11 Essential Things to Keep in Your Car at All Times


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It Always Pays to Be Prepared

A car is not just a mode of transportation, it’s practically a secondary living space. When adding kids to the equation, even more necessities are often needed in order to avoid tantrums and hissy fits while you’re driving.

Keeping your car well stocked with supplies and essentials for trips of all lengths will make your life easier and give you some peace of mind in case of an emergency. These are just a few of the recommended items to keep on hand the next time you go for a ride.


No matter what distance you’re driving, you never know if you might get stranded somewhere. When the weather is cold, it’s a good idea to have a blanket or two in the car for extra warmth, just in case.

Even if you don’t live in a place that gets cold, blankets are also useful for spontaneous picnics or to cover up the backseat when the dogs come along for a ride.

What about when you go to the beach but the line to the change room is a mile long? Use blankets to cover up the windows in your backseat so you can change in your vehicle.

There are so many uses for blankets besides for warmth, so make sure you always have one stowed under your seats or in your trunk.

Wipes/Hand Sanitizer

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Wipes/Hand Sanitizer

If you allow eating in the car, wipes and hand sanitizer are essential for cleaning sticky, dirty hands. Hand sanitizer is also an acceptable pre-meal alternative to soap and water, which is especially helpful if the kids have touched any animals or stray critters previously.

What about those unplanned pit stops you have to make at the side of the road so someone can relieve themselves? You’ll be glad you brought hand sanitizer along for the journey.


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An essential for trips to the beach or other outdoor activities, an extra bottle of sunscreen is always handy to carry around. Aside from being a backup if you forget to pack one, applying sunscreen to your hands and arms while you drive will prevent sun spots and skin damage.