I don’t have too many complaints about taking my kids places with me, but even well behaved children have a breaking point and start to wonder when it will be time to go home. So I seek out ways to make outings easier on my little ones. I understand how they feel because they aren’t the only ones who would rather be at home playing 🙂 And the easiest way to make it easy on them is to make it easy on me! When I’m prepared I’m in a better mood to handle situations and things go so much more smoothly. Because it is usually that extra store I stop at or when I forget to get gas and make another detour on our trip that puts our quick outing past lunch time or nap time.
Even with things to keep them entertained, accidents happen to get in the way of my perfectly laid out plan. Like when Kaylee had an accident in the Walmart parking lot and I didn’t have a change of clothing for her. Luckily she was wearing a dress that didn’t get wet so we just walked into Walmart, bought a pack of underpants, went and put a pair on in the bathroom, and then went shopping. That, I could go my whole life without dealing with again.
So I keep the following in our truck at all times: Diapers, wipes, backpack with change of clothes for younger kids, toilet seat covers (you can get kid ones that stick to the seat and are flushable), hand sanitizer, a box of crackers, bandaids, plastic grocery bags (for diapers or wet clothing), little toys for Ruby, and a toilet. Yes, I said toilet. We have a truck so when I have a little one who is potty training or freshly trained I keep a little training potty in the back. More than once I’ve loaned it to a friend at the park who had a little one who couldn’t wait to drive home to go to the bathroom (all parks should have a bathroom! Just sayin’) and we even have a couple of pictures of Kaylee on the tail gate and on the side of the road. We’ll save those for black mail down the road.