Of course, you can’t expect the unexpected, but there are plenty of things that life can throw in the face of a busy Mom that can be made easier with a little preparation. This is especially true if you spend a lot of time on the road with your kids, either dropping them off at school and taking them to all their clubs and activities afterward, as well as any playdates or sleepovers.
The problem is that getting prepared for even the smallest number of eventualities can make any trip look like you are organizing a military operation or the moon landing. So, you need to find the right balance to ensure you aren’t completely swamped.
#1 Get a Personal Injury Attorney on Speed Dial
If you haven’t already, do your research to find the right person to put your trust in should you or your family members be involved in an accident. It might sound like you are tempting fate but should something happen and there is an injury to a loved one, there is a very good chance your mind will be on them, and you won’t be thinking very clearly.
By having a company like Heimanson & Wolf, LLP on your phone, you will have none of these problems and can get the legal help and support you need. They can take care of any claims rather than attempting to do it yourself, which could see you disappear under a mountain of paperwork when you should be recovering or looking after a loved one.
#2 Stock Up on Supplies
Even if your car is quite small, you need to make sure you have a few essentials on board in case you are stuck in traffic for any amount of time or, worse, break down. This does not just mean items like first aid kits but also taking it one step further so you all survive with your sanity intact.
You need to keep your children hydrated while you are waiting for your repair or tow service to arrive, so having water in the car is a must, although you will need to replace it regularly if you live in a hot area. You could also stock up on snacks to keep them occupied or stop sudden drops in blood sugar levels due to hunger and the troublesome behavior that accompanies it. Some pencils and coloring books might help, too, depending on age.
#3 Spare Clothing
Children can get carsick or spill food all over them, and other types of accidents can occur if you are on a car journey. Rather than spend the rest of the day in slightly soiled and uncomfortable clothing, you should have a bag with a change of clothing appropriate for the day in the car – or at least a bag with ‘emergency’ clothing that your child can wear while you get to a store.
Along with these items, you are likely to need cleaning supplies because if pee, certain foodstuffs, and definitely milk seep too far into your seats, you may never get the odor out unless you go to the expense of having it professionally cleaned.