I spend a lot of time in the car. Between carpooling the kids to school and their activities, to taking Aaron to numerous specialists and homeschool functions, it often feels like we live in the car! So, here are 10 tips that I use to make it easier:
1. Keep a few plastic grocery bags in the car, and one in the front floor board for trash. I gather all trash from everyone and place it in this bag, then throw it out when I fill up with gas.The car doesn't get overrun with trash anymore requiring a ton of time to clean it out.
2. I keep a case of bottled water in the trunk, and fill a cooler with ice before we leave the house if we will be gone for a while. It is MUCH cheaper to buy it by the case than it is to run into the convenience store and pay $1 per bottle!
3. I keep a reusable grocery bag stocked with ziploc bags of snacks by the back door. On the way out I grab it with the cooler of ice, and then there are ready to eat snacks for the kids who ALWAYS say that they are hungry. This avoids quick stops in drive thru lines;)
4. Keep a copy of the yellow pages in your trunk in case you get lost, or invest in a smart phone with internet access and download a maps app. I got lost just Monday and had a smart phone with me. The map function tracked where I was and gave me exact directions to my location.
5. Keep some baby wipes in the car. These are excellent for cleaning up children who always manage to get messy in the car...it doesn't even seem to matter what snack they have eaten!
6. By the same accord, keep a roll of paper towels in the car to clean up any spilled water, or if someone gets car sick.....you'll be glad then for the plastic grocery bags to put them in, LOL:)
7. I keep a change of clothes for each child in the trunk. It never fails that when we need to go into an appointment, someone will spill something or get sick all over their clothes!
8. Plan out your errands before you leave the house, and write it down! This always helps me so I don't forget to stop somewhere or forget what I was stopping for. It also helps you streamline your stops so you aren't backtracking and wasting gas.
9. Download mp3's or purchase CD's of music that YOU like. It will make the drive and the endless waiting much more tolerable. I take my Kindle with me so I am never without anything to read!
10. Keep books for the kids in the car. If they are each reading their own book, they will be QUIET and most importantly NOT fighting with one another! :)
I hope some of my tips help you and make your time on the go less stressful. Also, if you are a coffee lover, Seattle's Best Coffee has generously allowed me to share a coupon for Click to save $1.50 on a 4 pack today! with you! Caffeine always seems to help moms on the go relax and unwind.
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