When the kids were almost two years old I started taking them out places on my own. I soon realized a diaper bag was too cumbersome. It was hard work keeping up with four toddlers and managing a diaper bag was an unnecessary hassle. However, being toddlers, they still needed emergency supplies. I decided to make good use of my trunk organizer and fill it with things I’d find handy for accidents, particularly when we began potty training.
For each child, I filled a gallon sized Ziploc with a change of clothes, underwear (or pull up), and a spare pair of shoes. Then, I labeled each bag and added them to my trunk organizer. In the event of an accident, I could easily change a kiddo and seal soiled or wet clothes into the Ziploc. In addition to the clothes, I stocked my trunk with paper towels, bottles of water, grocery sacks, baby wipes, Lysol wipes, old towels, and of course a potty seat with liners.
Even though I don’t haul extra clothes and things in my purse, I have a small make up bag filled with a few essentials, particularly the kids’ epi pen and Benadryl.
On several occasions, George attempted to remove our emergency supply stash to free up trunk space since we never seemed to need anything from the stash. I insisted we keep them “just in case”, and was so happy to have them in the past few months. While waiting in gridlock traffic to see Ice! at the Gaylord, Mason got car sick- all over himself and the car. Within ten minutes, we had Mason fully dressed in new threads and the car was relatively clean. He may have been wearing a faded t-shirt that read, “Happy Birthday to Me” and jeans with pink stitching, but they were clean. Thankfully, everyone at the Ice! exhibit is given a giant blue parka, which successfully concealed Mason’s ensemble.
I should’ve learned from that experience to pack better clothing since they could be used. This week, Mason took a little dip in Nisey and Poppa’s koi pond and was soaked from head to toe (he was being well supervised and Poppa immediately fished him from the water or it could’ve been tragic). Little man once again had to wear a less than desirable outfit, but he was clean and dry! When I created our emergency stash of supplies, I expected it to be for potty accidents, little did I know how handy they’d be in other circumstances.
What do you keep in your trunk? I’m thinking I should add spare clothes for myself…you never know!