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Ten Items Every Mom Should Keep in Her Car

Updated on May 9, 2016

The MOM Car

No matter if you have a mini car, sedan, suv, or compact car there are certain things every mom should keep in her car. Lately I have been the over prepared mom, this wasn't always the case but I do like to be organized. I hate being without things that I need in a moment of crisis or a moment where we could have some spontaneous fun.

My kids are still young and in car seats so many of these suggestions pertain to the area of toddlers since this is my expertise at the moment. This list may very well change as the kids get older.

One of my car tubs, contains wipes, change of clothes, and his train toy
One of my car tubs, contains wipes, change of clothes, and his train toy
Car blanket tucked between seats, my little one also car a car pillow
Car blanket tucked between seats, my little one also car a car pillow
Great quiet activity also kept in the kids cars buckets
Great quiet activity also kept in the kids cars buckets

10 Things to keep in the Mom Car

1. Baby Wipes

This should need little explanation. Every mom even after the kids are out of diapers still needs a container of baby wipes. I buy the soft pack ones that are smaller once they are potty trained and keep at least one in the car for various ice cream runs, gross boy moments, or a quick clean up.

2. Changes of clothes

Each child has a small Tupperware container in the car that contain a full change of clothes including socks, underwear, shirt, pants, or shorts depending on the season. These clothes are not just for the potty accident moments in fact ours are used more frequently for other needs such as spillages, a change after school when art class got a little messy, or when mommy lets the kids jump in all the puddles just for fun.

3. A box of Kleenex

I have a child that gets random nose bleeds so i guess this started as a need for us and even though he doesn't get them as frequently I have noticed how often my kids ask for a Kleenex now. I would rather give them multiple Kleenex than encourage the nose picking episodes.

4. Car Blankets

Okay these are just extra blankets that I really didn't have room for in the house and got put in the car instead but they have been used on so many occasions that now we would be lost without them. They are great for tired kids that need a snuggle after a long day or night. Tonight my kids were cold after eating ice cream even though it was eighty degrees out. They blankets also are wonderful to have for impromptu picnics or park moments. I have been known to steal one of their blanket to sit on at the park and read while they play.

5. Snacks

I always have a few juice boxes and packaged snacks in the car. It always seems the minute I pull out of the driveway my kids are complaining that they are hungry. Or if I try to get myself a tea they want something from the coffee shop too. I can give them what I already have packed into the car and we are ready to go.

6. One small non noisy toy

This is the just in case toy. It is something they like but don't ussually get to play with and therefore it keeps there attention for longer. We have a small train to go set that is kept in one of the boys clothes containers. This is great for when we get stuck somewhere longer than expected or are waiting at the doctors office.

7. Quarters

You just never know when you will need a quarter. This is a rule for life not just the mommy car.

8. A hidden smaller denomination $

I had a friend that used to keep a $50 bill in her car. That is way too rich for my blood, I ussually keep something less than $20 somewhere in my car for that just in case moment of I can't find my wallet, a chance we get caught somewhere that doesn't take plastic, or an immediate need for ice cream.

9. Plastic Bags

I like to go to the dollar store and buy a roll of small scented garbage bags. I use these for everything from wet clothes, garbage, cleaning out the car, carrying various objects, lovely school projects that are GLITTERED, and anything else you could probably imagine. These have also double as a potty in an emergency - hey we are moms, things happen.

10 . A Soccer Ball

We are a soccer family. This one is probably more biased because we loved soccer but it is more about having a game that we can pick up in any open grassy area at a moments notice. Life tends to be a hurry up and wait game. We live by a large railroad area. We rush to get somewhere in case we get stuck by the train and we get there 15 minutes early - that gives us some soccer time. It not only improves the kids coordinations but it also keeps mommy in shape.

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    • BNadyn profile image


      5 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      Nice tips if you have little ones; I agree with all these! I have two of my own and you just never know when you need something for them. Snacks, baby wipes and change of clothes are a big one for us.

    • peachpurple profile image


      6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i always keep snacks, hanky, blankets, extra clothes and diaper and books in my car.

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      6 years ago

      I second the wipes! I also have a small first aid kit in my car, and it has been useful on many occasions for my kids and strangers at the park that needed band-aids.

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      Keeley Shea 

      6 years ago from Norwich, CT

      Voted up and useful!!!!! Great hub - I will be making sure my car has everything in your list today. I have some of the things you mentioned but I love the $ idea and blankets!

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      Ja'Les Washington 

      6 years ago from Bossier City

      I definitely agree with you on the wipes. Kids are never too old for them. They are great for spills and everything else. Good Hub

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      Maree Michael Martin 

      6 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Oh yes, this is a wonderfully helpful list for new mommies. Every car needs these necessities. Great hub.

    • kthix10 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from IL

      The previous picture which was removed showed both of my kids sleeping after I had already loosed their belts and was attempting to get them out of their seats and into the house without waking them. It only looks like they were not buckled in properly, if you look at the angle of the photo you can clearly see that the car was not moving and the doors were open.

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      6 years ago

      This is a great list! However I clicked it on pinterest because one of your boys shouders were sticking out of their strape which is super unsafe! Please make sure that you are up to date on carseat safety as that is much more important then entertainment.

    • jaydene profile image


      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      nice hub, great ideas.

    • Jentu profile image


      6 years ago from U.S.

