DIY Summer Car Kit

Don't be caught unprepared this summer! Create a summer car kit that will fit your family's needs wherever you go. DIY Summer Car Kit ~ #summer #car #summerfamilyactivities


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Summer is a busy time and nobody wants to be caught unprepared. Your vehicle can be the perfect place to put a car kit you can create yourself. Use these suggestions to add to a basic car kit and get your trunk loaded with everything you and your family might need while out and about this summer.


1. Sunscreen

No matter how short a trip you think you’ll be making, it’s always best to be prepared with a bottle of SPF 30. 15-30 minutes in the sun are all it takes to start getting a sunburn. Babies and children are especially likely to need extra protection.


2. Extra clothing

Kids will find all kinds of ways to get messy (snow cones!) and get wet (sprinklers!) this summer. Often, it happens while our backs are turned and before we know it, they’re dripping and cold. Keep a simple outfit for each of your children (and maybe yourself!), or, if you’re strapped for space, consider using an oversized t-shirt that could work for any member of the family.


3. Bottled water

Sealed bottles of water are always a good thing to carry with you. You never know when you might get stranded or stuck in traffic away from gas stations and air conditioning, and water is the one thing that will keep your body working until you can make your way home again.


4. Snacks

Have you ever noticed how a car full of hungry people becomes a car full of chaos? Keep snacks in your car to take the edge off while traveling or to take with you to summer activities. Select snacks that won’t melt in a hot car and can be resealed for later use if you don’t finish the whole package.


5. Summer-ready first-aid kit

No summer seems to pass without a few scraped knees. Fill a small first-aid kit with bandaids and antibiotic ointment, plus other summer essentials like aspirin for heat-induced headaches, anti-itch ointment for bug bites, and motion sickness treatments for long drives.


6. A picnic blanket

A blanket is a great addition to your car kit for impromptu trips to the park, picnics, and sitting curbside for Independence Day events. Use it to cover a table or create a shady tent for sleeping babies or for curling up at a drive-in movie! It might even be used as a towel after a spontaneous run through the sprinkler.


7. Plastic bags

Plastic bags of all shapes and sizes can come in handy while traveling and attending events during the summer. Use them to hold candy from a parade, pack up picnic trash, keep wet or dirty clothing, and much more.


8. Bug Spray

Summer is the season for bugs, bugs, bugs! Be prepared wherever you’re at on a summer evening by keeping a bottle or two of bug spray in your summer car kit.


9. Wet wipes

Whether you like baby wipes, hand sanitizing wipes, Clorox wipes, or all three, you need some! Clean messy fingers, a dirty dashboard, an unsightly picnic table, and a hundred other things. Keep wipes in an airtight container so they don’t dry up in a hot vehicle.


10. Little extras

Pen and paper, a card game, a travel pillow – these are items you don’t necessarily have to have but can be helpful on longer drives. Tailor your car kit to fit your family’s needs and you’ll be on your way to a less stressful summer of activities.



Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added four kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.


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5 Tips for Better Car Organization

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You spend a fair amount of time in your vehicle, which means it’s susceptible to messes and disorganization just like your home. Why not invest a little bit of time to organize your car? This will help make running errands and taking your kids to their various activities go much smoother. You’ll also be prepared in case of an emergency. Here are five tips for better car organization.


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Make a DIY Car Kit

Ashley from 7th House on the Left shared how to make an awesome DIY car kit on IHeart Organizing. She uses a solid wicker basket to hold essentials like a first aid kit, tire repair kit, duct tape, bottled water, and warm blanket. She also organized all her important car-related papers (e.g. insurance card, owner’s manual etc.) in one folder to keep in the glove compartment. Taking the time to make a car kit will not only help you stay organized, it will also ensure you’re prepared in case of an emergency.

DIY Car Kit


Invest in Back Seat Organizers

Kids often need entertainment while riding in the car. Invest in back seat organizers to hold their toys, coloring books, and snacks. You can find many options to choose from on Etsy. If you’re adventurous and crafty, you can sew your own back seat organizers. Jennifer from Sewplicity has a great tutorial that shows how to customize the size based on your vehicle’s seats.

sewplicity back seat organizer


Use a plastic cereal container as a garbage can

If your car is clean, it’s much easier to keep it organized. Garbage is one of the biggest culprits that leads to a messy car. A simple fix to this problem is to use a plastic cereal container as a garbage can. You’ll thank yourself for implementing this inexpensive solution.

cereal container as garbage can


Organize your trunk with shower caddies

Heidi from The Castro HAPPYnings has one of the most organized car trunks I’ve ever seen. Her secret to keeping her mini-van clean and orderly is plastic shower caddies over the backs of her seats. The plastic pockets are filled with necessities like wipes, sunscreen, and much more. You can typically find inexpensive plastic shower organizers at your local Target, dollar store or online.

trunk organization


Keep a large canvas bin or tote in the trunk

Keeping a large canvas bin or tote in the trunk will help keep your car organized while grocery shopping or running errands. Instead of just throwing your bags in the trunk, put your purchases in the bin to keep them from rolling around and dumping out. If your items aren’t too heavy, you can simply carry the tote inside with you and unload to save on multiple trips back to the car. This post on shares 10 different bin options to choose from.

large canvas bin or tote in trunk

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Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something trying to find her place in this world. She grew up in Seattle, attended college in Utah, and recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest after spending the last few years in Chicago obtaining her master’s degree in journalism. Clarissa spends her days working as a higher education professional helping graduate students pursue their passions. In her free time you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.