Seven Essential Items for the Family Car

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We have two young children. Our eldest is almost nine and we have undertaken countless road trips over those years. Not least to Monsieur Incidental’s home country of France

During those many, many hours in the car we have learned what is essential to carry in the car, either for children or legally. I thought I would put together so here are the seven must-have items for a family car:

Food and Drink

I cannot stress enough that you should have food and drink available AT ALL TIMES. Preferably food that doesn’t make too much of a mess, however whatever it is, you’ll be finding it squashed into the car seat for weeks anyway

Baby Wipes or a flannel and water

Whatever age your children are something to wipe hands and faces invaluable, in fact they are a good freshen up for adults too.

Entertainment

Whether you are driving 5 minutes up the road or for several hours make sure you are prepared to keep your children entertained. This can be something simple like I-Spy but if you need to concentrate on driving then don’t feel that you can’t rely on them watching a film or playing on a tablet like an iPad. Make sure you don’t forget the chargers!

Toilet roll

Trust me, carry a loo roll. You do not want to get caught without one. If nipping to a service station loo, especially the smaller ones, make sure you take it with you, trust me!

First aid kit 

Even in the car accidents can happen, in fact they often happen on the rush to the toilet, if you know, you know. You can find Car first aid kits easily with onlineCARPARTS.co.uk.  

European driving kit

These are a legal requirement in some European countries and actually well worth having in the UK too. They contain the essentials you need if the worst happens an you break down such as a high visibility vest and warning triangle. Luckily we haven’t needed to use ours yet but at least we have it in the event that we do.

These are my essential items – what are yours?

 

 

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