If you’re a parent (and you most likely are if you’re reading this), you know how much time you spend in the car when you have kids. From driving to appointments to daycare to practices to parties, and everything in between, families spend a lot of time in the car. Whether you have one child or five, here is a list of the essential items you need in your car at all times.

  • Wipes and diapers
  • Snacks…lots of snacks!
  • Water
  • Blankets
  • Seat belt cutter
  • First aid kit
  • Trash can and grocery bags for liners
  • Audio books
  • Music for kids
  • Car-friendly toys
  • Extra change of clothes, including shoes (for each kid and you)
  • Portable sound machine
  • Flashlights in case of emergency
  • Backup phone charger and power blocks
  • Portable potty

Every family is unique, so this list will look different depending on each child’s age and needs. As your kids get older, you might not need as many things in the car. But when they’re younger, you may feel like you’re packing your entire house for what used to be a simple trip to the store. Don’t worry about it. You know your family best, and you know exactly what your child needs!  What’s a must-have car essential that you would add to this list?