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10 Things That Are Always In My Car

I always make sure my car has these key items!

For the past few years, I’ve been a city girl.  I have been used to walking everywhere I go, and carrying everything I need in my pockets.  Unfortunately, my baby isn’t quite as laid back and simplistic as I am, and he tends to require more stuff.  This summer, we moved out to the ‘burbs which means I spend a lot more time in my car than I used to.  When we’re out, I tend to stay out for long stretches of time, which means I need to be prepared for any and all circumstances during that window of 3-4 hours.

I have turned my car into a traveling baby boutique – complete with items and necessities for whatever might arise.  If we’re out grocery shopping and a friend asks us to meet for a walk, I want to make sure we’ve got a stroller on board.  And since Seattle weather is incredibly unpredictable, I always make sure we both have lots of (clean) layering options to choose from.  I don’t want to have to cancel plans and head back home, simply because I wasn’t prepared with what we needed.

Here are the ten things I make sure I always have in the car…


  • A phone charger 1 of 10
    A phone charger
    My phone is pretty much my lifeline when I'm out and about, and since I'm often gone for many hours at a time, a phone charger is essential.
  • Sunscreen 2 of 10
    Sunscreen
    The weather here is really unpredictable, so I always keep sunscreen in the car for both me and for Cullen. Nothing worse than a sunburned baby!
  • The diaper bag 3 of 10
    The diaper bag
    I almost never take this bag out of the car, but it's home to some of our essential on-the-go items - diapers, wipes, burp clothes, extra clothes, etc. If we have an issue, I just run back to the car for a quick diaper change, and we're back in action.
  • The stroller 4 of 10
    The stroller
    I take our stroller out for neighborhood walks, but I always make sure it's in the back of my car when I'm out in the city. You never know when you're going to run in somewhere or stop for a walk, and the arms get tired from too much carrying.
  • A big blanket 5 of 10
    A big blanket
    Now that Cullen likes to run around, I keep a big blanket in the back of our car to throw down in the parks for impromptu play dates or picnics.
  • Layers 6 of 10
    Layers
    Our Seattle weather can fluctuate 30+ degrees in just a few hours, so I always keep extra jackets (as well as short sleeves) in the car just in case. I feel terrible if we're out and the temperature drops, and Cullen can't bundle up!
  • Extra pacifiers 7 of 10
    Extra pacifiers
    These need no explanation, right? Eventually he'll grow out of this, but for now they make car rides much easier.
  • A sippy cup 8 of 10
    A sippy cup
    I never know how long we'll be out, but I like to be able to offer Cullen water if it's a hot day!
  • Snacks 9 of 10
    Snacks
    At home we eat all fresh foods and produce, but I keep a few pouches and snacks in the car for times that we end up out longer than anticipated. No one likes a hungry baby!
  • Water bottle 10 of 10
    Water bottle
    Mama needs a few things for herself too, and I always make sure to have my water bottle with me. Chasing after a crazy baby, along with breastfeeding, is exhausting!

Read more from Emily on her personal blog Daily Garnish, where she creates healthy vegetarian recipes, recaps her latest running adventures, and chronicles life as a new mom to her son and two crazy dogs.  You can follow along on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest too!

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