It’s only the second week of May but here in Arizona summer is here to stay. For us that means our days are full of splash pads, city pools, picnics in the shade, BBQs and pretty much bouncing around town all day. Inevitably I end up out of the house wishing I had this or that with me, so I have started to keep a few things in my car for those occasions. It’s perfect for those afternoons when you decide to make an impromptu stop at the splash pad so the kiddo can get out a little energy before dinner.
I like to call it my Summer Car Kit – I’ll share below my must have basics for our kit, but it can be tweaked to fit your needs. I have a toddler so mine if full of things like snacks and diapers, but feel free to swap out or add things that you think you’ll need.
First things first, you will need a container to hold all your stuff. I picked up a clear plastic tote bin from Walmart for a couple bucks. Next is the fun part -filling it!
Spare change of clothes – this one is pretty obvious, kids get dirty/muddy (or you know, poop happens). I also keep a spare pair of socks in there too.
Swimming suit – this is a back up suit I got just for this car kit. My little guy practically lives in swimwear in the summer so it doesn’t hurt to have one for on the go!
Hat – I’ve got a cute little bucket hat and a baseball cap
Shoes – I like to have a pair of sandal style shoes for those last minute splash pad trips
Sunglasses – it’s Arizona – we live in these, right?
Beach Towel – I like to have a small lighter weight one so it doesn’t take up much room. It can also double as a blanket for the grass
Sunscreen – This is a MUST! I use a baby one for my little guy and a spray sunscreen for myself.
Toys – I have a small little set of sand/water toys from the Dollar Spot at Target
Baby Wipes –Or something like Clorox wipes would work too!
First Aid Kit
Snacks – I love having packets of freeze dried fruit on hand for snacking or raisins (plus a Larabar for me!)
Reusable Tote Bag – Or a couple grocery bags work too. Great for trash, stinky diapers, wet clothes..you name it!
Diapers – I have both swim diapers and regular diapers
I also like to keep a fold up picnic blanket in my car and our lightweight stroller in my car as well.
So there you have it! My Summer Car Kit all ready for summer adventures around the valley! Is there anything you would add to yours?
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