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The Ultimate Car Survival Kit for Parents

10 things to keep in your house on wheels

Published on: July 31, 2018

kid and mom in car

Dealing with the unexpected

A few months ago, I had just picked up my husband from the airport with my kids in tow and was hoping to zip home in time for a double toddler-baby nap when the unthinkable happened: Traffic stopped dead for an hour in a spot on the highway where it was impossible to reroute. But of course, that wasn’t all. The perfectly potty-trained toddler had to pee.

In my wildest dreams, I never imagined how grateful I would be for the random lunch Tupperware my husband had left in the car weeks before — or how grateful I would be that said Tupperware was reasonably clean. I’ll spare you the details, but needless to say, the toddler has asked to “pee in a box” approximately 15 times a week ever since. 

So, in addition to a receptacle for, shall we say, unexpected road delays, there’s a whole slew of items that are crucial to have stashed away in your car for when disaster (or traffic) strikes. Here are just a few items you should consider packing into your car for when your child gets sick, needs to pee, spills an entire milkshake on the car seat, or any other car-related mishap you could imagine. 

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