      Great tips! As a new mom, I don't really think of these things. I'm starting to learn the important of being prepared for ANYTHING, lol! The plastic bags and change of clothes seems essential though. Thanks for the great hub!

    • TeachableMoments profile image


      6 years ago from California

      Great hub. I love all the suggestions, especially keeping quarters in the car. I can't even count how many times I needed quarters while out with my daughter. Somehow, when I'm back at home, I forget to put some in my car. It's a horrible cycle. I'm putting some in my car now. Thanks for the great hub.

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      6 years ago from Springfield, MO

      I'm going to have share this with my sister she has a 1,2,4 and 5 year old and is due with twins in 6 weeks any tip to make her life easier she will like.

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      6 years ago from Alpharetta, GA

      Great hub! I carry the plastic bags, spare change, wipes, and always a small bottle of hand sanitizer! Oh and how can I forget the Kleenex box, a hair brush for the boys who often forget to brush their hair, and small bottle of lotion. It's great to be prepared!

    • teddi20 profile image


      6 years ago

      Great advice! I carried a change of clothes in the car when my kids were small. I had even forgotten they were there. When I found them they had out grown them :)

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      Teresa Martinez 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      The things you said here are so true. Have been bringing most of the things you mentioned since my children were newly born,and still bringing them now that they are more physically active young children.

    • LauraGT profile image


      6 years ago from MA

      Fantastic advice! I think the trash bags are indispensible. I usually save my plastic produce bags just for this purpose. Great hub!

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      Liv Carradine 

      7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      This is a well-thought out hub. I'm a mom and I keep a few of the items you mentioned in my truck but you also have some I hadn't thought of. Thanks :)

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      Sarah Carlsley 

      7 years ago from Minnesota

      Spoken by an experienced mother! This is a great list you put together. And you are spot on. Wonderful hub!

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      7 years ago

      great hub I have a 4 year old and 3 month old When my first was born I wasn't doing this system and found myself in "messy" situations.. She got to be about 6 months old and I started carrying extra clothes/wipes a couple of toys a book (she loves to read) etc... and I will continue to do it with my new one! It's an excellent system! Thanks for sharing

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      7 years ago

      Great tips!

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      7 years ago

      Not a mom yet, but I will be someday and I love any advice I can get from now until the day I die, haha. Thanks!

    • cashmere profile image


      7 years ago from India

      Fantastic hub! A number of these things actually are with me when I go out with my boy. Specially that toy I carry in my purse for keeping him busy :)

    • kthix10 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from IL

      Thanks! I am very excited about the nomination!

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      These are things each mom should keep in her car! And it is easy to know if it's a mom's car because of all these things inside. It's like having everything on it. My sister in law would pass this test with flying colors. LOL

      Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination! To read and vote, this way please

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      Ciel Clark 

      7 years ago from USA

      Always prepared! Your hub reminded me of traveling with my older son when he was 3-4. We were waiting in an airport lounge and a woman sitting next to me spilled her coffee all over herself. Her friend said, (pointing to me), "Ask her, I bet she has some wipes or something." And yes, I did. I would add to the list a family water bottle, and a mini first-aid kit. Great hub!

    • kthix10 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from IL

      Great addition! Pajamas are a much needed item that I may have to add to my buckets asap

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      Tammy Brown 

      7 years ago

      In addition to a change of clothes, I have added a pair of pajamas too. I can't tell you how many times we have been out later than planned so I have put them on my daughter and been able to transfer her, asleep, into her bed.

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      7 years ago from medford

      People are less caution than years ago, seat belts, or a must these days.

    • kthix10 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from IL

      Of course that doesn't mean that my kids don't manage to throw everything out the window and find something that I should have realized I needed.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow, kthix10! You're ON it! I really admire mothers who have such good systems in place. Thanks for sharing the great advice!

    • kthix10 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from IL

      I replaced the picture with one of my kids properly buckled into their seats and wide awake. The previous picture was snapped as I was getting them out and it appeared that they had not been properly buckled in.

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      7 years ago

      while i didn't see the comment from "mean mommy", the first thought i had was that your son would not be very safe in an accident.

      Yes, kids rode without seats back in the were also made better and people didn't drive 100mph on heavily congested roads. Times are just different now, and luckily safety has taken a priority. For every kid that "was just fine and never wore a seatbelt" there's countless kids that were killed and aren't here to give their perspective.

      Bottom line, research and extensive testing has shown that harnesses seats protect kids fragile bodies in crashes.

      Glad you put the disclaimer on your picture and know its not safe to ride that way. Wish more people would realize that.

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      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      It is odd how they require people to have their kids in a car seat until eight now! It used to be four when I was a kid.

    • kthix10 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from IL

      Thanks - the comment was left on pinterest and it just super annoyed me. I was writing this last night after the kids were in bed so I used whatever pictures I had in my files.

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      Healing Herbalist 

      7 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Great hub. Loved all the ideas. Use to do most of them myself...especially the wipes. I also carried paper towels and a towel and a face cloth in a bag. I had a jug of warm water too. Sometimes wipes just don't do the trick.

      Mean mommy should mind her own business. When I was growing up, we just sat in a seat, no belts. When my kids were young, they did not require them to be buckled like they are now. Gee, when I put my granddaughter in the car, I say "off to the moon we go". Personally, I think it is more dangerous for them to be buckled so tightly. They are "stuck" there no matter what happens. They couldn't get out if they tried.

      Voted up, interesting and useful!


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