Dear Diary, Before I became a mom, stopping at the store was a snap. I was in and out in a matter of minutes, with my purchases in hand. My timing significantly slowed down with my daughter in tow. It takes time to safety secure children in car seats. And if your child is anything like mine, she typically has to debate what toy to take inside. Once in the store, she browses the toy or candy aisles. Sometimes we stop off at the potty. I don’t mind really. I really enjoy shopping and spending time with my little girl. But sometimes, we don’t have time to make a pit stop on the way to school. Here’s my top ten essential items I keep in the car. 1. Blanket: If you’re child is in a car seat, it’s safer to keep cozy and warm with a blanket versus a bulky winter coat. 2. Cell Phone and portable charger/battery: Be sure to remember not only your cell phone but also your charger. Beyond communications, children can use the phone to play games and watch movies. 3. Change of Clothes for Children: Kids are drawn to piles of snow and muddy puddles, so always pack a change of clothes for kids to stay dry. 4. Emergency Contacts: In case you ever get hurt in an accident, emergency responders will know immediately who to call to report what happened or obtain medical records. Click here for the complete list. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.