More times than I can count, I’ve been that Mom that doesn’t have any snacks or water. If you haven’t experienced this, good for you for being proactive. If you have then you know that it’s the worst feeling ever and the complaining is at an all-time high. Divert. Divert. Divert. I will give them or say almost anything to get them to try and change the subject. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
I’m slowly but surely learning how to dodge the forgetfulness and the chaoticness of getting the kids out of the house — with a snack. Hopefully, if I know what the day entails, I can pull something together but if we’re out on a whim the kids and I are usually SOL.
I’ve compiled an on the go survival kit that can stay in the car for the most part.
My on the go must-haves:
- Baby bottle waters
- Granola bars – we like Hidden Valley AKA Messy Bars. (They’re to be eaten out of the car)
- Protein bars
- Ziploc bags (to distribute & for trash)
So how I set this up is usually Natalie up with a lunchbox filled with waters and a little shoebox bin filled with snacks that’s accessible for her. She is my snack distributor. This whole snacky thing in the car is a double-edged sword. I mean, they’re happy, fed and hydrated but my car looks like a trash can. I can’t count the number of lollipop sticks and crums I find in the car. I’m kind of leaning towards having a dirty car versus hangry children is the better choice.
I restock the car every other week or so, if nothing else, just water. MUST HAVE WATER.