Pinterest is flooded with images of super mom car organization with kids. Shoe organizers in the trunk stuffed full of every possible thing that you might ever need for any child type “emergency”.
These moms should have a TV show, like Extreme Mom Preppers or something. I’m certainly not knocking being prepared for anything and everything, I mean I basically preach that on this blog. Being prepared totally helps keep that anxiety in check.
Here is the thing though. Some of this stuff should NOT be kept in your car! Some products will spoil or become ineffective when exposed to extreme heat or cold.
I mean heating up sunscreen will cause it to lose its effectiveness and what is the point of having a sunscreen that doesn’t protect you in the sun? Sorry, but that’s just in no way helping me out of having a product that doesn’t even work in my “prep” kit.
Also, we don’t like in a third world country here. Some things should be packed for specific seasons, specific trips, and not left in the car year-round. Keeping your ice scraper beside your spare swimsuits does not make you prepared… it makes your car cluttered with unnecessary items. And we are trying to ELIMINATE clutter.
Let’s just meet somewhere in the middle between ” I left everything including my brain at home” and “If you need a biohazard suit I have a spare in my trunk”.
Let’s start with a few things that you SHOULD NOT be keeping in your car!
Several of these items are included in
from last year
DO NOT KEEP THESE ITEMS IN YOUR CAR
- Sunscreen – Spoils at temps above 77 degrees F
- Bug Spray – will spoil in extreme heat or cold
- Lotions – will break down in heat or cold
- 1st Aid Ointments – Most are recommended to be stored between 68-77 degrees F
- Medications – Most are recommended to be stored between 68-77 degrees F
- Crayons – will melt in high temps
- Markers – will dry out
- Cleaners – Check the label, it probably says do not store near heat. Just think, if it’s 90 degrees outside the inside temp of your car can get to almost 140 degrees in under two hours. I would say 140 degrees is considered quite heated.
- Food – storage temp issues
- Drinks – Specifically in the summer, think of your garden hose and how HOT that water gets inside the hose. Don’t let your kids drink 120-degree juice boxes. Go through a drive-through.
DO KEEP THESE ITEMS IN YOUR CAR
- Trash Can
- Small Garbage Bags
- Paper Towels
- Water Wipes
- Hand Sanitizer
- Knife (like a pocket knife)
- Sunglasses (and spare sunglasses)
- Blanket (I keep one for each of my kids in case the air conditioning is too cold AND a larger one in the trunk
- Extra Clothes (seasonally appropriate only)
- Nail Clippers
- Hair Ties
- For Babies (spare diapers, paci, and receiving blankets)
Really, don’t think that just because you see a picture on Pinterest with half the grocery store in the trunk means that whoever put it together knows what they are doing. Being prepared is also about using your brain and making smart choices.
If you have an accident and need to stop for peroxide and two Tylenol it might cost you $5 at the gas station. I’d say its a $5 well spent if you get two products that are actually safe to use for you or your kids!
Instead of prepping your car for every possible situation, try to just be extra prepared BEFORE you leave your house each day. Pack your purse with extra snacks and juices if you think you will need them. In the summer I always have a little bag of sunscreen and bug spray in my purse for emergencies.
Don’t be an Extreme Mini Van Prepper. Just be a smart, organized, well-informed mama! Make good choices on what you trust to leave in the heat or cold of your car!
What other emergency items do you always keep in your car?