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Are we there yet? How many more minutes? This is the most common “song” I hear in my car lately. Traveling or running errands with little ones in the car can be challenging. But you know us and we are always pretty busy and on the go, and this summer we even fit in a few road trips! But of course being in the car with a five and three year old is a trip in itself. And while I don’t have everything figured out, I do have a few car hacks for moms to make it slightly easier!
Here are all my car hacks for moms!
Phillips 66 Mobile Pay
You already know how much we love Phillips 66 and how they help us Live To The Full. Well, now they’ve made filling up your tank even easier with Mobile Pay at the Pump with the My Phillips 66 mobile app! You can download the app in the App Store or Google Pay, create an account to set up your wallet, and you’re ready to go! No more digging for your wallet, because I can literally never find my wallet, just me? Enter the pump number in your app and then enter the code onto the pump to start fueling! I love that I can use Apple Pay and be on my way.
And the best part? From now through 3/31/2020 you can get 15 cents off per gallon (up to 30 gallons) per fill-up at participating Phillips 66 locations! WHAT. You can also use the app in store to grab drinks and snacks for your road trip!
I always keep a handful of paper bags in the car to divvy up fast food when we’re on the go. I cut the bag a little shorter and then store them in my glovebox (under my Bed Bath coupons of course). Then when we need to eat on the go, I can fill a bag with food and hand to the boys! This way it’s all in one place and not all over my carpet! It’s also great when we have a big bag of snacks and I can fill their bags and no one can argue about who’s hogging holding the bag.
I bought this trash container when we bought the mini van and it might be my most favorite thing ever. I use old shopping bags (I do not have a Target problem so I don’t know what you’re talking about) and fold them to store in the bottom of the bin. Then when one bag is full I take it out, tie it up, and toss it! Pull out a new bag and you’re ready to go! Now if only the trash can could also vacuum up the renegade gold fish snacks!
Wipes and Sanitizer
Regardless of if your kids are in diapers or not, baby wipes are pretty much a cure all for any messes. I have a small basket that holds some wipes and hand sanitizer for messy hands and faces! It slides right under the cup holder and easy to grab when buys need a wipe in car or forgot to wash there face before school. Which somehow is every single day for Ezra.
We’re all about the music when riding in the car! BTR and I love making playlists with all our favorites so we can teach the boys the classics. Nothing makes me happier than listening to Jude and Ezra belt out “Hurts So Good” by John Mellancamp. Sometimes a good song can get them out of a funk! Tell me what songs you would add in the comments! We have a pretty good list going so far!
Change of Everything
Messes and potty accidents are inevitable. In the stow and go bin under Jude’s seat I have gallon sized ziplock bags of clean clothes for each boy. This way the messy clothes go into the bag and the clean clothes go on the kid. If your kids are still little, consider keeping a diaper changing station set up in the car too! This way you don’t have to dig through your diaper bag and it stays full for when you are out of the car!
First Aid Kit
Fortunately we haven’t had to use this very often, but I do have a small first aid kit I keep in the back of the car full of band aids, first aid ointment, and other necessary items, With little boys and parking lots, scraped knees are inevitable. And a fun band aid can stop a meltdown in a heartbeat. I have one that is dramatic about the smallest bump, and another that nothing phases him, can you guess who is who?
Blankets and Towels
If you have room (all praise the minivan!) towels and blankets can come in handy if it’s cold out and you accidentally break down and you need to stay warm. We also have a zippered blanket that we pull out for impromptu picnics after the zoo!