A violent storm in the middle of tennis practice that we walked to…
A vomiting episode while on the way to a birthday party…
A car seat covered in urine…
A random invitation to a friend’s pool while out running errands (with no swimsuits on hand)…
An extended play date at a shade-less playground in 95 degree heat…
A swarm of mosquitos on a hiking trail…
After years of summer surprises hitting me like a ton of bricks, I finally smarted up and decided that my car needs to be well-stocked for summer! I always keep a duffel bag in the back of my mommy-van full of these essentials for the entirety of summer, which in Texas lasts from March through October.
- Swimsuits & towels
- Extra change of clothes, hats, & sandals
- Picnic blanket
- Sunscreen & aloe
- Bug spray
- Sand toys (pails, shovels, trucks) & Bubbles
- Soccer ball or kickball
- Playing/flash cards & books
- A little cash
- Wipes, paper towels, & tissues
- Baby powder (for cleaning off wet sand)
- A couple plastic bags for wet clothes or trash
- First aid kit
- Bottled water
- Non-perishable snacks
This kit has saved me more times than I can count and allowed us to have uninterrupted summer fun. We’ve been able to linger longer at an activity or park. I’ve been able to say ‘yes’ to random splash pad stops. We’ve added on state park visits to an otherwise boring morning. I’ve been able to clean up disgusting messes while on the go, tame countless snack cravings without resorting to fast food, and wait out unexpected downpours.
This little bit of preparation has helped us truly enjoy summer’s spontaneous moments.
Check out A Mom’s Survival Guide to Summer for more ideas on how to have your best summer yet!