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Summer Survival Kit for Mom’s Car

The best way to be ready for anything this summer is to have a great survival kit in your car!

As the school year winds down and kids are home for the summer, moms get even busier trying to keep their kids out of the house and away from the screens. Vacations, day trips, camping, trips to the beach and summer activity carpools force many parents to spend a large part of the season in their car. While you are out and about this summer, trying to remember essentials that you may need can be a real pain. Every mom needs a summer survival kit in their car. So, here is the ultimate list of things all moms should keep in their car this summer:

Health Wise

summer survival kit

  • Sunblock (the higher the SPF the better!)
  • Bug spray
  • A 6 pack of unopened bottled water
  • A few hats that fit all head sizes
  • Ponchos
  • Dramamine
  • Tylenol
  • Children’s Allergy Medication
  • Eye Drops
  • First Aid Kit (with extra band aids)
  • A couple of rolls of toilet paper
  • Bleach wipes
  • Baby wipes
  • Extra diapers (if you have a little one)
  • Hand sanitizer

For Fun

items to keep in your car this summer

  • Sand toys
  • Bubbles
  • Bathing suits for each family member
  • Beach towels
  • Frisbee
  • Some tennis balls (easy to throw and your dog will be grateful)
  • Water squirt guns
  • A package of balloons (water balloon fights can happen at any point in the summer)
  • Sidewalk chalk

Little Things

personal items to keep in the car

  • Hairbrush (wet hair do care)
  • Hair ties
  • A handful of maxi pads or tampons
  • A hand mirror (to tame pool hair)
  • A compact with your favorite foundation or coverup (if not kept in your purse)
  • Nail polish and nail remover (beach pedicure)

For Long Road Trips

car supplies for road trips

  • A couple of books you’ve been wanting to read
  • A few books that your kids love to read
  • Brainteaser books (crossword puzzles, etc.)
  • Coloring books
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Flashcards (to prevent summer slide)
  • Music via phone, mp3 or CDs
  • Portable DVD Player
  • DVDs

Just In Case

car survival kit for summer

  • Sleeping bags
  • A small tent (accommodate for your family size)
  • Food that won’t spoil in the heat of the car or be hard to prepare in case of emergency (canned goods, cereal, crackers, etc.)
  • Flashlights (at least 2)
  • Road flares
  • Fluorescent vest (in case you need to change your tire in the darkness)
  • A tire jack
  • Spare tire

Some Things To Consider

This list is generalized. If your family is into a particular recreational activity during the summer, such as soccer, then keep a soccer ball in your car. Or if you are off to a particular part of the country that is known for it’s hiking trails, then pack some binoculars. Most of the items listed above will work for the majority of families. If you are lacking on space in your trunk, consider purchasing a luggage rack that you can mount on the top of your car. Luggage racks hold many items, and in a pinch could hold something you might need while out on the open road.

Hit up the travel section of your favorite department store (Target, Walmart, etc.) and buy some of these items in travel size to cut down on space but also ensure that you have the item in case it’s needed. Store smaller items in a bookbag or some kind of storage compartment that will fit nicely in your trunk.

For bulkier items, such as a tent or sleeping bag, keep them in their original packaging and only take out if really needed. If you use them, try to fold them as small as possible to cut down on space. Make sure you are utilizing the hidden storage areas in your car too! For example, glove boxes, underneath seats and side door compartments. With this list, all moms should have their summer necessities covered and will be sure to have a fun and safe summer with their loved ones without worrying about all the missing things they might need along the way.

Summer Survivl Kit for Mom's Car

About the author

Britt LeBoeuf

Britt has a background in human services and child development. She is currently a stay-at-home mom and freelancer writer, including at her own blog, These Boys of Mine by Britt LeBoeuf. In her free time, Britt enjoys traveling, drinking coffee and watching more TV than the average human being. She hopes that her own tips/tricks for organizing, decorating and making everyday life overall easier will help other moms be happier and less burdened by their daily struggles.

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