I think of myself as a pretty prepared Mom. I always have a tissue or bandaid ready to go. I am the one who always has a snack for my boys and their friends. My kids get hangry very fast (hungry + angry = hangry). My pool bag is stocked and ready to go and my packing cube tips are some of my favorite to share.
Since my little one is now 5 – I have let my car preparedness lax. No longer are the days when I have a diaper bag with me. I used to keep my car stocked with diapers, wipes, lotion, travel potty and a million other “necessary” items. Since my boys are now “big” I no longer keep most of these things with me. And this got me into big trouble yesterday!
My #3 boy has been home sick with a virus. Low grade fever and sore throat. We spent the day at home reading books and watching age appropriate tv. Anyone with more than one kid knows that the youngest will watch what the oldest will watch and never gets to experience of Curious George (my favorite!). I had to put #3 in the car to pick up #2 and #1 from school. This process usually takes about 45 minutes. They are at a private school with two different campuses. It can be shorter if we park the car and walk to pick them up. With #3 being sick and it being 19 degrees outside, we opted for the car pick-up line. 10 minutes into the drive – #3 threw up all over himself! I found myself unprepared, and had to struggle to get us into a position to do the next 35 minutes of our pick-ups. I did the best I could – stripping his puky clothes in a plastic bag (so glad at least I had this!), putting him in an extra pair of shorts and throwing a blanket over him to keep him warm. We drove with the windows open and made it home where I had to spend the next 45 minutes cleaning the car and the clothes. This was a good reminder to be prepared for this situation next time.
Puke in the Car Edition – Necessary Items
- Travel Puke Bucket – you can purchase these plastic half moon buckets online, in a medical supply store, or swipe them from the hospital. They are the perfect size to slip into your glove compartment. If a child is complaining of being nauseous – it is in the perfect location to grab it while you are driving and pass it back to the kid. It is small enough that they can hold it up to their face and hopefully catch anything that comes out. You can either keep a plastic bag over it – so the puke can be cleaned out by just removing the bag, or you can rinse out the bucket. The bucket is on the small size – so it will not be that helpful depending on the volume of what is coming up. Small Puke Bucket
- Plastic Bags – I keep at least 5 plastic bags in my center console. This is helpful for wrapping up clothes that got dirty, wipes that you used to clean up mess, and holding an already used puke bucket. You should also keep some plastic bags stashed in the trunk for further emergencies.
- Wipes – Since I don’t have any kids wearing diapers anymore, I haven’t been keeping wipes in the car. I am not even sure that I have any in the house anymore! I used to buy the large packs and put a small amount in a small plastic holder to keep in the car or my diaper bag. Because I don’t use them often the wipes would dry out. I am going to buy some of these small packs to keep in the car – and hopefully they won’t dry out. Wipes
- Change of Clothes – I should add that it should be an appropriate for the season change of clothes. I keep a mesh travel bag in the trunk of my car with a new shirt, pants/shorts, underwear and sock. Packing Cube
- Blanket – I always keep 1 or 2 blankets in the trunk of my car for a variety of situations. We were once caught in a horrible rain storm and the boys were freezing. They are also good for a last minute picnic. In this instance, it was great for covering my little one once I got him out of his dirty clothes. A small fleece blanket is my recommendation. It is cozy, durable and most importantly – easy to clean! Fleece blanket