Having kids is the ultimate proof that Murphy’s Law exists. I’m sure there are moms who have impeccably stocked cars with diapers, wipes, extra clothes and everything else under the sun. I’m not one of those moms. I try, I really do. But as long as I have the following 3 items in my car, I can handle just about any situation that motherhood throws my way.
How I use them: Keep the garbage contained; use them as vomit bags; put them between wet car seats and little bottoms to keep the last change of clothes dry; wrap up collateral damage from explosive diapers; and use as a makeshift diaper when you run out [seriously, you can MacGyver one in a pinch by tearing a hole in each corner of a bag and lining it with the paper towels you’ll now have on hand].
Where I store them: In the car door beside me where they’re always within reach.
How I use them: Clean up spills; use them as bibs; put them in the bottom of your vomit bag to absorb the liquid that always leaks out; line your makeshift [plastic bag] diapers; or just use them for general cleaning purposes as intended.
Where I store them: Under my seat so they don’t roll around or get pulled off the roll by the little monsters sitting behind me.
Water (in any type of bottle)
How I use it: Moisten paper towels to clean dirty bottoms when your wipes are frozen or all dried out; use it to clean sticky hands and dirty faces from unplanned snacks; and quench the thirst of little people who have finished or forgotten their sippy cups.
Where I store it: In one of the cup holders. The other is ALWAYS reserved for my coffee.
As for you moms who always have everything, I’m impressed… but I make do.