Friday, June 4, 2010

Mama Hoot's Car Kit Bag

After reading the Mommy Milestone blog over at Forever and After, I decided to share with you all what I dub my "car kit bag". Months ago we were out and about as a family and decided to go ahead and have a nice sit-down dinner out at the Cheesecake Factory. I bought something next door at Whole Foods for Lil Hoot to eat and we sat down for dinner. Then we realized - we didn't have a bib or a spoon or any number of other things that would come in handy. I had diapers, wipes, toys and blankets but that was about it. I was in the habit then of packing a bag each time we headed out and only packing what I thought we would need. So we came home and made a list of Things to Keep in the Car. I also made a bag with lots and lots of pockets to keep it all straight.

Mama Hoot's Car Kit
  • diapers, wipes & rash cream
  • change of clothes
  • a towel/burp cloth, spoons, baby food, bib
  • toys and books
  • changing pad & blanket
  • sippy cup
  • teething tablets
  • small pouch of toiletries
  • a zip lock bag or two (small & large)
  • first aid kit
Depending on the season I may also throw in:
  • Hats & mittens
  • Extra blankets
  • Shoes/Booties
  • Jacket or sweater
This list is certainly not all inclusive. Do you already have a car kit bag? What do you keep in yours?

I keep all of this neatly tucked away in my Car Kit Bag which stays on the floor in front of Lil Hoot's car seat. Then when we need to leave, I grab my normal-size purse and head out the door. Sometimes I need to grab a few extra things but then I just drop them into a side pouch on the big bag and we're still ready to go. Saves me time and effort while also making sure we have what we need!


  1. Hi New Caps member, I love this idea of the car kit!

    Nice to meet you I am Joyce

    I make knitted baby items... come take a look!

  2. i'd like to add that i adore the fabric you chose for the outside of your bag.

  3. Well why didn't I think of that? lol I never even considered leaving a bag in the car all packed and ready to go. That would making leaving the house a cinch!
    Thanks for stopping by my Blog Frog Community the other day. I'd love for you to come over and visit me at my blog when you get a chance. Hope to see you soon. Have a great day.

    Kristi, Live and Love...Out Loud

  4. Thanks Ladies!

    @QGG - The fabric was leftover from the shade I did for Lil Hoot's room. It was begging for a use!

    @Kristi - I'm there with you at your blog. I'll double check that I'm a follower. Some days are just too hectic for comments but I'm getting better. :-D