Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Road Trip With Kids: Survival Kit

Last weekend, we took a road trip to NJ to pick strawberries. On the way, my daughter got sick all over the car seat, my arm, herself, the doll - you get the picture. It was not pretty. It made me seriously re-consider what we stash in the car. Also, now that she’s getting older, she needs something entertaining. (Before she would just zonk out and it was glorious!)
Below is a quick survival kit that you can stash in the car or bring with you:

On the Go Potty - Below are our picks:
Kalenco Potty: http://amzn.to/1UXgUZh
Cool Gear Travel Potty: http://amzn.to/26014IO
Boy portable Potty: http://amzn.to/1WOO2Zf
Folding Seat Cushion: http://amzn.to/1Ub6429
While you are at it, get some covers for older kids and yourself: http://amzn.to/23e2XfF
Disposable wee wee pads - when my little one got sick, these came in handy! The car seat was wet so we padded with this sheet and threw one over her clothes in case of another accident. They are also great for potty training! These are a good value: http://amzn.to/1UXio5H
Hand Wipes - I really wish I stashed more! We needed a ton. I use these: http://amzn.to/1UXiryr
Baby Wipe - You never know what kind of situation may arise but you can bet your baby’s bottom you’ll need at least a pack
Change of clothes - Rotate every 1-2 months dependent on child’s age to ensure it will fit. Basic items like leggings, bodysuits or t-shirts, underwear, socks and a change of shoes are a must
Tablet holders - Cars with entertainment packages build in are overrated and expensive. Make your own unit by getting a tablet holder like this: http://amzn.to/1UXi0nR
Charger - Our car has your standard cigarette lighter so we bought a converter for a USB and can use our regular chargers in the car: http://amzn.to/1Ub7qdm

Toys and Games - Below is a couple of ideas for each age group

2 and under
Brica Mirror: http://amzn.to/1tykAuP
Pull vibrate toys: http://amzn.to/1XYmH7U
Toy Arch: http://amzn.to/1Ub7J7R
Baby Einstein Musical Toy: http://amzn.to/23e63jR
Electronic Books: http://amzn.to/1XYmlOG

2 and over
Tin Magnet Puzzles: http://amzn.to/1XYmNMO
Melissa and Doug Stickers: http://amzn.to/1tylyal
Fisher Price Doodle (LARGE): http://amzn.to/23e6j2p
Fisher Price Doodle (SMALL): http://amzn.to/2605ijx
On the Go Color blast - LOVE this: http://amzn.to/1WOQijg
Portable art studio: http://amzn.to/28Hw4vR
Trays and containers - a tray and a few spill proof containers will reduce the mess you’ll need to clean up, plus it gives them space to draw, color and play. Win Win!
This tray has it all: http://amzn.to/2606uDr
Spill proof containers are perfect for little hands: http://amzn.to/265BcHP

Car Protection Gear

We outfitted our leased car with several of these items to protect the vehicle:
Kick Mats: http://amzn.to/2605lvP
Sun Visor: http://amzn.to/1Ub8FJw
Seat protector (works well for rear facing kickers too!): http://amzn.to/1tynjEo
Car Seat Sun Protector (we didn’t want her to touch hot buckles): http://amzn.to/1XYnENu
Emergency Medical Kit - when we travel, I bring any necessary meds with us and do NOT leave them in the car. If you do, put in a cooler (extreme hot or cold temps can mess with the meds). You should keep a basic first aid kit in the car all the time. Get one to have in case of a scraped knee or cut. This one is perfect for any medical emergency: http://amzn.to/23e99V4

And of course, let’s not forget, snacks and drinks! Bring at least 2 bottles per person of water and a variety of snacks in zip locks or individual portions. Granola bars, nuts, Goldfish crackers, puffs, Cheerios, and other dried snacks are always perfect on the go. Grab some peeled and cut bananas, apples and other fruit as well in a cooler!

Enjoy the trip and let us know where you went!

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