The Organized Car
By Malia Russell
One thing I have added to my list of “impossible dreams” is a beautiful, clean,
perfect looking car. With five children in our family, there will always be stray items,
occasional spills, and some level of dirt on the floor in our car. However, “organized”
is not the same thing as “spotless.” When I think of “organized,” I think of what I
need to have ready and available. Whether you are going on a trip across town oracross country, there are some things that are helpful to have in the car. Makingsure they are available in plentiful supply will be a blessing to your family.
For the Baby
When I had my fifth child, Daniel, one of the first things I did was set up an
“emergency diaper bag” in the car. In there, I keep a few diapers, wipes, one outfit,
a spare pacifier, a light blanket, and a baby bottle. I also keep a couple of feminineproducts and nursing pads. If I ever forgot the diaper bag or found myself missing akey component in there, I would be able to quickly grab a spare from the
bag.” As Daniel got older I added a toddler cup, bib, and simple
dried snacks that could withstand the temperature extremes in the car. This bag sits
on the floor in front of the baby’s (now toddler’s) seat. I can reach behind me fromthe driver’s seat an
d reach into it to get whatever might be needed at the moment.
For the Children
I have noticed that every time my car gets up to a speed of 25 miles an hour,
someone always says, “I’m hungry.” This was particularly true of my son who has
several food allergies. So now I keep a snack bag in the car filled with simple,nutritious snacks that are not messy and are highly nutritious. Dried fruit and nutsare good car snacks for older children. I also keep a couple of water bottles and anumber of paper cups in the car. We always have wet wipes in the diaper bag, but inaddition I try to keep a roll of paper towels handy too.
I also encourage the children to bring with them books that they enjoy, so that theycan take advantage of car time or waiting time somewhere. The children usuallywant to bring along their gadgets:
s, and such, but these arebetter in small doses, so bringing a book along can be a welcome relief for everyone.
We also keep a first-aid kit in the car. You can make your own at home with somesimple first-aid supplies, but we purchased a readymade one in the store. If you aremaking your own, here is a simple list of things to include: tweezers, Band-Aids invarious sizes, antibiotic ointment,
bandage, an instant ice-pack, gauze, aspirinor
, and chewable antihistamine.The first-aid kit is kept in the trunk area. If we have an emergency requiring thingsfrom the kit, you can bet I have already stopped the car, so getting the kit from theback is no big deal.
Car Emergency Essentials
I try to keep a $20 bill hidden somewhere in the car. This can come in handy if youforget your purse or need to buy gas where debit cards are not accepted. Jumper