maybe how you've used it to save the day? Personally, I'm loving feeling prepared, and avoiding the fluster of shoving things in my purse as we run out the door!