One day recently when I looked at my Motivated Moms to-do list for the day, I saw “Straighten First Aid Kit/ replenish if necessary” scheduled as one of the day’s tasks.
Hmmmm. That got me thinking. I don’t have that kind of stuff in our car. In fact, there are a good many things I don’t have in our car. Things such as…..well, any number of things a family with five kids might need! I never seem to remember to bring along even some of the most basic things. You’d think I would have learned by now, but alas. That’s why we can be driving along and….
“Mom, I need a tissue.”
“Sorry, Sweetie, but there aren’t any out here.” (Like I said — basic.)
That task scheduled on my list got me motivated to really do it right this time. I knew I had just the thing I needed to keep a bunch of little (but very important) things stashed away in our car for when we might need them. I had picked up these great little plastic sandwich/lunch box things with handy dividers inside them at Goodwill for a dollar or two, because I thought they looked very useful. Turns out they are. (Useful, that is.)
Have a look.
Of course there are the always necessary band-aids, accompanied by the “makes it all better” first aid cream. I even included some gauze pads and first aid tape, just in case. And some alcohol prep pads — sure, why not.
A thermometer? And a tongue depressor? Well, they were just extras floating around my bathroom drawer anyway.
Some ibuprofen, and a couple of junior strength Advil tablets.
A tweezers. Again, extra one taking up space in my bathroom. And because my kids tend to toss their shoes and run barefoot so often, I just might need them for pulling out “prickers.”
Dental floss. Helps your mouth feel clean even without a tooth-brush.
And, some necessary items for Mom.
I didn’t stop at the first aid items. Since I had a second matching box, I had to fill it up too. In here you’ll find….
Anything you’ll need to fasten something. Like tape, rubber bands, twist-ties, clothespins, safety pins, and paper clips. (Hey, they don’t take up much space!)
A handy little needle and thread kit that I collected somewhere along the way. It even has two spare buttons. Now that could really be useful some day.
A scissors, even if it is a tiny one.
And a para-cord. Could really help us out some day. ( Oh, and some pony tail bands — necessary for girls with long hair.)
These boxes fit conveniently beneath the passenger’s seat, tucked out of sight, but ready whenever called upon.
I also tucked a roll of paper towels under the back of the seat. And I stuffed grocery bags and Ziploc bags into cardboard tubes. They fit in the glove box. (You know that Ziploc bags can serve as barf bags, don’t you?!)
I decided I didn’t need to store empty CD cases inside the console anymore. So I put in some things we use more frequently like pen and paper, chewing gum, toothpicks (we use those pretty often — really), nail clippers, etc.
Look, right there are the tissues! And hand sanitizer, hand lotion, and wipes. And my cup holders are actually empty — ready for holding….cups! Yay!
Not pictured here, but important for this time of year is bug spray.
Another good one for summer — keep a jug of water/ice in your freezer ready to grab and let thaw in your hot car during a long day of errands or a day trip to some fun place. Take along some empty cups, and you’re all set to offer a nice cold drink to parched and weary bodies.
These are the much-needed improvements I made to our family car’s hoard of necessary items. What are your ideas? I still have a little bit of room left….
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