Get Your Car Back to School Ready With These Tips
When you’re trying to get your kids to school on time, mornings can get crazy! Since you spend so much time in your car that it sometimes feels like a second home, it makes sense to get it organized and stocked in advance to make the back-to-school commute a lot easier.
Studies show that skipping breakfast has a serious negative impact on kids’ school performance and that what they eat matters, too. Skip the sugary cereals and stock your car with shelf-stable, brain-power foods like granola bars, kale chips, fruit and nut bars, snack-size bags of almonds, dried fruit, or even beef jerky. Be sure to include lots of trash bags, napkins, and wet wipes. You can organize your stash with a remote control caddy or plastic shower pockets hung on the back seat.
These days, even the youngest schoolchildren have electronic devices — laptops, cell phones, tablets, etc. Getting everything charged up the night before may be the plan, but let’s face it, some mornings include panicked searches for charging cords. Be ready for a last-minute power-up by stocking chargers in your car to fit everyone’s electronics. USB adapters that fit into your car’s power points are vital, and a dual charger like the Anker PowerDrive 2 can help everyone plug in at the same time.
Lunch Money Stash
Kids forget lunches. Kids forget lunch money. Be ready for this by stashing some cash so you won’t have to stop at the ATM or rummage around for your checkbook. Pill bottles (with labels removed and thoroughly cleaned) are great for storing coins in the glove box, if all they need is a couple of quarters. Even if your child usually packs a lunch, it’s a good idea to know how much a typical school lunch costs; place this amount in a few zip-top bags so it’s easy to grab the exact change your child needs in a hurry.
Make sure your kids have all the supplies they need for a successful day at school. While doing your child’s regular back-to-school shopping trip, be sure to grab a few extras so you can stock up the car. Pencils, pens, erasers, loose leaf paper packs, notebooks, and folders are good things to have on hand, just in case.
Backseat Beauty Shop
Whether you have girls or boys, there are times you’ll need to prepare for last-minute hair issues. Stock your mobile beauty-shop kit with a hairbrush, comb, bobby pins, ponytail elastics, a small tube of hair gel, and anything else your little guy or gal needs to look their best in the morning. An unbreakable mirror will help assure them that all is well before they stroll into class.
Mornings — and any trip, really — are a lot less hectic when you’re prepared for your child’s every need. By stocking up your car with munchies and supplies, you can be confident when you dash out the door, and make sure everyone gets where they need to be on time and ready for a great day.